shift indicator installed

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Many owners have performed this task, but I didn't like to be intrusive. When I'm centred on riding on the Tenerife curvy roads the last thing that I want is to be distracted by a red glooming light in the centre of the dashboard. I bought a cheap one from eBay. It comes with full wiring instructions.

So the obvious free space to situate the shift indicator was at the right of the fuel lever

But it is not a direct fitment. I didn't want to cut anything and the indicator itself don't have enough space to be adhered to the fuel clock. The solution is doing space changing the resistance and guiding by a wire to the other side of the clock

  

I didn't want to make cuts or holes in the clock. I wanted a "factory look" with the indicator completely integrated in the dashboard, so with a rag soaked in solvent and carefully, I rub in the clock fascia until I get a clear transparent area.

  

I glued the shift indicator screen with black polyurethane because it is strong and flexible, to support the vibrations inside the dashboard without braking masking all around and painting black the joints to avoid any clear spot.

The sensor itself must be correctly situated to recognize the shift lever movement, but in that way that the indicator don't read with the free shift lever play. This job is around 1 hour trying with the indicator connected to the battery until I got an accurate position of the sensors. I drill 4 little holes and I did 4 threads to fit the sensor with 4 little screws. The magnetic piece itself  go glued to the shift lever with cold welding glue.

Then I had to connect everything, but I didn't want to dismantle all the bike if I need to dismount the dashboard, so I fitted a connector near the shift light. You can see too that I get electricity for the indicator directly form the connection of the rpm signal from the coils. I used the same kind of connector, directly to the screw.

So I passed the wires coming from the sensors for the bike, using the OE installation, fitted the female connector and connected to the dashboard recently fitted male connector

  

At the end, you have to look for the wire that indicate the neutral. In my 3 cv model is the blue one at the left side of the bike. So I connected the neutral wire from the sensors, as per instructions

  

And ready!. After tested, the indicator is very precise. The system autocorrect itself if i.e. you start in 1st gear: with the neutral wire connection, when the bike is in neutral it always shows 0. And the red light is not obtrusive when riding. Job done!

 

UPDATE JUNE 2013

 

Instead of using the lever sensor, you could use  a Yamaha XVZ 1300 (2002) neutral gear sensor, PN 41R-82540-02-00. It doesn't fit straight away, but you simply must remove a little tiny part of the material to insert instead of the FJ OE neutral sensor and weld the indicator wires. The rest of the electrical installation is the same as above.

     

I was very pleased with the final result... BUT when you have the sun at your back and it reflect in the dashboard, it was difficult to see the light with the number shown. So I opted for the cut off solution.. To glue the indicator use the same black polyurethane as above, being carefully not to put too much because it could flow by the window. The result is brilliant and with no more problems when at full daylight