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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel gage on RT AC

I just bought my 2011 RT AC a week ago and am still getting used to it. However, I plan on riding it from St Louis to Melbourne FL in a few days. My question is how accurate is the fuel gage on this beast? Mine tends to jump all over the place while riding and I haven't ridden it enough to get an idea on how accurate it is or how many miles I can get to a tank of fuel. Any information?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 11:47 PM
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I start looking at 150 miles or so, that is cruising at between 65-70 depending on the maniacs around me. We did a Charleston SC to Moberly MO run last year and eked out 175 on one tank through the Smokies. (lots of gravity assist) This is running about 18 psi on the fronts and 28 on the rear tire. And I became rather frustrated with my fuel gauge so I removed it and used some covers from a non RTS to plug the hole. Probably put a voltmeter there eventually. Now back to the thread.

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-07-2012, 06:19 AM
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When I'm in the "backyard", I stretch out to 150 miles also.
But for travelling; I'd start looking for fuel at 125, and take advantage of any opportunity to give her a drink!

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Concur with the 125ish range. I start to get antsy at 125, especially when I'm scooting around the desert areas around Vegas.
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Just an FYI

A lot of poeple don't like how the dash fuel gauge jumps around. If you unplug the BOTH dash gauges they will be replaced by gauges on the screen. The screen fuel gauge is much more stable that the dash gauge.

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Jeff's right; I guess that I grew up used to float gauges on snowmobiles that bobbed around so much that they'd make you dizzy!
Unplugging them is an option; but you paid for the dang things; it seems a shame to not use them just a little... and then drive by your trip odometer anyway!

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I've heard if you unplug the needle gauge the digital gauge appears on the screen. Is the digital gauge any more accurate?

I'd love to be able to make a connector that tricks the Spyder into thinking displaying the digital AND the needle gauge.
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You have to disconnect both dash gauges before the screen gauges show up. The screen gauge is more stable which is the main reason to disconnect the other gauges. Because of the shape of the gas tank no meter is going to be scaled very accurately.

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-07-2012, 05:35 PM
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Yes, the gauge(s) on the screen are more stable. I unplugged both and put them in my Can-Am spare parts box, pending the day I ever have it back at the dealer again. Then, I might have them replaced.

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dang I was hoping to just unplug my gas gauge and put in a radar detector in the hole, but if you need both gauges unpluged to get the digital to work then double fooey

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