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Anyone hooked up a car style tach to small engine?


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Posted February 27, 2010 - 09:19 PM

I have a Kohler twin with a coil for each cylinder. It also fires every stroke, which mean each coil fires on every revolution.
I want to hook up a large analog tach and I'm not sure if it would work or what I might need to do to make it work?
Any tips? :confuse:

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Posted February 28, 2010 - 09:49 AM

I'm no expert on that for sure, but I think it will read double the actual rpm.

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Posted February 28, 2010 - 10:01 AM

I think Daniels right, they make Tachs for 1 and 2 cylinder engines, might google it. The ones I saw where also an hour meter

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Posted February 28, 2010 - 10:26 PM

I think Daniels right, they make Tachs for 1 and 2 cylinder engines, might google it. The ones I saw where also an hour meter


They make tachs for 1 & 2 cyl engines, but they are digital and look like an after thought. I want a tach that I can mount in my custom dash and make it look like it came from the factory.

If there is a way to hook both coils to the tach, I might be able to get it to read correctly on the 4 cyl setting? Then again, hooking up both coils might blow it up?

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 08:24 AM

I thought about the 4 cyl tach also and hooking both coils up, I don't think it will blow it, if anything it will be an inaccurate reading.

The other way I just thought about is using a two cylinder tach and only hooking one coil to it. If the coils fire every revolution then with only one coil hooked to a two cylinder tach would make it read like two cylinders. I could be wrong as it does happen on a few occasions LOL

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 09:00 AM

I thought about the 4 cyl tach also and hooking both coils up, I don't think it will blow it, if anything it will be an inaccurate reading.

The other way I just thought about is using a two cylinder tach and only hooking one coil to it. If the coils fire every revolution then with only one coil hooked to a two cylinder tach would make it read like two cylinders. I could be wrong as it does happen on a few occasions LOL


I was thinking the same about the 2 cyl tach, but I have had no luck finding one, other than a little digital one.

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Posted October 25, 2010 - 09:27 PM

I know this is an old thread but I came across something some of you mind find useful. There's digital and "car" style analog tachometers that are used for golf carts available. They work on single cylinder engines.
Cartpartsplus carries them.
The analog sells for about $89.
Hope this helps
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Posted October 26, 2010 - 04:35 AM

Shades:welcometogttalk:glad to have you with us.

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Posted October 26, 2010 - 04:42 PM

Just found a great analog tach for our GT's. But their website doesn't have price or contact info...what's up with that? Maybe it's just my computer connection???
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Posted October 26, 2010 - 05:21 PM

I emailed them to see if they can give me any more information regarding that tachs.

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Posted October 26, 2010 - 05:50 PM

I emailed them to see if they can give me any more information regarding that tachs.


Where did you find the email info? Doesn't show for me.

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Posted October 26, 2010 - 06:49 PM

Just found a great analog tach for our GT's. But their website doesn't have price or contact info...what's up with that? Maybe it's just my computer connection???
Welcome to Kirk Engines, Inc.


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Looks like the tach is for battery ignitions that fire every 2nd revolution. They even have a hipo cam for Kohlers.

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Posted October 26, 2010 - 07:19 PM

Where did you find the email info? Doesn't show for me.


It was all the way at the bottom with a contact us link.

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Posted October 26, 2010 - 07:50 PM

I emailed them to see if they can give me any more information regarding that tachs.


If they get back to you with some prices let us know, I don't know about you guys but I'd rather have a Tach than an amp meter anyday.

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Posted October 26, 2010 - 08:05 PM

I will definitely let yas know, especially if I can work a deal for fellow GTtalk members. About 6 months ago I was doing as much research as I could to try and find a tach that would be suitable but apart from having something custom made and shelling out the cash for the initial investment I wasn't having much luck. I don't have the cash sitting around to invest like that.




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