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Question Where to Connect new Volt Meter?

Howdy Folks --

I'm installing a volt meter and want to connect somewhere in the HL bucket probably to the running lights.

What color is the wire for the running lights?

Where do I attach to ground?

Thanx in advance!

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Howdy Folks --

I'm installing a volt meter and want to connect somewhere in the HL bucket probably to the running lights.

What color is the wire for the running lights?

Where do I attach to ground?

Thanx in advance!

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blue/red is the parking light, there is a double ground socket not used in the bucket. You can use any Black/yellow stripe wire, they are ground.


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Gray is the parking light, there is a double ground socket not used in the bucket. You can use any Black/yellow stripe wire, they are ground.
Thanx for your F A S T response, Lance!

I'm working on it right now.
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Thanx for your F A S T response, Lance!

I'm working on it right now.
Howdy Folks --

In spite of being electrically challenged I managed to successfully install a voltmeter on Mr. Spock! I couldn't have done it without the information available on this forum!

I chose a digital meter made by DigitalMeter.com:

http://www.digitalmeter.com/cgi-bin/...bikemeter.html

I used the splice connectors to hook up to the speedometer bulb within the headlight bucket. I used heat shrink on the connections (not shown in pics). I mounted the voltmeter on the handlebar clamp just in front of the instrument panel with heavy duty 3M velcro. The wires hide away neatly behind the clamps(pics attached)

At idle it's reading about 12 to 12.5 volts. Above 3k rpm it reads 14.5 volts and stays fairly constant at any rpm range!

Hopefully, after I become more familiar with it I should be able to detect a deviation from the established baseline. . . and scoot home ahead of a charging problem!

For those Vulcaneers with a meter, what kind of readings do you get at various rpms? What reading might indicate a problem?

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Great job, you are getting the same readings I get.


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DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
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Howdy Folks --

In spite of being electrically challenged I managed to successfully install a voltmeter on Mr. Spock! I couldn't have done it without the information available on this forum!

I chose a digital meter made by DigitalMeter.com:

http://www.digitalmeter.com/cgi-bin/...bikemeter.html
They have a link on that website about how to install it in one of the mirrors. That would be trick as hell, if our bikes had those same type of mirrors with enough housing to allow for it.
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Great job, you are getting the same readings I get.
Thanx for your help, Lance!

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They have a link on that website about how to install it in one of the mirrors. That would be trick as hell, if our bikes had those same type of mirrors with enough housing to allow for it.
Hey Doug --

I saw that link and was impressed with how it looked on the mirror!

However, as an electrically challenged rookie I'm satisfied with my velcro version. LOL

Thanx for your response!

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I like the meter and think it is an absolute necesity on our bikes.

If I understand correctly, the meter is on all the time?

I would have ran leads directly to the battery terminals, interrupted the hot one with a relay that I would power off the headlight circuit. This way, the meter would only be on when the headlight is and would read actual battery terminal voltage.

But that's just me.

Good job! Good find on the meter, looks like a good one.

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I like the meter and think it is an absolute necesity on our bikes.

If I understand correctly, the meter is on all the time?

I would have ran leads directly to the battery terminals, interrupted the hot one with a relay that I would power off the headlight circuit. This way, the meter would only be on when the headlight is and would read actual battery terminal voltage.

But that's just me.

Good job! Good find on the meter, looks like a good one.

Jon
He ran power off the front running light circuit, only on when the key is on.

I hooked mine up both ways and there was no voltage difference.


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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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