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TypeRboy
10-28-2004, 07:52 PM
I wasn't sure if I asked this before, but my tach reads high ( idles at 3500 rpm.. etc ) The tach is new, positive earth, and standard point ignition. The coil is a lucas sport coil and I am not running a balast resistor. ( the tach box showed nothing about needing one..) Does anybody know what might cause this, or if the tach's are adjustable. ( this is an nos early tach bought from Lotus )

I might as well not have a tach for the good it does me.

Dave Thielke
10-28-2004, 09:37 PM
Are you working on your Elan or Lotus 7. I have a couple of old manuals I can try to look up the wiring diagrams, altho I'm sure there is more current info out there somewhere.
Dave T bluspit@yahoo.com

Geo Hahn
10-29-2004, 06:33 PM
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...The coil is a lucas sport coil and I am not running a balast resistor. (the tach box showed nothing about needing one..)

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Probably doesn't but this is easily checked by testing the resistance across the 2 terminals. If about 3 or 4 ohms then no resistor required. If about 1.5 ohms then it needs an external ballast resistor.

TypeRboy
10-30-2004, 08:37 PM
This is on the Elan. I have a few wiring diagrams, and the harness is brand new. Everything looks right for wiring, I can't imagine how I could hook up a tach to read three or four times the actual rpm if I tried... Yet somehow it does.