Tuesday, April 15, 2008

between 0000-00-00 and 9999-99-99

I noticed that (some) mails originating from Yahoo have "between 0000-00-00 and 9999-99-99" at their bottom recently, i think since yesterday...

some googling pointed to yahoo answers site but no definitve answers....just people guessing that yahoo wants to protest about microsoft bid or to remind us ppl to submit their tax (somehow!)

any idea whats this?

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Console Gadgets Mission (Accomplished!)

This was a long pending task. Finally completed today. Added a temperature gauge and Ammeter.

I bought the temperature sensor in Pune. The gauge is made by Pricol and I think its for Leyland trucks. It has 3 connectors, 1 for +12V (shared by bulb), body ground and the sensor. The sensor cable is long and the tip needs to be kept touching to the point (the temperature of which you need to measure). The maximum range of gauge is 110C so I need to experiment about its location. Engine fins are good point but want to make sure that they run at less than 110C. Gauge needs little time to record temperature variations.

Ammeter was pretty simple and cheap too. You can get it from any two wheeler shop which stocks parts for Enfield. This ammeter is to be connected in series after fuse so the wire needs to be cut.

Got both the gauges fit from a mechanic in Thane. It took almost 2 hours to drill holes in fairing and wire the whole thing.

Total costs involved as follows

Pricol temperature gauge (Part no. 3002, Leyland temp gauge) - INR543
Enfield Ammeter (Minda make) - less than INR100

Related XBHP post is located at - http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/showthread.php?t=15746
More pics on flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/globe_treader/sets/72157604509686250/

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Headlight Upgrade Mission (accomplished)!

This is the Phillips EssentialPower 60/55W Bulb. This is not approved for road traffic (approved only for rally circuits) but doesnt matter :) I wanted to get OSRAM Nightbreaker but couldnt find it.

The bulb is "H4" but can be directly used in HS1 sockets.

This is Avenger coil plate which I purchased from one of authorised service center in Thane. MRP is INR532. Its official part name is "Avenger stator plate". The coil plate is direct fit for Avenger (original 180cc engine) and Pulsar 180cc DTS-i fear the black version (and could be for other 180cc models except original 180cc engines)

A neighbourhood mechanic swapped out the coil plates for me for a service charge of INR100. As the part is direct fit, you may be able to do it yourself if you have all the tools.

The light is much brighter now. I haven't taken "before-after" photos though. This upgrade is mainly intended for riding in Pune city than highway riding. Hopefully the stupid pune drivers someday know road manners.