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Monday, May 31, 2010

Trail Tech Review and Giveaway


Thanks to Trail Tech I was able to install a TTO Temp Sensor and a TTO Tach/Hour Meter on my dirt bike.  I realy like these sensors.  They are small, easy to install, and work great!  Even though I put them on my dirt bike these could be used on any type of engine that you would like to keep track of temp, RPM, or hours the engine has run.  I installed a combination tach and hour meter but if you would like to just keep track of time they also have a hour meter only model. 
I found that having these saves me a lot of guess work with maintanance on my bike.  Now when I need to set my throttle screw I have accurate engine RPM right on my bike, no more setting by ear.  I will also have a better way of keeping track of when to do maintenence.  I can put my bike on a by the hour schedule.  This is more accurate and better for the engine in my opinion.  Having the ability to know when my bike is getting hot helps with maintenence and engine settings too.  Trail Tech has an assortment of different computers and sensors to choose from.  I am sure you will find what you need for you specific application.

Each Digital Gage comes with adhesive mounting strip with plugs for the screw holes.  I chose to build a mount for mine and had to purchase allen screws, washers, and lock nuts plus a small piece of alluminum for the mount.  Other than these small items everything you need is in the kits.  The stick on mounting would be very fast and easy.  Trail Tech also has mounts for your handel bar or for your gas tank if you don't want to make your own.
There are three different styles of sensors to choose from for the Temp Gauge.  I used the inline style.  It was very easy to install in a radiator hose.  Another bonus is if you mess up a new radiator hose wont cost an arm and a leg to replace.  It is also very fast in picking up temp changes.  You can also choose a spark plug sensor type or a sensor that you tap into the radiator.  The only thing that was a bit of a problem was that I chose a hose that was at the bottom of the bike and so the sensor wire was too short.  I just spliced in some wire I had laying around so not too much of a problem.  I wish I would have remembered to measure the wire.  Some of the high lights of the digital gauges are: 

  • Engine, water, or air temperature
  • Sensor options for all standard radiator hoses, oil lines and spark plugs
  • User selectable display: 30-500°F or 0-260°C
  • Measures current and maximum temperature, resettable
  • Spinning-arrow activity icon
  • Flashing dot indicates 6 second sample rate
  • Spinning-arrow activity icon
  • Peel-n-Stick or Bolt-on


The Tach/Hour Digital Gauge is just as easy to install.  Just rout the wire to the ignition coil.  I ran into a small problem with where to put the lead wire.  This was actually a good thing though, because I was able to try customer support out.  I called the number on the back of the packageing and a actual person answered!  They were very friendly and put me right on track.  I have a coil over ignition system so a little bit different set up worked better for my aplication.  I actually think that something could be put on the instructions about this but with such great customer support it's not a big deal.  It didn't slow me down but maybe a minute or two.  The lead wire is plenty long enough for what I was doing, 70".  I ended up cutting it shorter.  A note that this is OK would be nice too.  There are several settings to go through but they are simple enough.  Some highlights on the Tach/Hour Gauge are:

  • Works on all gas engines (including newer fuel injected four cycle engines)
  • Tracks total hours on motor, non-resettable
  • Measures tach up to 20,000 RPM in real time
  • Measure and records max RPM, resettable
  • Spinning-arrow activity icon
  • Adjustable settings for Fast/Slow updates, Hi/low spark sensitivity (for electrical noise suppression)
  • 99,999 Hour Digital Display
  • Spinning-arrow activity icon
  • Peel-n-Stick or Bolt-on
Trail Techs Digital Gauges were just what was missing from my WR's factory computer.  I now have all the information I want with a great little product.  If you would like to suppliment or start a Digital Gauge sytem Trail Tech has just what you need, and starting on Tues June 1st there will be free shipping on orders over $80.00  Thank you very much to Trail Tech for these great gauges and for the chance to try them out.  I highly recomend the products I tested.  Trail Tech has several other products too.  they have lighting systems, handel bars, kick stands, bar clamps, and other products too.  So check them out and make sure if you order something you tell them Solutions Sleuth sent you.




See slide show of how I made the mount for the gauges click here.



Trail Tech has provided three Digital Gauges to give away. 2 Tach/Hour and one Hour gauge!

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Giveaway ends on June,18 2010. Giveaway is open for the US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.

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