Volt meter hook up


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Volt meter hook up

Post by RBGERSON » Wed May 11, 2016 2:37 pm



where is the best place, read easiest, to hook up a stand alone volt meter. I plan on installing it in either the goldwing emblem spot on the ignition/key panel or in the lid of the right pocket.


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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by NVSB4 » Wed May 11, 2016 3:49 pm

RB, is your voltmeter digital or analog?
I have a digital that I mounted just above and to the right of the emblem.
I couldn't see it at all during the day unless I put my hand over it to shield it from the light.
I ended up getting a Firecreek panel and mounting it so that it angles more toward me and don't have an issue.

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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by joeincalif » Wed May 11, 2016 3:52 pm

Mine is connected to the ACC terminal on the fuse box. Is the meter your hooking up a digital meter? If so, you need to place it where the sun will not make the read out hard to see.
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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by RBGERSON » Thu May 12, 2016 7:28 am

Yeah it is digital I'll keep the sun in mind..
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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by aj1500 » Thu May 12, 2016 7:36 am

Not sure what type or size you have but here is how I did mine
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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by RBGERSON » Thu May 12, 2016 8:58 am

like this...
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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by BikerBuck » Thu May 12, 2016 9:20 am

I never used the CB, put mine here. Just another option.
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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by RBGERSON » Thu May 12, 2016 9:27 am

Actually more interested in the wire hookup spot..is there a place up front that I can tap into that will give me a fairly accurate reading of V's and is only hot when the key is on?? so I don't have to run wires all the way back the fuse panel..
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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by WingAdmin » Thu May 12, 2016 10:28 am

RBGERSON wrote:Actually more interested in the wire hookup spot..is there a place up front that I can tap into that will give me a fairly accurate reading of V's and is only hot when the key is on?? so I don't have to run wires all the way back the fuse panel..
The farther away from the battery and the more connectors in between it and the battery, the less accurate it will be.

The best in terms of accuracy is to have a relay switching a fused line connected directly to the battery, and have the voltmeter on that switched line.

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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by Charlie1Horse » Fri May 13, 2016 8:49 pm

Wire is cheap!!! Go ahead, (splurge) and buy 10 feet of wire. Fishing the wires through from the speedo area to the fuse area is so easy it must be the cost of wire the you are worried about. Nothing even has to be removed to fish the wires through.
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Re: Volt meter hook up

Post by eklimek » Sat May 14, 2016 1:30 pm

You posted a 2 wire voltmeter. The 3 wire uses the 3rd to power the display only. The display drains a bit of power. That can access any low voltage switched power source. The other 2 should run to whatever you wish to measure, perhaps the battery voltage. Useful to have that fused as well.

The lcd or led can be hard to see in direct sunlight.



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