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    CB400 Motogadget M-unit

    Does anybody here have any experience or recommendations on using the Motogadget M-unit? Virtually every piece of wiring/electrical/battery on my bike is corroded, worn, taped and hacked by PO. I'm sure that's not at all unusual on a 40 year old bike. It's all eventually destined for the garbage. Is the M-unit a good starting point to rebuild the electrical around?
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    To each his own, personally I have better things to spend 300 bucks on. These bikes are pretty simple, one circuit to handle the ignition,turn signals & brake lights, another circuit to run the headlight/tail light. It's your money, fix it up however you want.
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    Thanks Mike, I’m absolutely looking for opinions. Anybody else want to weigh in? Anybody using one and love it or hate it? Simple to set up? Challenges?
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    ^^^completely agree with Mike - it's like reinventing the wheel. Stock switches, simple wiring, no complications... why go to great trouble and cost to make it different but still have the same simple functionality?
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    I've looked at the M unit for the last few years thinking may be I'd try one. I've written that off since it really doesn't do anything that good functional switches will do. If you were building a new complete wiring harness then yeah it could be worth it. There's a sticky in this section written by Sonreir who is well versed in the unit.
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    Thanks Jim, not sure how I missed that Sticky. I think I'm in the situation where I'll be more or less starting from scratch with wiring, not just looking for a cool gadget just for the sake of it. Of course they do seem like a cool gadget and a brightly pulsing LED brake light sure does get attention so arguably a feature like that might enhance safety. Was hoping somebody who had actually used one in a similar situation would weigh in with their experiences, good or bad.
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    Discovered motogadget when I was doing research for my shovel head. A jockey shift shovel popped up in my search with (I'm guessing) some of the early components. I loved the small speedo mounted in the fuel tank.. however I did NOT care for the price of the stuff. But hey, if u have the funds.. by all means support his endeavors .. I have seen some parts first hand, nice, clean, and deliver from what I have been told.
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    They seem to have new harness for less than half the cost of the unit on ebay.
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    I was skeptical but have now joined the m-unit army. But I made that decision because I wanted their accessories (switches and lighting) and it would be easier to wire those with the m-unit. If you're going with stock lights and switches, it's much cheaper and just as easy to wire a new stock harness. Sonreir's comments about current draw and subharness in this thread:

    https://www.hondatwins.net/forums/50...ch-wiring.html

    is what convinced me. I really don't want to have to worry about such things that I don't know much about, so I went all in on Motogadget. It was either/or for me.
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    Sounds good. Give us a shout if you need any help.

    And Fuse Boxes and Motogadget - Sparck Moto if you haven't yet purchased the unit.
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