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Old 02-18-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Mounting Acewell speedo into switch panel, a project.

Was going to wait until I got this project finished before I do write up on it. But, I figured there might be other folks that are looking for such a mod so here goes.

I wanted to mount the Acewell speedo into a flat panel and add some switches and an accessory plug:



There is company called Viking Switches who make really nice switch panels, lighted or unlighted switches and nomenclature.

http://www.vikingpanels.com/

I've been working with Roy over there to come up with a way to mount the speedo into a flat panel. He has machined up a bracket to do so:



I figure I have look at the instrument panel more than any other part of the bike. So, might as well make it look good. I'm going to either make a box that the panel will sit on, or buy one similar to these:

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/produc...-3283-/28-8677

When I get every thing together, I'll do full right up with trials and tribulations and cost. It's way over budget.

see yeah.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:38 PM   #3
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nice!


How about mounting the Acewell flush w just the bezel above? That would be sweet! Nice looking panel design!




Edit: just took another look and see that your bracket DOES put it under...nice!
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #4
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Very interested in seeing this result. Thanks for doing the boot work on this mod.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #5
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The mounting bracket is "keyed" to the factory Acewell bracket. With one 1/4-28 bolt in the center, the connection to the bracket is rock-solid. With fiber-optic backlighting, this panel should look great at night.

The current budget on this job stands at $38,602. It shouldn't go much higher.

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:42 PM   #6
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I could probably afford $31,000 for an Acewell mount but I really couldn't go any higher. Any chance you might drop the price a bit?

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:49 AM   #7
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Well, I kind of want to have the speedo stick up a bit to get a bit of "texture". The speedo and panel were only part of it. It's also getting a baja designs race light with d.o.t lens and H4 high low bulb, and Eastern Beaver relay. The wiring is going to be done up with round (cannon plug type) dis-connecters.Thing is, I've spent months looking for ways to pull this off. Equate that to money and me fabbing it up with a die grinder and spit, some times you just gotta go with the pros.

This whole thing started with a rather weak head light and a speedo that would turn into a terrarium here in the Pacific North West rain. Shame about the speedo. For it being over 30 years old, it was dead on accurate, when the needle wasn't bouncing all over the place. We have large critters running around up here, elk. Hence the need for a better head light. Hope it helps, something about their coats soaks up light.

The mess thus far.



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Old 02-19-2013, 01:10 AM   #8
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Here's mine

First effort looked good, but key fob would obscure some idiot lights.





Re-done, key position set low, and one flasher light deleted.


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Old 02-19-2013, 01:27 AM   #9
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First effort looked good, but key fob would obscure some idiot lights.
On my R80 scrambler I put the key fob onto the subframe tube under my seat, was going to do the same with my 100GS as this cleans up the front.



Buzz Lightyear's set-up gives you a sense of what variables there are to play with:
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:59 AM   #10
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What are you using for the faceplate/mounting surface? Nicely done, very sanitary.

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:37 AM   #11
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Nicely done, very clean!
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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What are you using for the faceplate/mounting surface?

That was initially a grey plastic electrical box (nothing fancy at all), which was cut at an angle on its base to set the Acewell at the correct angle for viewing.

If the Acewell was fitted directly into the Britannia Composites fairing dash, the angle would be too steep to read the speedo.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:56 PM   #13
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Buzz Lightyear's set-up gives you a sense of what variables there are to play with:
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Whoa. It's gotta be tiring swinging 20 lbs of instrumentation around every time you make a turn. That's not gonna help you in a slalom race.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:09 PM   #14
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I am installing this one on my Laverda 750SF2.... my main concern is the charging light (it is a dynamo with an electro cut regulatot (Bosh) and I will need a real bulb.... maybe hide the real bulb somewhere and plug one of the Acewell LED on it??). the smaller hole is for the key. This is when it was made, now it is painted black wrinkle finish.

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:22 PM   #15
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Pics stolen from somewhere in ADVrider.

Notice how the dash angle is nowhere as steep as the dash on my bike so the speedo can slot right in. I must say that I do like the design of the OP`s proposed dash.



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