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    Tach cable. Long turn or no long turn.

    I had my tach cable go out last week while I was in the middle of doing a float rating... Bad news. But we managed to get it up and going after a day.

    Now I have a fairly long cable that makes a big sweeping turn under the panel and enters the tach via a 90 degree angle drive unit.
    One AI told me that I should have the long sweeping turn and another told me that I should get a shorter cable and try to go as direct as possible.
    Which is correct?

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    I'd go with "Another" ... Ask "One" why he likes a too-long cable.
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    Ditch the cable and get an electronic unit.

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    The 90 degree turn adapter reverses the direction of the cable, so it is essential. Sweeping turns are good, really doesn't matter on the length as long as it works correctly.

    Tim

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    It's not a bad idea to shoot the prop with an optical RPM sensor as well. I have seen where a small bend can cause as much as a 100rpm reduction. They had the cable shortened so it was straight as possible and the reading was dead on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mush View Post
    .....I have seen where a small bend can cause as much as a 100rpm reduction. They had the cable shortened so it was straight as possible and the reading was dead on.
    how can that be true?????? unless it was slipping/spinning in fitting on engine end????

    or pushing at the tach and and somehow fuxing with the magic in it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Clark View Post
    One AI told me that I should have the long sweeping turn and another told me that I should get a shorter cable and try to go as direct as possible.
    Which is correct?
    I always have reeve make them custom to the proper length when doing a panel/rebuild...... but no good reason other than doing the job and gonna do the best I can...

    anyway, most all go to the EI electric tach now at rebuild.....

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    I think Alex has a continental 4 banger in his craft.

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    Yeap C-90-8

    And for those who do not think it makes a difference, you can goof with the tach reading by moving around an unsecured cable while it is running. Strange but true.
    The cable is woven in a directional manner and will bind and release in litle spurts while rubbing against the cable housing.
    And those 90 degree drive units can either reverse the cable direction or keep it the same. You just pull out the little end unit and install it backwards top make the change.
    They are built that way.

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