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'77-'79 Standard In-Dash Voltmeter

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 5twins, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. CoconutPete

    CoconutPete 1979 XS650 Special

    Looks great!

    Love all the different ways people are doing voltmeters.
     
  2. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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  3. DogBunny

    DogBunny Motorcychologist

    5twins, excellent.
    Can you please tell me how easy it is to read the voltmeter in daylight or direct sun? I ran a similar voltmeter for a while, but it was pretty much impossible to read in the Texas sun. I think TwoManyXS1Bs had the same problem but either found an easier-to-read meter or did some mod or something that made it readable.
     
  4. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Unfortunately, you can't see it very well in mid day direct sunlight, but earlier and later in the day, it shows up just fine. In the direct sunlight, if you cup your hand over it at a stop, you can read it. Any shade, like passing under some trees, allows you to see it too. But, even some of the factory lights, like the neutral light, can be difficult to see in direct sunlight.
     
  5. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Yeah, the visibility in direct sunlight is a concern. I think that choice of diffuser lens, and recessed mounting (like down in a hole), could help here...
     
  6. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I used the red L.E.D. one. They also come in yellow, green, and blue. Maybe one of those might illuminate better?
     
  7. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Wow - great info 5T! I went and bought this cluster as it has the correct labelling and chrome rings (so it's actually a part of Lucille's beautification program).

    I wonder what bike it came off of - because it looks exactly like mine except for the chrome rings and the oil light label. Very odd

    Anyhow, thanks!

    Pete
     
  8. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    prolly off a triple from the era (XS750,850 1100) they have very similar gauges.
     
  9. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Hmmmm - I wonder why it was changed.

    I suspect that my lady Lucille may have a much more colourful past than I had previously thought...:whistle: :wtf:
     
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  10. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Yes they ACT all prim and proper, but most of them got sullied back in the day.
    Is the speedo 140MPH or um 225KPH, that's a pretty good triple gauges tip off.
     
  11. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Oh Gary please don't pop my bubble - I have always wanted to be the sullier.
     
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  12. yup,but don't they all Lol :heart:
     
  13. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Hmmm - well, she has a 140 mph speedo which made sense to me because I don't think Canada went to km/hr speedos until around 1978 (Lucille is a 1976 C-model). Having said that 140 mph seems a little....optimistic...for an XS650, even a "racy" example like Lucille.

    I would guess that the only time an XS650 ever hit 140 mph was if it fell off a cliff - and that wasn't the only thing it hit on that particular trip.

    Can you tell me what the top speed on a US mph XS650 speedo would be? I know that the magazine tests listed a top speed of just around 100 mph (some a bit more and some a bit less) - so I would guess that 120 mph speedo would be a reasonable number.

    However, she also has a 7500 rpm redline tach, which is correct for an XS650. I don't know what the redline was on an XS750 triple and I don't think that the 4-cylinder XS1100 came out till 1978-79. The two instrument faces appear to match in terms of colour and degree of fading - of which there is very little IMO, etc.

    Anyhow, the mystery of Lucille and her spicy and mysterious past, deepens....

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  14. 20170622_102839.jpg 140 mph on the "Standards" 120 mph on the "Specials" they'll only do 140 if you put a Very small front wheel on there !
     
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  15. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Ok - so, perhaps Lucille's speedo is the original unit.
     
  16. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    If GeorgeOC's resto project is any indication then you should have chrome rings on the gauges.
     
  17. retiredgentleman

    retiredgentleman XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    The LED voltmeter is a fine effort by Daniel Black and 5T, and may be suitable for some. However, I only ride in the day time, and I want a voltmeter that I can see any time, including bright sun light.
    I installed a cheap analog voltmeter, quite a few years ago, and it continues to work perfectly.
    Enjoy your LED meters, but its just not for me.
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  18. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    That's slick RG - where did you find that meter?
     
  19. retiredgentleman

    retiredgentleman XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Walmart, for about $8.00, back maybe 9 years ago, but I don't think they sell them anymore.
     

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