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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 13, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Dakota Digital VHX Gauges Installed

For those who haven't seen the Dakota Digital VHX series gauges, they're really worth looking into. I finally got mine powered up last night, and they look great.

They use a central controller that all the wires from the various sending units and warning lights go to, which is then connected to the gauge pods via Cat5 cables like you'd use on your computer. I mounted my controller behind the center of the dash, hung off the speaker bracket.





Here they are prior to getting power to them



And here they are with the lights on and the key in the "on" position.



Yes, the "check engine" light is on, because I still need to get a few things buttoned up before I fire the engine up (though I did get it to crank last night- couldn't resist turning the key...lol).

The digital displays below the analog gauges (which are electronic) can be set to show the clock, odometer reading, trip odometers, digital readouts for the oil/temp/volts, 1/4-mile times, and a bunch of other stuff. They also have a GPS input so you can get your speed readings via GPS if you've got a cable-driven speedo and don't want to drop the $$ for the mechanical-to-electronic speedo box.

They're also available with just the speedo and tach in the dash and the four other gauges in the console if you've got a console to put them in.

Pretty cool setup!
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Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges Installed

Little low on oil pressure...


Sweetness! Can't wait!

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Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges Installed

They look great! I like this option too: "They also have a GPS input so you can get your speed readings via GPS if you've got a cable-driven speedo and don't want to drop the $$ for the mechanical-to-electronic speedo box."

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Little low on oil pressure...


Sweetness! Can't wait!
Yeah, but the voltage is reading fine....

Only cranked her for a few seconds just to make sure the wiring harness didn't burst into flames- not enough to build any oil pressure, since the pump has to suck oil through a 24" long pickup tube.
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Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges Installed

Ya know Bob, you can just put a piece of electrical tape on that gauge to hide the CEL.

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Ya know Bob, you can just put a piece of electrical tape on that gauge to hide the CEL.
Or disconnect the wire from the ECM at the controller.....
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Sure, take the easy way out.

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Not easier- just less "redneck"....
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I thought you were in GA?

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I thought you were in GA?
Yeah, but I try not to "fit in" too much....
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Just messing with you Bob.
Yer gonna have a sweet ride for the girls when it's done.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 16, 07:04 PM
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Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges Installed

Hi. I've installed the Dakota digital vhx gauges in my 68 camaro. Now my turn signals don't work at all. I have the light blue and dark blue wire hooked up to the brain of the system. What else do I need to do? Thanks
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Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges Installed

Ryan, are the turns signals working at all?

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Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges Installed

Put mine in last year. White/Blue. No troubles.
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