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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-06-2011, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Is my meter odd?

I ordered a new top meter cover because the labels on the lights are too worn to read. However, the "OEM" part that came from cheapcycleparts.com is different from what I have. Theirs is black, mine is silver. Theirs has holes for screws in the top, mine has no visible screws on the top (its attached from the bottom). (not sure how to attach pictures from an iphone here).

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The black panel cover that you are describing sounds like the one that sits under the silver top cover. You have to dis-assemble the instrument panel to replace that part. The instrument panel has three main components to its assembly. The black panel is just one of them.

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I'm pretty sure its the top cover. It has all the labels for the ignition switch and the top colored covers for the warning lights. I know there is a middle piece that houses the warning light's bulbs but this isn't that piece. I assume everyone else has a silver meter box, not black, right??
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should be part #25023 on the meters page at Cheapcycleparts.com. The part you've got sounds like#14025. Maybe they shipped you the wrong part??

Also a easy trick for faded lettering is model paint with a brush that has maybe 2-5 hairs on it. Very fine detail.

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should be part #25023 on the meters page at Cheapcycleparts.com. The part you've got sounds like#14025. Maybe they shipped you the wrong part??

Also a easy trick for faded lettering is model paint with a brush that has maybe 2-5 hairs on it. Very fine detail.
Hmmm, I think you're right. Perhaps I got wanted I needed but not what I expected. My warning lights are so totally worn not only can you not see the labels but the colors are all crappy. My only confusion now though is the ignition labels. Why do both have the ignition switch labels if the black is covered up??

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should be part #25023 on the meters page at Cheapcycleparts.com. The part you've got sounds like#14025. Maybe they shipped you the wrong part??

Also a easy trick for faded lettering is model paint with a brush that has maybe 2-5 hairs on it. Very fine detail.
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I know what you mean about the ignition labels...cause it shows it in the parts diagram, but I haven't taken mine completely apart yet to see how that functions. Maybe just a safety backup ring, in case the silver outer housing were damaged, you'd still be able to see the warning lights and the ignition key label?

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Ok, so I guess I am good to go. On the positive side, I sent an email to cheapcycleparts.com late Friday night and they promptly responded first thing in the morning. That's good to see.

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Good deal!! I use them a lot too. Some of the best on pricing, if you don't mind waiting for parts for a few days.

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Hmmm, I think you're right. Perhaps I got wanted I needed but not what I expected. My warning lights are so totally worn not only can you not see the labels but the colors are all crappy. My only confusion now though is the ignition labels. Why do both have the ignition switch labels if the black is covered up??

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When the whole pilot box is disassembled, I think you'll find that the labeled part around the ignition switch on the black part fits up thru the silver outer cover, altho when it's assembled it looks like it's a label on the outer cover.

I've got four of these apart right now...

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