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post #1 of 9 Old 02-05-2017, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Maintenance Tachometer

I plan on doing my own maintenance on my newly acquired 2015 Honda Rebel. I would like to purchase a maintenance tachometer. Has anyone had any good or bad experiences with tachometers? I would like to keep the price under $100 and would prefer it be digital.


The dealer that sold me the bike said the 600 mile service had to be done by the dealer. I really didn't believe him since the owner's manual clearly states:
Your warranty coverage will not be voided if you choose to perform your own maintenance. However, you should have the proper tools and service information and be mechanically qualified. Failures that occur due directly to improper maintenance are not covered.


That is one reason I want the tach. I have ordered the service manual.


Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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post #2 of 9 Old 02-05-2017, 09:25 PM
 
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have one, don't use it except on my v-twin and automobile engines.
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Others here have mentioned
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I got the hardline Tac 8062 from amazon, $25, bucks, very satisfied, default mode is exactly right for the rebel, 2 cyl 4 stroke DIS (distributer-less Ignition System a.k.a. wasted spark)
4 wraps of its antenna wire around one of the spark plug wire and done!


Hardline Hourmeter-tach Up To 8cyl Hr8062-2

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Thanks for the tips

I ordered the "Hardline Hourmeter-tach Up To 8cyl Hr8062-2". I appreciate the advice I got. I will post when I get it and comment on its usefulness.


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I received my Tachometer today and it seems pretty straight forward. I tried it on the bike and it appeared to be accurate. One question I have is, can you turn it off? My LCD display is always on (not the back light - just the LCD display). I am only planning to use it for maintenance.
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I received my Tachometer today and it seems pretty straight forward. I tried it on the bike and it appeared to be accurate. One question I have is, can you turn it off? My LCD display is always on (not the back light - just the LCD display). I am only planning to use it for maintenance.
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No, you can't turn it off, it will run for years before you have to change the watch battery.

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No, you can't turn it off, it will run for years before you have to change the watch battery.
I don't know the specifics of this product, but it's a rule of thumb for me to never leave a battery in something like this that doesn't get used very often, I usually remove the battery and tape it or saran wrap it to the device, that way it doesn't corrode inside the device.

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I don't know the specifics of this product, but it's a rule of thumb for me to never leave a battery in something like this that doesn't get used very often, I usually remove the battery and tape it or saran wrap it to the device, that way it doesn't corrode inside the device.
For Alkaline AAA/AA/C/D/9v batteries I'm right there with you, but in this case it's a lithium ion watch battery, the same one that's in the fancy dress watch you got for Christmas that gets pulled out only a few times a year, they don't corrode/leak when they run out of juice and are safe to leave in place months after they die.

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Thanks for all the feed back.


I received my “Hardline Hourmeter-tach Up To 8cyl Hr8062-2” and am pleased with it. I only plan to use it as a maintenance tool during my scheduled maintenance checks. The only thing I didn’t like was having to wrap the sensor wire around the spark plug wire. I came up with a way to avoid that. I took a clothes pin and wrapped around 15 turns of 22 gauge wire around the head of one side of the clothes pin. I then fed that wire to the back of the clothes pin and soldered it to the Sensor wire of the tachometer. This way all I have to do is clip the clothes pin on one of the spark plug wires and the tach reads very accurately. I used a short piece of heat shrink tubing to cover the junction of the sensor wire and the clothes pin wire. I also used a piece of heat shrink tubing to cover the arm of the clothes pin where the sensor wire attaches to the clothes pin wire. The clothes pin is very easy to clip on the spark plug wire and provides an adequate signal to the tach.
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