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Old 3rd January 2007
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Ordered some 1 1/2" "T" bars couple of days ago, 6" rise, 28" width.

Been pondering what to do with speedometer, my favorite I found here on the fourm was a guy who started a thread that said he relocated his to a box in his garage. I considered this however kept looking for a solution.

I mainly wanted to keep it to keep track of mileage and tripometer (as a gas gauge). I did not find any good answers, I could not afford a 600 dollar digital, and all the aftermatket mounts for stock stuff did not mount up to a 1 1/2" bars.

I finally decided to make my own and mount it on the frame just under the ignition switch.

"T" bars should be in Friday I hope.

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Check out this tiny dakota speedo for $300, just another option.

Watch e-ghey cause these units will come up for around $250 sometimes.


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xllent01, Appreciate the info, saw that one too, even the 300 would be quite a stretch right now, also wanted to keep the bars clean even from the instruments, thanks much though.

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It'll be pretty difficult to see with it like that, especially with the wide tank, but if you only want the odometer and trip meter, it'll work.
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Great idea! Do you have any detailed photos of the mounting bracket you made and how it is installed?
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How about a mini speedo mounted to the rockerbox?? I see them mini speedo's on Ebay all the time. Just a thought.

The mount you have fabbed up is way cool, good job!!
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well im in the same boat, have 1 1/4" T bars with 6" risers coming in the mail now. There is only a few options for the speedo. Mount it off the forks, or mount it off the headlight brow, ive seen a few people mount it backwards which looks the best to me, anyway you slice it the dam thing sticks out like a sore thumb. I like your idea.
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You guys are not gonna believe what I used... Once I got the speedometer apart Im looking around (keep in mind I've been planning this and looking for about two weeks now) for something to mount it in. I actuall came across a stainless, with a chrome look finish, drink shaker in the kitchen. I noticed the opening looked as if it would fit and it did perfectly. I simply cut it down to the proper height, cut some grooves in it for two hose clamps on the back side, mounted the reset button on the bottom and there you have it. I'll try for some closeup shots of how it mounts in the daylight tomorrow. I also fabbed a bracket that the two bolts that held it onto the old mount fit into to attach it to the side of the new mount. It just clamps onto the frame just below ignition.

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Don't mind the crud, photos taken in the dark, but heres the mount. Will probably try to disguise the clamps, paint them or something, any suggestions?

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Looks great! Do you think it will hold up ok?
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