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Old 06-07-2006, 05:37 AM   #1
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vaccum gauge on a motorcycle

I just put a vaccum gauge on my motorcycle (1974 honda cb125) I drilled the intake manifold and put a hose nub in, pluged the hose going to the gauge in a few spots with filter foam to slow keep the gauge needle from going crazy.
it idles around 10 inches of mercury, and that is simply the highest I can get it, and normaly driving is around 3-4 inches, down hill throttle fully closed it jumps up to around 15-20" depending on the hill.
if I open it wide open, it drops down to 0-1".
so should I just aim for keeping at at 4" for best mileage?
I was also thinking that if I can find an affordable motor controler that hooking that up with a vaccum switch that kicks in around 1" to give it an extra boost of speed under acceleration might be fun.

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Old 06-07-2006, 06:25 AM   #2
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Since installing my vacuum gauge ( I have found that the reading is far too variable to be of any more use than a very vague reference point.

I hardly look at it anymore since I kind of know where it is sitting at any given point. However, I keep it installed since it also acts as a diagnostic tool (and it looks kind of cool).

Vacuum at idle is largely dependent on ambient and engine temperature. When I first installed the gauge it was cooler outside and my first test was with the engine cold. On a hot day with the engine warm the gauge hovers around 19 in. Hg without a problem (17 to 22 is normal for cars - I have no clue what is normal for a bike).

So, overall I guess I'm trying to say that you can try to keep the needle at a certain point, but even slight throttle changes, inclines, declines, and rpm highly affect the reading.
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