August 15, 2011
Nice, Cheap Aesthetic Upgrade
The white face gauges look excelent both night and day. The redline is incorrect on the RPM's; but, other than that I have not complaints on appearance. The instructions that came with the kit were better than most; though, the online instructions are better. Both sets of directions kind of leave you hanging during the most difficult steps. I have read a lot of reviews that claim this install is easy and where it is not overly difficult, it is not easy. This install certainly requires more than the average tools a normal person keeps in his garage. For example, outside of the recommended tools I used: wire cutters, wire strippers, soldering iron, electrical tape, drill and tap kit. The factory headlight control unit's wires are not long and do not leave much room to work. I found that cutting the wires, stripping them and soldering them all back together was the easiest method. Throw the included dimmer switch away, it is pointless since there is a factory dimmer switch. If you are already cutting and splicing one wire, doing the same to another one is not any more difficult. Hook the power from the kit dimmer switch(red wire) to the main power (gray or brown wire mentioned in the directions), hook the switch leg (black and red wire) to the blue and white wire on the factory control unit. This will utilize the factory dimmer. AM points out the best ground location in their directions and I went with their suggestion for the ring terminal and grounding bolt. I also soldered the washer for the bolt to the pipe to help with the vibration and provide a better ground connection. The 'pipe' is also extremely thin tubing and only one thread will bite on the tap. Also, don't even think about not using adhesive to keep the gauges down. I didn't at first and like everyone else had trouble with the needle sticking.