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#399099 - 10/16/11 7:11 am Smiths Beauty Tip  
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Replacing the glass on my magnetic speedo, I thought that the needle looked a bit faded.
I found a cheap, easy solution: nail polish. Off to the dollar store, I found the right shade, and my needle looks new again.
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#399121 - 10/16/11 10:56 am Re: Smiths Beauty Tip [Re: DavidP]  
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Morn'n David,do you have a neat way of replacing the crimped on rims??? Dick

#399192 - 10/16/11 7:15 pm Re: Smiths Beauty Tip [Re: DavidP]  
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Awhile back I saw the tool to crimp the bezel back onto the gauge on eBay or something like that. I would assume you need a new one of those as well...

I'm curious, because I have a broken tach.


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#399208 - 10/16/11 9:01 pm Re: Smiths Beauty Tip [Re: DavidP]  
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Dick , a long time ago I replaced the glass and ring on a magnetic speedo. I have no clue what the correct tool looks like but what i did was but a block of hardwood in a lathe and spun a pocket into it that would seat the chrome ring in place but not deep enough to contact the glass . Then I stacked the pieces together (sheetmetal plate,rubber ring , maybe some other biets under ther , cant remember ) then I used a small hammer and a bit of hardwood to sorta tap and peen the edge over . the result didn't look as smooth as the factory arrangement but all in all not bad , I do remembver being nervous about cracking the glass but that didn't happen.I do have a new glass and ring on the shelf , I just might play with one of these again to see if I can get better results ..

FWIW-BONZO

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No, Dick, my crimping technique is still evolving. This last time I just used the ring end of a combination wrench to gently coerce the rim back in place. I have seen some interesting ideas on the board, however. I always found the tough part to be getting the rim off without messing it up.
One can hide a multitude of crimping sins with the rubber cup on the later models.
BTW: I did discover a cure for one of my main complaints about these gauges. I never could get the light to stay in place. I had a spare light socket from a generic auto gauge. I put a rubber grommet in the hole and can just shove that light socket into place with a little bulb grease. Still only illuminates one side of the dial, but it stays in place.

Shoot! Might have to do it over. The shade of polish I got doesn't match my tach, and it clashes with my eyes. laughing
Tough to find bright orange nail polish.


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#399323 - 10/17/11 2:08 pm Re: Smiths Beauty Tip [Re: DavidP]  
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I use an aluminum cup that snugly fits the OD of the bezel. This way, you can pry all you want on the back and never distort the bezel.


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#399450 - 10/18/11 12:59 am Re: Smiths Beauty Tip [Re: BONZO R.I.P.]  
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Originally Posted By: BONZO
Dick , a long time ago I replaced the glass and ring on a magnetic speedo. I have no clue what the correct tool looks like but what i did was but a block of hardwood in a lathe and spun a pocket into it that would seat the chrome ring in place but not deep enough to contact the glass . Then I stacked the pieces together (sheetmetal plate,rubber ring , maybe some other biets under ther , cant remember ) then I used a small hammer and a bit of hardwood to sorta tap and peen the edge over . the result didn't look as smooth as the factory arrangement but all in all not bad , I do remembver being nervous about cracking the glass but that didn't happen.I do have a new glass and ring on the shelf , I just might play with one of these again to see if I can get better results ..

FWIW-BONZO


You were almost there, Bonzo. You start by having that cup held in your lathe, and holding the instrument into the cup with the tail stock. Then, you need a small ball bearing (like a #608) bolted to the side of a short bar that's held in your tool post. (The idea is to have the bar hold the ball bearing at right angles to hte edge of the new bezel, and act the same way as a metal spinning tool).

Now, start the lathe at slow speed, and bring the ball bearing into contact with the open edge of the bezel to slowly roll it onto the flange of the instrument.

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#399456 - 10/18/11 1:17 am Re: Smiths Beauty Tip [Re: DavidP]  
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Brilliant!I've always wanted to try my hand at metal spinning , this never even occured to me .

thanks-BONZO

#399676 - 10/19/11 10:35 am Re: Smiths Beauty Tip [Re: DavidP]  
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When I park my bike for a week or so the tach is sometimes slow to come off zero, questioned Howard Inst re this and the old bloke told me that it is probably the needle sticking to the stop post.

Think of the leverage disadvantage from needle axis to tip and minimal rotational force generated by the magnetic drive ?

Good case for a little grease or whatever on the zero post ?


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#399689 - 10/19/11 12:40 pm Re: Smiths Beauty Tip [Re: DavidP]  
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Thanks guys,some good idea's here. As far as removing the bezel,I took an old screwdriver, heated it up red,and bent the last 1/4" at about 30 degree's.Then you can lever the edge of the bezel,using the case to lever against and it does a decent job of standing the edge away from the case edge. Much neater than just twisting away with a straight bladed screwdriver. Dick


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