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#1043785 - 09/22/16 01:42 PM Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display  
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This is the debut of my replacement VHX gauges, I went back and forth with Dakota Digital in designing these since earlier this summer, there are some restrictions that are in place due to their layout/lighting but most things I wanted for how it appears, came to fruition. The motivation for this was shortly after I got my original set almost 2 years ago, when Scot showed off his custom set which replicates the stock 81-85 gauges. Credit to Brian and Kyle Wibbenmeyer (200kss and Driven_88) for helping critique these along the way.

The only real thing I would of wanted is the white "dots" in the middle 4 gauges to match the speedo and tach, they couldn't do the top middle ones, so I felt none was better than 2 of the 3. I added one yellow bar to the tach, a nod to the non SS tach's and to help lower the "red" line without going too orange or red. Custom gauges do cost a little more money, about $200 over the versions they offer.



Comparing the new vs what was in place


Will try to get a better picture in daylight but this will do


Night time look (probably 90% of my driving is in the day)


Crude pic comparing vs stock in my LS


-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-81'Grand LeMans Safari Wagon 3.8 2bbl/200C/2.73
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
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#1043787 - 09/22/16 01:47 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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That looks freaking awesome!


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#1043788 - 09/22/16 01:49 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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What Lance said. Freaking awesome.

#1043794 - 09/22/16 04:21 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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game changer. Sweeps look to provide better info now. Thanks to Scott, yourself and others for the continued improvements.

#1043796 - 09/22/16 04:55 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Those are on the money! Any idea what the unit cost?

#1043802 - 09/22/16 09:34 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Did you have to buy a complete new kit to get these or did you just buy the cluster? I'd love to swap to these from my red carbon faces, wishe they offered these from the begining! If you paid for just the cluster please PM me the price!


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#1043804 - 09/22/16 10:54 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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I paid $500 plus shipping for the cluster/display. I happen to have come across a new wiring/sensors/control box from another member here to package with my old display to sell as a complete package.

Dakota Digital put the pricing at $1,000 for the entire setup so they must value it at $500 for the display and $500 for the wiring/sensors/control box.


-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-81'Grand LeMans Safari Wagon 3.8 2bbl/200C/2.73
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
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#1043811 - 09/23/16 02:10 AM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Looks great! Way better than my digital cluster.


1983 Monte Carlo SS Turnkey ZZ4/700R4, Dakota Digital Instrument Cluster, 77k mile car. Many more mods to come soon.
#1043814 - 09/23/16 10:53 AM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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500$ isn't too bad, I may have to call and order this up. I have no idea if I could sell my red/carbon setup to offset the cost but may just have to bite the bullet.

Shame they don't offer an upgrade to send my old one in for new faces and needles.

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#1043816 - 09/23/16 11:14 AM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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That looks great Paul nice work

#1043817 - 09/23/16 01:45 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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that's beautiful. Great idea to go custom. for an extra 2-300...I might just do it. Then I get rid of the horrid fitting a-pillar gauges I wasted money on.

#1043887 - 09/26/16 01:41 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Thanks, really glad I did this and the turnaround time for them to get them to me after committing(ok, paying) for the final rendering was only two weeks, was told 6-10 weeks originally.

I felt I was biting the bullet too, having this much tied up into these gauges, but should be able to sell my previous setup and be out $200 or so, worth it for the upgrade, to me. But then again I'm a big fan of the look of our stock gauges, especially the 86-88 styling. I mentioned it them and wondered why they don't sell these or what Scot did, even with a little more money they would surely sell some, just another option that they offer. I wonder what other custom ones have been made too.

Hopefully I sell my previous set soon or maybe I should of waited to show these off after they were sold laugh


-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-81'Grand LeMans Safari Wagon 3.8 2bbl/200C/2.73
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
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#1043899 - 09/26/16 06:15 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Yes, your old gauges just dropped in value.

I was happy to help critique the setup, and I love spending other people's money!

A set of these are going on my wish list.


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80 Malibu 2dr. Drag Week car
#1044049 - 10/02/16 12:34 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Is there a particular person you were dealing with at Dakota? Just ordered my LS engine and will be in need of gauges. Thanks for any info.


85 Monte Carlo SS, 355 roller, 10.5 comp., edlebrock headers, cat w/no mufflers, TPI w/TPIS intake and runners, e-fans, serp belt, built 200r4, auburn posi, eibach springs, edlebrock shocks, poly bushings, torque thrust II's, unfortunately emission legal.
Under LS swap construction.
#1044259 - 10/10/16 07:01 AM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Outstanding! Had those gauges been available (or had known they could be customized) when I finished my LS swap, I would have gone with that.


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-'89 Iroc Z28 Stock 5.7 Edelb. TES headers, Borla Exhaust90K
-'77 Trans Am 468(Stroked) Doug's Headers Flowmaster catback
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#1044265 - 10/10/16 01:37 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Sorry for the delayed reply. I don't know if it matters who you contact but the point of contact person I had is Josh Kobernusz, joshk@dakotadigital.com.


-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-81'Grand LeMans Safari Wagon 3.8 2bbl/200C/2.73
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
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#1044270 - 10/10/16 02:34 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Go to the "Contact Us" page, & select on "Custom Shop" on the "Send to:" field.

Link to the "contact us" page:
http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=page/page_cd=contact/contact.htm

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#1044990 - 11/02/16 09:27 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Just ordered a set of custom ones. Would post a pic if it didn't take 20 minutes.


85 Monte Carlo SS, 355 roller, 10.5 comp., edlebrock headers, cat w/no mufflers, TPI w/TPIS intake and runners, e-fans, serp belt, built 200r4, auburn posi, eibach springs, edlebrock shocks, poly bushings, torque thrust II's, unfortunately emission legal.
Under LS swap construction.
#1045022 - 11/03/16 03:26 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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It's not that bad, takes a couple minutes for me at most to upload a new pic and post it:
http://www.montecarloss.com/community/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=174339#Post174339

Would like to see what you have.

Last edited by PB86SS/87LS; 11/03/16 03:28 PM.

-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-81'Grand LeMans Safari Wagon 3.8 2bbl/200C/2.73
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
[Linked Image]
#1045026 - 11/03/16 05:24 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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I know how to do it. Just seems silly to transfer from my phone to a site, so I can copy and paste to this site. Only thing I found useful using tapatalk is pic posting. Takes 2 seconds straight from your phone. Hopefully you can see pics not being a member.
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85 Monte Carlo SS, 355 roller, 10.5 comp., edlebrock headers, cat w/no mufflers, TPI w/TPIS intake and runners, e-fans, serp belt, built 200r4, auburn posi, eibach springs, edlebrock shocks, poly bushings, torque thrust II's, unfortunately emission legal.
Under LS swap construction.
#1045028 - 11/03/16 05:48 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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In the age of everything being instant and popularity of social media, hopefully a minute or two doesn't deter too many people. Other forums I'm on I post pics the same way dunno

Gauges look great, look like a white faced version of Scot's.

Is the TBSS your daily and if so how is it? Been contemplating one for awhile.


-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-81'Grand LeMans Safari Wagon 3.8 2bbl/200C/2.73
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
[Linked Image]
#1045029 - 11/03/16 05:48 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Put the photobucket app on my phone. Been along time since I looked at some of those pics

[img:center]http://[/img]


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Under LS swap construction.
#1045045 - 11/04/16 12:06 AM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Originally Posted By: PB86SS/87LS
It's not that bad, takes a couple minutes for me at most to upload a new pic and post it:
http://www.montecarloss.com/community/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=174339#Post174339

Would like to see what you have.


15+ years on here and I've never figured it out!


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80 Malibu 2dr. Drag Week car
#1045053 - 11/04/16 12:11 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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I use photobucket. You can upload them directly from your phone. From within photobucket, there are hot links to get to the image, & when you pick on the link it is copied to your clipboard, & then you paste that into the text here. I usually have to delete some out of the link there is more there than is needed.

The text for the picture looks like:

[img]{here will be path to image}[/img]

#1045704 - 11/23/16 11:25 PM Re: Dakota Digital VHX Gauges - Custom 86-88 Display [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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They look SOOOOO Good!!! awesome!!


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