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Old 10-02-2012, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dime City Cycle Mini Speedos and Tachs

I'm in the process of an insurance claim, where among other things, buggered up my speedo. Shocked to discover Triumph speedo and tach for a Bonne is a grand! I was wondering if anybody has had any experience mounting the Dime City Cycles 2.5" units to a Bonne or Thrux? They are inexpensive and look like they might be pretty cool and tidy on these bikes, that is provided there is a way to mount them cleanly, they display correct road and engine speed, and don't stop working after a month.

Anybody done this? How did the installation go? Still working? And please post pics if they are on bike.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've got the mini speedo, fabbed up a couple quick mounts out of some pre-drilled metal tabs from ace hardware (2 dollars). I just got an official accuracy test thanks to johnny law pulling me over yesterday....I looked down and it said I was going 90...first thing Johnny said "What the hell were you doing going 90mph?!"

So I'd say it's pretty accurate!

There are two wiring diagrams on here that I used to connect the speedo. Total time was about 20 minutes.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=goat2321;2385296 I just got an official accuracy test thanks to johnny law pulling me over yesterday....I looked down and it said I was going 90...first thing Johnny said "What the hell were you doing going 90mph?!".[/QUOTE

Too funny! I love how American cops ask such excellent rhetorical questions. It's like being chewed out by the football coach.

I have a few questions.
1. Now that we've established it does the job of recording speed accurately, does the speedo appear to be of decent quality in real life up close?
2. What kind of bike do you ride and what year?
3. Did you get the electronic one with idiot lights?
4. Can you please post a pic?

Thanks, this helps.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Anybody done this? How did the installation go? Still working? And please post pics if they are on bike.
Not sure if the Dime City units are the same ones I installed in my D9 minigauge/ignition relocation bracket, but the 8K rpm tacho went boots up after about 200 miles (my redline is 8,500) and the speedo went south at 2,500 miles. The replacement tach I installed in May made it until mid-September. Since my thruxton is an '04, the speedo is mechanical & the tacho is electronic...

This pic was to show the temporary innovate install, but you can see the D9 gauge bracket below. I love the look, but wish I knew where to buy better gauges that fit...



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Old 10-03-2012, 07:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm in the process of an insurance claim,
Same Here! Though I don't need gauges. Got other parts from DCC on the way.

I looked at the mini-gauges but decided to go with the Acewell 2853 when I start to work on ceaning up the front. I know it is modern and eletronic but I like the idea of one gauge for everything and the Acewell still kind of has a retro look.
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Yeah, the Acewell is pretty swank. =) I had fun getting it all working, especially fiddling about to get the CEL and the fuel bar working like the fuel light did, and wiring it up so it all plugged directly into the stock connectors. Took a bit of effort and time, but I quite like it.

Only annoyance I have with it is I hate blue lights. I would rather have it yellow, amber, white... Hell, just about anything other than blue would have been preferred. It's not obtrusive in the day, and the night, it's not exactly super-bright. I did disassemble it to see if I could solder some new LED in place, but they're tiny, tiny, tiny SMD LED, so unless you have some pretty good tooling for working in that environment, I recommend just putting up with it. =(

I did disassemble the entire assembly and sprayed down the idiot light surrounds so the clear plastic that normally surrounds them is blacked out, keeping the light from those LEDs in the normal cluster from washing the idiot lights in blue tint quite as much.

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Old 10-03-2012, 03:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I looked at the mini-gauges but decided to go with the Acewell 2853 when I start to work on ceaning up the front. I know it is modern and eletronic but I like the idea of one gauge for everything and the Acewell still kind of has a retro look.
That's where I'm headed I think...unless some more-robust 2.4" instruments suddenly hit the market.

With its mechanical to electronic speedo drive adapter, the Acewell is a pretty sweet setup:

http://www.acewell.co.uk/Acewell%20A...ion=full&id=23

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How does that speedo pickup work and mount?
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Pretty well!

But seriously, it's the adapter made to work with Triumph/BMW. It mounts in the stock location in the stock fashion, and is a hall effect sensor that measures the rotations of the speedo output.

You just need to config the distance traveled per rotation on the unit. Easy cheese.

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Ahh, yeah looking at the Duc one I see. Just plugs into the speedo gear. Cool beans.
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