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alfred posted 09-04-2008 07:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for alfred   Send Email to alfred  
I have connected everything on my Lenco trims, except for the orange wire out of the control box. The instruction says to connect this to the tachometer , but I am not sure how. Could some one please help. The outboard is a Verado with Smartcraft gauges.

I think this is a sensor wire that tells the system to auto retract when the motor is off. Can this just be connected to an accessory line?

jmorgan40 posted 09-04-2008 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
I didn't remember that when I wired my auto retract. I went online and looked at the new owners manual and they do offer that as an optin or another non-ignition wire.

The pre 2007 manual says to wire it to a switch on the dash. I am thinking about changing that on my setup and wiring it to a hot wire on the tach. To answer your question you will need a multi-tester or voltmeter. Look for a wire showing 12+ volts when the ignition is on and 0 volts when the ignition is off.

Riverwhaler posted 09-04-2008 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Riverwhaler  Send Email to Riverwhaler     
I just wired it to a switch that provides power when I turn it on and shuts of power when I turn it off. This retracts the tabs completely and I have the option of doing that when I want to. It could be the accessory switch on the console.
Keep it simple.
alfred posted 09-04-2008 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for alfred  Send Email to alfred     
Hmmm... that's an idea.
jmorgan40 posted 09-04-2008 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
That is the second option your newer directions offer and how mine is configured. I just have a switch on the dash that I turn off before loading on the trailer.
alfred posted 09-05-2008 02:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for alfred  Send Email to alfred     
I poked around at the ignition switch and saw a purple wire but no pig tail, so I looked at the tach's loom again and saw abit of purple, so I tickled it and out popped the purple pig tail! All hooked up and everything is working as it should!

The orange wire out of the tab control box was really short, so I had to extend it. Got to tell you that soldering inside the consul is no fun.

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