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So have purchased a tach for my 900C & going online for installation advice and one says "ground black/yellow to headlight bucket, NOT to frame"...can someone tell me if this is correct and why can't I ground it to the frame? To ground to headlight bucket I'd have to split the protective sheathing & run the ground separately which would look really bad IMO. Thanks.
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I would think that ground is ground period. Does it specifically say to not ground it to the frame?
 

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I would think that ground is ground period. Does it specifically say to not ground it to the frame?
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Yeh, That's what I would think also,.... I think I will ground to the frame...Cheers.
 

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What make is it & cost?


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The 900 are single fire and most tachometers need an adapter. Make sure yours is for a single fire or it will read wrong. Didn’t the tachometer come with instructions? MMart is corrrect that a ground Is a ground.
 

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That tachometer is a dual fire and will not work properly unless you install an adapter. Here is a link to a Baron’s adapter. What a price! That adapter here is half the price. They sure smack the prices in Canada. Is that because of a tax, vender pays more for the products, or just extra profit?
 

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The company that sells it says it works on the Vulcan 900C and other users say it does. Also here's a post from someone on this forum...
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That tachometer is a dual fire and will not work properly unless you install an adapter. Here is a link to a Baron’s adapter. What a price! That adapter here is half the price. They sure smack the prices in Canada. Is that because of a tax, vender pays more for the products, or just extra profit?
didnt get link for adaptor however here is another pic saying this tach works on Vulcan...
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The link below is the page of the tachometer you purchased. Look at the questions. They state it is for dual fire Harleys. Unless this tachometer has a switch between single and dual fire, you will need the adapter. Hook it up and see what happens and report back. It will work but read half of the actual rpm of the engine. Good Luck.

 

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I read that but I'm not sure why other poeple are saying it fits....anyway, can u sned me the link for the adapter? Cheers.
 

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The link below is the page of the tachometer you purchased. Look at the questions. They state it is for dual fire Harleys. Unless this tachometer has a switch between single and dual fire, you will need the adapter. Hook it up and see what happens and report back. It will work but read half of the actual rpm of the engine. Good Luck.

I found this from the same seller... thanks for your advice...cheers....
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I have that tach on my VN900 and it requires a single fire adapter, or it will read at only 1/2 the actual RPMs. But the adapter is basically a diode and a few cents worth of electronic components. Used to be available online via eBay, etc. if one didn't want to bother with DIY fabrication for about $10 and the entire assembly is almost unnoticeable in size.
 

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What a price! That adapter here is half the price. They sure smack the prices in Canada. Is that because of a tax, vender pays more for the products, or just extra profit?
Tourer, first, the Canadian dollar is only worth 0.75 of US$, then there's shipping, custom and sales + good/services taxes. A lot of US vendors only accept payments in US$ (Paypal and Visa exchange rates are above the bank exchange) and the shipping can add a whole bunch. Tain't cheap to customize up here!
 

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I have that tach on my VN900 and it requires a single fire adapter, or it will read at only 1/2 the actual RPMs. But the adapter is basically a diode and a few cents worth of electronic components. Used to be available online via eBay, etc. if one didn't want to bother with DIY fabrication for about $10 and the entire assembly is almost unnoticeable in size.
Thanks for the input... I bit the bullet and ordered the one shown for $60.99 Cdn. from Fortnine Canada, same place I bought the tach....it comes with directions which I really need...I am pretty handy with a wrench but when it comes to wiring I'm lost... I agree, it costs a bit more up here and includes free shipping but it's only money so might as well do it.....And yeh, everything cost more up here specially with the $ at 75 cents....At least we have free healthcare.... ;-) ;-) ;-) ...lol...Cheers...
 

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Tourer, first, the Canadian dollar is only worth 0.75 of US$, then there's shipping, custom and sales + good/services taxes. A lot of US vendors only accept payments in US$ (Paypal and Visa exchange rates are above the bank exchange) and the shipping can add a whole bunch. Tain't cheap to customize up here!
For sure...I have found Fortnine pretty good and fast and they include free shipping on orders over $49.00...like I said to Hot Cruiser, "At least we have free healthcare.... ;-) ;-) ;-) ...lol..." and the Covid aint as bad up here, touch wood!...Cheers...
 

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For some reason my reply came up twice so I deleted this one so forgive my explanation...I will get this right eventually...a bit of a senior moment...;-)...cheers.
 

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I know all about senior moments. They say don’t worry about your memory because you will never remember when it’s gone. Don’t concern yourself about the double post. I will remove it. About the tachometer installation. It is a pretty easy install. Since most of the tachometer’s connections were near the coils, I epoxied the adapter inside my coil cover. Had the fuel tank off for so ran the ground wire to the frame in the right front area under the tank and the other wiring along the backbone of the frame to the coil area. The instructions from Baron are good. Just take your time and all will be well. Post back here if anything is unclear or you have any more questions. We will gladly help you.
About the healthcare. My brother in law lives in Dartmouth near Halifax. His wife had a brain tumor and he took out a second mortgage on his home to pay for it because they couldn’t schedule the operation for 9 months. He said it had something to do with the doctor being available. Do you have to wait an inappropriate time for medical procedures or was her case just an exception? I have Medicare here and it works pretty good. I am lucky to be in good health at 70. Have longevity in my family. My dad is 99 and my mom is 96. Both still live together with no help and both still drive fine.
 

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I know all about senior moments. They say don’t worry about your memory because you will never remember when it’s gone. Don’t concern yourself about the double post. I will remove it. About the tachometer installation. It is a pretty easy install. Since most of the tachometer’s connections were near the coils, I epoxied the adapter inside my coil cover. Had the fuel tank off for so ran the ground wire to the frame in the right front area under the tank and the other wiring along the backbone of the frame to the coil area. The instructions from Baron are good. Just take your time and all will be well. Post back here if anything is unclear or you have any more questions. We will gladly help you.
About the healthcare. My brother in law lives in Dartmouth near Halifax. His wife had a brain tumor and he took out a second mortgage on his home to pay for it because they couldn’t schedule the operation for 9 months. He said it had something to do with the doctor being available. Do you have to wait an inappropriate time for medical procedures or was her case just an exception? I have Medicare here and it works pretty good. I am lucky to be in good health at 70. Have longevity in my family. My dad is 99 and my mom is 96. Both still live together with no help and both still drive fine.
Hey, thanks for reply. The epoxy idea sounds good. About the healthcare, I think it depends on where u live. I live on Vancouver Island, the opposite coast to your B-in-L, in a smaller community with pretty good hospitals nearby within and hour's drive either direction so maybe more doctors. I've had hernia ops within two weeks of diagnosis and my friend just had a hip replacement almost immediately. Also my sister has had a tumor behind her eye which they dealt with pretty quickly. It may just have to do with if there are specialist available at the time, or karma. I'm in pretty good health also, more aches and stiffness now but when I get on my bike everything goes away. :)... There is also longevity in my family, dad passed at 94 and mom 98....cheers and thanks again. Ride safe.
 

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Thanks for the input... I bit the bullet and ordered the one shown for $60.99 Cdn. from Fortnine Canada, same place I bought the tach....it comes with directions which I really need...I am pretty handy with a wrench but when it comes to wiring I'm lost... I agree, it costs a bit more up here and includes free shipping but it's only money so might as well do it.....And yeh, everything cost more up here specially with the $ at 75 cents....At least we have free healthcare.... ;-) ;-) ;-) ...lol...Cheers...
Ouch! For the cost . . . . good that you have free health care but looking at house prices in Canada it seems that the average yearly wage must be somewhere in the neighbourhood of CDN $1 million, or nearly everyone must be living in tents. :) Happy riding, and hope that your tach works properly now!
 
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