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Old 05-11-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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OK, it's hooked up and working. There is TONS of information available. So now what do I do with it all? How do you seasoned users have it set up? What are some of the gauges that are available, but not immediately viewable, that you find most useful and feel that I should have showing? and why?

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There seemed to be some question as to wiether or not it would work with the Allison 1000, in my case it does. I get the gear selected/ gear obtained and Trans Temp. I'm not sure if there's anything else just yet.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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Yes, lots of info.

Since my engine is the first Cummins Electronic engine I don't have available all what you have so in short I use most of the gages.

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Tranny temp
oil press
Engine Coolant temp
Manifold temp
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Tank Minder

I made a removable shelf at the left of the console for a 10 inch Asus running XP. Do not use this computer on the internet nor do I install updates which would slow it down. It is fast as lightning.

The other thing to ponder is when I have a problem I display the diagnostic window while driving. That way I can correspond a bump or grind noise directly when it throws a code.

It will read out SPN/FMI codes for the protocol. With my cummins I can convert these to Cummins codes for detailed troubleshooting. Siverleaf cannot do this because it is propriatary. Don't know about the other engines.

Some expert on your engine will probably come along shortly.
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OK, it's hooked up and working. There is TONS of information available. So now what do I do with it all? How do you seasoned users have it set up? What are some of the gauges that are available, but not immediately viewable, that you find most useful and feel that I should have showing? and why?

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There seemed to be some question as to wiether or not it would work with the Allison 1000, in my case it does. I get the gear selected/ gear obtained and Trans Temp. I'm not sure if there's anything else just yet.
Good luck with that. I have one and every time i turn it on my brain overloads and shuts down.

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Congrats on the installation and great post. I'm one of those who installed it and has just been using it in mostly its default condition. Customizing it has been on my list but just hasn't risen to the top yet and the responses here might just do that.

Mine has been a little temperamental and lost all contact a couple of times but with a little tinkering it comes back on line.

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Here's a pic of my screen layout in case it might give you some ideas.
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Here's a pic of my screen layout in case it might give you some ideas.
I've incurred a brain farc and cannot figure out how to capture a screen shot like yours to display.

How did you do it?
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Here is a photo of how mine is setup. You can really clutter the screen and make yourself crazy with all of the available windows. You just have to limit them.




Starting at the top left I have the shift window. My coach only has the single window shifter and I wanted to see the gear requested and the gear achieved. This window helps me to know what gear I'm in while hill climbing.

Turbo window under that...I want to keep track of my boost to watch for possible mechanical issues, bad turbo or leaking hoses.

Tach.....Again important when hill climbing.

Speed....Accurate gauge of speed.

The next row is pretty much self explanatory. Monaco's gauges are terrible and inaccurate. This laptop is running just to the left of my steering wheel/dash and gives me a great view of of all my instruments.

The third row (yellow gauges) are more for fun. They show rolling HP and Torque, along with engine load. After sitting through a VMSpc seminar, I was told that these numbers are calculated from several inputs into the system and are fairly accurate. It's kind of cool on a hill climb to see 400 horsepower momentarily. I've only hit 1184 torque on a couple of occasions.

VMSpc cannot read exhaust manifold temps because the Cummins computer does not read it. The next best temp to watch is the Intake manifold temp.

The last row starts with rolling MPG. I watch this to see what kind of mileage I'm getting and often change my driving habits by watching this gauge.

Lastly, the three odometers......the bottom odometer is the one that can't be changed and shows the original info when the engine first started.

The other two odometers I use for total trip mileage and one for each fuel stop.


Now that you have yours running, there are some adjustments that need to be done. One is to make the mileage match your OEM odometer which takes a few tries. The other is to adjust the fuel consumption which you must guess at to get close. I adjusted mine several times until my fill ups were within a gallon or so of what I used. If you don't do this, your mileage will be off.

You can also adjust the screens so they don't update too quickly. A screen like the rolling mpg can jsut go crazy if you don't slow down how often it reads the info.
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What a great post Don.

Thank You!

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I've incurred a brain farc and cannot figure out how to capture a screen shot like yours to display.

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I just took a picture of it with my iPhone and then cropped it with a photo editing program.
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I just took a picture of it with my iPhone and then cropped it with a photo editing program.

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The only thing not covered above is Cruise Control Status. It is the green circle 2nd block down on left. It is green when cruise control is set to a given speed and activated, yellow when cruise has a speed in memory but is not activated, and red when power is removed from the cruise control. If anyone is interested, I'll have to dig for the code to make this work as it was given to me several years ago. It may be on the Silverleaf web site.

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I've incurred a brain farc and cannot figure out how to capture a screen shot like yours to display.

How did you do it?

I like this post. Giving me new ideas.


For a screen shot just hit print screen on your keyboard. It will store in your clipboard. Save it where you want.
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Thanks to the help of a couple of kind soles on here, that are brighter than me, I can now display a picture of my screen.

I once experienced an Intake Manifold over-temp but my dash had no gauge to tell me what was heating up.

This monitors it as well as lots of other parameters very well. Almost too much information is available but you may select what you like. I have the large area in the center set to a series of warnings that only activate when a parameter approaches a threshold.
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