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    Default Hunt magneto converter for Autometer tach

    Anyone have experience using the Hunt Mag converter that lets you run an Autometer tach? I wired it exactly like Hunt mags said and no workie. I by-passed the converter and wired the mag to a toggle switch like I used to run 200 years ago and varooom .... motor fires.

    What am I doing wrong or is the converter just a $75 waste of time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franger View Post
    Anyone have experience using the Hunt Mag converter that lets you run an Autometer tach? I wired it exactly like Hunt mags said and no workie. I by-passed the converter and wired the mag to a toggle switch like I used to run 200 years ago and varooom .... motor fires.

    What am I doing wrong or is the converter just a $75 waste of time?
    Not familiar with Hunts converter, but if its like Autometer's converter, its not hard to mis wire it.

    Did your instructions look like this?

    https://www.huntmagnetos.com/auto_me...converter.html



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    Do all Autometer Tachs need a converter to run a mag ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCE680 View Post
    Do all Autometer Tachs need a converter to run a mag ?
    Unless you have one of the discontinued magneto tachs, then yes they do!



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    hey dave , long time no talk ! same issue here , installed a hunt converter under the dash to specs , no worky ! i wired without conv , presto , it worky ! anyone need a converter ? climb under and its yours !

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    Quote Originally Posted by gn7 View Post
    Not familiar with Hunts converter, but if its like Autometer's converter, its not hard to mis wire it.

    Did your instructions look like this?

    https://www.huntmagnetos.com/auto_me...converter.html
    That's exactly what Hunt Mags sold me, I wired it like the instructions .... Red to switched hot, Black to battery neg, Violet to (green) tach trigger, Brown/Orange to one terminal of the toggle switch and continuing to the mag, Brown/Black to the other terminal of the toggle switch.

    Here's where it's confusing, to me it looks like the Brown/Black might/should continue to the terminal on the coil and the Brown/Orange should terminate at the toggle switch??? Anyway, Hunt mags told me to wire it like I did .... Brown/Orange to toggle switch then to the mag ..... that didn't work.

    Did I mention my curiosity is growing .... I'm starting to wonder what a converter looks like as a 12 pound sledge hammer smashes it onto the concrete shop floor

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    i need to mention , i bought my tach from a friend years ago , he bought it new , he tried to wire it to a msd dizzy " nothing special " . he couldnt get it to work so he shelved it until i got my hands on it ! were talkin 2000-2001 , GN7 could it be he purchased an autometer " mag" tach ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franger View Post
    That's exactly what Hunt Mags sold me, I wired it like the instructions .... Red to switched hot, Black to battery neg, Violet to (green) tach trigger, Brown/Orange to one terminal of the toggle switch and continuing to the mag, Brown/Black to the other terminal of the toggle switch.

    Here's where it's confusing, to me it looks like the Brown/Black might/should continue to the terminal on the coil and the Brown/Orange should terminate at the toggle switch??? Anyway, Hunt mags told me to wire it like I did .... Brown/Orange to toggle switch then to the mag ..... that didn't work.

    Did I mention my curiosity is growing .... I'm starting to wonder what a converter looks like as a 12 pound sledge hammer smashes it onto the concrete shop floor
    Autometer's diagram is slightly different, but only in that they do not mention internal coil Vertex/Hunt mags.
    Far as I know, this is how it wires. The device is basically two sections, powered seperately. Thats the reason for two grounds. One side is powered by the +/- 12V, and the other side needs a power feed from the coil+ and a ground to "count" the sparks.
    You are SURE the switch is in the same position when it ran without the converter!!??

    LINK: Autometer instruction sheet

    I would try starting it with out the black/brown but all else hooked up. The converter COULD BE grounding the mag out thru the black/brown.
    If all else fails, call Autometer on Monday.

    Just so happens the MSD converter uses the same exact colors as well

    LINK: MSD converter instructions



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    Quote Originally Posted by Franger View Post
    That's exactly what Hunt Mags sold me, I wired it like the instructions .... Red to switched hot, Black to battery neg, Violet to (green) tach trigger, Brown/Orange to one terminal of the toggle switch and continuing to the mag, Brown/Black to the other terminal of the toggle switch.

    Here's where it's confusing, to me it looks like the Brown/Black might/should continue to the terminal on the coil and the Brown/Orange should terminate at the toggle switch??? Anyway, Hunt mags told me to wire it like I did .... Brown/Orange to toggle switch then to the mag ..... that didn't work.

    Did I mention my curiosity is growing .... I'm starting to wonder what a converter looks like as a 12 pound sledge hammer smashes it onto the concrete shop floor
    Should have kept the MSD..... Dave!!

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    I have a converter on mine. It took some time but it works great. Recheck your wiring. They do work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gone Green View Post
    Should have kept the MSD..... Dave!!
    It didn't like my boat .....

    I don't like electrical things in my boat .....

    I don't like to paddle ......

    I don't like getting towed in by lake lice .....

    I DO LIKE simple things that work, the mag is simple, I'm dumb, if I can't borrow some brain cells I'll throw the "electrical" tach in the lake after I switch to a mechanical tach .......

    LOL.... "shoulda kept the MSD" ........ go sniff some more paint fumes .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franger View Post
    It didn't like my boat .....

    I don't like electrical things in my boat .....

    I don't like to paddle ......

    I don't like getting towed in by lake lice .....

    I DO LIKE simple things that work, the mag is simple, I'm dumb, if I can't borrow some brain cells I'll throw the "electrical" tach in the lake after I switch to a mechanical tach .......

    LOL.... "shoulda kept the MSD" ........ go sniff some more paint fumes .....
    So...you don't like electrical things...what do you do, Kick Start It???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gone Green View Post
    So...you don't like electrical things...what do you do, Kick Start It???
    Ah c'mon Randy, do you really need the simplest of things explained ......

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    I have one and it works fine . Without looking it seemes to me that there was one wire left disconected but dont hold me to it.

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