Saron81 New Reader
2/21/18 7:26 a.m.

Anybody have any feedback or recommendations for this type of gauge setup? I’m needing a gauge setup for my Fiesta, and all decent  electronic or gps speedos are close to $400 for just the speedo, then I’d still need a tach, and a water temp and oil pressure gauge at least. After adding all those up, a Racepak doesn’t seem like that bad of a deal. These are the 2 I’m looking at, but if anybody had any other suggestions... I’d like to hear them!

MrChaos Dork
2/21/18 7:29 a.m.

What about the Holley digital dashes?

GameboyRMH MegaDork
2/21/18 9:03 a.m.

Here are some cheap UTV/SxS-oriented ones:

Saron81 New Reader
2/21/18 1:40 p.m.

In reply to MrChaos :

I’d like one with signal/warning lights for normal stuff. 

Floating Doc
Floating Doc Reader
2/21/18 1:43 p.m.

In reply to GameboyRMH :

How do you use those in a car?

Saron81 New Reader
2/21/18 1:48 p.m.

In reply to Floating Doc :

It would replace your stock dash/cluster.

In my project, I went from a mechanical speedo to a trans with an electric sender. 

Floating Doc
Floating Doc Reader
2/21/18 1:51 p.m.

In reply to Saron81 :

Makes sense. That seems like the easy part, getting the signal from automotive sensors to an ATV dash seems like it could be complicated. 

Saron81 New Reader
2/21/18 1:57 p.m.

In reply to Floating Doc :

I agree... and those atv ones use a magnetic sender on the wheel/axle to read speed. I do not want that setup. They also use a conductive pickup for a tach signal... again... do not want. That’s why I’m looking more towards the racepak brand ones. They seem to offer the most features for the money. I like the looks of the Holley ones, but they’re not really designed for a street car.

LifeIsStout Reader
2/21/18 4:07 p.m.

What about a wireless OBDII reader, and an android tablet?  I have that for my iPhone and get pretty much everything that I wanted, not sure if it is real time enough for your application however.

SLGGR New Reader
2/21/18 4:12 p.m.

In reply to LifeIsStout :

The tablet guage cluster bit is what I've been looking around for.    Haven't found anything that doesn't look goofy, some good telemetry, track based apps though.

Hal UltraDork
2/21/18 5:44 p.m.

In reply to SLGGR :

If the car is OBDII you should check out Torque Pro for an Android tablet.  You can set up what is displayed including a tach and speedo(based on ECU signal or GPS) and many other parameters.  There are several different types of display.  On what I have set up I also set limits that when reached cause the gauge to flash just like the "idiot lights".

Brotus7 HalfDork
2/21/18 7:45 p.m.

AceWell has an interesting looking option for $309.  Complete with turn signals.  Unfortunately, it looks like they don't have a GPS speedo option for it.  I found another <$500 digi dash w/GPS speedo recently.  Time to go looking again.

Also, someone's selling one on LocostUSA (NMNA)  LInky



Stefan MegaDork
2/21/18 10:51 p.m.


Raspberry Pi running TunerStudio with a 7” display in a 3D printed gauge housing.

Stefan MegaDork
2/21/18 10:59 p.m.

Here’s another PI dash.

Rodan HalfDork
2/22/18 6:03 a.m.

In because this is the direction I eventually want to go.  I particularly like some of the DiY tablet and Pi solutions.

If you don't need a full dash, but want the ability to display a variety of ECU info another option is Perfect Tuning's gauge, which works with MS and a variety of other platforms, as well as analog inputs:

Demo video:  


I just installed one of these in my track car, and I really like it so far... multiple display options, 6 programmable warnings, etc.  If you don't need a full dash, but want some of the features, it's a decent option.

MazdaFace HalfDork
2/22/18 7:08 a.m.

I always wondered if the motorcycle options would work in a car. Something similar to what vapor makes maybe?

Something like this?

Stefan MegaDork
2/22/18 8:30 a.m.

and if you don't have MegaSquirt or similar ECU supported by TunerStudio, you can still use a Raspberry PI single board computer to interface with OBD2:

or instead on an LCD, you could use an OLED display:

Or you could use a cheap Android/Apple tablet with an app like RealDash and connect via bluetooth/WiFi OBD2 adapter:

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