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post #1 of 9 Old 09-01-2014, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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919 gauges - want to swap for something more old school

I've got an 06 919 and I'm wanted to swap the gauge cluster out for a mini speedo and tach. I've been searching for a while to find out what criteria I need to meet with whatever I choose as replacements, but I can't seem to find the answers I'm looking for. I'm hoping you guys could help me out.

First off, do I need to use an electrical tach with this bike? Or will a mechanical gauge with a 1:4 ratio work?

With the speedo, will any gauge with a 60mph-2240rpm ratio work?

I plan on getting a temp gauge as well, do I need to consider any of the electrical specs on the gauge before I buy?

All the indicating lights will be taken care of otherwise, but as for the led display, can I just tie those leads off somehow or do I need those for the correct ECU operations?

I haven't committed to anything yet, so feel free to completely change my mind if there's no way to make this work. I appreciate any help you guys have.

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-01-2014, 02:29 PM
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Well, I don't know much, but I can say that both speedo and tach are electronic - no drive cables here. You can definitely use substitute gauges (Koso is a popular choice, but it is for people wanting a more modern gauge cluster) but they'll have to be electronic, not mechanical.

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I think he's actually looking for something like the old school Smiths gauges.

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Kind of. I just like the look of the round mini gauges and would like to get some to replace the current setup. I've looked at koso and Dakota digital gauges, and they're really nice, but I would like something more classic, just the needle gauge style.

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The Trailtech Vapor is also a suggestion. Still not a needle type gauge. If I had it to do my own self I think I would go with the white faced Koso RX-1N and then mount a nice little windscreen over it (Like a Puig or Givi). That or maybe the windscreen off the Buell Cyclone. I'm pretty sure you would have to modify the mounting brackets for the windscreen though to get it at the right angle and far enough off the gauges to not block them (and still provide some wind buffer).

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The 919 gauges are backlight analog look, I'm not sure how much more retro you want to look...lol

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True. I was just thinking smaller. I guess I'm going to have to stick with digital. I was looking at the Koso DB-01R+ and was wondering, is a temperature gauge in addition to this meter necessary for correct bike function? Or can I live without one?

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The 919 gauges are backlight analog look, I'm not sure how much more retro you want to look...lol
Haha, right on! If anything, I want to update mine with a digital speedo.

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Kind of. I just like the look of the round mini gauges and would like to get some to replace the current setup.
They aren't mini, but the stock ones are round.


Are you changing anything else on the bike to go with that look?

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