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Replace speedometer with tach speedometer combo cant get to color to change back ground color try to do it as direction said key acc push and hold rest button till od change to color

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  • richard joyner Sep 16, 2010

    the speedometer came from harley no wire change needed i cant get it to change colors as the direction tell me

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Hi! Looks like that the replacement part is the problem. The background color maybe faulty that's why it's not responding eventhough that you followed the directions properly. Please try to have the part replaced and see how it goes. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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There are several wire connections that need to be made for the proper operation of this instrument. Its recommended that you cut one wire from the factory speedometer wire harness connector at a time for simplicity's sake.
You can start with power (orange/white), then ground (black), then tachometer (pink) and move on from there. When you cut each wire, you can use the supplied female spade terminal (also known as "quick disconnect" terminals), and tightly crimp the terminals with a good quality pair of wire crimpers.
------------------ Wiring the trip/reset/calibration button: -------
You can use the factory button on the side of the console. There are two wires on that button. On most HD bike, both wires are gray. One will go to the "SW" terminal, and the other will go the "SW RTN" terminal on the back of the tach/speedo combo. It does not matter which button wire goes to which terminal. If you do not have an existing trip reset button, you may use any momentary, 2-terminal button of your choice.
----------- Wiring the speed sensor: --------
If you are using an earlier 12v speed sensor, or an after market that accepts a 12v input, there will then be no need for the regulator and you may share power and ground directly from the speedometer. "Splitters" are supplied with the tach/speedo combo to allow two wires to be plugged onto one terminal at the back of the instrument head for this reason.
-------------- Neatly bundle, tape, and/or zip tie any wiring in such a manner that it will not rub through any components. Re-installing the console will also require that you carefully locate and route the harnesses in order for the console to sit all the way down on the tank. Try to route the harnesses around or under the gauge mounting bracket, rather than over it. Re-install the acorn nut.
NOTE: It is a good idea to test the function of the new unit prior to final assembly. Reconnect the battery and make sure that all connections at the back of the new gauge are tight fitting.
Note:---Some late model Harley Davidsons use a 5 volt sender. Applying 12 volts to these senders will damage them. Contact your Harley Dealer to determine if your motorcycle has a 5 volt or 12 volt sender (OR) use a multimeter to measure the voltage at the triangular plug. --------- To calibrate your electronic speedometer: 1) With the power off, push and hold the trip/reset button. While holding the button, start the vehicle and continue to hold the button until the pointer sweeps to full scale and stays at full scale. You may now release the button. 2) Drive to the beginning of a pre-marked 2 mile distance and come to a stop. It does not matter how far away it is to get to this pre-marked 2 mile distance. DO NOT SHUT THE ENGINE OFF. Push and release the button. The pointer will drop to half scale. 3) Drive the 2 mile distance. The pointer will remain at the half scale mark no matter what speed you drive. The odometer will display the number of pulses as the speedometer is counting. If you have to stop during the calibration, that is o.k. The speedometer will simply stop counting pulses during this time. NOTE: If the odometer does not show pulses being counted, the speedometer is not receiving an input signal. Check VSS connectors and power. 4) At the end of the 2 mile distance, come to a complete stop and push and release the button. The pointer will drop to 0 and the calibration is stored. You are now finished. Remember the accuracy of your 2 mile distance will directly affect the accuracy of your speedometer. The following list contains factors that can affect speedometer accuracy and how to minimize them during calibration. 1. Tire diameter increases slightly as vehicle speed increases. To minimize this error drive at an average speed of 45 MPH (175 KPH) during calibration. 2. Tire diameter increases slightly as tire air pressure increases. To minimize this error, check the vehicle's tires to ensure correct air pressure. 3. Tire diameter changes with vehicle load. Minimize this error by having an average load in the vehicle during calibration. 4. Minimize tire slippage error by not breaking traction during calibration. NOTE: Always recalibrate your speedometer after any tire size, sprocket or gearing change. ---------- Click this link directly to get more help:-- http://www.autometer.com/download_instruction/1189.pdf-------------- http://www.autometer.com/techinfo_newsarticle.aspx?pg=1&aid=8-----------

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