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    Thought I would post a photo of my speedometer with an LED bulb. The original incandescent bulb had not burned out but the glass had turned black. I couldn't even see the needle to know how fast I was going or the reference marks when to shift.

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    Although, if you read the Owner's Manual supplied by Citroen, those marks were not intended to be used as a guide for gearchanges, but were only applicable during the running-in stage.

    First page.
    During the first 1,000 km, do not exceed:- 20 kph in 1st gear, 45 kph in 2nd gear, 65 kph in 3rd gear & 90 kph in 4th gear.
    Page 38.
    During the first 2,000 km, ...do not let the speedometer needle reach the coloured marks.



    "I couldn't even see the needle to know how fast I was going or the reference marks when to shift."
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    Hi Ken, they are the reference marks when to shift?

    There are at 40, 60 + 80.

    Your quotes from the owner manual are 20, 45 & 65?

    best regards,

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    BTW,

    Instruments look great........What led did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken H View Post
    do not exceed: ..... 90 kph in 4th gear.
    Does the 2CV have an inclinometer to tell you how steep the downslope is? [ducks]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
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    Instruments look great........What led did you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Hi Ken, they are the reference marks when to shift?

    There are at 40, 60 + 80.

    Your quotes from the owner manual are 20, 45 & 65?

    best regards,

    Greg
    I was thinking the same thing. Why would Citroen put shift marks for the run-in period on the speedometer but not after the run-in period.

    I noticed I can push the engine a bit higher than the rev marks but I have not pushed it very far. On my Trabant being a 2 stroker, it's impossibly unless I downshift. On that car, the engine simply stalls out at the shift marks. Well it doesn't actually have any on the speedometer, just based on the owner's manual. Must be a characteristic of the 2 stroke engine.

    I once pushed my Subaru past it's limit while passing a slow moving car on 2 lane road illegally (dual yellow lines). The rev limiter kicked in!
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    Here is my dash with leds.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEXmbVqqWTc

    From 0:35'

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    What bulbs did you use Pierre ? They look great !


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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenhendley View Post
    What bulbs did you use Pierre ? They look great !


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    Make sure what type of bulbs your dash is using. There are bayonet and the ones you may see attached that I bought for myself.

    In the video description you can see the email of Gil that will help you choosing the right ones for you.

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    Hi I thought that those numbers would be in MPH
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbofiat124 View Post
    Thought I would post a photo of my speedometer with an LED bulb. The original incandescent bulb had not burned out but the glass had turned black. I couldn't even see the needle to know how fast I was going or the reference marks when to shift.


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    Brilliant job with the VHT Wrinkle Paint. I just couldn't get that consistency in my tests so I have a test in with the powdercoater of a wrinkle powder from 'Murica
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    Thanks!

    Check the my dash resto thread. You will find useful tips in case you will try again with VHT Wrinkle Paint.

    http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/citro%EBn-forum/123261-citroen-ds-21-dash-resto.html#post1461059

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