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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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How to install a voltmeter ???

I Read this in the top 10 tips. Does anyone have a link on how it was done ?

Install a (water-resistant, shock-resistant) voltmeter to monitor your bike's charging system. This will alert you to a pending charging system failure (in most cases) before you are on foot, in the middle of nowhere. It's fantastic peace of mind when on long rides!

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Many ways to do it, digital-analog-led. A lot of us have done it so keep looking and many will chime in on how we,v met our goal! Ck my albums, mine is there.

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How you install the actual meter will be determined by the kind of meter you get. I prefer analog meters, digital meters are more accurate, IMO sometimes to accurate and fluctuate too much. I also think they are ugly. I had a voltmeter on my Vulcan for awhile, then put it on another bike and sold the bike with the meter still on it. I plan on getting another one. The main thing is to connect it DIRECTLY to the battery terminals. Connecting it anywhere else will likely give you an inaccurate reading. Don't even connect the ground to the frame, but directly to the - battery terminal. It's the battery you want to monitor. A ground connected to the frame could give you a normal reading, even if the battery itself is not properly grounded.

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Here's a link to what I did for mine. Several variations of the same thing have been done by others.

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Another option is to install a power point...cig lighter... and use a plug in style. You can pull off any hot on the bike, but a direct battery connection w an inline fuse offers u the safest option with the most available amperage...20amps isolated is plenty for anything...even a plug in voltage converter.
The options are endless though.
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What you use certainly will decide how it is installed and wired to the bike.

I personally used a "battery monitor" rather than a voltage meter.
I found a less expensive version of the LED style unit everyone else likes to use. It is simply an LED protruding from the console on the bike and it will flash or change color to indicate different voltage levels. It simply gives me an idea as to what the charging system is doing rather than a voltage output.

I have pictures of the installed system in my photos if you want to see how that looks on the bike.

Many people prefer an actual voltage reading rather than a monitor...it all depends on your preference.
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You may want to consider this too. Similiar to ^^^^^

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Thanks. I like ther ears , When I stuck out in the middle of whoop whoop, Voltage metre appeals. Lots of open spaces in Oz

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You may want to consider this too. Similiar to ^^^^^
Oh man, I wish I hadn't gotten my old Analog meter. That thing is sweet!

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