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Custom adhesive vinyl print? (Speedometer)

D_JEEPER

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Just curious if anyone here dabbles in the art of custom speedometer gauge faceplates.

I have a Polaris Xplorer 400 and want to fix the speedometer, which seems to be flaking and kinda cruddy from moisture intrusion. I have google searched and have not found anything.

Bueller?
 
I guess I should elaborate. I am looking for an adhesive "sticker" or replacement for my current faceplate inside of the speedometer
 
I can design whatever you want in CorelDraw, and I know a guy with a building full of vinyl printers. And I have a 100w co2 laser.

Not my business, but I can make stuff if you've got dimensions.

[email protected], if you want. And you're not in a huge hurry.

Why is there no 'Job Shop' here?
 
For anyone else who might be interested or know a source... this is what the speedo looks like. Seems like it would be a more common thing....

polaris speedo.jpg
 
I did a set of XJ gauges this way a long time ago, it worked out pretty good too.
 
venoxy did my custom gauge faces in bmw.

multi layer shit just like factory. Cost me $50 for a pair of custom faces. Sent me the proofs before they printed them.
would recommend.
https://venoxy.com/en/
 
I did a set of XJ gauges this way a long time ago, it worked out pretty good too.

In vinyl? It not curl and bubble with heat over time?

Direct print to acrylic or other substrate is what I would look into. The printer we use at the museum to do our exhibit graphics can print on just about anything. Reverse print on acrylic if you want to protect it. That textured black substrate could be done as Sintra in 1/8 or 1/16th thickness. They can also cut out the shapes with vector files.

Looks like the Venoxy folks are doing something similar
 
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In vinyl? It not curl and bubble with heat over time?

I used some sort of sticker stuff my GF had on hand. After I stuck it to the gauge face I clear coated it. It was still looking good a few years later when it got totaled off.
 
Good vinyl can be baked at 180 to 200 degrees with no issues. I sure as fuck wouldn’t be worried about a gauge cluster.
 
This would be in a fairly harsh environment so I was looking for something pretty durable. I figured there would be SOME sort of aftermarket for this kind of thing, but apparently not for ATVs... just ricers and such.

To buy a new speedometer, Polaris wants like $350 :laughing::lmao::laughing:..... hard no. I will sharpie numbers on before I buy a new speedo for that money haha
 
This would be in a fairly harsh environment so I was looking for something pretty durable. I figured there would be SOME sort of aftermarket for this kind of thing, but apparently not for ATVs... just ricers and such.

To buy a new speedometer, Polaris wants like $350 :laughing::lmao::laughing:..... hard no. I will sharpie numbers on before I buy a new speedo for that money haha

I'm telling you, contact the venoxy people.
pop the needle off of that one and scan it and send it to them.

They'll probably even put a dick on it if you ask them.

:flipoff2:
 
Nobody does it for ATVs because who cares to know the speed especially on a 20+ year old Polaris. Also usually by the time they hit that age the plastic on the gauge is so cloudy you can’t really see the gauge anyway. And many people who ride 20 year old ATVs are huge cheap asses so I doubt there is a market other than some custom made ones like you are looking for.
 
Well, aside from age and deterioration... I figured some people would be wanting to bling out their stuff so why wouldnt there be *some* sort of market. I mean, you can buy faceplates for YJs and CJs and stuff too...

I am the kind of person who wants something to work properly if I own it :rolleyes:
 
If you can get the original face off and scanned, it wouldn't be too hard to make a cuttable/printable vector of it and send it to anyone with a vinyl printer/cutter. I know you can get the decals for Polaris PWCs. The ebay sellers sell hundreds of them.

If you get the design, make extras and I bet you can make a few bucks selling them.

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Well, here's this.

I didn't do anything with the font, because they're a PITA.

Sloppy screen-printed POS! Nothing on that is regular. 'Duplicate+30*'. Nope, 28.7, 31.6, 32.4....so, they're manually lined up to the image.

Like someone said, pulling the face and scanning it would be more accurate.

And Venoxy probably knows what they're doing. They'd get you a much crisper result. My printshop buddy looked into those UV printers, and they start about $100K. I can probably get him to run off a couple, and laminate them with clear UV covering.



PolarisSpeedo.jpg
 
I'm surprised no one posted one of a dude bow fishing. Or was that the angle thing?
 
Well, here's this.

I didn't do anything with the font, because they're a PITA.

Sloppy screen-printed POS! Nothing on that is regular. 'Duplicate+30*'. Nope, 28.7, 31.6, 32.4....so, they're manually lined up to the image.

Like someone said, pulling the face and scanning it would be more accurate.

And Venoxy probably knows what they're doing. They'd get you a much crisper result. My printshop buddy looked into those UV printers, and they start about $100K. I can probably get him to run off a couple, and laminate them with clear UV covering.




Thats impressive haha. I was wondering if you would be able to get it from that pic or not. I suppose you vectorize the photo and go from there?

Either way, fine business. I suppose I would need to get you some dimensions of the inside of the gauge, eh?
 
Lets see who gets the reference :rolleyes::laughing:

Polaris_speedo_faceplate copy.jpg
 
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