Digital dash is alive!!!

Digital dash is alive!!!

Postby randyre [OP] » April 9th 2008, 8:15am

Got it all hooked up and turned the key on.... lots of lights and no electrical fire! :noflame: Must have done something right. :thumbup:

So all the guages look correct, english/metric works, trip works... So time to start the engine. She fires right up...but then all the guages go to max, every electronic guage including all three zeros on the Speedo are lit and it goes to Metric and I cant change it. :thumbdown:

The oil pressure is kind of working as I can see a couple bars flickering on it, but everything else is lit up like a Christams tree.

So what did I do wrong? Got to be an easy fix, just not sure what wire(s) are hooked up wrong.

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Re: Digital dash is alive!!!

Postby randyre [OP] » April 10th 2008, 4:52am

OK, got it working. Lots of preserverence and tracing of wires. It works just as its supposed to. Looks great.

Look for a quick how to and wiring chart for pre-89 vans soon.

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Re: Digital dash is alive!!! But still need help

Postby raycer » April 10th 2008, 8:00pm

Randy,
what digital dash did you install? you just reminded me that I have one waiting (hidden) somewhere in my garage. I'm not even sure of the brand...maybe Dakota...I remember it is a square board that I think will fit in the dash compartment. I remember I ordered without rpm reading because of the size of the board. I bought mine at SummitRacing.
Let us know how you did yours and all info. :pics: .
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Re: Digital dash is alive!!! But still need help

Postby kidhauler » April 11th 2008, 2:46am

I don't want to rain on your parade but man oh man I hope you didn't install a digital dash out of one of these vans. They are a peice of junk. I was so happy when I sold my old van with the dash. Everyone I have ever talked to with the digital dash hated it as it always shorted out and lights stop lighting up. One guy was so mad he took a broom handle and smashed the whole dash to peices. If you want a better dash to read get a newer one out of a 96 or newer they are way better to look at. Plus they plug right in and you just need to change the drac module to get the speed right.
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Re: Digital dash is alive!!!

Postby randyre [OP] » April 11th 2008, 7:42am

I read the old posts and did the research first, I feel its worth it. Yup, it was out of an 89. But it has been completly gone through by http://www.mrwhizard.com So its should last a lot longer.

I also had a junkyard pull and two bars of the oil pressure where acting up, so thats why I bought the new one. But a few quick strokes with the soldering iron and it too was good as new. So I don't fear these clusters. I know of at least thee more at the local pull-a-part and at $6.50 each ( yes! less than ten bucks), I'm going to grab them all and never worry about a instrument cluster again.

Besides, it's WAY WAY better than the stupid hocky-stick one, I can't even see the needles half the time.

I'm satisfied and if I was willing to do 15 hours worth of wiring and connection tracing, I doubt a few hours every few years or even months will deter me from keeping the digital dash.

Thanks for the advise though, but so far I'm happy.
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Re: Digital dash is alive!!! But still need help

Postby kidhauler » April 12th 2008, 2:00am

Hey different strokes for different folks. Glad you like the dash. Personally I can't run far enough away from those.
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Re: Digital dash is alive!!!

Postby brningram » September 14th 2008, 1:45am

My 94 has a factory digital dash 188000 miles and not a bit of trouble knok on wood. But thats just my 2 cents.
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Re: Digital dash is alive!!!

Postby Casey » March 26th 2009, 3:48am

Which year(s) digital gauges will swap into which other year(s) in place of the analog gauges? My 'new' '95 has the analog and I miss the digital gauges in my '90, so if it's a plug and play deal, I might swap 'em. :think:
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Re: Digital dash is alive!!!

Postby xequar » March 26th 2009, 3:35pm

Casey wrote:Which year(s) digital gauges will swap into which other year(s) in place of the analog gauges? My 'new' '95 has the analog and I miss the digital gauges in my '90, so if it's a plug and play deal, I might swap 'em. :think:

For the analog guages, '89-'94 (or '95?) are direct swaps for analog to analog. However, I believe the digital cluster and analog cluster have completely different connectors and so require some rewiring.
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Re: Digital dash is alive!!!

Postby cybrvanr » April 14th 2009, 7:35pm

The common problem with the factory digital dashes in these vans (and other GM cars) is cold solder joints. The cold solder joints result in segments not working on the fluorescent screen. This is not actually a hard issue to solve, just the disassembly can be a bit involved. If you yank a gauge cluster out of a boneyard van, the job is much easier prior to installing it in your ride.

Take the metal shield off the back of the gauge cluster and expose the circuit board behind it. You should also see all the pins from the fluorescent screen where they go through the circuit board and are supposed to be soldered down. Grab a small electronics soldering pencil like the ones sold at Radio-shack, and a roll of solder, and just simply retouch each one of those pins and add a little solder. Re-assemble your gauge cluster and install it in your van...should look like new!
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