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post #41 of 54 (permalink) Old 10-13-2017, 12:28 PM
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Check out Andy Man Cam on You Tube he has a video of how to install the thing.
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post #42 of 54 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 10:38 AM
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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.
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So would a sprocket change affect it's accuracy? Looking to do this one too.

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I highly doubt it. The diagnostic port is reporting what's going on with the transmission and a sprocket change would not change that. You may end up affecting the accuracy of your speedometer though.
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So would a sprocket change affect it's accuracy? Looking to do this one too.
Nope.
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Integrating GIPro within instrument cluster

I'm casually considering a cleanly integrated install of the Healtech GIPro gear indicator inside the speedometer ring (Edit: I mean tach). It would involve pulling the cluster apart, separating the circuit board and cutting a rounded square hole in the speedo (Edit: tach) face on the right side, above the Fuel Injection LED. I'm just not sure if there is quite enough clearance between the circuit board and the lens covering the gauge cluster - Healtech says the GIPro is 0.5" in depth. This would be for a Gen2. Looks like it would work equally well on a Gen1, if it works.

Has anyone else tried this?

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I'm casually considering a cleanly integrated install of the Healtech GIPro gear indicator inside the speedometer ring. It would involve pulling the cluster apart, separating the circuit board and cutting a rounded square hole in the speedo face on the right side, above the Fuel Injection LED. I'm just not sure if there is quite enough clearance between the circuit board and the lens covering the gauge cluster - Healtech says the GIPro is 0.5" in depth. This would be for a Gen2. Looks like it would work equally well on a Gen1, if it works.

Has anyone else tried this?
On my Gen1 I mounted the GIPro on top of the tach lens at the 3 o'clock position of the tach face using double sided tape.
Unfortunately don't have a picture of the install.


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On my Gen1 I mounted the GIPro on top of the tach lens at the 3 o'clock position of the tach face using double sided tape.
Unfortunately don't have a picture of the install.
Yeah - I've seen that to be a fairly common location and probably where I will start. But I thought to take it a few steps further for a clean integrated install inside the tach itself (I just realized I was saying speedo face when I meant tach - our speedos are digital, duh.)
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Yeah - I've seen that to be a fairly common location and probably where I will start. But I thought to take it a few steps further for a clean integrated install inside the tach itself (I just realized I was saying speedo face when I meant tach - our speedos are digital, duh.)

I went the lazy way and just stuck it where you see in the photo and ran the cable under the fairing...

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I got the same one the plug goes under the seat. Thats why its really long, and it only reads the gear after the clutch is released. ie, 3rd gear, downshift 2 times, should read 1st but it says 3rd, release clutch slightly it will read 1st.


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I got the same one the plug goes under the seat. Thats why its really long, and it only reads the gear after the clutch is released. ie, 3rd gear, downshift 2 times, should read 1st but it says 3rd, release clutch slightly it will read 1st.
I have the same problem. Any solutions?
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It isn't really a problem, more of a design eccentricity that you get used to. I usually only wanna know what gear I'm in before I downshift or getting up to speed if it's taking me a while, i.e. slow driver on the on ramp to the freeway. Otherwise, it really isn't an issue except to my OCD, in which case I just ease out the clutch so my head is happy.
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It isn't really a problem, more of a design eccentricity that you get used to. I usually only wanna know what gear I'm in before I downshift or getting up to speed if it's taking me a while, i.e. slow driver on the on ramp to the freeway. Otherwise, it really isn't an issue except to my OCD, in which case I just ease out the clutch so my head is happy.
Yes true for me the same I only look at it when I'm downshifting or on highway to check if I'm on 6th gear.

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