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Old 08-12-2013, 07:16   #1
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M-20 Perkins Tachometer Calibration

I had to replace the instrument panel after a lightning strike. I found a new complete panel with all instruments. But now I need to calibrate the tach., as it only reads 2000 rpms at full throttle.
I have various literature for other tachometers but none for the one I have. It is a Volvo Penta/VDO analog tachometer. And I think I need to adjust the potentiometer and the dip switches, but not sure. The diagrams I have do not match the actual tach. exactly. Any input from someone who is familiar would greatly be appreciated. is the only instructions I have.
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:50   #2
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Re: M-20 Perkins Tachometer Calibration

First off is it a VDO Tach, should be branded VDO.
Second how many poles on your alternator
Go to VDO Siemens, that have a good two page instructions on setting the dip switches and calibrating.
Get a infrared digital tach and check the engine rpm then adjust tach to match.

You can do it or as others say " Just Do It"
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