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I'm working on an 80 CX project. It's not a restore so much as a reassemble and modify. I have stock gauges for the bike, and after I took them off to service the steering head bearings I realized they weigh 3 or 4 pounds. While not a huge amount of weight, I could in theory replace it with a gauge cluster that weighs just a few ounces. Since it's not a stock bike anyways. (Although it IS period correct so far. The gauges would break that.)

So anyhow, lemme see what you've done? Especially the gauges that have working temp and no extra stuff like fuel level or gear position.

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Acewells popular but there is also seperate digital gauges as well...as you know.....(maybe)thats a possibility to consider?
My cx just has the temp gauge on a basic mount but yoshimura make some interesting options....see Webbike Japan
 

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I would really like to recommend the Danmoto 180. I have them on both of my bikes and I really like them. They have both a temperature gauge and a fuel gauge but the fuel gauge disappears when it isn't connected to a sensor, and most of the wire colours match Honda wiring so hooking them up is not terribly confusing either. And when I had a problem their support answered from the US in good, clear English (as opposed to Google Translate English).
Unfortunately, Danmoto decided to discontinue them a couple of years ago because "the market demand has drastically
dropped over the last years, as new bikes are all now "computerized" and won't run with such aftermarket gauges anymore."

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This Cognito- Thing looks pretty cool!
GPS! Wow!
I have the T&T- Unit installed. But it is very big.
 

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GPS speedos are always a second or two behind, and don't do well with slow speeds either. But it's an easy way to get a speedo and not have to fudge with a sensor. Personally, I think it's a lazy way out. A speedo sensor is not that hard to wire up.

I have one of the Danmoto 180s on an EX500 project bike I just sold to a dear friend. The plastic yellowed and became opaque and cracked over time and exposure. When I tried to buy a new one (because it was already wired up) they were no longer available. I'd also prefer something round.

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i have this on the thingy.

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Displays tach, speed, neutral, high beam, direction indicators and I have the fuel gauge operating as temp.

It also has gear indicator if you can use it.

It has no oil pressure light. Mine is mounted between the fuse box and gauge.

I've been happy with it. Speedo seems accurate and steady once set up {I used 5 magnets}. Can display in MPH or KPH.


I will be using these again.
 

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GPS speedos are always a second or two behind, and don't do well with slow speeds either. But it's an easy way to get a speedo and not have to fudge with a sensor. Personally, I think it's a lazy way out. A speedo sensor is not that hard to wire up.

I have one of the Danmoto 180s on an EX500 project bike I just sold to a dear friend. The plastic yellowed and became opaque and cracked over time and exposure. When I tried to buy a new one (because it was already wired up) they were no longer available. I'd also prefer something round.

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Check out the link for the GPS Cognito, claims to not have the lag but since I never saw one in action IDK.
 

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I want to see stuff actually installed on CX500s, and hear the experiences of owners. I can guess and choose random stuff too, I just want to see what has already been done for some ideas.

CXPHREAK I have a version of that gauge on my SSR Buccaneer 250. Slightly modified by the manufacturer for OEM use. It's a great gauge, and mine has a check engine light, which on yours is parking lights it appears.

I like the gauge, but it's not suitable for the CX IMO. No coolant gauge, no oil pressure light, and an unused gear indicator and fuel gauge makes it a non-starter for me. Even if it's a really nice gauge, the unused parts would always bother me.

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This Cognito- Thing looks pretty cool!
GPS! Wow!
I have the T&T- Unit installed. But it is very big.
I'd be interested and maybe Charles? in how the T&T gauge performed....some reviews suggest mods needed rather than "out of box".....
Personally i like the looks....
 

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Here's what i went with, the combo gauge as shown in a post above plus I added a water temp and oil pressure gauges.
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Imho...Water temp is useful just for peace of mind....the oil temp light activates at a very low pressure.. maybe the elusive Cx oil pressure gauge is needed.....😄
 

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I'd say the water temp gauge is just as important as oil pressure. Both are there to avert catastrophe.
 
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I'd say the water temp gauge is just as important as oil pressure. Both are there to avert catastrophe.
without looking at my bike, is an aftermarket water temp gauge plug and play with the sensor there now for the idiot light? or will i need to tap a new spot for a sensor? I planning on a main multi gauge plus a water temp gauge
 

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You will probably need to use the sender which comes with the gauge. Install it in place of the original sender. A thread adapter will be needed most likely. Many threads on this subject, here is one. Water Temp Gauge Question
 
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Yes you will need the matching sender for whatever gauge you choose
 

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Imho...Water temp is useful just for peace of mind....the oil temp light activates at a very low pressure.. maybe the elusive Cx oil pressure gauge is needed.....😄
Elusive? I put one on my CX650 chopper way back in 2006.

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Mounted and easily visible, even if it's not on the gauge cluster.



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Just a minor comment on the temp senders....you may find that you may want to revise thread types/compatability .....
Anything thats Japanses designed will often have a PT 1/8 sender. (Which in not NPT)....so youll need a less conmon adapter either at the thermostat or at the rad hose.
 
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