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Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby GillesGLW » Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:26 pm



Hello Everyone,

I recently bought a multi function voltmeter (http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/digital ... er/129/342) but I managed to loose the installation guidelines. Would anyone know how the wiring should be done?

Thanks!!!!
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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby GillesGLW » Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:40 pm

I think I found myself the answer:
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=21005

So there is Battery/switched and ground. I know where battery and ground will go, but where do you plug the "switched" cable?

And which color goes where?

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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby 97Aspy » Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:29 pm

This might be the instructions you need below. Red wire goes to 12 volt constant positive, black wire to ground and the orange wire 12 volt switched. If this is the same volt meter you have. Good luck

http://img.jpcycles.com/staticwebfiles/ ... Z73218.pdf

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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby Bobsiler » Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:08 pm

97Aspy wrote:This might be the instructions you need below. Red wire goes to 12 volt constant positive, black wire to ground and the orange wire 12 volt switched. If this is the same volt meter you have. Good luck

http://img.jpcycles.com/staticwebfiles/ ... Z73218.pdf


I just mounted one on my 88 a few weeks ago. These are correct. I ran the switched wire to the accessory screws on the top of the fuse box left side of the bike.

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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:38 am

Be careful where you mount these. I would keep it out of the way as much as possible.
I was going to get one and then read "This is weather-resistant but, not waterproof. We have been selling them for many years for use on motorcycles and we do not get complaints about failures because of moisture."
I tend to ride whether it's raining or not and didn't want to take the chance.
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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby Bobsiler » Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:17 am

This is true. Finding a place to mount it is a challenge if you want to keep it dry. I rolled the dice for $27 and am hoping it holds up. I mounted mine on the top shelter just behind the key. About as much protection as i could come up with. I too ride in the rain and am headed to Seattle in a few weeks. I let you know if it fails.

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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby joeincalif » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:41 am

It has 5 functions but other than thermometer and volt meter are the others important?
ice alert, clock, stop watch and lap counter.
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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:26 am

joeincalif wrote:It has 5 functions but other than thermometer and volt meter are the others important?
ice alert, clock, stop watch and lap counter. .


Just throwing things out here, but
- The clock would be useful as mine has the "running fast" issue
- The ice alert is an extension of the thermometer that would let you know instead of cold, it's d##m cold.
- The stopwatch and lap counter could be used during parking lot practice to time your circuits.

Basically, you get what you get and if you figure out a way to use it, all the better.
They may just be there to give you bragging rights to say "I've got something that you don't". :D
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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:54 pm

The red/black wires are what power the whole thing. The orange (switched) wire just lights up the LED backlight when the bike is turned on.

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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby Mh434 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:00 pm

I had one of those, and I liked it...for a while. Mine eventually failed, connecting the switched "ignition" circuits to the "always hot" circuits - basically, everything in the bike stayed on when the ignition was off & the key was out. As soon as I disconnected this unit, all went back to normal instantly. Just something to keep an eye on...

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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby Charlie1Horse » Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:23 pm

The orange wire connects to switched power because it will kill your battery fairly soon. It only needs battery pos and neg (red and black) to maintain memory until the ignition is turned on and the unit lights up.
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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby Mh434 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:35 pm

True. Apparently, mine shorted internally, which caused the issues. I took it apart - there were several bad solder joints on the board, maybe due to moisture in the air

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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby Andy Cote » Sun May 01, 2016 7:19 am

I mounted mine just below the right fairing pocket with hook & loop tape. I have always pulled it off and put it in the pocket when there was a risk of getting wet. Maybe three years old and the voltmeter started going nuts. All over the place. Hooked up my toolbox voltmeter and a solid 14.4. Kept this on for several days just to make sure and finally pulled this one off.

BTW, I had an earlier version in my truck years ago. Same thing happened so I knew what I was getting. Off course the truck one was inside (dry). Just another poorly made throw away item.
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Re: Show Chrome Digital 5 Function Voltmeter

Postby Mh434 » Sun May 01, 2016 11:41 am

Mine exhibited the same symptom initially - the voltage display started going strange. Unfortunately for me, at the time I was busy trying to track down the common GL1500 low-voltage-cranks-but-won't-start problem. The unit gave me a battery voltage of 14.5, then 15.9, 17, on successive days. That didn't help me track my problem (a bad battery) at all!

So, to anyone who buys one, it seems wise to look for odd voltages on the display, as a first indicator of impending failure...




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