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That digital tach from KOSO North America (Canadian company)came in today and I eagerly installed it. Worked for about 20 seconds then started flashing 8888 across the display. Piece of junk. Don't bother with it.
 

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****. Maybe being Canadian 8888 means hauling asssss. Or maybe Canadian stuff is junk.
 
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Try installing a new battery, and make sure your ground is good along with spark plug connection.
It is worth trying before bashing a product.
Also, if you have the receipt either KOSO or the vendor should offer a refund.

Or, you might try contacting KOSO directly, and asking them what the flashing meant.
I tested both of ours, and they work fine, but one came with a dead battery.
 

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one came with a dead battery.
Yep ,you are correct, the battery was dead and I went and bought a new CR2032. It still flashed 8's. Black (ground) lead to negative terminal of battery, positive (red) to front spark plug. Checked new battery voltage (3.2 vdc) and checked continuity with a D'Arsonval movement Simpson and a Fluke digital meter. Removed battery and checked it again and it was at 2.7 vdc . Obviously an internal component of the Tach is defective and drained the battery in a matter of minutes. In my opinion it's junk.
 

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wow that sucks , i'll definitely keep that in mind before considering going for it.


****. Maybe being Canadian 8888 means hauling asssss. Or maybe Canadian stuff is junk.
haha i really hope it does, maybe some canadians can speak of this secret code of theirs. :D
 

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Did you contact the company at all? What did they say? Did you get a replacement or your money back?
They sent me a return form. I will have to fill out the form and return it along with my sales receipt and ship it back at my expense. That will easily cost better than $10.00. Customs will hang it up for two weeks then they will check it out and determine whether it is eligible for replacement. I might just call my credit card company and have them refuse payment.
 

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They should be covering shipping cost, it's the least they can do, plus it helps them keep a good rep to show they really want to serve the customer. Shame on them.
 

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They sent me a return form. I will have to fill out the form and return it along with my sales receipt and ship it back at my expense. That will easily cost better than $10.00. Customs will hang it up for two weeks then they will check it out and determine whether it is eligible for replacement. I might just call my credit card company and have them refuse payment.
Thats sucks. I strongly suggest you contact your CC company before its gets worse.
 

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I use the TrailTech on my ruckus... and love it. Digital speedo, tach, trip, engine temp/ambient temp, etc etc.


...And its only about the size of a credit card (not thickness-wise, obviously).
 

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I use the TrailTech

I googled the Trailtech and discovered that in their line-up of motorcycles the Harley wasn't even listed? I must say their product looks much nicer than the KOSO crap.
I'm sure that any tach listed will probably work with a Harley, I just found it odd that Harley didn't have a listing in their list of motorcycles.
 

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You are correct, however the speedo and tach are essentially universal - the speedo has a cable that goes down to the front wheel, with a small magnet that mounts on the wheel or rotor. The sensor (a hall effect sensor I suppose) just mounts to the fork, or however you can manage to make it fit.

The tach "sensor" just wraps around one of the spark plug wires - probably not unlike the Koso tach.


Anyway, the trailtech has been awesome, and has worked since the day I installed it 2 years ago. Haven't even needed to change the battery!
 

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I Googled that Dakota Digital tach. Can you say "Yikes"? My gosh those products are expensive, very classy looking stuff but dayum.
 

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I googled the Trailtech and discovered that in their line-up of motorcycles the Harley wasn't even listed? I must say their product looks much nicer than the KOSO crap.
I'm sure that any tach listed will probably work with a Harley, I just found it odd that Harley didn't have a listing in their list of motorcycles.


I assume the reason why is in their name... and that they're generally used on dirtbikes, atvs, etc.


I ordered my trailtech for about 65-70 bucks on ebay if I remember correctly. I'll try and look tonight if the one from my ruckus looks like a feasible install.
 

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I assume the reason why is in their name... and that they're generally used on dirtbikes, atvs, etc.


I ordered my trailtech for about 65-70 bucks on ebay if I remember correctly. I'll try and look tonight if the one from my ruckus looks like a feasible install.
forgive the digression, but nice FC...
 

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Koso North America finally sent me a new digital Tach. It works this time but I'm not impressed at all. While sitting at idle speed the tach will fluctuate from 1,000 rpm to about 1,420 simply just sitting there. Junk I tell ya. Not going to bother sending it back this time. Maybe I will install it on my riding lawn mower.
 
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