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Old 02-26-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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adding temp gauge?

How involved would it be to add a real temp gauge to a bike that doesn't have one? Can it be done cleanly?

For example mine only has an warning light - I would think that by the time this comes on damage is already being done?

Several times while in traffic the fans have come on which makes me think the engine is getting too hot and its only February.

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Old 02-26-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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Fans will always come on once airflow over the radiator is reduced, it’s normal. Your light will probably never come on. And it’ll be just fine. As soon as the fans come on the temp begins to drop. Too many people worry about this but it’s not a real problem. The engineers have it covered. Just be glad you have a radiator and fans. Just change your coolant at the proper intervals.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:19 PM   #3
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For someone with the right tools it wouldn't be hard. All would u would have to do is place a temp bulb/sensor somehow into the coolant either by drilling/tapping it somewhere in the cooling sytem and wiring it ip to the guage or sending unit if u get that sofisticated.

But like he said before the engineers of ur new bike should have u covered before u do any damage.
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:57 PM   #4
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The temperature sensor should be located right by the thermostat, on the engine side. That is where it'll measure the actual engine coolant temp. It can't be past that because it'll get a cold reading when thermostat is closed, and can't be on the intake side of engine because that will read the cool water returning from the radiator (which is standing still when thermostat is closed). If you have a warning light, that means there is already a sensor in the engine. Find it, you might be able to read it's signal with a guage. You probably can't replace it because the computer is using it to run the fans and your warning light. I would look up a replacement sensor, and find the manufacturers site to locate a compatible guage.
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