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Old 10-27-2020, 12:27 PM   #1
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Any mods to Ford dash?

Hi all,

With our initial few short trips in the Invicta on the Ford chassis I noted that the lighting of the dash is not very bright. If driving during the day with sunglasses it is not possible to even see the gauges/speedo!

Same glasses and I can see my Ford Explorer dash gauges w/o an issue.

Any mods or tweaks anyone knows of welcomed before we set off for 5 months on the road.

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Old 10-27-2020, 01:45 PM   #3
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Yeah, itís awful! With sunglasses on I canít read the gauges unless the sun is coming in over my left shoulder.

Iím working on a micro-controller based ďheads-upĒ-ish display that will plug into the OBD2 port for data and sit on top of the factory dash. Coming along nicely, with plans to be done well before our next long trip in the spring.

But, Iím a retired software engineer with too much time on my hands.

Best simple solution Iíve seen is to mount a small, battery powered LED strip under the lip of the dash.


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Old 10-27-2020, 01:54 PM   #4
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2019 Ford F53 - same problem can't see the dash.
I started driving with the lights on so I could see, and discovered there is no warning I left them on. Then I added a 10in led strip across the top - on/off switch and dimmer.
It works just fine.
Ridiculous these things have been made for decades with the same problem and the Ford doesn't fix!
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:54 PM   #5
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I use a software package called ForScan (Windows, limited Android) that allows me to talk directly to the various pcm / ecm on my vehicles. I am able to read OBD2 data, as well as CANbus Mediium and High. I can also write to Canbus...

On my F150, the backlighting was way too bright, even at low dimmer position, compared to rest of dash. Through trial and error, I was able to find the values of the dimmer as I rotated it, and set offsets that allowed me to make it even dimmer, but kept same level radio / system display / air conditioning controls brightness.

Look around the net (forscan display brightness) to see if somebody has already identified parameter location. If so, easy to change. Otherwise, it will take a few minutes to identify which parameters need to be edited. Mine were in Gauge PCM, though I don't remember the exact offset location needed.
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Old 10-27-2020, 07:50 PM   #6
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I recently replaced some of the instrument panel bulbs with 74-NWHP3 LEDs from superbrightleds.com (link here). I ordered 8 and used 6: 2 each for the main dial gauges, and one each for the temp/pressure gauges. I did not replace the bulbs for the idiot lights or the shift selector; I read a warning online that said LEDs made those lights too bright.

It took some work to get to the rear of the instrument cluster, but was quick work after that.

Your coach is much newer than mine, so the part number I used may not apply to your coach's instrument cluster.

I use the GPS for the speed readout, in most cases.
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Old 10-27-2020, 07:59 PM   #7
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Scan Guage II.not only do you get live MPG readout you can have it display MPH. i mounted this on top of the dash and you can set 4 different gauges/info like RPM, MPG, MPH etc.

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Old 10-28-2020, 12:02 PM   #8
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Tnx all for the quick feedback!

I have been on the Fiberglass molded trailer site since 2004 (same outfit hosts all of these forums).

Seems with only a very few exceptions everyone is always, pleasant, helpful and informed.

Tnx to ttwirz I learned about the Scangauge line of products.

A quick call to their sales/service dept. confirmed that the Scanguage II is the model applicable to the Ford Triton V10 and has been ordered and will be here Friday.


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Add some led lights to the dash, it would look like this when done.

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