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Old 10-30-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Monitor Systems

I have been having trouble with the analog gauges on my '05 Dutch Star and I am wondering if the monitoring systems (Silverleaf etc.) work independently of the gauges. I seem to have a mysterious ground problem in my gauge cluster and I wonder if this issue will transfer to the aftermarket monitoring systems. I would like to have more accuracy for oil/air pressure, fuel consumption, speed etc. How difficult is it to instal these systems? Which ones are worth the price? Thanks

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Old 10-31-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the Sliverleaf systm, but I know the ScanGaugeD system gets all of its information from the diagnostic plug. I suspect Silverleaf does the same thing. The ScanGauge D system is essentially plug and play. It comes with a connecting wire that plugs into your engine diagnostic plug on one end, and the ScanGauugeD monitor on the other. Most people I know of use the supplied velcor strips to attach the monitor to your dash. If you go to the www.scangauged.com, then select the D version, it will show you all of the "gauges' it can supply. You can display four at a time. I use the boost pressure, intake air temp, transmission temp, and the miles per gallon, but you can select any four you want depending on what paramters your engine manufacturer provides. The cost is about $160.00. I think the Silverleaf system is more expensive but provides more information than the ScanGaugeD. hopefully, someone will provde information on the Silverleaf system also.

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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tnsteele.....The SilverLeaf Program reads directly from your diagnostic port under your dash. It's connected directly to the engine computer and reads EXACTLY what the engne computer is seeing. The ScanGauge is nice, but it doesn't have the features of the SilverLeaf program.

You can download the SilverLeaf Program for free and play with the different style gauges and design your own screen layout. If you like it, you buy their cable that connects your diagnostic port to your laptop. The cable is about $300.00.

You can also buy a premade SilverLeaf box that mounts on your dash, but they're pricey.....about $1500.00.

Here is what I did with mine. I bought a small notebook computer and mounted it on my dash. Look closely at the gauges I have displayed. They're what I want to see, but there are a bunch more. You can also select several styles of gauges with preset alarms. My gauge goes red and make an audible alarm if my coolant temp gets above 210 degrees.

Your DutchStar came with the old style Allison shift panel that only has one window and shows what gear you've asked for. The SilverLeaf program allows you to run a gauge with two Allison windows, like the newer versions.

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