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I've been using those small voltmeters for years on both of my Ironheads. Much more compact than a conventional round gauge. Love them!
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$11. on EBAY several years ago. Grounded through headlight visor. Hard to read in sunlight. I found it too distracting while riding and removed it.
Note is to remind me to oil up before riding in the spring. I drain the engine oil to prevent wet sumping. I also hide the keys.
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I had to drill a small hole in one of the cylinder head fins, insert the sensor there. There should be a thread on here somewhere around Jan 2007 about those gauges. I got some teasing, something about being able only to ride in circles
Thanks for the info Mick! That cat can be skinned in a variety of ways. With much of my time and interests spent in aviation, I immediately thought of something like this...
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...lickkey=189208
Typically, if there's only one CHT gauge, it would be installed on the hottest cylinder of a multi-cylinder air-cooled engine. I suspect that would typically be the rear cylinder on an Ironhead. I also suspect the chosen location of a probe in a drilled cylinder fin could dramatically affect the temperatures seen on the gauge.

With that said everything is indeed relative; and once you've established a baseline for normal ops, the gauge would none-the-less be useful in showing anything out of the ordinary.

I liked the part about driving in circles,; but that left turning tendency could be offset sufficiently with the correct beverage in the leather cupholder over on the right.

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volt meter is a plus but does not tell the whole story. a combo volt/amp meter will let you look deep into the system. you can have volts and barely any amps. digital fairs better but if you get a glitchy analog, add a filter capacitor to shunt the ac component to ground.
Good point Bustert! Good info! Well taken!

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OK, I'll bite.

What's wrong with riding in circles. Been doing that for decades.
Me too Gene! I mean, what ride isn't? Except, perhaps, for your last one!

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I've been using those small voltmeters for years on both of my Ironheads. Much more compact than a conventional round gauge. Love them!
Thanks Eric! I'm curious though! Are you talking about the little flat digital numerical read-out gauges or the LED indicators like I installed from Kuryakyn?

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[Len's Voltmeter Image]...

$11. on EBAY several years ago. Grounded through headlight visor. Hard to read in sunlight. I found it too distracting while riding and removed it.
Note is to remind me to oil up before riding in the spring. I drain the engine oil to prevent wet sumping. I also hide the keys.
Thanks for your reply too Len! I remember seeing your voltmeter picture and your comments about "removing the distraction" later, in an old XLF thread when I was researching the idea of adding a voltmeter to my 73 XLH.

It was actually your picture that gave me the idea of a little tang, to mount the LED gauge where I did under the trip-meter knob. So, I'm glad to have another chance to thank you for that!

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