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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Speedometer Relocation Progress

I made a lot of progress on my speedometer relocation recently.  Since changing the tank and risers, my goal has been to hang the speedo off the bike from the forward tank bolt using an Auto Meter 3209 Shock Strap.

One issue I had was the bracket Auto Meter included with the kit.  It has a lot of extra holes and, based on the curve, it seems to be designed to mount against a tube, not a flat surface.

I went to Discount Steel for the first time and picked up a foot of 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1/4" square tubing.  This stuff seems very strong.

Using my trusty cutting wheel, I chopped off a piece to use as my bracket.

Then I marked where I needed to remove material.

Using my cutting wheel, bench grinder, and rotary tool, I was able to follow the lines perfectly.

I drilled three holes in it and here it is mocked up on the bike.

Based on the mock-up, I decided to remove a little more from the lip closest to the speedometer and score two grooves on each side so the clamp would have something to bite into when tightened down.  That should help keep it from moving while riding.  Here is the finished bracket, ready for priming.


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