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Factory Honda lighted volt meter fits ANY Year GL1800 Honda Gold Wings WITHOUT factory heated grips due to our Custom Plug-N-Play dual end plug wire harness.
Voly meter is waterproof and includes a Red Light Background for easy vision at night.
Installation is as simple as cutting a simple round hole in your R/H plastic stock oem panel, run two wires to the wire plugs under the R/H pocket. Kit includes Lighted Volt Meter and all necessary wiring along with custom dual end plug.
I read many of the reviews for this meter. Some had issues with the wiring not being long enough or the connector to plug it in was not found or available for various reasons. For some reason this issues seemed to arise on 2010 model GL1800's according to the reviews.
I have a 2004 GL1800. I actually located the unused plug in the wiring harness behind the right panel on my bike then I ordered the part. The plug on my bike is a two-pin plug that is red in color.
I received the part in the usual couple days it takes them to ship products (Pretty damn fast).
The was an installation sheet in the package, but I usually don't refer to them on a part that, to me, is so simple to install and the instructions are lacking. I would have to say I have an educated technical background in mechanics.
Installation suggestion: Disconnect the battery, positive cable first. Next remove the trim piece on the right side of the fairing, start from the bottom and work your way to the top. Next remove the fairing screw that holds the panel, 5mm hex wrench. Just below the mounting screw there is a slot. Use a thin flat-blade screw driver and gently pry the locking tab away from the fairing to unlock the panel on the outer edge. Then rotate the panel up and pull it out from the inner edge. Now, there is a cable from the lock cylinder which leads to the locking box directly above. To remove this cable, unsnap the cable housing from the metal bracket. Rotate the panel up to remove the cable end from the lock cylinder.
Look into the opening where the panel was removed. Toward the frame and directly back a couple inches, you'll see a wiring harness with a rubber boot around the harness. Inside the rubber boot on the harness is where I found my two-pin plug. It should be red in color. This is the plug used for the voltmeter. If something is plugged into the red plug, then there is another accessory using the plug.
The wiring harness on the volt meter has a dual end plug, one male plug and on female plug. Plug the appropriate connector in to the wiring harness on the bike. Connect the battery (This is to test the meter before you drill a hole in the panel). The meter will not work until the key is turned to the on or accessory position. Make sure you have a voltage reading and the back light on the meter is lit. If so, the meter is ready to be installed. Unplug the meter and disconnect the battery after this test.
Next, find the center of the squared, recessed area of the panel. Using a ruler, drawn or scribe a line from the corner diagonally to the opposite corner. Then do the same to the other corners. You will make an "X." I would recommend placing the "X" on the back side of the panel. Use a hole saw (2 1/16"), center it on the "X" and make your hole. Since the panel is plastic, drill slowly and use light to moderate pressure to avoid melting the plastic or grabbing too big of a bite and possibly breaking the plastic panel. Clean the hole of any shavings as necessary.
Now, get the volt meter and look at the back of the meter. You'll see a metallic "U" shaped bracket secured to the back center of the meter. Remove the nut holding the bracket and ground wire of the meter, then remove the bracket and ground wire. Get the panel and feed the wiring from the meter through the panel from the front side of the panel. Reinstall the bracket, the ground wire, and the nut onto the back of the meter. The "U" shaped bracket is what holds the meter on the panel. Slightly snug the nut and then position the meter to your liking and tighten the nut just enough to hold the meter firmly in place.
Next, plug the meter into the red, two-pin plug. Reconnect the cable to the locking cylinder. Install the panel, the left side of the panel first to get the retaining tabs in place. Rotate the panel into the opening. You may have to manipulate the radiator overflow hose up to clear the volt meter. Then snap the right side of the panel into the opening. Check the key cylinder for correct operation opening the locking box on the right fairing. Reinstall the mounting screw and the trim piece. Reconnect the battery and you're done!
nice looking volt meter but not plug and play on my 010 GL1800. Had to remove the top shell and lengthen the wires to make it work. Once done it does look good and knowing what the charging system is doing makes it worth it.3 stars only because it was more work then stated.
And we can't wait to show you how it's done!
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