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Feel stupid asking but I have never installed an hour meter, and I'm an electrical retard :bonk:. I got this one from ebay which I'm sure some of you must run

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250678132241&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_842wt_1165

So I hooked up the ground wire underneath one of the bolts that holds the airbox to the frame. and wrapped the black wire around the spark plug cap a few times. Is that correct to just wrap the black wire around the cap?

then I tried kicking the bike over and the meter didnt respond

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That sounds like it's correct. Maybe just wrap around the plug a few more times.

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I doubt the plug goign off a time or three will show any time on the meter. Mine brakes things down to the 1/10" hour so you would need to kick it for 6 minutes to do anything the meter would show.

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Gotcha, thanks guys, ill go for a little ride around the neighborhood when I get home and see if the display pops up

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You say you wraped the wire around the "CAP"? . . . It should be wraped around the plug WIRE itself. The meter counts the electrical pulses traving thru the wire and may not pick them up thru the cap.

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You say you wraped the wire around the "CAP"? . . . It should be wraped around the plug WIRE itself. The meter counts the electrical pulses traving thru the wire and may not pick them up thru the cap.

ok thanks I was curious about this as well, I will wrap it around the wire then and try tonight when I get home.

I've had a few other bikes that I have bought and came with hour meters, and I think they were all wrapped around the cap, but I'll take your work for it.

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so I wrapped it aroudn the plug wire this time, and ran teh bike for 7 mins, nada.... either I'm a complete idiot who can rebuild a motor but can't install an hour meter or the unit is faulty. Gunna email the ebay seller right now

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most are just 1 wire not sure why there are 2? if used as a ground maybe your location is bad? will aluminum work as a ground as you said you said you mounted to the sub frame??

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We receive a lot of inquires about how to install our hour / tach meters, so we made a video going over all the details. Here it is:

Hopefully this helps.

thanks.

...Eric

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thanks for the post eric, turns out the unit I orignially got was defective, I have since installed the new one they sent and it works great

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