R80G/S switch panel with Acewell speedo

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by batoutoflahonda, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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    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:

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    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:

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    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/product/BUD-INDUSTRIES-CU-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. :lol3

    see yeah.
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  2. Ras Thurlo

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  3. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    :wink: nice!


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


    :D

    Edit: just took another look and see that your bracket DOES put it under...nice!
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  4. Cordless

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    Very interested in seeing this result. Thanks for doing the boot work on this mod.
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  5. Viking Panels

    Viking Panels n00b

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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. :rofl

    Roy

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  6. Cordless

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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?

    :lol3:lol3
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  7. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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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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  8. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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


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


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  9. Ras Thurlo

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    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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  10. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    What are you using for the faceplate/mounting surface? Nicely done, very sanitary.

    :D
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  11. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Nicely done, very clean!
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  12. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    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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  13. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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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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  14. Prmurat

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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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  15. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    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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  16. batoutoflahonda

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    Here is an update on the switch panel. Thing looks awesome. The second pic is with it lit up.

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  17. Ras Thurlo

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    lookin good, but isn't 12k revs a little optimistic for an airhead?

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  18. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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    Finally got this thing about wrapped up. Just waiting on a windshield. Only issue is the MPH get's wonky as the speed increases. So at 70mph, the 7 is steady, but the 0 and the tenths fluctuate between speeds so fast they are unreadable.

    Start with something that looks like this. Mumble "What have I done", close the garage door and walk away.

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    I used Delphi Weather pack connectors. Don't forget to order the crimper. Every thing is quick release for those drunken "I can make this better" moments in camp. Miles from home.


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    Had some old handlebar accessory mounts and gave them a go. Surprisingly sturdy, this is.

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    Back side of the fuse box. Added a relay and fuse.

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    Front side

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    Took a little longer than I thought.

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