Dakota Digital Gauges

Electrical & Ignition

  1. onlyone

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    I'm extremely happy with the VHX system we selected for the Charger.

    There were a number of boxes to check that made this decision for us.

    While aftermarket gauges may not be right for everyone, in choosing what do about instrumentation for this car our primary concern was future reliability and accuracy.

    It appeared to us that a quality set of individual gauges from another manufacture would be about as much as the "drop in" choices from Dakota Digital.
    And they would still have to be installed in some fashion in this car.
    As everyone probably knows, this particular car presents some unique challenges.
    So after costing it out, for a "few hundred" dollars more an integrated unit from The Dakota Digital custom shop made good sense to us.
    The support and service from them promises to be second to none as well.

    Hopefully info this will help others.

    This is the blue lighting in day light.
    Other colors are available.
    We went with blue for obvious reasons.

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    Here is a peak at where we mounted the control box.

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    "Nutcerts" and short machine screws were used.

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    It really can't be seen from a seated position.
    It's not noticeable.
    You have to get down to see more.
    (The car has LEDs in all lights now except the headlights. That's an amber reverse indication light housing in the picture. Guess what that light housing is from.):rolleyes:
    The 2 position switch is to program the control box and can be reached from the driver's seat.
    And a magnet from Hobby Lobby.

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    With the radio delete and by eliminating all the extra wires, working under the dash is now a piece of cake compared to what it was before.
    Hopefully that won't ever be necessary.
    A radio seemed extraneous to us with all the other choices of portable devices today if one really, really needs tunes.:)


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    The gauge faces are white until the lights are turned on when they become blue.
    We requested that LEDs be put in the original turn and high beam indications instead of in the new gauges.
    Since the indication places were there is seemed like they should light up to look sort of correct.

    For the speed indication, we are using the SEN 01-5 speed sender with an original MOPAR adapter.
    No more cable and shaky speedo.
    Brewers has rebuild kits for the adapters just to be sure of no leaks.
    http://www.brewersperformance.com/proddetail.php?prod=SSK

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    The cluster came with the requested turn signal and high beam wires loose.
    We used a molex connector for a quick disconnect instead of hard wiring.
    This also gave the wires good support and made for a clean install/removal.
    One cable, one connector.
    A little left over avionics wire did the trick.


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    The Dakota system used a special dimmer instead of the original one.
    It is a nice machined aluminum piece mounted on the right in the picture.
    Quality stuff.

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    • Larrry B.

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      That looks great, I really like what they have to offer. I've been looking at their '69 non-rallye setup.

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      That would be a big improvement with a lot more info, possibly this summer / fall.
       
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        I have DD in my '59. I love it. I found that the led taillight upgrade messed with things a bit. I had to install a relay. I might have to do the same for the gear selector display. It will occasionally scroll through the different gear positions. I'm hoping a relay fixes that. Overall, very pleased with all of the DD stuff that I've used over the years
         
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          Thanks, for posting this. I'm about to jump on a VHX for my 70 Charger.
           
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            i found a company in Ohio[​IMG] [​IMG]

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            Please tell me that’s not Intellitronix gauges! I had them, damn odometer kept counting miles when the key was on, tach all over the place and battery voltage showed 15 plus no matter engine running or not.
             
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            I got a killer deal from a local Dakota Digital dealer, but I've haven't installed the dash kit yet...2+ years...
            This will serve as inspiration to get it done!
            I chose the red lighting because it will not affect my night vision.
            70 Roadrunner
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            • vance.dykes

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              everything has problems do to incorrect install all the way to a cracked circuit board when you use old with new thing can get funny. this was 250.00 and i dont have an extra box and 3 feet of wire so all works perfect at this time but time will tell. yes it is intellitronix and it did not coast 1200.00
               
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              When I had their set up, the odometer would count anytime the key was turned on, car moving or not, oil pressure was nowhere close to matching my mechanical gauge and the lights would go on/off at random. I sent it back 4 times, then finally just got a refund. I did like them, but it didn’t work out for me.
               
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              i know they had some problems for a while ether they got the bad press removed and or stopped. but so far all works as expected hope it stays that way only time will tell.
               
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                So I really like the look of Dakota digitals gauges. I put them in my 69 charger and I love it I have just had nothing but problems with them I really upset about it cuz I like the gauages so much and there aren't really any other gauges out there that I like. The problems Ive had so far is right out of the box the ran a screw right through one of the ribbons. So I sent it back now Im having problems with the speedo not counting the steps to program my speed. The whole reason I bought the gauges is so I could have accurate gauges and look mostly factory. Oh ya I have replaced the speed sensor twice. If I have to to send the fauge system back again Im gonna freak out!!!! 20200417_083721.jpg right out of the box. Not cool...
                 
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                  I saw the new RTX series
                  (for 69-70Charger/Coronet/Roadrunner)
                  in the Mopar Connection Magazine. The VHX system i have had brand new sealed since 2016 went up for sale and I expect to receive the RTX in about 4 weeks.
                  I caught the info right in time as my DD gauges are going to be installed in August.
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                  See this thread on the RTX-68D-CHG-X
                  https://www.forbbodiesonly.com/mopa...erences-vs-hdx-and-the-well-known-vhx.198646/
                   
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                  That was a good deal, I'm sorry I missed out on it...
                   
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                  • biomedtechguy

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                    Yes, I wanted to sell it quickly, because I had to pay for the $1500 RTX, and the 2 BIM-13-2 wideband modules that retail for $99 each. I have to hope it comes in soon.
                    I got a discount, but it was still over twice what I sold my VHX gauges for. I had got a deal on the VHX from a local shop that is a dealer. I kept seeing the VHX on the back cover of a Classic Industries catalog that was "bathroom reading material" and had to have it. Right when I was finally about to get it installed, since I've had it since 2016, still unopened, don't ya know Dakota Digital got in my pockets AGAIN, but the more I learn about the RTX (and the HDX works the same, but doesn't look stock) the happier I am that I learned about the RTX before I had the VHX installed!
                     
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                    • Mopar Hunter

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                      Where did you purchase the RTX, I don’t see it on Summit Racing website.
                       
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                      • biomedtechguy

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                        John Mercedes at Southeast Performance in Tampa.
                        john.southeastrt@verizon.net
                         
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                          Great thank you.
                           
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                            Tell John that "biomedtechguy" from the B-Body forum referred you please!!
                            I have got the best pricing and advice from him on a number of the parts going in and on my Roadrunner right now, and he is providing my BME aluminum block and building it out for me!
                             
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                              Yes, I sure will.
                               
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