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kwebbel
01-31-2007, 05:54 PM
As some off you will know I once built a custom electronic dash (its pics are still in the album)
Well I sold it to a guy for an offer I could not refuse, so I'm watching for a new one.
Asked myself if I wanted to build it myself again but I'm in doubt...
Collecting ideas for a new one I ran into the Acumen SP700, the brand Acumen stands for superior quality I do like the looks, know I will probably miss the analog tacho but on the other hand I will be able to program the PD8 to substitute it, so I guess that's no real problem.
What would you do? either build a new one or buy this one?
Honestly I tend to buy a new one saving a lot off work, time, blood, sweat and tears...........

The Acumen
http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/Acumen_SP700_Universal_SpeedomoterTachometer_Custo m_Display--56-ACU-9.html

The homebrew one
http://www.katriders.com/forums/album_pic.php?pic_id=404

http://katriders.com/forums/album_pic.php?pic_id=416

KatanaSoldier
01-31-2007, 06:00 PM
That is awesome! (Homebrew)

Anonymous
01-31-2007, 07:48 PM
Homebrew all the way.

md86
02-01-2007, 01:07 AM
I like how the homebrew on looks lit up . But I like analog better , too :dunno: .

Waltari
02-01-2007, 01:11 AM
The old one is cool, the one your looking at is ok...I prefer the motogadgets

http://www.motogadget.de/en/frameset.html

kwebbel
02-01-2007, 05:42 AM
Homebrew :roll:

:evil: you little sadists :wink: :lol:

But ok the Acumen goes on the list off "possible choices"

If one off you guys would happen to know a nice alternative please post it!

@Waltari
Do you mean this one Matthew?

http://www.motogadget.de/en/graphic/msl/msl_chrome_03_300.jpg

or this one? (guess I know which one you prefer :-D )

http://www.motogadget.de/de/graphic/msc/beispiele/msc_guzzi_gesp_04.jpg

macgyver
02-01-2007, 08:44 AM
Love the look of the Hombrew that is one sweet looking setup. Reminds me of Kitt's dash from Knight Rider.

Waltari
02-01-2007, 09:33 AM
Question is Roger...how much do you want to spend :twisted: :lol:

brooder
02-01-2007, 09:50 AM
With all the folks that were asking about how to convert to a digital dash and you didn't speak up? Shame on you.

I've never liked the Acumen dash. To much to it. I did like the motolight and motosign. Those would look alright. Either way, I'm the kind of guy that likes a digital speedo and analog tach. Seems that your homebrew went along those lines. So, as a suggestion, I'd find one that does that for you.

kwebbel
02-01-2007, 06:54 PM
Question is Roger...how much do you want to spend :twisted: :lol:

As a matter off fact I did spent a couple off hundred bucks to mod the bike allready so some more won't be that problem I guess Matthew.
:eviltongue

@Brooder
Nobody ever asked me, never read a question about it either, so I'm not ashamed at all. :lol: (though I should read a bit more I guess :oops:)
All I can tell the former dash took me about 3 months off work plus a solid 400+ buck .......
People tend to think these mods can be done in some hours but I can tell you that every step will take hours sometimes even days to accomplish.

Waltari
02-04-2007, 11:26 AM
People tend to think these mods can be done in some hours but I can tell you that every step will take hours sometimes even days to accomplish.

:clap Thats what I always say

The CyberPoet
02-04-2007, 07:35 PM
I really like the homebrew one, but I have seen aftermarket solutions that I liked a lot better than the Acumen offerings listed at kneedraggers. But I can't remember the URL...

Cheers,
=-= The CyberPoet

dadnkid
02-05-2007, 12:46 AM
hi...new to the kat bike and also to bikes. Is the 97 kat 600 gauge digital or machincal. If electrical, then would it be possible to find a set from a newer suzuki and splice on to the your bike and make a custom mount???

kwebbel
02-05-2007, 05:26 AM
The tach is "electronic", the odometer is "mechanical".
Everything is possible but I wouldn't recommend using a set from a newer Suzuki (or any other bike) you'll find yourself in trouble fysically not being able to adjust parameters. (most if not all new bikes "read" speed and distance at the frontsprocket using a hall-effect sensor or inductive switch..)

Black_peter
02-05-2007, 08:23 AM
People tend to think these mods can be done in some hours but I can tell you that every step will take hours sometimes even days to accomplish.

:clap Thats what I always say

Well since my shed has 4 old dashes hanging on the wall I know what you're saying..

I still favor the newer GSXR dash. You can still modify it a little..
But the GSXR is clean, modern... and completed!

kwebbel
02-07-2007, 05:13 AM
OK having some ideas I decided to build another custommade dash, (my GF is cursing you guys :lol: )
It will hold most off the features the former dash had in another layout using allmost the same components.

Time to search for a nice "no-nonsense" analog Tachometer capable to read at leasr 10K rpm with a 80mm diameter. (I'd prefer a stock pre-98 Kat-tach because I still have some useable dial-faces)

/edit
A quick impression.

http://members.lycos.nl/thernastaff/hpbimg/dashtobuild.JPG

kwebbel
02-08-2007, 07:16 PM
No good?

The CyberPoet
02-08-2007, 07:37 PM
Very Very Good.

Or you could try something like this:
http://www.gizmag.com/pictures/4770_20100525957.jpg
(Link in case picture doesn't load (http://www.gizmag.com/pictures/4770_20100525957.jpg))

Cheers,
=-= The CyberPoet

Waltari
02-08-2007, 07:37 PM
No good?

I like it...the SPA tachometer I have goes to 12k and is about 1/2 a thick depth wise as a stock tach. You can get them with integrated speedos or temp gauges.

kwebbel
02-09-2007, 01:38 PM
Marc the link doesn't work? could you give the articlenumber please?

The CyberPoet
02-09-2007, 04:21 PM
http://www.gizmag.com/go/4770/gallery/

Look at the one for the instrument panel -- although I did post it as a bit of a joke (I doubt you'd want to invest that kind of resources in it).

Cheers,
=-= The CyberPoet

gsxrluver
02-09-2007, 04:47 PM
i love it...id get one Cyber...good find

kwebbel
02-09-2007, 04:59 PM
http://www.gizmag.com/go/4770/gallery/

Look at the one for the instrument panel -- although I did post it as a bit of a joke (I doubt you'd want to invest that kind of resources in it).

Cheers,
=-= The CyberPoet

If I really liked it I'd make it, shouldn't be that hard, but truely? I don't like it at all, would look cool on a HiFiset NOT on a bike imo.

DooD
02-21-2007, 10:56 PM
I likes the homebrew better. The Acumen looks kinda 80's...no offense!

How about:

http://www.aimsports.com/images/products/product_M3xglog.jpg

Or the Veypor computers...they're decent looking, and fairly compact.

Power Commander has a new LCD dash out, but I'm pretty sure you need a PCIIIUSB to run it!

And then...there's the sexiest one. Translogic.

Video (http://www.ema-usa.com/temp/Micro_Dash_Demo.AVI)