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#1067269 - 07/13/20 03:22 AM New Gauge Option  
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Looks like Autometer will have a new gauge option for us, the InVision 7005, in September and includes the gauge housing/bezel (as seen). It's $900, but you'll come close to that buying seperate gauges for a DIY set up. You'll have the option to pick the colors for the different layouts (gray, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, and purple). You can set three different values for the warning lights for each gauge also.

Looks like you'll have to cut some holes for the light switch, mirror adjuster, and rear defogger switch, but it does come with the vent, which is nice. The open right hand side would let you put in extra gauges, but right now there isn't a match - might could customize some SpeedHuts to get close.

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#1067273 - 07/13/20 12:53 PM Re: New Gauge Option [Re: BadSS]  
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Eh.....

#1067285 - 07/13/20 11:18 PM Re: New Gauge Option [Re: BadSS]  
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I agree - just putting it out there. The InVision option wasn't available for consideration when I decided to update the gauges in my Monte. However, I would have still ended up going with SpeedHut gauges and a custom lay out (photo shopped below). Hopefully I'll get around to doing the actual fabrication work soon.

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#1067287 - 07/14/20 12:39 AM Re: New Gauge Option [Re: BadSS]  
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I do find it interesting that today LCD displays are very thin, compact unit and will eventually replace gauges for most all uses. On Summit they offer the G-body one but on their website they don't show it yet. Not crazy about the display housing, don't address the headlight switch install, and the side mirror and defrost install either. And with that cluster's tale-tell warning options for all the gauges you would think a shift light would be incorporated into the tach. And would it be nice if it was voice activated, all my neighbors do it to there TV? But, it's bad enough I have to listen to the TV, and cuss at, but don't need to talk to it. It's an old school thing.

Still running all the stock gauges that have all been refaced and upgraded years ago before the reliability of the Dakota Digital was improved.
Eleven year ago refaced the 85 to 180 mph, 8k tach and 80 psi oil for the new engine install, calibrated all gauges but spent as much then as these new displays cost and still find it hard to see cluster even after extensive back lighting mods. Adjustable sequential shift light (from the UK) and low oil pressure light are incorporated into the top of the display on the right side of the housing. All looks factory which is why I choose the factory gauge rebuild route. Only real option a decade ago

Interestingly while I was reading the install instruction for the InVision I came across this.
https://www.autometer.com/hall-effect-speedometer-sender.html
I wonder if this can be an inexpensive way to swap a GM electronic speedo into a G. It has a 16 pulse per revolution, not sure what GM standard is, Several have swapped a GM electronics speedo into a G. Having a trans with mechanical speedo output always presented a problem because there was no reluctor on the output shaft for VSS. That #5291 would be a whole lot cheaper than some of those black boxes you needed to do the speedo conversation. Hmmmm
Bob

#1067297 - 07/14/20 02:55 PM Re: New Gauge Option [Re: BadSS]  
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To each their own. I think full color LCD gauges in 90's and older cars look out of place. The one exception being something like a Race Pack IQ3 that has and old school LCD look. It looks great in my buddy's foxbody.

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Would look even better with red LED back lighting for a Monte.

I love the look of the 86+ gauges. I have an 8k tach and all of the factory gauges working, minus the speedo which requires a $400 converter box to work with my transmission, considering a T-56 magnum so im leery of dropping $400 on a box to make my speed work when I will likely be replacing the trans with one that has provisions for a mech. speedo.


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#1067308 - 07/14/20 08:59 PM Re: New Gauge Option [Re: BadSS]  
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Eh... Probably just me, but I find digital huds kind of incongruous with the muscle car vibe. Analogs look better IMHO. Always nice to have more options though.


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#1067314 - 07/15/20 12:55 PM Re: New Gauge Option [Re: BadSS]  
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Not a fan of that housing or layout. Prefer old school gauges. But, I'm happy to see vendors are focusing more and more on the G-Body platform. Still waiting for billet hood hinges. Surprised they aren't available yet.

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#1067396 - 07/23/20 02:31 PM Re: New Gauge Option [Re: BadSS]  
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I guess I agree with what seems like the consensus here. Always nice for more options/development but just not a fan at all of the LCD gauges in general, especially for our/older cars. Give me actual gauges. I stare at my phone and a computer enough, don't need another LCD screen to look at laugh.

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