Gauge Swap Question


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Gauge Swap Question

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:15 am



Among the stuff I recently acquired from the guy in Ohio that was parting a 1000 was a set of gauges. The speedometer on my GL has a broken trip meter, so I had intention of swapping them out. Easy enough if it is just a complete gauge for gauge swap. Problem is that the black bezel on the one I got is in much worse shape than the one mounted on my GL currently.

What I had hoped to do is to swap out the guts between the two housings as mine is pristine and the other is all chipped up and the "tunnel" where the reset for the trip meter exits the black housing is fractured. I would have considered repainting the black section of the housing and making both clusters match if this part wasn't damaged. The housing basically looks poorly maintained and would look bad on my GL. I know it's a small thing considering, but it would bother me every time I looked at it.

Problem is that I cannot figure out how to separate the black front from the chrome back. It appears to be held together with the chrome ring, but there looks to be no way to release it without trashing the housing or at least the ring. I don't care about trashing the other housing, but I absolutely don't want to damage the one that is mounted on the bike.

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Re: Gauge Swap Question

Postby scotterichmond » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:31 pm

some have "pryed" them open and crimped it closed. the ring is what holds in together. I would think it would look crappy after , so I did not do mine.

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Re: Gauge Swap Question

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:17 pm

Many have pried off the chrome ring and communication is that it looks great on the front still. So it is not a bad way to go. Not sure who looks at the back side.

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Re: Gauge Swap Question

Postby scotterichmond » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:18 am

I am way too much of a perfectionist sometimes( well all the time).

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Re: Gauge Swap Question

Postby Fred Camper » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:13 am

I have seen show bikes with the faces updated so it does not look bad.

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Re: Gauge Swap Question

Postby dingdong » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:39 am

Guys, please don't shoot me for this as it is just an example. There are chrome covers available that fit over the black front covers. If you have to remove the rings this should hide any damage. This is from Saber-cycle so beware. http://www.saber-cycle.com/store/product446.html#
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Re: Gauge Swap Question

Postby scotterichmond » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:10 am

dingdong wrote:Guys, please don't shoot me for this as it is just an example. There are chrome covers available that fit over the black front covers. If you have to remove the rings this should hide any damage. This is from Saber-cycle so beware. http://www.saber-cycle.com/store/product446.html#

That would work
Hmmmmm, I might just replace the dial back ground on mine........




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