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Yamaha sells a simple plastic cover for the back of the instrument housing. It covers the bracketry and cleans up the looks nicely. Thing is, it costs $49 and change for a bit of plastic!

As mentioned in the Speedometer Visor thread, the idea of making one seemed like a good project. Off to Home Depot and Walmart for repurposing ideas I went. Last night, I struck "gold"(stainless steel, actually.) at Walmart.
Thermos makes a food & beverage container that comes with a steel lid in the exact size needed to fit the back of the speedometer housing - 4" ID.
I took a chance and bought the thing with the idea that if the lid transformation doesn't work out, I still have a nifty new Thermos.
If it does work out, same ending only my bike gets a small add-on.

I gave it a rough fitting and determined it was indeed the right size for the job. A bit of Dremel cutoff wheel work later and it fit really well. While the stainless steel was a good look, I opted to spray paint it with some black bumper restoration paint by Rustoleum.
There was a screw-top thread made into the plastic liner of the lid for securing it to the bottle. *** When I cut & sanded it off, the cap was ever so loose fitting on the speedometer back. Perfect!
I have some 3M automotive use double-sided tape for securing body trim parts. A strip of that along the inside edge ought to make up the gap left by removing the threads and hold it in place.
Right now, it's 37F outside - not too good for pressure sensitive adhesives. So, I'll wait and install it later. Until then, here are some photos of the part source and the final product.


*** The plastic liner itself actually would make a good cover if you didn't want to cut the stainless steel outer shell and go through the trouble of rolling over the raw edges and smoothing things out.
The plastic popped free from the metal when I cut the wiring notch. I just bonded the two back together with some RTV silicone.
 

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:grin2: Couldn't stop laughing when I got to the thermos part. The diy ideas you get are simply astounding! Always looking forward to your next scr950 project or little mod.

And now you have a nifty thermos too! Just without the cap, but who needs a portable cup anyways? Can't wait to see it installed once the weather improves a bit.
 

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That actually looks really darn clean ! Honest opinion, if I were to be a super knit-picky kinda guy, I would say it sticks out a little bit too far. Thankfully I'm not that kinda guy ;) That's amazing for a thermos... cough I mean... gauge cover ;)
 

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That actually looks really darn clean ! Honest opinion, if I were to be a super knit-picky kinda guy, I would say it sticks out a little bit too far. Thankfully I'm not that kinda guy ;) That's amazing for a thermos... cough I mean... gauge cover ;)
Thanks!
I thought about making it shorter then realized I'd have to cut the opening for the wiring connector even bigger. There would then be a weird hole on the forward facing side. Back to plan "B".
 

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That actually looks really darn clean ! Honest opinion, if I were to be a super knit-picky kinda guy, I would say it sticks out a little bit too far. Thankfully I'm not that kinda guy ;) That's amazing for a thermos... cough I mean... gauge cover ;)
The more I looked at it, the more I agreed with you. It could've been shorter from the start.
Now, an hour of cutting, cussing, painting and repainting later, the cover has been shortened so it won't stick out quite as far. I'm glad I did, too. The RTV I used to glue the plastic inner to the steel outer night before last was not even remotely cured. I mixed up some epoxy this go-round. Cleaning all the RTV off was "fun". =(
Not for everything to set for a day or so and I'll reinstall it - hopefully for the last time. =)
 

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Looks great to be, goofy would have been plastering it with stickers which is what I have seen a few times. This right here complements the original design in a way that I couldn't imagine being better. Can't wait to see what else you have planned to do :D
 

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Thanks!
I thought about making it shorter then realized I'd have to cut the opening for the wiring connector even bigger. There would then be a weird hole on the forward facing side. Back to plan "B".
The more I looked at it, the more I agreed with you. It could've been shorter from the start.
Now, an hour of cutting, cussing, painting and repainting later, the cover has been shortened so it won't stick out quite as far. I'm glad I did, too. The RTV I used to glue the plastic inner to the steel outer night before last was not even remotely cured. I mixed up some epoxy this go-round. Cleaning all the RTV off was "fun". =(
Not for everything to set for a day or so and I'll reinstall it - hopefully for the last time. =)
Sweet, glad to see changes being made. Depending on how great these look (they already look great) with the shorter backing... perhaps we can contact a certain thermos company to get a deal and start producing some gauge back covers in the masses :wink2:
 

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If it was a tad shorter so it doesn't stick out as much, then it'd look like something from the factory. would never have known it was a thermos lid if you hadn't told us.
 

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If it was a tad shorter so it doesn't stick out as much, then it'd look like something from the factory. would never have known it was a thermos lid if you hadn't told us.
I took care of the shorter part the day. I also about lost my mind when I was repainting it and tried to move the cover to a "safe" location to dry and dropped it. I fumbled it once and then caught it before it hit the floor. That completely ruined the paint job.
So, I had a major do-over. :frown2:
Corrected and reinstalled, it looks more Yamaha and less Thermos-y now. :laugh:
 

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Repainting a piece isn't too bad, washing that paint off your hands is more of a pain IMHO. Wouldn't mind seeing a few pictures of the completed product.
 

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Repainting a piece isn't too bad, washing that paint off your hands is more of a pain IMHO. Wouldn't mind seeing a few pictures of the completed product.
Here it is in it's final, shortened form.
 

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Nice! I can see the cable sitting closer to the top fo the thermos lid, won't even know it was a lid. How did you reattach the thermos rim after cutting it shorter?
 

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Looks to be shortened quite a bit there, but looks so much better! Sorry, I put the two pictures on top of each other to see the difference easier :)


 

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That's why i make sure to mask off painted parts I happen to be removing. If you look at how the professionals do it that's exactly the process.

Never worth it taking the risk of having no protection.
 

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Nice! I can see the cable sitting closer to the top fo the thermos lid, won't even know it was a lid. How did you reattach the thermos rim after cutting it shorter?
Once I cut the end of the cover off by the amount I wanted to shorten it, I pried the plastic lip free from the metal outer shell. The plastic was then transferred to the shortened metal shell once I trimmed the inner cap back a bit. Epoxy glue's holding the stuff together with 3M auto body tape securing the cover to the instrument housing. A test run to work Tue. night was successful. Nothing came loose. =)
 

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It's the little details like that which makes a Diy look stock. Great job on the thermos instrument cover! The company may have a sudden spike in sales thanks to you. ;)
 
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