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Shift Light Style Preference? #776266 06/12/19 7:53 pm
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I am making an electronic tachometer for the Wenco bike, same size as the Smiths gauge so I can use the rubber mounting boot. It will have a programmable RPM limit light (flash then solid, separately settable), RGB oil pressure and temperature lights. There are two ways I can incorporate the RPM light, a jewel in the upper centre between the needle and number scale or around the rim with the lighting LEDs.
The jewel would focus the light more directly at the driver if the gauge were not laid flat with the top triple clamp.
The other two lights are at the bottom between the max and min numbers.
Since I plan to make these available in the future, which would arrangement be more appealing?
I have not decided on the best interface for programming the light but to keep things water tight, probably a USB port that plugs into a PC.

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Re: Shift Light Style Preference? [Re: DMadigan] #776369 06/14/19 1:15 am
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It seems to me that the shift light should be as in-your-face as possible, so top center sounds right to me. Have you considered an analog tach with a tiny digital speedo? The MotoGadget tach/speedos could stand some competition.

Re: Shift Light Style Preference? [Re: DMadigan] #776422 06/14/19 3:52 pm
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Normally the gauges sit flat to the upper triple clamp so the jewel would not face the driver. Hard to know which would be more visible.
Motogadget gauges appear to have a lot of functions that most people would not use. Unless you have a T160 the neutral light has no input.
I will be making a speedometer that replicates the Smiths for the R3OIF. The LCD display could have some of those functions though I am not sure adding an accelerometer or compass is worth the money.
The biggest cost to these is the case and sealed electrical connections.


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