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i want to fit a tacho but want one in black that wont break the bank and is easy to fit any suggestions

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I have the chrome version of this one that I've been perfectly happy with - has a backlight, too. There are some other ones on ebay as well, some look to be smaller, but this one is a nice size, mounts right in the center of the handlebar.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-TACHOM...0234ae&vxp=mtr

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A word of caution - I could not get any (I tried and returned 3 different brands) of the generic "dual-fire" tachs to work on my 900. I tried a Baron's adapter, and I tried a homemade adapter. Any configuration I tried resulted in needle bounce which made the device unusable. Reading various posts on this forum seemed to turn up the face that some people could get them to work without any issue, and others couldn't get any dual-fire tach to work.

The only solution that ended up working for me was the model-specific Cobra tach for the VN900. Spent $200 but since it looks factory I ultimately ended up being ok with that.
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A word of caution - I could not get any (I tried and returned 3 different brands) of the generic "dual-fire" tachs to work on my 900. I tried a Baron's adapter, and I tried a homemade adapter. Any configuration I tried resulted in needle bounce which made the device unusable. Reading various posts on this forum seemed to turn up the face that some people could get them to work without any issue, and others couldn't get any dual-fire tach to work.

The only solution that ended up working for me was the model-specific Cobra tach for the VN900. Spent $200 but since it looks factory I ultimately ended up being ok with that.
I ordered the 3" Baron tach with the black dial face. In installed easily, yes, it was showing hokey values before I installed the single/dual fire adapter, but since then it has worked perfectly. It is awesome, I ride by it, I rarely look at the speedo anymore.

The only gripe I have is that the light is weak at night and although it lights up the dial OK, I can't see the needle very well, well, almost at all. Maybe it would have worked better wiht the while dial, as someone suggested.

Other than that, the Baron tach works perfectly.

Go for it, you will not regret it. One of the best upgrades I have on the bike.

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Is it possible to have pics of you tach installed?
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Indeed. This is a close-up that I took quickly with my phone in the garage tonight. Sorry for the bad quality but it gives you a rough picture, I hope. I can take nicer pictures once I take the bike outside during the daylight.
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Here is my Cobra tach attached to the handlebar mount:


Sorry but I guess my finger was covering up part of the camera opening and it's too dark now to re-take the picture
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I ordered the 3" Baron tach with the black dial face. In installed easily, yes, it was showing hokey values before I installed the single/dual fire adapter, but since then it has worked perfectly. It is awesome, I ride by it, I rarely look at the speedo anymore.

Other than that, the Baron tach works perfectly.

Go for it, you will not regret it. One of the best upgrades I have on the bike.
So you're using the single fire adaptor & no needle bounce? Mine bounces most of the time & occasionally is steady. It's far from unusable - just annoying. I had the adaptor behind the coil cover & then moved it away from the coil to see if that made any difference but it didn't. Could they have recently developed an adaptor that works properly?

Mine is a 2" tacho mounted between the bars and the instrument cowl. I'd have thought the 3" & 2" electronics would be identical.

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So you're using the single fire adaptor & no needle bounce? Mine bounces most of the time & occasionally is steady. It's far from unusable - just annoying. I had the adaptor behind the coil cover & then moved it away from the coil to see if that made any difference but it didn't. Could they have recently developed an adaptor that works properly?

Mine is a 2" tacho mounted between the bars and the instrument cowl. I'd have thought the 3" & 2" electronics would be identical.
If it bounces only occasionally, I'd check the electrical connections. It sounds like something intermittent.

Initially, I installed it without the adapter. The needle bounced here and there and when it was more or less steady it was showing double the RPMs (or was it half? I can't remember, this was like 3 years ago.. but it was either a half or twice the real RMPs).

Once I plugged in the adapter, it became rock steady and it works exactly as a good tacho should. I also have everything crammed under the ignition cover. I do not believe the location matters -- there should be no interference. If anything is sensitive, it should be (and is) shielded.

My electrical skills are likely below-average, but this was a 30 min installation for me...

If I were you, I'd try to double-check the connections in your installation. If nothing helps, call the Baron guys, I'm sure they will help you diagnose it (possibly a faulty adapter?)

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I have the chrome version of this one that I've been perfectly happy with - has a backlight, too. There are some other ones on ebay as well, some look to be smaller, but this one is a nice size, mounts right in the center of the handlebar.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-TACHOM...0234ae&vxp=mtr
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this looks good to me did you wire straight into the headlight wires with the blue wire and which out of the the 2 negative wires of the coil did you connect to the black or the black and green sorry for the questions but this will be the first one i have fitted

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