Dakota Digital Speedometer Install
We recently installed a set of 10-inch Burly Brand Jail Bars on our 2013 Iron 883 Sportster and were forced to either relocate the stock speedo or ditch it entirely. There are a few options we could’ve tried to relocate the stock speedometer, but we weren’t really big fans of them. So we decided to ditch the 7-pound hunk of steel and aluminum for a slick, compact digital speedometer from Dakota Digital.
Dakota Digital has been making gauges for cars, trucks, off-road vehicles, and motorcycles for more than 25 years, and they’re all made in the USA.
The MCL-5400 features were almost up to par with the stock speedo, which has your odometer and trip odometer, left and right turn signals, high beam, neutral, low oil pressure, and check-engine light. The only thing we wish it had was a low-gas indicator. We also had our mileage added onto the speedometer before it was shipped to our offices.
It comes in flat black or chrome, and you can also choose between two mounting bracket options. We went with the bar mount bracket (BKT-5004-K), which is available in different diameter sizes to fit most applications.
When it comes to installation, you will need to know a thing or two about wiring. The wiring connections that come with this speedo were no match for the Sporster’s OEM connectors. So before we cut, spliced, and soldered, we downloaded the OEM wiring diagram for this particular year, make, and model and carefully routed the wires back together. Follow along as our pal Will shares some helpful tips to make this wiring a little easier.