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Old 09-29-2010, 07:46 PM
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Any thoughts here guys?

I know that they are available from late 90's Pontiac Bonnevilles, and newer Corvettes and some BMW's...

Anybody seen one that is just stellar? The Pontiac looks pretty basic with a speedometer function in numerals, and I believe it will also display the current radio station. It would be nice to find one that you could cycle through data, or that offered more at once - like speed, oil pressure, water temperature, volts, and +/- radio station. Boost? What else?

Would also be nice to see something other than that zombie green (not my favorite color). Red? Orange? Blue?
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:26 PM
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Other than the fact you'll need to tear the entire computer and senders out of the donor car? Yeah - more trouble than it's worth. A stand-alone system is this one: Defi - Defi-Link Display VSD CONCEPT and it's the only one I've seen that you can 'wire-at-will' to whatever senders you want. It seems an interesting item, and not that terribly expensive, though I wonder exactly how well it would work on our windscreen rake. Methinks it will be next to impossible to see, as the display needs a small reflective patch to reflect the info onto... and you know how small the visible area on our windshields actually is!

Actually... that might be a moot point. I just saw that they stopped production on this unit three years ago. There might be some still floating around out there though..
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:17 PM
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Hmmm - I kind of like that one...

Well, aside from the fact that it really may be completely redundant and in reality, unnecessary - the bling factor is inarguable.

Seriously, all your arguments are taken well. I don't know that these sysems REALLY add any value to what you already have on your guages. I like that system you posted above in the amount and degree of flexibility it has. Does it really add driving value? I don't know. How hard IS it to look down at your guages? I do like what they are doing with some of the artificial views in aircraft - but that is understandably a VERY different type of tansportation.

The windshield rake is substantial, but depending on your seating position, that's just an angle calculation. Apparently the iphone now has a Heads-Up display app - but I can't realistically see using an iphone for that purpose. A heads up GPS might be cool though...

Good point on the computer - I'm imagining more of a stand-alone unit...
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:02 AM
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OK, Rick,
You know me,....
Why do you have to show me new toys like this!

Its not Christmas yet!
Oh, the wife will be busy filling my stocking this year!
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:31 AM
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Because I like to tease with toys that have been discontinued...
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Looking at the Defi link, its really nothing more than a small screen projecting on to a reflecting surface. Someone makes an OBD II interface that you can connect to your computer and get digital gauges. So, what if you used something like that, with a small monitor that you can buy for less that $100 these days. Of course... you'd have to find a way to flip/invert the image.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:15 PM
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That's true... about the refelctive surface. I still think the overall rake of the windscreen is too great, but it would be an interesting experiment. The manufacturer that Nic is talking about is this one: Chetco Digital Instruments - Digital automotive and marine gauges Very cool idea and very expensive, though probably the same amount as a decent set of standard gauges. And I'll bet they could program the "mirror image" for a potential buyer...
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