GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation


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GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by AndyFromWI » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:22 am



As many members have stated, it is crucial to add a volt meter to you gl1500, without one, you never know if your alternator is not charging. I was lucky when my alternator went out because this little volt meter alerted me and I made it back close to home, well I had to push the last 600'

Back to installing the volt meter in your dash.
A year ago I had installed a small volt meter externally on my 1997 GL 1500 SE.
Initially I just put the meter on the left side of the bike, near the left air vent, this has worked very well for the past year.

This winter as I was working on the fuel gauge I decided to see if I could mount the volt meter inside the dash on the far right empty warning light segment.

Mounting inside the dash worked better than I expected. Basically you just have to cut out a little of the warning light are and wire in the volt meter.

Parts:
Volt meter from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/DROK-3-50-30-0V- ... ingdocs-20
$11.47

The meter is little bright, so I put a piece of clear tape over it, then used a black magic marker and shaded the tape.

Here are some pics.

(You will notice a bunch of cracks in my dash housing, I guess the previous own of the bike had an accident they did not tell me about. I was able to rebuild the dash and seal up some of the holes/gaps.)

-andy
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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:03 pm

Nice install! And it looks good. I put this alternator warning light in mine, in the same place - if the alternator fails, it lights up bright red. Yours gives far more information than just a red idiot light, however.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by eastkytriker » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:10 pm

Looks great,Where and how did you wire the meter

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by NVSB4 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:36 pm

I like the clean install there too.
How does the mounting go with the tabs?
Is there a reason that you went with the blue instead of the green, red or yellow versions available?
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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by AndyFromWI » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:59 pm

eastkytriker wrote:Looks great,Where and how did you wire the meter
Because I had initially set up the meter externally, I had ran a wire from the meter to the accessory terminal of the fuse box on on the left side of the bike near the seat. I also put in an inline 5 amp fuse just for safety.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by AndyFromWI » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:00 pm

NVSB4 wrote:I like the clean install there too.
How does the mounting go with the tabs?
Is there a reason that you went with the blue instead of the green, red or yellow versions available?
Good question about the mounting tabs, I cut both tabs off, then glued the meter in place.
I went with the blue because I thought the red would be too distracting, and I liked it better than the green.
-andy

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:23 pm

AndyFromWI wrote:
eastkytriker wrote:Looks great,Where and how did you wire the meter
Because I had initially set up the meter externally, I had ran a wire from the meter to the accessory terminal of the fuse box on on the left side of the bike near the seat. I also put in an inline 5 amp fuse just for safety.
5 amps is overkill. I doubt that meter draws more than about 0.01 amps, you could safely get away with a 0.5 amp fuse on it. Those wires connecting it that it comes with don't look to be capable of carrying 5 amps, they would likely melt before the fuse blew.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by CrystalPistol » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:04 pm

AndyFromWI wrote:As many members have stated, it is crucial to add a volt meter to you gl1500, .... etc .... Parts:
Volt meter from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/DROK-3-50-30-0V- ... ingdocs-20
$11.47
.... etc ....

-andy
I have a good volt meter / gear indicator .... but this is so slick ..... I think I'm gonna order a couple and slip one into a buddy's 1500 .... and I'll do something with the other, maybe find a place on my '74 Trident for it?
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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by RoadRogue » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:23 pm

I did the exact same install on mine a couple months ago, I too went with the blue, easier on the eyes at night. 8-)
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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:01 pm

Here is the link for a voltmeter that I have developed for my bike.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-g ... dwing.html



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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by AndyFromWI » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:08 am

Randy asked me about if I had to modify the black plastic mat that says cruise control.
As much as I hated to modify the dash, I did have to cut the Cruise tab down a bit.
Attached is a picture of the Cruise Control / Volt Meter when the Cruise Control light is on.

The cruise works great, it is still easy to tell when it is lit, and I do like having my volt meter in that lower right spot of the dash.

My appologies for any confusion.
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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by steve allen » Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:26 am

I just received my meter, my question is this, my meter has 3 wires, red,white, and a black wire. How do I wire these in?

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:23 pm

Black is ground.Red is power and white is sense.Hook the red and white both to switched ignition.
Compare its readings with another volt meter directly across the battery. You may see slight differences. My battery will show 14.2 and the meter at the dash shows 13.9.
Close enough for me.Don't get anal about a few tenths off.Be more concerned if it drops to 12.2 volts or lower when your on the road.The sign of a no charging condition.The bike will run till the ignition power drops to around 9.8 volts...and then not very good.A good battery can run the bike for..well maybe..a hour at best.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by steve allen » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:43 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Black is ground.Red is power and white is sense.Hook the red and white both to switched ignition.
Compare its readings with another volt meter directly across the battery. You may see slight differences. My battery will show 14.2 and the meter at the dash shows 13.9.
Close enough for me.Don't get anal about a few tenths off.Be more concerned if it drops to 12.2 volts or lower when your on the road.The sign of a no charging condition.The bike will run till the ignition power drops to around 9.8 volts...and then not very good.A good battery can run the bike for..well maybe..a hour at best.
I just realized that the meter I received is much bigger than the area on gauge cluster....going to re-order another one, this time a much smaller one. Thanks,Steve

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:24 pm

Having a meter in the dash is a great idea, but after opening my dash, I had second thoughts about messing with 29 yr old plastic. I already had a cigarette lighter for my phone, etc, so first I wired a battery tender cable to the acc term and routed it to the left fairing pocket. Used with their USB port, I have a way to power my phone or GPS. I then bought one of these from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013H ... ingdocs-20
Wired it to the right fairing running light so it only comes on in "Run" like the other instruments. Not as obvious as in the dash but I believe it is good looking and functional.
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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:56 pm

tannenba wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:24 pm
Having a meter in the dash is a great idea, but after opening my dash, I had second thoughts about messing with 29 yr old plastic. I already had a cigarette lighter for my phone, etc, so first I wired a battery tender cable to the acc term and routed it to the left fairing pocket. Used with their USB port, I have a way to power my phone or GPS. I then bought one of these from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013H ... ingdocs-20
Wired it to the right fairing running light so it only comes on in "Run" like the other instruments. Not as obvious as in the dash but I believe it is good looking and functional.
It looks beautiful, however you should be aware of the delay in the digital voltmeters, which may cause you to miss a voltage drop when a problem occurs.

Here is a video which compares a digital display and a LED voltmeter.



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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:14 pm

If you consider the GL1500 doesn't even have an idiot light, a slight delay is acceptable. I had a digital volt/amp/temp meter on the switch cover that was falling apart, so I removed it and found a factory fader control for the switch cover. I did not want to be without any voltmeter since I remember when the alt on my GL1200 died two miles from Mexico without any indication.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:15 pm

PS...I have the CB, so there is a limit to where things can go.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:21 pm

tannenba wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:15 pm
PS...I have the CB, so there is a limit to where things can go.
Ok, it was just a side note.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:30 pm

:D No problem. The GL1500 doesn't give us many places to put things. This meter actually reads a tad low, but it is still a good indicator of the charge condition.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by MikeB » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:48 pm

I'm sure I've posted this before but here it is again.
My LED Voltmeter, that draws about 8 ma, is located under the dash on the fairing.
Here is a picture:


Here is a closer view so that you can see where it is mounted. I used 3M double stick tape to mount it.


The voltmeter is available from many sources but this one came from Cyclemax of Ohio.


I recommend checking the current draw on the meter before you install it. I have received some that draw up to 30 ma. That is three times what it should draw.
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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:50 pm

Looks nice! Can you see it when riding?

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Post by MikeB » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:54 pm

Yes, it is easy to see.
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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tonyl2547 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:24 pm

I installed a gear position indicator in the same position. Are there any other positions that it could be installed?

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:31 pm

tannenba wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:24 pm
Having a meter in the dash is a great idea, but after opening my dash, I had second thoughts about messing with 29 yr old plastic. I already had a cigarette lighter for my phone, etc, so first I wired a battery tender cable to the acc term and routed it to the left fairing pocket. Used with their USB port, I have a way to power my phone or GPS. I then bought one of these from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013H ... ingdocs-20
Wired it to the right fairing running light so it only comes on in "Run" like the other instruments. Not as obvious as in the dash but I believe it is good looking and functional.
Update: Since it was reading low on the lead going to the fairing clearance lamp, wired it to the acc term on the fuse block.
Now it reads accurately.



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