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    ST1300 - Add On digital voltmeter


    I have used the Add On digital voltmeter before
    and it's a nice product that provides for a
    clean installation.

    I purchased this at www.cyclemaxohio.com for under $30 shipped.
    Here are some pics of the meter, it measures 1 1⁄4" X 7/8":


    • Step 1
      Decide location - I wanted to put my meter below the left side
      fairing pocket.
    • Step 2
      Remove Parts - for the location I chose, you will need to:
      - Remove seats
      - Remove left side saddlebag
      - Remove left side panel
      - Loosen and prop up upper gas tank

      There isn't much under this part of the fairing but you do want
      access to it so you can work and there are some wires nearby
      that you don't want to accidentally cut.
    • Step 3
      Preparation - I didn't have any masking tape but found some paper
      bandage tape which worked just as well. I masked off the area
      I intended to install the meter.
      5178.jpg
      I took the backing lock plate that is supplied with the meter as a
      template. Then used a pencil to trace the inner cutout of the
      plate. This will actually be smaller than the opening you need but
      that's a good thing as you don't want to cut a hole too big.
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    • Step 4
      Cutting - I used a Dremel with a cutting disk and simply cut the
      4 sides of the pencil marked rectangle. Remember, it's better to
      cut a smaller hole that you can trim than a bigger one you can't

      After you cut the hole, keep testing the fitment of the meter and
      trimming a little more with a knife. If you do it this way you won't
      need the backing plate that came with the meter, it will be snug
      enough on it's own.
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    • Step 5
      Connection - I ran some wires from the OEM fuse box location then
      under the gas tank and under the left side frame and up through
      the hole. I bent a couple electrical connectors, crimped them and
      then connected them to the voltmeter.

      As I said above, I cut the hole very close and the meter has to be
      pushed into it with just enough force that there is no need to use
      the backing plate that comes with the meter.

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      My power is coming from a tap into the switched power from the
      back of the fuse box. The ground I ran to a tap of a wire which
      was already coming from the negative side of the battery.
      5165.jpg

    • Step 6
      Put everything back together - Once you have everything connected
      you've probably already tried the meter by turning on the key.

      Reading during idle:
      5164.jpg
      Reading during idle w/PIAA 910s and high beams on:
      5163.jpg


    You're Done!

    Evaluation:
    Others have commented this meter is not the most accurate meter
    however, it is not far off. My main reason for getting it, other than
    the cool look, is to see when typical readings change
    providing me a warning that I may have electrical issues.



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    Re: Add On digital voltmeter

    That was a quick install - from talking about it this morning to installed this afternoon.

    Looks nice.

    Stace

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    I took my time.. it only took maybe 40 mins if that..

    Next time you need a tire change stop by and we'll do that and a meter.. It should cover your powerlet hole if that's where you want it.

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    Re: Add On digital voltmeter

    Nice little writeup Joe.

    For the people who are also considering putting in the Hondaline heated grips you should know that this same location in the fairing is generally used to mount the heat controller.

    Joe... do you belong to the Farkle of the Month club?!?
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    LOL.. this is a cheap farkle.. I like those...

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    Classy job Joe, the only thing different I would, and have done, is to put the meter in my direct line of sight. I try to minimize the number of reasons why I need to look down any further than I need to.

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    Re: Add On digital voltmeter

    Quote Originally Posted by hojo in sc View Post
    Classy job Joe, the only thing different I would, and have done, is to put the meter in my direct line of sight. I try to minimize the number of reasons why I need to look down any further than I need to.
    Yeah, I couldn't find a place where I could do that without needing some type of 'L' bracket. I thought if would be cool to add it to the existing gauge cluster but that probably would have messed with how watertight it is.

    There's room to install this on the clear plastic of the gauges ... I'm just not that confident and I'd hate to have to replace a $??? part because of a $30 farkle..

    Ray - nm6r - installed one just under the dash and between the handlebars which looks good.

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    Hi There...Nice ... Could you tell me how to find the proper wires to tap for the + & - connections? Are they color coded ? Is there a fuse connected to the pos. wire ?
    Many Thanks....Gerry

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    Re: Add On digital voltmeter

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerry LaHaye View Post
    Hi There...Nice ... Could you tell me how to find the proper wires to tap for the + & - connections? Are they color coded ? Is there a fuse connected to the pos. wire ?
    Many Thanks....Gerry
    There is a red wire w/green stripe. Look at this album and you'll see where to the the + connection:
    http://www.st-owners.com/forums/album.php?albumid=384

    As far as the - connection, that's up to you, I already had a wire for a different accessory going to the battery - so I tapped into that.

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    Thanks Mellow....

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