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I'm in the process of building a 1976 from a basket case. Not looking to keep it all original. Its just a project to keep me busy since I'm retired and don't like sitting around. I am down to wiring, installing handlebar switches and some kind of instrumentation. I am going to get rid of all of the diodes, resister, reserve lighting stuff and go with the basics. I''ve completely rewired several hotrods and classic cars over the years to that part doesn't scare me. I have also rebuilt 3 early wings and am familiar with the stock electrics. I'm just wanting to keep this simple and economical. I'll probably sell it after riding it a while to sort everything out so I don't want to get too upside down on it.

Are there any good aftermarket handlebar switches out there worth using? See lots of Chinese junk on ebay. Also have seen some digital instrument panels but not sure if they are programable to the GL1000 fuel and temp sending units or have sending units of their own.

I have a couple of extra shelters and am considering mounting switches and idiot lights in the center cover. I have one that is dented up some and wont mind drilling some holes in it. A Temp guage would be nice in the fuel guage hole since I dont have a working fuel guage and there is always the 'reserve will get me to a gas station' option.

I'd put stock parts on it If I could find good ones for a good price. All of the extra switches and instruments I have right now are not worth using. I do have two stock wiring harnesses both of which have some issues but I can use for terminals, plugs etc.

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I'm using a digital temp gauge (not very accurate, it seems) and volt meter (highly recommended with these old bikes!) From Chinabay sources. Just spun an adapter for the temp gauge sensor in the lathe.
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I’ve been eyeballing those Chinese ones on Amazon. Cheap enough. Just don’t know if I feel like the headache yet. My Speedo finally grenaded and I’m just riding by rpms at the moment. Would be nice to have some modern instruments. I don’t know if the quality is there though. A lot of mixed reviews. I’m not sure I believe half of those reviews anyway. Probably just some sales promoting.
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I'd like to recommend the Danmoto 180 instrument panel like I have on both of my bikes but they don't make them anymore.

When I decided I didn't want to deal with antique switches anymore I spent a bunch of time searching eBay for something I liked (I almost never use Amazon for stuff like that because their search is so crappy it is next to impossible to find the best deal) and then ordered ones made for Royal Enfields.
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Trail Tech makes an all in one unit ...

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I've heard good things about Trail Tech. The main reason I chose the Danmoto over them was that Trail Tech wouldn't guarantee that the display of the one I wanted would work (or even survive) at temperatures below freezing but Danmoto specified it would work down to -30c.
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I have a Trail Tech on my KLR650 and it worked fine last winter ... buttons are a bit fiddley with big gloves on though ...

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Looks like I’ll be going with stock gauges. Bought a nice set from a member.
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I'm also curious about the switches/controls. My main concern is the right side bar. The stock switch unit has the throttle cables screwed into it, this is my first bike build, so I don't know what all can be done and if I need to look for switches with the holes for the cables or not. Mine is an 87 aspy though
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Have a read through the thread I linked to above about converting to Enfield switches to get an idea of what can be involved with using non-Honda ones.
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Click: Colour schematics for all GL1000 & GL1100 and GL1200 standard models plus instructions on how to download the full size version
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Another guy with two sidecars..... Hmmmm... must be something to that....
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I also used a trail tech on a previous build and plan to put one on Big Bertha. You have two choices for the water temp readout, either splice their adapter into the radiator hose or buy a clip on sensor that attaches to a radiator fin. I opted for the latter as I didn't think there was enough room to splice in the adapter (and I am not sure it is the right diameter anyway). It may not be the most accurate way to measure but it seemed to work just fine. I would do it again.
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The Danmotos use the original Honda temp gauge and fuel gauge senders. Too bad they stopped selling them.
Mr. Honda ('83 GL1100/Dnepr) summer New Engine Thread
The Famous Eccles ('84 CX650EI/VeloUral) winter Never Ending Build (CX500forum)
Click: Colour schematics for all GL1000 & GL1100 and GL1200 standard models plus instructions on how to download the full size version
"A guy with two sidecars can't be all bad." - Cookie
Another guy with two sidecars..... Hmmmm... must be something to that....
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