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Old 01-07-2013, 06:15 AM   #91 (permalink)
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Last "upgrade" :)

Finally I can post photos from my MPGuino installation. I've used Arduino based MPGuino from Prevka, I needed to add one wire missing in the harness to ECU to get FE signal. VSS signal is taken from the instrument cluster directly. At the beginning I've used big LCD display mounted on the center console, but it was not to visible in a sunlight so I've decided to but a small LCD display and mount it somewhere else, where visibility will be much better.

Here are some hotos from the process:

1. Original instrument cluster

2. Dismounted IC with a cutted out hole for LCD

3. New LCD

4. New LCD mounted


5. First test


6. IC mounted in a dashboard



Now it's visible and I like the "factory" look of it

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Gerhard Plattner: "The best attitude is to consider fuel saving a kind of sport. Everybody who has enough money for a strong car, can drive fast and hit the pedal. But saving fuel requires concentration, self-control and cleverness. It's a challenge with the nice effect of saving you money that you can use for other more important things."
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:16 PM   #92 (permalink)
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Wow, that MPGuino looks awesome right there!
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:35 AM   #93 (permalink)
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:56 AM   #94 (permalink)
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It does look OEM
Can you change the backlight color to red, like the rest of the dash? The blueish light looks like it would be distracting in the dark.

This post should be copied into the Instrumentation section, so that more people see it!

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Old 01-08-2013, 10:13 AM   #95 (permalink)
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It just looks that way that backlight is blueish, it's closer to cold white in real life. And I can dime it with the whole instrument cluster so it won't distract me while driving trought the night

The LCD will be tehre permanently, but now I'm planning to add few new features to my instrument cluster and replace Arduino board with a simple board with Atmega328. But I don't think I'll mess with the colour of the LCD display. I haven't driven Berta wit this mod yet so I may change my mind soon
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:18 AM   #96 (permalink)
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That looks great, How does the screen attach to the gauge panel?
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That looks great, How does the screen attach to the gauge panel?
I just used hot glue gun, but first I had to mess up a bit with the plastic frame to fit LCD.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:54 AM   #98 (permalink)
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Kill switch installation

Long time no mods, so I've decided to finally install a kill switch for Berta.

I was wondering where I should put it and I've visited many threads here to see what others do. Thanks guys! And I've decided to put it on the shift lever's knob.

1. Here's the switch and the removed from the car knob.

2. I needed to cut the hole for the switch

3. First fitting


4. The worst part - to run cables through the knob

5. Switch soldered

6. Almost ready

7. After some trimming around the switch


8. Knob back in the car


Now I have to run cables through the wall and connect the switch to injection pump and starter.


And small update on my MPGuino. I forgot to put the picture of my MPGuino switches, here they are:
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:35 PM   #99 (permalink)
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You've inspired me...



last tank was a 57+ imp MPG...
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:23 PM   #100 (permalink)
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Nice, I can't wait to see the next tank numbers. You're chasing me!

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