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Old 07-26-2012, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wanted: Acewell Gauge experiences

Hi All,

I'm going to be shifting to an electronic speedo in the near future and am warming up to the Acewell 2856 unit for my carbed thruxton:

http://www.acewell.co.uk/Acewell%20S...ion=full&id=18

Searching the archives, I've not found much of anything in terms of commentaries on the reliability/mounting options/or general satisfaction with these gauges...only vague references, incompatibility issues with EFI bikes, and this post:

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-talk...ml#post1418627

I am indebted to anyone who can share their experience with this manufacturer.

Thanks,

--Rich

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Old 07-26-2012, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the Acewell 2856 and I find at the blue back light at night makes it hard to read the speedometer. Others have said that is not a problem for them. Other than that I like it...would like to find something to wire out fuel gauge...the fuel bar flashes...
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input Jim. Anyone else want to comment on ease of install, reliability, overall satisfaction, etc.?

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Old 07-31-2012, 08:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Rich,

You'll want to get a hold of Jeremy at LCFrabrications and order his speedometer elimination spacer so you don't have to run a stock speedo without the cable.

The Acewell's are as good as anything else out there. I agree about the blue dial lighting, but you're never one to watch his guages anyways.

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You'll want to get a hold of Jeremy at LCFrabrications and order his speedometer elimination spacer so you don't have to run a stock speedo without the cable.
Mike,

I've seen those LC Fab spacers and they're top shelf. However, I'm probably going to fit the pulse transmitter to the speedo drive...Acewell offers a triumph specific unit that eliminates the need to do the magnet/sensor install on the wheel/fork leg and grabs the signal off the rotating drive.

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Acewell offers a triumph specific unit that eliminates the need to do the magnet/sensor install on the wheel/fork leg and grabs the signal off the rotating drive.
They do? Too cool!

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They do? Too cool!

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Yeah, way cool...check it out:

http://www.acewell.co.uk/Acewell%20A...rive/index.htm

The ACE-S8 unit is the one for our bikes...

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Yeah, way cool...check it out:

http://www.acewell.co.uk/Acewell%20A...rive/index.htm

The ACE-S8 unit is the one for our bikes...

Cheers,

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Beemerrich, I just ordered the Acewell and that Triumph specific cable. How hard was it to wire up all the idiot lights in the speedo?

Also, how does the fuel gauge work? Does it just notify you when the tank is close to empty like the stock light?

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My minigauge setup was pretty easy to wire, but since I've yet to commit on electronic speedos I can't comment on the Acewell unit. The lack of shared experience on the Acewell lead me to explore other options before pulling the trigger.

Like the speedhut offerings. These are GPS modulated and don't require any sort of pulse transmitter (thanks for the lead, Seth):

http://www.speedhut.com/gauges/GPS-speedometers

And the various options on the digital-speedo site:

http://www.digital-speedos.co.uk/index.asp

I need to pick at some point this winter since I no longer have a speedo drive on the front wheel....though the lack of speedo & tach hasn't kept me off the street for the past few months.

My thruxton is an '04, so I can't help you with the fuel gauge either. Please post some feedback on the install & gauge after sorting it out since no one else seems to have fitted this gauge - or at least on one wishes to share their experience if they did.

Good luck with your project.

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Kudos Rich!

By linking me to the Acewell site and the pulse speedo cable, I discovered that certain Honda's and BMW's use the same speedo cable attachment as the NTB.

This will be of particular interest to those wanting a pimped-out cable (SS braid covered) or just a cheap take-off replacement.

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