Just moving this thread over from the mods section.
Got my DG8 installed today and took some pics to do a How To. I bought it from www.riderstation.com
and I also bought the harness for an easier install. Everything was straight forward and the hardest part was running the wires. Shipping was very fast. I got the red one just because the back light on the OEM guages is red. I looked at the blueguages site but I didn't like the way the blue one looked so I'm gonna stick with the red.
What you need to do to prepare the install is take off the seat and prop up the tank with some sort of rod. I used a long flat head screw drive because theres a perfect spot for the head to go under the tank and my Scotts damper mounting kit gives you a nice spot for the handle to sit. You'll also have to take off at least the right upper fairing and I took of the side insert to make things easier routing the wires. To do this you'll also need to take off the right ram air cover and the black plastic peice thats held on by pop rivets. I also took off the nose just so I could make sure I ran the wires the way the other wires were already so it looks nice and clean. And of course the windscreen needs to come off.
The harness helped out a lot because all you had to do was plug in the speedo sensor, guage harness, and then the indicator itself; no cutting or sodering.
Heres a pic of what one end of the harness looks like. The cool thing about this is that it has the harness for both the gear indicator and the shift light, but since the 03-04 already has a shift light just wrap it up in electrical tape and put it aside.
This is a pic of the DG8 itself, it just plugs right into the harness.
You need to unplug the harness thats going into the guages and install the new harness. Then plug the original guage harness into the new one.
This is when I took off the nose to run the wires the same route as the current wires. I ran mine out the right, under the part of the headlight where you change the bulb, and followed the current wires underneath the frame.
This is where I used a bent up coat hanger to get the wires from underneath the frame to in front of the air box. From there I routed it under some hoses to the spot the side insert covers, then back to the speed sensor harness.
Heres a pic of the harness that intercepts the speedo harness.
All you have to do here is unplug the speedo harness and plug each part of it into the DG8 harness. And then you can put the tank back down.
I mounted it on the left part of the fairing stay. They give you some really heavy duty velcro so you don't need to worry about it falling off. As you can see its not blocking any of the other guages.
I just routed the wire behind the guage cluster and through the hole that the harness for the guages goes through.
Heres another pic of what everything looks like connected. You can see why I decided to paint the lower part of the windscreen.
Before you velcro the indicator to the fairing stay you might want to program it first. Again, the directions were very easy and straight forward but you need to use this little pin they give you to push a button in the back of the unit to tell it how many gears etc. so it works correctly.
I took it out for a spin and everything works the way its supposed to. I was a little nervous the speedo would act up since I have a speedo healer but it looks the the harness didn't interrupt anything.
If anyone has any questions post em up.
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