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Old 05-19-2017, 07:17 AM   #1
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Instrument Cluster / Gauge Indicators

Been thinking of placing some form of small (i.e. 1/8" OD) red dots on the outer edges of my instrument gauges to mark my normal operating levels for voltage, air pressure, temperature, etc. and curious if others do the same - something that would further aid taking "quick" glances when driving and checking the gauges.

Anyone else think this way? If so, what's your approach?, what do you use?
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Good luck taking the instrument panel apart to place the dots....unless you're just putting them on the glass panel in front of the gauges.

Could be more trouble than it's worth....maybe a sticky note somewhere close by.
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Get a Scan Gauge D, then you will have a digital readout and know the exact answer. At $150 or less and plug and play this also gives a extra gauge set in case one goes out plus the ability to read and delete errors in the MH systems.

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The traditional way of doing this is to rotate the gauges so the the pointers all point in the same direction during normal operation. This works when you have a bunch of individual, round gauges, but is utterly useless on more modern multi-gauge clusters. In this case, maybe some stick-on dots from the office supply store would help.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:50 AM   #5
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I'll just order some 1/8" OD Red Vinyl decal sticker dots,i.e. easily removable, and simply place them on the gauge glass as the appropriate locations. Ws just wondering what others have used.

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I just used nail polish. Plenty of colors, cheap, and readily available.
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Do a search on Silverleaf VMSPc.

You can define your own gauges, and I use a couple of what I call idiot gauge lights (Green / Yellow / Red) for the common coolant temperature, voltage, transmission temp, oil pressure, etc. But then also have detail gauges.

It is easy to glance and see that everything is okay, and while the wife is driving I can easily see the green/yellow/red gauges from copilot seat as well.

Purple fields are the data I normally look at when driving, rarely look down at the coaches OEM instrument cluster.
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I should have added, that you can also predefine your own warning messages and triggering parameters, which include if you want your own voice telling you there is a problem, or what the problem is.

That way you're not even dependant upon looking at the gauges to find out there is something off of normal, you'd get an audio message.

(I know, just what you need, another back seat driver). Just highlighting some of the flexibility the interface has. I configured a number of predefined messages, and they show in that white box area with the message header, whenever the parameters are met.
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After reading these gauges hundreds of times, something out of normal will be spotted. If I were designing gauges they would be green when in-spec, and change to red when not normal.
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