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On my 1500 i get about 90 to 100 mi on odometer and my guage is just a above empty. I stop and gas up and it only holds 3 gal are the gas guages not accurate or do i need to calibrate it.
I thought i should be able to go 150 mi maybe before i start looking for gas station. Any advice appreciated
 

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Some are more accurate than others. You can try bending the float arm to adjust it; some have had success bending the arm without removing the sender assembly. Just be careful and take your time.
 

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I still use the old method of counting miles on the odometer. Very few of my bikes have had gas gauges.
 

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Right at 1/2 I am usually 100-120 miles, I hit the red line at E around 200, the light comes on around 200-220.
They can be adjusted as mentioned. Or, figure out what type of MPG you get in different situations and use the odo for a pretty close guestimate. Ireset the odo every single tank, even though my guage has proven itself very consistent over the years.
 

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Thanks for the info that is kind of what i thot just wanted to get some other opinions
 

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I ride till the light comes on, usually around 200 miles on tank

I used to do that until I discovered my low fuel light thermistor was faulty. Go ahead, ask me how I worked THAT one out! :lash:

T.
 

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I used to do that until I discovered my low fuel light thermistor was faulty. Go ahead, ask me how I worked THAT one out! :lash:

T.
Was that you on the side of the road between Edson and Hinton Alberta with his thumb out?

Oops I think that was me.:sadguy:
And I knew my low fuel light didn't work.:lash:
 

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The gauge on my '93 was pretty pessimistic in that it went down faster than the fuel did. I did get 256 miles out of a tank once in Nevada when gas station I was expecting to refuel at was shut down when I got to it.
 

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On my 1500 i get about 90 to 100 mi on odometer and my guage is just a above empty. I stop and gas up and it only holds 3 gal are the gas guages not accurate or do i need to calibrate it.
I thought i should be able to go 150 mi maybe before i start looking for gas station. Any advice appreciated
You have a 6.3 gallon tank so you aren't even using 1/2 tank when you are filling up. Translation from your numbers =about 200-250 miles per tank.

If you run it low then pull the seat you will see the bolts that hold the fuel pump/gauge assembly in your tank. You can remove the bolts around it and pull the assembly out. Bend the float shaft to a level that makes you smile and put it back in. Take it for a test ride or two, fill the tank and watch it. If it's not where you like it then try again.

When I did mine, I ran about 120 miles on a full tank then pulled/bent/reinstalled until my gauge read 1/2 tank, it worked fine for me.
 

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Counting miles is not so great!
You never know when you will suddenly get bad MPG for some odd reason, bad gas, head winds etc...?
My 88 got 37.8mpg average nearly always but a couple times only got about 30mpg! I ran out because of that once at about 180 miles just as I was turning into a station and I coasted downhill to the pump! LUCKY!
My 95 normally gets 40-42mpg, but a couple times fell to 30-35mpg for no real reason I could see other than just bad gas. Next tank I returned to 40-42mpg again.

I no longer will buy gas at a SHELL station unless it's the only gas I can get. At least 2X I got the bad MPG I was running gas from SHELL! I'm not sure about the other times. Also SHELL is often much higher than other stations in same area. Higher price and maybe much less MPG!

Adjusting the arm to get a better reading on the gauge for the lower half of the tank is a good idea. Probably best is to drain the tank empty, put in how much gas you want for a reserve, 1 or 2 gal when it shows empty! Then adjust the arm so gauge reads where you want with that much gas.

Waiting for the low fuel light to come on is OK maybe but not great either. Less gas in tank to help cool the fuel pump, but mostly you just never know when it will be the FIRST time the low fuel light does not work anymore LOL
After that first time you'll know it does not work any more though! LOL

My 95 should normally have a range of about 240+ miles so I often get gas between 180-200 miles with plenty left in tank. It was rather shocking though when at about 180 miles I had to put in 6gal!
 

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HI: Thermistor shorted 2 yrs. ago, so light always on. Might fix this summer. Several yrs. back[when light was working], was in heavy city traffic. Ran out of fuel! Son & I hoofed it to local gas station for can of fuel. Low fuel light did NOT work to warn me but when we returned to Wing, I turned on ignition key just to recheck and @#$% light came on....go [email protected] TTFN....papasmurf
 
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