Thread: Ideal Instrument Cluster
08-26-2008, 03:38 PM #1
OK, this is a little off-topic, but I think it should stir up some good conversation.
OK, it should come to no one's surprise that I've made mention several times concerning the 250X's gauge cluster (shown is an LX. Sorry). The digital speedo reflects sunlight, blinding the driver and obscurring the screen, the fuel and boost gauges are pencil thin and almost impossible to decipher while underway, and the tach's face is over complicated.
In wanting to provide the savvy driver additional info, aftermaket companies have provided a fuel pressure gauge kit and a boost gauge. Yet, these "add-ons" lack a readable fuel gauge and are clumsy and bulky and break up the general asthetics of the gauge cluster even though the cluster is easily removed and potentially replaceable.
Ideally, I would rather have a silver-faced analog tach with large black numbers, a non-reflective digital speedo, an oil-pressure gauge (imperative, especially given the GIO issue), large fuel gauge, and analog boost gauge all in one pod. I - personally - have never had a drop in fuel pressure, but I sure have had GIO, and could sure use a gauge monitoring this.
Although this is "blue sky" wishing, I sure would be cool if someone could whip this item up. What do you think? What things do you think need to be monitored best?
08-26-2008, 09:20 PM #2
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i like this idea, i think engine temp should be in there somewhere
08-26-2008, 11:17 PM #3
Rusty, you were right about the weak Ultra inst panel since the 07 Shootout. Ive dreamed of a readable custom inst panel ever since. Id like flat black with blue digital rpm, boost, & fuel press. Dont need speedo, got gps.
08-27-2008, 05:51 AM #4
Clean, clear and easy to read, what we need to see..
08-27-2008, 07:07 AM #5
This is my "blue sky" wish list.
I want them and i want them readable under direct sunlight!
The analog rpm meter to left of the ultra is just a waste of space.
08-27-2008, 07:10 AM #6
08-27-2008, 07:12 AM #7
and Depth with alarm
08-27-2008, 09:08 AM #8
08-27-2008, 09:30 AM #9
Interesting ideas, guys.
Personally, as a fan of the Ultra, I actually like how "low tech" the vehicle is. If I wanted something akin to a Lexus on the water, I'd pick up the SHO. But, the Ultra - to me - is more like a Dodge Viper. Rough around the edges, hard-hitting, and mean. It speaks "hot rod" to me, and hot rods don't have A/C, Power Steering, or Power Brakes.
Ideally, I'd go mostly all analog, tach (necessary for those building a custom engine), boost, fuel, oil pressure, oil and water (engine) temp, and fuel pressure. The speedo helps to be digital only if reading the analog is too difficult in riding conditions. Otherwise, I'd go analog as well. Analog gauges are cheap, easy to arrange and easier to install.
Were someone to whip up their own gauge cluster, I'd recommend Auto Meter for the job. I've got their 5-inch silver-faced Monster tach in my '69 Dodge Charger R/T. There's no mistaking when it hits 6,600rpm...
08-28-2008, 02:26 AM #10
Plus the fuel level is fully programmable for any sender....so it might actually work right
4 gauges in 1
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