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    What I've done to my Capo for now and what to do next?

    Hi
    I have a 2nd generation Capo, black with black frame 2005 model. Haven't ridden much from minor problems to life circumstance.
    Have made a few cries for help on the forum, TQVM to all who replied.
    Went through tons of old postings here and learnt a lot, extremely grateful to all who shared.

    1) Replaced the fuel disconnects with metal ones, routed the low pressure fuel tube to the back of the air cleaner instead of between the cylinders (if that's a bad idea pls holler)

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    2) Dealt with the side stand switch, shorted the wires near the connectors on the ride side
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    Now the switch works with the light on when stand is down but does not cut off engine when gear in engaged.

    Contd in the next post
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    3) Found and settled the front brown connectors. Previously, the R/R was fried and replaced by the bike-shop who checked and said that the brown connectors were ok. Guess they didn't know where to look for the front brown connectors. These were fried as well. So cut off the connecting wires, pulled the 3 thin wires from the alternator out to the right side. Managed to pull out the 3 thick yellow wires from the front brown connectors to the rear brown connectors out of the main wiring bundle on the left side. Since the wires were in good shape, freshened the ends and soldered to the 3 thin yellow wires from the alternator. Taped individually and routed the wires on the right side to the underseat area, to join back the 3 yellow wires from the R/R. This will allow simple disconnection of the R/R to allow checking of the alternator output if necessary in future. Hope the pics helpClick image for larger version. 

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    4) Sorted the R/R with extra direct wiring to charge the battery.Click image for larger version. 

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    5) Changed the starter relay/solenoid to heavy duty 100A car starter after it shorted and continously powered the starter motorClick image for larger version. 

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    6) Then had to deal with a dead dash, only the neutral light (green) and the 3 lights above (side stand/EFI/engine oil) worked. The speedo/tacho/LCD screen with the Fuel Levels and Temperature read-outs were dead totally. So ploughed through all the relevant postings on the dash repair etc. Thank you for all the sharing, fantastic info. Dismantled the dash, opened and removed the needles (speedo/tacho) using spoons, removed the circuit board. Downloaded and printed all the info on the dash circuit board. Took to my friend who does circuit board work with computers. He said it was fine, he even wired the recommended extra wire. But the dash remains as it was - dead except for the lights mentioned earlierClick image for larger version. 

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    So what to do now?
    1) purchase the dashboard from AF1 for USD1173 online which is equivalent to local $4500 (20% of bike value)???
    or
    2) Modify with single dash components from readily available Japanese/Chinese/BMW/Ducati/KTM bike meters or separate aftermarket speedo/tacho/temperature/fuel gauges?
    Aprilia dealership here is pretty dead

    Inclined to go with second option but need help on
    1) type of sensors and their specifications to assess compatibility with meters/gauges/clocks from other makes/brands/aftermarket.

    I am aware this will change the appearance of the bike, but heck, might as well for the sake of reliability or at the least availability of replacements.

    Any / all comments/suggestions welcome as the final alternative would to scrap the Capo.....

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    Nice work. You should also change cables from battery to starter motor and earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shi_bumi View Post
    That's a really nice and clean alternative dash setup. Did you happen to document how you managed the wiring to make it work and could you share that? Of all things that might go badly, the instruments are near the top of the list. With the right tools and materials, almost everything else can be made or repaired, the dash seems to be something that can just go from fine to totally trashed with no fix. If mine were to go belly up I doubt I'd want to keep the stock setup but rather go aftermarket. Besides, all that extra space begs for a built-in GPS and maybe some nice analogue gauges for water temp and such.

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    Excellent stuff Shi_bumi

    Quote Originally Posted by CapoEVT View Post
    Besides, all that extra space begs for a built-in GPS and maybe some nice analogue gauges for water temp and such.
    Really, I was thinking a shit load of 80's style doomsday switches lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shi_bumi View Post
    very nice
    have checked the original post
    hopefully will hear from Daruto

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    yup
    thanks for the suggestion
    will consider

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    Anyone has the technical knowledge of the type of sensors used for the speedo, tacho, fuel level, fuel reserve, air temperature and coolant temperature?
    many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tango View Post
    very nice
    have checked the original post
    hopefully will hear from Daruto

    Here I am .
    Im sorry that the link to our German Forum is dead, but its closed due the new EU data protection basic regulation.

    I did some documentatin about wiring and installing thats saved on my laptop at home.

    I will do a quick search after Portugal-Spain.

    Is there something of special interest?

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