10-27-2009, 11:45 AM #1
Speedometer pickup blockoff plate
Has anyone ever heard of a speedo pickup block-off plate? My speedo doesn't work with my modded and shimmed plate and I recently rounded a phillips screw that holds it in place.
I can't imagine the plate would be that hard to make, using the speedo pickup as a template and some 5200.
I would think an increase in top speed would be seen without the pickup hanging down? Anyone have any thoughts?
10-27-2009, 11:53 AM #2
Good idea Craig. I have been meaning to block mine off for quite some time.
Riva makes one for the GPR/XLT
Not sure how it will fit the FZ/SHO but the bolt pattern looks the same.
10-27-2009, 12:22 PM #3
My speedo didn't work.... until I put it on the right way. I must have had it backwards and the speedo was reading all over the place. I happen to change rideplates and noticed I had it backwards.... I turned it around- then it worked, sort of. Top speed readings were right on with my GPS. Its a little off at lower speeds but I don't care about that. Right now I have the R&D rideplate with 2 shims.
Jerry, still trying to get over sinus infection.... Can't do anymore testing yet.
10-27-2009, 12:32 PM #4
I thought the same thing when my speedo was erratic but when I looked at it, I seem to remember thinking it could only go one way due to the radius of the pickup and radius of the ride plate indentation. Hmmmmm.
I would like to mount some multi display gauge in the place of the stock speedo. Some type of nice gauge with digital boost, digital RPM, etc...
10-27-2009, 12:49 PM #5
I suppose it could have been on correctly the entire time and I only assumed it was not on correctly.... BUT the speedo suddenly began to work somewhat properly when I RE INSTALLED the speedo. HMMMMMM!
With regard to the multi display gauge.... I would like to do the same thing except I don't want to spend $2200.00 for the MOTEC dash. Let me know what you come up with.....
10-27-2009, 01:34 PM #6
I don't really use my speedo. The only place I need to know how fast I'm going is in the 10 mph lakes and I just memorized the RPM at 10 mph GPS. I set it there and use my hillbilly cruise control (consists of 1/2 of a clothes pin stick in the gap made when squeezing the throttle). This works like a charm--it takes me about 7.5 minutes to get through that lake and my hand goes numb.
BTW, I heard about that trick here on the Hulk!
I have trouble justifying the price of the MoTeC AND all the goodies.
10-27-2009, 02:33 PM #7
Craig, the GPR blockoff might work with a little massaging. I don't have the GPR here to measure the sender, so here's a comparison pic of my Riva GPR plate & the stock SHO plate. The sender for the GPR looks like the exact same width, but longer. You could probably cut it shorter & drill new holes. You might have to grind down the little fins on the block-off though...they're designed to follow the skegs on the Riva GPR plate but might hang down with the SHO R&D plate.
10-27-2009, 02:36 PM #8
I talked to Riva to see if the speedo block off for the GP would fit the FZ/SHO and they didn't know but they did tell me that there were only 2 left in stock of those block offs and they wouldn't be making anymore.
So, I decided to get off my butt and tinker with the ski and have just filled in the speedo sensor area with epoxy. Will post some pics once i have it all sanded and smoothed out.
10-27-2009, 02:40 PM #9
10-27-2009, 03:39 PM #10
I used a grinding wheel to rough things up then built a little mold out of some thin card board, (Coors Light Box ) taped it in place then poured the epoxy in. Won't know how it came out until i pull the card board off. Going do that in a few minutes.....
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