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Offline BestBoy

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Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« on: September 16, 2019, 07:02:21 am »
So in a previous post I mentioned that Id accidently hit 12k on my K2.

However, Ive been thinking it was showing the revs to be way too high so I checked today.
It says Im doing 9k at 70mph in 5th.

I know thats wrong. My gearing is: 18/48

Whats going on!? Any ideas?

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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2019, 07:07:31 am »
 Probably should be showing more around 5K at that speed. I would say its broke  :D

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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2019, 08:06:31 am »
 Or the tach is from a different model. What bike do you have?
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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2019, 08:11:17 am »
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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2019, 02:32:09 pm »
Would that K2 be a 500, 750, etc?


72 K2 would preclude it from being a 550...
350K was a twin and 12k might be possible.
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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2019, 02:53:34 pm »
 I see from his first post (ever....not just on this thread) that it's a 750.
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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2019, 07:02:04 pm »
I'll jump in since I am having the same issue.  '75 CB550F Supersport.

Replaced the cable hoping it would solve the issue.   :(  It did not.  What I have been able to glean from yesterdays research is there are two possible issues.  One the mount the the cable connects to at the base of the tac is loose and the rotating magnet is touching the spindle that moves the tac needle causing it display faster.  The other issue can be that the oil in the tac has dried out. 

I found a UK vendor that will rebuild the tac.  Does anyone know of a vendor in the States?

Thanks.

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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2019, 03:35:16 am »
Thanks!

Ok Im gonna open it up. Yes its a K2 750.
Ive compared engine note to others on Ytube (Tach reading vs speed) and Im not slipping clutch.

Id say at 5k I'm reading 2k over and at 7k im reading about 3k over.

OK lets see whats inside this thing...

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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2019, 10:18:15 am »
When my tacometer is reading too high, I switch to pozole for a day or two...

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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2019, 11:32:12 am »
It may be due to the counter balance spring getting rusted and weak inside the tac.  When I restored my gauges I noticed a very fine coat of rust on the spring and thought if it continued the speedometer and tac. would be off.  I coated them with a light oil to help slow further rusting.  I kind of doubt they are repairable unless you found a spring with the exact same "force" and size.  I can't think what else would cause it other than the drive magnet getting physically closer to the driven disc. 

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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2019, 11:38:22 am »
CB500 tacho wiill show too high rpm. The red area later too, I think 9500.
CB750 tacho has red from 8000.
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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2019, 11:53:14 am »
When my tacometer is reading too high, I switch to pozole for a day or two...

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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2019, 02:27:30 pm »
Yeah, the inside got a good clean. Took off the extra weight of dirt added to spinning magnet etc. No good. Its defs the spring loosing tension and being easier to coil. Looking at replacing it with a single Speedo/Tacho combo. Probably digital.

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Re: Tacometer reading WAY too high... maybe I didn't hit 12k rpm
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2019, 03:16:02 pm »
 Trim one coil off of each spring and bend the end back over so it will fit on the post.
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