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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    I wish someone would delete this
    Four wheels moves the body, two wheels moves the soul!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    Quote Originally Posted by goose7
    I wish someone would delete this
    It's not deleted because this has been a question asked repeatedly. It is noted that this applies to the CB/CM 400/450 engines
    It will be moving to a new forum section being created of How To's
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    Re: Tachometers, How to add one

    Quote Originally Posted by longdistancerider
    For those wanting to use an aftermarket tachometer the gear ratio is 1.7
    Has anyone found a smallish aftermarket tach? Only ones Ive found are 1.5 ratio.

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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    Jim O'Brien
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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    Somehow that didnt pop up on search..........

    Is there any reason not to run a digital tach and tie it into the coil? Being a batch fire coil It should just have to read single cylinder to work I believe.

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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    I don't see any problem there. If you do that you can get a E model right case cover that doesn't have the tach drive in it.
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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    Wasnt sure if it would interfere with somthing for some unknown reason. Since most of this stuff is made overseas anyways, I've been ordering a ton of stuff on ebay over the last couple years, and its tough to pass up.

    I can get this for the cost of a lunch, have it in a feew weeks, and it would match the speedo thats coming......

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-For-Motorcy ... 50&vxp=mtr

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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    I'm never sure about the stuff coming out of China so I mostly avoid it. But this could be good. Not an expensive experiment to try
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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    I've got one on the way, we'll see how it works

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    Re: Stock Tachometers, How to add one

    I wish I posted this earlier as I did this mod during the summer, but, you know, riding got in the way.

    I bought a complete gauge cluster from a user on here, and found the appropriate clutch side cover (in really good shape!) on Ebay. If you're going about it in this fashion, make sure you know what clutch cover you want, as some do not have provisions for the kick start, and some out there came off a tachometer bike, but are missing the tachometer drive shaft for some reason.

    Then, from Apache Motorcycles, I bought new seals/o-rings for the clutch shaft, kickstarter, and the tachometer drive shaft. Since I had no idea if the new cover leaked any oil, I figured it was cheap peace of mind. (The seals were less than $2.00 each). I also picked up a new cover gasket and cable retention bolt (I was missing one).

    Through MotionPro, I ordered a new tachometer drive cable.

    It would also be a good time to pick up some new bulbs for the gauges and the idiot lights.

    What I started with:


    Getting the cover cleaned up and installing new seals:


    As you can see, I had to remove the right side header in order to remove the cover. I hadn't planned on this, but luckily, it came apart relatively easy. Make sure to clean whatever is left of the old gasket off, as it can lead to oil leaks.


    The finished product:


    In total, I think I spent about $120 on the entire thing. The most expensive part being the gauge cluster. If you can find a parts bike with the correct cluster and cover, it'd be much cheaper. It makes the bike a little more fun to ride, and IMHO, it looks a little more "balanced" at night, having two gauges.

    If anyone needs a MPH speedometer, shoot me a PM, as I have a spare one.
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