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Offline RedOne07

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After market engine temperature gauge
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:21:41 AM »
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 11:08:31 AM »
Unless the engine temperature sensor comes as part of an OEM system which adds to the performance of the vehicle I don't see the need for having one. The coolant temp in DIC provides enough information for me to determine whether or not the engine is overheating. I see why people want aftermarket boost, EGT, and battery gauges, but not an engine temp.
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 11:36:01 AM »
Yep, should be in the dash information center menu.  But if you want to keep an eye on the temp it has to left in the temp display mode all the time, so I can see why some may want a separate gauge.  DDM makes a two pod windshield pillar. 

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 12:06:25 PM »
Another option is to get a Dash hawk or Ultra Gauge and plug it into the OBD port.  Set it to the info you want to monitor and mount the display someplace you can see.
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 12:29:59 PM »
As others have said, your engine temp should be in the DIC. You can see what other things you can monitor via the DIC in the owners manual starting on page 146.

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 12:43:51 PM »
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As others have said, your engine temp should be in the DIC.

Are you sure all Solstice have a DIC ? I am pretty sure I do not have one because my steering wheel has no buttons.

« Last Edit: January 28, 2014, 12:47:34 PM by Maarten »

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 12:45:23 PM »
Not all Solstices had a Driver Information Center.  It was optional as part of the Convenience Package, which included Cruise Control, Driver Information Center and Integrated Fog Lamps. It also included a steering wheel with the buttons to control the Cruise and DIC functions.

It was a $465 option on my 2006 1st 1K.

If your steering wheel does not have any buttons on the left hand side, you don't have a Driver Information Center.

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2014, 12:51:41 PM »
No buttons, no DIC



The dashhawk seems expensive, and although the looks of the ultragauge is not at all what I am looking for I do think this is an interesting toz that I will definitly explore. Thanks for te tip !

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 12:57:40 PM »
No buttons, no DIC



Things to check in the label in the glove box:
ZQ3 - Convenience Package
U68 - Driver Information Center
UK3 - Steering Wheel Accessory Controls
T96 - Fog Lamps

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 02:06:39 PM »
The Ultragauge appears to be a handy looking tool. Just ordered one for myself as the price is definitely right.
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 02:38:06 PM »
Things to check in the label in the glove box:
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2014, 02:42:09 PM »
I stand corrected then. I was under the impression that all cars had the DIC. An aftermarket gauge then would be your only option.
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2014, 04:15:59 PM »
I have a DashHawk in my solstice, and an UltraGauge in my frontier.  DashHawk both do basically the same thing.  I believe the Dash is easier to set up and the refresh rate is better.  Either one will do the job.
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2014, 04:32:16 PM »
I stand corrected then. I was under the impression that all cars had the DIC. An aftermarket gauge then would be your only option.

I believe that the DIC was standard on the GXP/Red Line.

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2014, 05:10:47 PM »
The Ultragauge appears to be a handy looking tool. Just ordered one for myself as the price is definitely right.
I have one... it's great.  Especially since it's Very easy to read - even in bright sunlight.

I have a DashHawk in my solstice, and an UltraGauge in my frontier.  DashHawk both do basically the same thing.  I believe the Dash is easier to set up and the refresh rate is better.  Either one will do the job.
Refresh rate for the UltraGauge has been raised in later versions of the firmware.  You can even send yours back and have it updated (they turned mine around in about a week door to door).

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2014, 10:39:46 PM »
Since we're on the subject of gee-whiz guages that the OP will never buy, I still love my dashDAQ.  Don't know if they're even still available, though.


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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2014, 06:33:59 AM »
Thanks TS !
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2014, 08:36:46 AM »
... gee-whiz gauges that *Maarten will never buy :-)

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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2014, 04:32:59 PM »
I like that set up TS.

Does UltraGauge allow changing the color of the letters / numbers ?
Nope.  (And I have taken mine apart to see if I could change the LED backlights themselves - answer was not without destroying the LCD screen :()
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2014, 04:35:27 PM »
I wonder if you put filter material over the display what colors you could end up with. 
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2014, 07:29:45 PM »
That would definitely work, the backlight LEDs are white.  The only trouble is the screen has a GREAT anti-glare coating (like that on camera lenses) and a filter on top, would ruin that easy bright sun visibility.
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2014, 09:43:36 PM »
Nevermind, found pics.  Great work  :yay:
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2014, 04:28:10 PM »
Thanks !
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2014, 04:31:54 PM »
I seem unabe to find info on the Ultra Gauge screen size. Does any one know ?

It's right there on their site...



Plus my photo, half a dozen posts up ^^, gives you a good idea.
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Re: After market engine temperature gauge
« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2014, 05:49:25 PM »
I put one of these in the Sky this past weekend and am more than satisfied with it. I like having engine temp, boost pressure and intake air temp plus a couple other variables visible at all times and this fit the bill perfectly.
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