Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Lees Summit, MO
So I bought one of these IDEA gear indicators from Amazon. I bought the round indicator with green LEDs. Install is pretty straight forward.
Before I started any installation I checked out a couple videos on YouTube and did some looking around on the bike. First things first - locate your diagnostic port under the seat. Mine was actually tucked under my toolkit. My port had a cap on it and I used a small standard screwdriver to depress the catch and remove. I test fitted the indicator and turned the bike on, with the bike in neutral. The indicator will count up to 6 and then stay at 0. I started the bike, raised the side stand, pulled in the clutch, and shifted to 1st - indicator will indicate 1. Test complete; shut the bike down, set the side stand down.
Next order of business is to remove the plastics on the right side of the bike. The pic below shows the three I removed to allow maximum access. On my 2014 it was relatively simple with only a few Allen heads and a Phillips. I figured out where I wanted the indicator and how I was going to make the hole. I measured the narrow portion of the back side and found it matched, perfectly the black cap of a can of Brakleen. This gave me a ready made template. I would highly recommend making a template; it helps figuring out placement without a wire being in the way. Deciding on the left side of the instrument panel, I used the template to figure out a normal looking placement, making sure to leave room for the wider rim of the indicator, and drew a circle with pencil on the panel.
Searching my collection of hole saws; I had nothing that would fit - 1 5/16". A step bit would've been really nice, but a Dremel with a spiral cutting bit worked well with a little patience. Inspect the back side of the panel where you'll be cutting and ensure there are no wires or cables that will be damaged once you punch through. I cut short (inside the line) and then used a sanding drum to get the fit exact. The fitment took about 5 minutes. Placing the indicator in its new home, route the wire, keeping in mind pinching, abrasion, and slack for the handle bar movement. The indicator comes with small tie wraps, but I used some larger ones to strap it to wide portions of the frame. I also cut some of the factory wraps and replaced them so I could get the wire secured in the same place. You'll see in the pic that the wire is under the junction to minimize crimping. Take your time and really think through this part.
Finally plug it in and test it again, same as before. Satisfied it works, you can remove the adhesive protectors on the rim and seat the indicator, tidy up the straps, and replace the plastics. One thing to note as you ride and shift, the indicator displays the resulting gear position as reported from the diagnostic port. That report is made AFTER you enter the gear. For example when you shift up to 2nd, the indicator will display 1 until you release the clutch and 2nd gear is engaged. Then the indicator will display 2. In other words, there will be a slight delay between shift and display. The same goes for downshifts and if you come to a stop, coasting with the clutch in as you downshift, the last gear you were in will be displayed. It's not uncommon you will be at a stop light or sign and the indicator displays 2 or even 3. I'll usually let the clutch out slowly without throttle to synch the indicator with the gear I'm in - first.
I've been riding with this for almost a week now and I love it! The green LED is nice and bright and clear, even in direct sunlight; the fuzziness in the pic is just the way it rendered. I know exactly what gear I'm in and it gives me just a little more confidence.
I'll post up some pics after work.
Last edited by sgtmango333; 08-09-2018 at 07:50 AM.
Reason: Added some pic references and explanations. Corrected some grammar and other misc. errors.