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Flight Deck computer(6 posts)

Flight Deck computerTrux
Dec 28, 2001 11:18 AM
Just ordered my Flight Deck wireless computer for my Lemond Zurich. Now the big question, do I attempt to install it myself or do I pay the LBS big bucks to do it for me? I do know how to re-tape bars.
Any tips from those out there who've installed your own?
The trickest thing...nee Spoke Wrench
Dec 28, 2001 12:08 PM
is that the instructions come with the sensor harness and there are two different Flite Deck heads. All of the harnesses I have received recently have come with the instructions for the older 6500 head rather than the newer 6501 head. If you telephone Shimano, they will fax you the 8 pages of English instructions related to the installation and operation of the 6501 flite deck. There is nothing particularly difficult to setting up a Flite Deck. It's just a little more time consuming to program.
More recent wireless harnesszelig
Dec 29, 2001 1:54 AM
FWIW I've purchase two wireless harnesses in the last year and they both came with instructions for the 6501 head unit.

Install the unit yourself but read the directions and illustrations carefully before starting. The instruction manual is your typical multi-language item which has been directly translated. Not the clearest, nor is the sequential ordering clear, but the schematic drawings are fairly good.

When setting up the head unit using the presets, read the directions a few times. There are different buttons and hold down times to set the various functions. If you mess up the cogs part, you have to start over which is a pain.

Also, for me the battery in the wireless sending unit has died within 60 days of installation so if the display is on but the speed or distance are not registering, don't panic, it's probably the sending unit battery.
re: Flight Deck computerweiwentg
Dec 28, 2001 2:31 PM
install it yourself. you only need to screw the sensor pads into your shifters ... it's pretty simple to do. you can tape the wires to your handlebars over the tape if you don't care so much about aestheics.
re: Flight Deck computerg-money
Dec 28, 2001 4:46 PM
The over all install is pretty simple. However, if you've never wrapped your bars that can get goofy the first time.

The biggest issue is to not over tighten the little screws that hold in the sensors. This can cuase them to loose connection. The setup of the head is time consuming but relatively easy. Just make sure you know your cog set spread (each cog size) you'll need it for the setup/gear ratio
re: Flight Deck computerTexbaz
Dec 29, 2001 8:50 AM
It's pretty easy install, just try to plan how you want to route the wiring from the buttons so they don't get crossed over the brake cables. Also, leave a little slack up at the computer so as not to put any strain on the ends. And buy some extra batteries 1ea for the sensor and the computer put them in your saddle bag, I spoke to shimano they said that when the battery low level warning comes on you can change the battery in the computer and not loose your current setup if you do it quickly enough. The computer supposedly has a small stored amount of juice just for this task. Check all your screws for looseness after a few hundred miles.