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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Re: Dakota Digital VHX gauges for 67 Camaro with console
Tony, I had a covans dash with the autometer gauges before and had all LEDs wired in for turn signals, high beam and check engine light. To me the difference between the 2 (autometer/DD VHX) is what look you want for your car. The autometer II series are a race look and the DD ones are more of a modern touch. Both are great, it just depends on what look you want. I am really anal when it comes to wiring. The install time for the VHX ones is a lot easier because the wiring is no where near intensive. You just connect the dash wires to the control unit. There is a CAT V wire to connect the control unit and the gauges. so easy, even a caveman can do it ;-)
The extra features in the VHX put it over the top though. All you have to do is wire all of the sensors into the control box and all of the "indicators" are built in to the display. the shift light is labeled warning light I believe. I used a blue LED bought off of eBay, the original high beam bulb housing and a small piece of abs plastic. I cut the plastic to fit in between metal bulb holder and oem gauge bezel and used the oem screws to secure everything together. I drilled a hole in the plastic and used some Glue to hold the led in the plastic. You just hook up 12v ign to the positive side of the LED and the DD control unit supplies the ground when it reaches your preset RPM. Stealthy and just the way I like it. Harder to see during the day but not blinding at night.
The only thing I don't like about the silver VHX ones is that when the gauges are in direct sunlight, it is harder to see them. One thing I did to remedy this has to do with the small LED readout windows below the speedo/tach. You can program what to display in those windows. I have MPH reading (the number) in the one underneath the tach and put the odometer underneath the tach. When driving during the day, I mainly just monitor the tach and the MPH reading underneath it. At night they are black with the Blue LED backit, Awesome!!!!!!!
if you are interested in the LED setup and can wait until after thanksgiving, I will send you one in the mail. I bought 10 and only used 1. they were 10 for $10 shipped LOL. I just started a new job here in San Diego and my family/car are in Vegas. I will be heading home for Turkey day. All of my pics are on my computer in Vegas. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
1968 Camaro SS coupe, Lemans Blue/medium blue interior
LS3/T56 Ridetech Suspension