I believe I may have been the first to take advantage of Pistol Pete's new gauge face replacement service. There has been a bit more discussion on the CBXWorld website, but for those of you who do not go there, I will share a few pictures. These same pictures are on CBXWorld, plus a bunch of pictures from Pete.
I sent Pete my speedometer and tachometer. The speedometer worked OK, but when I reset the trip odometer, it always reset to 100.0 instead of 000.0. The tachometer had been removed from my CBX last year because it had become sluggish and the needle did not respond to changes in the engine speed well. Both gauges had moderate fading. Pete and I have had some discussions and two tries before we got things to where I like them. We had to resolve a problem of color of the gauge faces. I am now satisfied with them, and in fact really like them.
When I first received them, I thought the color was very close, but maybe just a little dark, towards red color. I installed them in my CBX. It's hard to take pictures of gauges with the camera on a tripod, when the gauges are installed. Also, these pictures were taken inside my garage, under bright florescent light. Which accounts for the green tinge to the pictures. There is also glare from the overhead lights. This is what they looked like installed.
What really surprised me was when I turned the ignition on. The gauges lit up! I had never noticed this before, with the stock faceplates. Even under the bright lights, it was noticeable. These first two pictures were taken with exactly the same exposure, and I believe you can see the difference between when the ignition is on and off. When the engine is running, and voltage is higher, the difference is even more than these pictures show.
Then, I turned the lights off. There was still some light coming in the window right next to the CBX, but it was fairly dark.
I rarely ride at night, and I can't remember what my gauges looked like at night, but they are bright now. Compare them to the voltmeter, which has not been refurbished.
Both gauges now work as they should. Pete was able to repair both of them, in addition to installing the new faceplates. If you are thinking about replacing faded faceplates, or repairs to your gauges, you might send Pistol Pete an email. I think he does nice work.I wish this service had been available a year ago, when I paid $325 for a working tachometer that was faded even more than my gauges.