Dash it all Jeeves…..

Aprilia Caponord ETV1000 Rally-Raid - Dashboard green LCD panelsWell here it is at last ….. the green LCD Caponord instrument panel. A hot brew and an early start on a cold wintery day, had the panel off the bike and in the warm workshop by 8am. While the soldering station warmed up, I separated the cases, eased the needles off and surprised myself that all this only took a couple of minutes – no hassle with the needles at all, which is unusual!

Aprilia Caponord ETV1000 Rally-Raid - Dashboard LED's to replaceNext, the six diagnostic panel  and two odometer blue LED’s were replaced with green versions, this isn’t difficult but you need to make sure they go on the right way round or they won’t work! The LED specification I used is:

3.2-3.8v 20ma 1000mcd green PLCC-2 SMD LED

Then I removed the old 24C02 chip and read off the data and saved it. I modified the file and wrote it to a new chip and soldered it in place. Back out in the cold I plugged the board into the bike and got ready to switch on. Would it, wouldn’t it ….. blingy lights or a puff of smoke? Hoorah – we have bling!!! The case was buttoned back together after giving the clear lens a clean and checking the rubber seal was OK. All in all, about an hours work, time for another brew then.

So is it just a bling-thing or is their anything worthwhile about changing the LED’s? Personally I prefer it in green, the contrast between digits and background is better making it easier to read the display on the move – sadly the photographs don’t reflect how good they really are. Also the green LED’s are brighter than the blue and that certainly helps. Keeping the blue LED’s behind the analogue gauges adds a nice touch, balancing out the green.

2 Replies to “Dash it all Jeeves…..”

  1. bonjour
    j’ai une caponord 2001 avec un TDB hs. Rien ne se passe dessus mon TDB n’y led et n’y aiguille en mouvement.
    des que je met le contact ras et quand je coupe le contact voyant d’huile et de bequille restent allumés.
    cordialement kermit33

  2. Désolé je ne parle pas français – il s’agit d’une traduction en ligne.

    Vous pouvez avoir une mauvaise connexion entre le nouveau 12v et le régulateur à bord ou une mauvaise connexion du côté de la terre.

    Contactez etv1000.net pour une aide en français. Bonne Chance!

Comments are closed.