Voltmeter

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by sstewart, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. sstewart

    sstewart Long timer

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    Looking to install a volt meter on my 990 Adventure. I would like to have a very small meter,that can be a very neat install. Any suggestions on this?
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  2. AndyKirby

    AndyKirby Mostly Harmless

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    I've used the Datel for years and they've proved to be very reliable.

    Check out the two wire options. There are also plenty of 'clones' available on ebay shipped directly from China.

    http://www.datelmeters.com

    Hope that helps.

    Andy
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  3. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    I used one of the ebay ones and potted it with hot glue. Works fine.

    This is the best pic I have atm.

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  4. JRod152

    JRod152 will work for tires

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    HERE is my example on an SE. Works great! Love to see 14.3 volts glowing at me. :D

    [​IMG]

    Use decent wire not far from a good source for an accurate reading.
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  5. Gustavo.Ramos

    Gustavo.Ramos Long timer

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    What lights are those?

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  6. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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  7. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    +1 on the Datel. Installed for over 3 years, zero issues:clap
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  8. 6732cash

    6732cash Been here awhile

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    You can buy LED battery monitors.. had one on my 950 they work ok and take up less room on dash
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  9. DirtyADV

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    Solved it with a diy aluminum bracket:

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    A few more pictures here.

    /Johan
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  10. rossguzzi

    rossguzzi 990 Adv.

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    These look great.

    How do you wire them up ?

    Cheers.
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  11. The Doc

    The Doc Been here awhile

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    Ive gotta say that is the ugliest, dodgiest, unprofessional modification I've ever seen on a 990.

    You should me ashamed of yourself :rofl
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  12. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Have several uglier and even more unprofesssional modifications done, this might be the easiest to spot, but it worked great =)

    Its off-topic but you would love my solution to access the subframe bolts and upper shock bolt, just drill holes:

    [​IMG]


    Back to the topic, what about the ctek panel indicator?

    Anyone used them and found a good place to mount, I myself is looking to not have anything connected to the front fairings for ease of maintenance and maybe in the future go safaritanks.

    Wonder if that panel mount just show low voltage or would it indicate high voltage also? Say the rectifier starts failing?



    /Johan
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  13. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    I've got the CTEK and also use it as a charge and a power point for compressor - you can see the Voltage levels at which the LEDs switch in the table below - It will not indicate over voltage

    _________Vlow_______Vhigh
    RED________________12.39
    ORANGE___12.40_____12.63
    GREEN____12.64__________
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  14. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    So basically it is green all the time, unless the key is off or you have tons of accessories going. If you have a RR failure, which is the typical charging failure mode. it would still be green. Not sure I like that.
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  15. PABiker

    PABiker Anywhere but here

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    Here's where I put mine:

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    But the bike belongs to my buddy now.
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  16. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    I think the CTEK items purpose is more to monitor the battery when the bike is parked for extended periods and to then easily connect the charger

    The 1190 has a Volt meter in its console display already
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  17. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    Mine is in same location as PABiker's. I used quick plug in connectors to make for easy removal of side panel. Use a relay on it, or just wire to the switched accessory connection behind your dash, so it is only on when the bike is switched on. Easy-peasy, positive to positive, negative to negative anywhere in the system.
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  18. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Some Garmin GPS units have the option to show voltage. I know my ancient III+ did and my current 478 shows voltage. Just a possible option if you're thinking about a gps as well.
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  19. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    My Zumo 450 has this feature, but the voltage it shows is always different from what is shown at the same time on my multimeter.
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  20. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    FYI - You need fuel...and probably a rear tire....:D
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