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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone installed a Digital Voltmeter?

I recently had to replace my stock battery. Got a MF AGM from Sears and learned a lot about my baby in the process. Now I think it would be a good idea to permanently install a digital voltmeter so I can constantly monitor the battery. Any suggestions on which meter, or how and where to install it? I've been using my battery tender quick connect as the contacts for my hand-held meter, but I can't use that while I'm riding and it's a bit of a pain to test the volts while applying the throttle to get 3-5000 RPMs.

I would like something that looks like a stock component once installed. Also I'd like to be able to hit a button and get a volt reading when the bike is OFF, too. Is there such a beast out there?

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I used this one:
http://tinyurl.com/6ajen

Simple, uses so little power I had it wired directly. Only bad part I guess it is not lighted.

If want a lit one, (I ride little at night) many FJR folks use this one:
http://tinyurl.com/83v9g

It is made to mount in a panel, but you could simply install it in a metal or plastic plate and mount it where ever you wish.

I mounted the first one on my "dash":
http://tinyurl.com/2csf7y

Guess you could make something simular....

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Thanks for the URLs. I'd like to see a few more meters before I decide. I'll also be thinking about where to install. I'm not quite as adept at building dashboards as U R. Nice work KM...

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I was thinking digital and found some nice ones on eBay for less than $10. Another source for our bikes would be a boating or tractor outlet: both those products need to be weather resistant. I ended up using analog meter to match the style of the tach and speedo.

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I used this

http://www.kuryakyn.com/products.asp?bn=metric&ci=2695

Not digital but effective. it reads how the battery is doing. I hooked mine up to the battery posts with a switch,

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It's not digital, but here's another option. Kanuck and I and (I think) a few others have done it this way.

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...ight=voltmeter

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I bought one of these and will be installing it in the next week or so, along with my LED aux lights that I mentioned in another post several weeks ago. I like the look of this one.

http://www.advancedjdmparts.com/zoom...roductid=20124
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Hey Keemez, I like the look of your new voltmeter, too. Found it online for $15.99 and I'm considering this one. After your install, could you send a pic of how it looks? Also let me know how easy the install went, mounting included? Thanks...

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DEKA M/F battery
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LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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Finally

Ok- finally got all my brackets made up and everything installed/functional. There was quite a delay because I was waiting on one of the machinists at work to do some metal cutting for me and he was on vacation for a week... etc etc etc.
The voltmeter bracket is custom-fabbed (and not entirely to my liking, but it'll work) from 1/16" stainless steel. Here's a front and rear shot of that:



Here it is installed in place, but not powered:


Powered but not quite dark outside:


And powered while dark (a bit blurry- hard to avoid):


The worst part was trying to putz with the stainless- that was some bullet tough material and in spite of it being hard, the dang thing vibrates a fair bit between around 2000 and 3500 rpm. I might have to cram some sort of a rubber wedge down under the meter to hold it from moving as much. It's pretty annoying. Also this gauge is very difficult to read in bright light/sunlight because the lens face is "smoked". At night it's fine but if you're going to buy this model for yourself be prepared to have a hard time reading it while the sun is out. But- the whole point is that at least I can monitor the electrical system now, and it kinda looks cool too.
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I originally had the Kury VOM installed:

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...00&ppuser=4374

The problem was, it blinded me at night! Also, it seemed that the light from of the LED's reflected off of the other housings, throwing off the day/night sensor, causing it to glow at daytime brightness. Also, I wanted a bit more info about what the charging system was up to so I went with this one:

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...00&ppuser=4374

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...00&ppuser=4374

It is an AutoMeter installed in an Equus gauge pod. I fabbed the bracket using a strong tie and damped the vibrations using a rubber grommet. The gauge can be lit with either green or red light. I used the green and it matches the other gauges really well. I also reversed the housing ring colors as compared to the other gauges cause I liked the way it looked. Wired directly to the battery using a relay. Works great!

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