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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Step by Step Gauge Housing DIY

Hey everyone. I got the idea to do this switch of gauge housing from another member on here! (Feel free to chime in if that is you with the red scram)
EDIT! Thanks "@Aces high"
. The gauges are from Stanley thermos vacuum jar (17oz)
I just got all the parts today and decided to knock it out this morning.

Parts: Stanley lids, Dremel, drill and drill bits, random switch from hardware store, and whatever you’d like to smooth with.
First I started with marking the holes up with a sharpie to match the OEM cups for the wiring , screws, and excess water relief.

First, I cut off the excess thermal plastic to take it all off of the outside of the housing and then smoothed the edges

Then I used the sharpie points to dremel out the backs for the wiring and drill the holes for the screws

Lastly I gutted the excess out/off of the push switch. I wanted to make this as short as possible by with the only switch I was able to find , the inside couldn’t be taken down as it was extending the whole switch.

Finally I drilled the hole in the side of the cup so the switch just barely fit over the threads to prevent as much leaking in as I can. I loaded the inside of the switch with the same grease I use on my clutch cable because after messing with it, it got really sticky. Lastly I lock tite some washers and nuts on either side.

Finally I fitted both to the bike. The areas that I worked on (especially the first screw hole) are not perfect but luckily they are all very hard to see since everything is underneath in the back. Only part you can see is the switch hole which was done last so I had some practice. The washers on that cover the tiny gap.

I’m no pro at any of this but like when I see cool projects on here to get ideas to try and tackle myself. Hope you all enjoy

I try to post most of these on my Instagram stories of you guys are more interested.
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And thatís all for this weekend!


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Thanks for the write up, and that's a fine looking bike you've got there.
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Thanks for the write up, and that's a fine looking bike you've got there.


Thanks man!
Iíll try to post more of them on here when projects come around


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I found two stainless steel kitchen storage containers at my local Dollar Store. No plastic inner liner to deal with. I just cut them to length, drilled the bottom holes and cut-in the slots with a rotary cut-off wheel.

I also swapped the Std Bonneville odometer knob (short shaft) with a T100 knob (long shaft) to clear the cup.

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Man I really love your bike and what you've done with it. Just beautiful
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Man I really love your bike and what you've done with it. Just beautiful


Thanks man, been a mod here and there that have transformed the bike over the past 2 years! I love your thruxton too. I actually tried that rear fender that you did but I scrapped it and just went with a delete.


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Hey love the mod! This has been on my list for a while now. How did you mark up the holes for the screws on the bottom? I'm afraid of drilling up holes in the wrong place.
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Hey love the mod! This has been on my list for a while now. How did you mark up the holes for the screws on the bottom? I'm afraid of drilling up holes in the wrong place.


So I just removed the existing OEM cups and put that cup button up against the thermos lid and just marked through the holes of the OEM with a sharpie. Once I marked them, I spun a screw driver over the mark because the drill removes the mark way too fast and kinda goes everywhere, so itís good to get a little divot in to start


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