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 Post subject: Fuel Gauge?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 11:16 pm 
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I tried searching and haven't found anything. Is there a way to mount a fuel gauge on a rebel within reason?


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On some of the mid-60s bikes, the manufacturer had installed a nipple at the top of the tank facing down and bottom facing up, with a stiff plastic tube connecting them. You could tell how much gas you had be looking at the tube. I suppose with some creativity, you could do the same.
Regrettably, it made stealing gas remarkably easy.

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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Gauge?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:37 am 
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I tried searching and haven't found anything. Is there a way to mount a fuel gauge on a rebel within reason?
You already have a fuel gauge. It's those numbers on the bottom of your speedometer. And if you overestimate your range, you have a petcock. Switch it to reserve and fill up at the next gas station.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:07 am 
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I was thinking more of an actual guage. I figured that by now maybe someone had made one that was built into the tank cap or something like that.
Yeah, I know about the trip meter. I had an old truck I had to do that with but, I often forgot and would have to use the fuel I kept in the bed to get me to a station. My luck is, I will have to use the reserve when I am way out and nowhere near a station. lol


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Just remember to take it off reserve once you fill up!


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thats not a 'luck' thing - thats a 'proper planning' thing

reserve on a rebel 250 should give you at least 30 miles

the problem with the cap guage idea is that the tank is NOT 'even' all the way down
volumne is affected by the tunnel and tank shape and varies accordingly

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If the gas cap was hinged, the gauge mounted in it, leads running down with sensors on the leads, and the leads being weighted. It would go to the deepest part of the tank and the sensors could be contacts that complete a circuit when the fluid is covering the sencor contacts. Sounded reasonable, just didn't know if it had been done.


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how much did you pay for your rebel ?

how much would that cost ?

sure you could do it

but reasonable $ ?

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I paid $2400.00 and if I am right in my guess it would take about $50.00, using hardware from other bikes. To offer as an aftermaket deal, I would say retail would be about $130.00. I may not venture into this creation, I was hoping someone else already had and offered it as an aftermarket item.


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probably is one of some sort ... but it's not being marketed for the rebel tho


so ... like the tiny tach deal ... someone is going to have to find (and adapt) it

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Probably, I will be on the look out for something that will work and if I manage to work it out, I will be sure to post all of the information.


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cool then ... keep us posted

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Sounds like you know this already, but thought I'd toss it out there:

you'll want something that works on resistance. Tank designs and motorcycle handling characteristics make purely mechanical gauges pretty much pointless.

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Duke,
That is what I had in mind, a mechanical setup would be too bulky and subject to problems in such a small area. What I have in mind would barely take any room. I am still swirling it around in my head but, either I will figure out a good way to do it or abandon the idea.


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It's actually Super-simple to do, but it takes a lot of specialty equipment and knowledge.

First, you need to have a coil, or resistor, or some way to step down to milli-amperage. Then you need a super-sensitve voltmeter.

From there, it's just a matter of running a hot wire (milliamperage) into the fuel tank on one side and another wire on the other side. The level of fuel will alter the resistance in the circuit, which will be read by your voltmeter.

Once you have your "full" and your "empty" readings, you just have to calibrate and label the gauge.

Again--

really easy, in principle. But a lot of investment if you don't already have what you need.

There's a gauge company I used to use for specialty stuff, years ago--

If I can remember who they were, and what the name was of that guy that I liked to talk to (Hell, he may be dead by now), I'll post it for you. They can likely help you out tons!

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the bookmark is on the old computer ... if i ever manage to get back in (won't completely boot) i'll look for it

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:57 pm 
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Thanks!

The funny thing here is that I'm in exactly that same boat! :lol:

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