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> Custom Gauge lighting, now in color!
timothy_nd28
post Jul 17 2013, 11:46 AM
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Some progress today, the circuit boards have arrived!

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Our new board was designed to sit ontop the Chinese RGB controller circuit board and fit within the aluminum housing
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The wires will all be internal, except for the tank empty wire and tach, this will make for a very clean install
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The business end. This is where you can adjust the RPM yellow or red indication lights or turn them off. The rotary switch is for 4, 6, 8 or 12 cylinder engines.
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Exciting stuff, within a few days I'll have the first circuit all soldered up (IMG:style_emoticons/default/welder.gif) When this is done and the proof of concept does indeed work, I'll post a video of these gauges in action.
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post Jul 17 2013, 11:55 AM
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Do you have a time turn around on your work on a set of gauges?

I figure you will be busy during the winter months (no one driving 914's); however, if turn around is about a week. I'm thinking your experience and knowledge would be highly beneficial.

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post Jul 17 2013, 11:59 AM
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Turn around time will be one day. I'd hate to keep any 914 from being able to drive during this beautiful weather.
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post Jul 17 2013, 02:00 PM
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Put me down for one set including your labor. Can you repaint the needles while you have the gauges opened up?
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post Jul 17 2013, 02:02 PM
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QUOTE(lonewolfe @ Jul 17 2013, 01:00 PM) *

Put me down for one set including your labor. Can you repaint the needles while you have the gauges opened up?

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post Jul 17 2013, 02:29 PM
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QUOTE(lonewolfe @ Jul 17 2013, 12:02 PM) *

QUOTE(lonewolfe @ Jul 17 2013, 01:00 PM) *

Put me down for one set including your labor. Can you repaint the needles while you have the gauges opened up?



Yep, I was planning on doing that anyways, except for the guy who had the original 914-6 gauges.
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post Jul 17 2013, 06:44 PM
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Put me down for a kit. DIY, Let me know when you want the paypal, check, whatever. thanks, mark
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post Jul 19 2013, 09:34 PM
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Got the prototype circuit board soldered up today. So far so good, it functions as designed on paper. Hopefully I will have this installed in my 914 tomorrow! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/piratenanner.gif)
I think when I get everything situated, I'll accept paypal to help streamline the whole process.
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post Jul 19 2013, 09:58 PM
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I have the redline red light to activate around 5500 rpm. What is a good rpm for the yellow light to come on?
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post Jul 19 2013, 10:57 PM
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What's a good shift point? Mom's 64 Lemans had a moveable yellow pointer on the tach that she set at the "best" shift point. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)


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I have the redline red light to activate around 5500 rpm. What is a good rpm for the yellow light to come on?

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post Jul 19 2013, 11:11 PM
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I am usually getting ready to shift at 5,000. Then you aren't past the HP peak when you actually get the clutch in.
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post Jul 19 2013, 11:12 PM
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Both lights are adjustable. I'll adjust the controller to whatever RPM you wish. Currently, I have the prototype board set to switch to yellow at 4000 rpm then to red at 5400 rpm. I'm thinking that yellow may be set too low and might be annoying when driving around. I'm thinking 4600 or 4800 rpm might be the answer, if it is indeed annoying, I can adjust the yellow to never come on, just the red light at 5400 rpm. When you install this controller to your car, you can change the settings easily.
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post Jul 20 2013, 03:42 AM
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QUOTE(timothy_nd28 @ Jul 20 2013, 01:12 AM) *

Both lights are adjustable. I'll adjust the controller to whatever RPM you wish. Currently, I have the prototype board set to switch to yellow at 4000 rpm then to red at 5400 rpm. I'm thinking that yellow may be set too low and might be annoying when driving around. I'm thinking 4600 or 4800 rpm might be the answer, if it is indeed annoying, I can adjust the yellow to never come on, just the red light at 5400 rpm. When you install this controller to your car, you can change the settings easily.


Great. I plan to install in the 6. Redline is 6850.
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post Jul 20 2013, 05:19 AM
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Wow, Tim ... I just saw this particular thread and your progress has has grown exponentially in a relatively short time (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumb3d.gif)

I'm planning to get your 'first generation' gauges installed in the 'BB' later this week (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

I just wanted more illumination for my old eyes, but being able to fine-tune the tach's red-line color change, as well as low fuel, hi temps, or other critical notifications is a really cool idea.

I've got a feeling that you're gonna be selling a lot of these ... and yes, I believe AL would be quite proud of your continued development efforts.

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post Jul 20 2013, 07:01 AM
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Very cool
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post Jul 20 2013, 08:57 AM
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Can you do the small center console gauges as well? If so I'm in too, I've has LED bulbs in mine for years and they really kind of suck, especially compared to this! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Jul 20 2013, 10:02 AM
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This is going to be really cool. I will definitely want it when they are done.
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post Jul 20 2013, 10:03 AM
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I haven't opened up the smaller console gauges before, but I don't see why not.
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post Jul 20 2013, 10:39 AM
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This is very impressive. Looking forward to this upgrade.

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post Jul 20 2013, 11:07 AM
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Amazing, fantastic work!

Would be interested in buying a set. I have the 914-6 gauge cluster - which includes a separate fuel gauge (center 'console' mounted).

Undecided yet on whether DIY/M or sending my gauges to you - won't be able to take apart my car for another month at least. (And I've got this thread bookmarked now..)

Speaking of fuel gauge: I thought mine was std Porsche, but it has no 'low fuel' light as has been mentioned here... Would anyone know if the low-fuel light version is a direct drop-in replacement? Will post pics later showing what I have.

Thanks again for sharing your outstanding work!!! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/aktion035.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smilie_pokal.gif)
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