Finding a Small volt meter


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Finding a Small volt meter

Postby twocams » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:35 pm



I didnt want to cut a big 2" hole in my Fairing. So I was looking around and found these 1 3/8" digital volt meters. Kinda cute I'm thinkin. :lol: Has a screw on plastic lock nut. See how long it lasts.


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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:45 pm

awwww thats so cute. what's it get to be when it grows up :lol:.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby twocams » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:52 pm

Watt did you say stuart? :)

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:07 am

lol, i said thats so cute but whats it get to be when it grows up :lol:. maybe a temperature gauge?

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:01 am

twocams wrote:I didnt want to cut a big 2" hole in my Fairing. So I was looking around and found these 1 3/8" digital volt meters. Kinda cute I'm thinkin. :lol: Has a screw on plastic lock nut. See how long it lasts.

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well, since the PO already cut a hole in my fairing to put a car ignition switch on my 1100, i thought i might as well make the best out of a stupid thing, so i found a s/s plate with a Honda logo on it, i had a machine shop cut a perfect round 2" hole in it and i put 3 toggle switches, my electric windshield washer pump button and my new external volt meter into it. came out rather nice and it covered the nasty job the PO did to it.

here are 2 photos, a before and after.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby flash1942 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:58 am

I have one similar to that. It works well but one thing I don't like about is that sunlight washes it out. Would be better if it was a LCD with backlighting.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:15 am

thats one thing about mine i like. it has a white background, black numbers and a red needle, and at night, it has a little bulb that lights up and i can see what my volts are at a quick glance in the dark. so far its very accurate. at an idle it reads at 13 volts, and anything above an idle, its shows my charging system is at 14.5 to 15 volts which from what i understand is as perfect as it gets.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby twocams » Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:03 am

boy he butchered that thing. but nice cover up. almost looks like an aircraft cockpit. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby Rusty Bike » Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:16 pm

Some people should not be allowed to use tools!
The fix looks real nice, good job.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:33 pm

I bought something like this:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Mini-DC-0-100V-B ... 210e7530de

I got a 3-pack, all with green numerals (they match the GoldWing gauge color) for $5.82 (shipping & taxes included). They're adjustable, too (although all 3 of mine showed precisely correct voltage, vs. a known-accurate voltmeter, right out of the package).

As I didn't want to cut any holes in my fairing, I used a milling attachment on my old 1940's South Bend lathe to machine a black ABS housing (kind of like a shadow box) for the voltmeter, and attach it with Velcro just below my left fairing pocket. As I'm not certain how waterproof my little box is, I can tuck it into the fairing pocket while washing the bike, etc.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:50 pm

thanks twocams and rustybike, i like the way they turned out to be, all in a nice clean setting. one switch works the front fender light, the other one works the rear bumper lights and the little black round one works my electric windshield washer pump...........Mh434, i like those little LED's you have. do you have any problems seeing them in the sunlight?

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby froche » Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:32 pm

I bought a LCD gauge, look like old segmented Nixie Nexi?, display.

Have to be in the garage, at night or while going under an overpass to see it. So it works but a needle gauge would be better.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:10 pm

froche wrote:I bought a LCD gauge, look like old segmented Nixie Nexi?, display.

Have to be in the garage, at night or while going under an overpass to see it. So it works but a needle gauge would be better.


i bought a 2" round bosch analog volt meter. it was less than $20.00 and took about 15 minutes to install once the hole was drilled into the s/s plate.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby froche » Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:19 pm

I've ordered one to replace it for 6.99

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:21 pm

froche wrote:I've ordered one to replace it for 6.99

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thats a good price for that volt meter. looks good too.

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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:00 pm

I should have added pics - here's what the little LED one looks like. It starts out showing zeros for an instant, then on to true voltage. I like that it shows volts in 0.1V increments.

So far, I don't have any trouble reading it in bright daylight, as it's shaded by the pocket top of the fairing pocket. I don't know if it would be an issue if the sun shines directly on it, although the reflection off the clear window would probably be the main issue, rather than the legibility of the LED's.

Here's a couple of pics:




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Re: Finding a Small volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:05 pm

have to admit, it is in a good spot.

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