By Chris Maida
Swap out that air temperature gauge for a much more useful oil temperature gauge!
If you own a twin cam touring model with a fairing, you have the not-so-useful air temperature gauge that comes standard with the gauge package. But do you really need a gauge to tell you it’s 100 freakin’ degrees out? A much better use of that gauge spot is an oil temperature gauge. This setup gives you valuable info during your ride on how your engine is operating, especially on very hot days. This upgrade is not hard to install and can be easily done right in your own garage, not taking more than half a Saturday to complete. In fact, you should do it at the same time you’re changing the engine oil and filter, since you’ll be draining the oil anyway to install the kit’s temperature probe.
Since we’re going to install our kit onto a 2005 Electra Glide, we went with a black-face 2″ diameter oil temperature gauge (#70900283/$149.95), which is styled to match the original equipment gauges on our Electra Glide. This gauge kit, which is also available with a silver or titanium face gauge to match other models, fits 1999-2013 FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCU, FLHX, FLTR, and Trike models. However, it doesn’t fit 2009 and later CVO models. The kit includes the gauge, wiring harness, and all needed hardware. Check out the accompanying photos and captions to see just what it takes to install this very useful gauge. AIM
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