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    You have to take out the whole console to get it out. It is screwed on from behind.

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    So I'm working on replacing my gauges with a 7" lcd. Here is a mock up I made that I hope to replicate in DashXL. I don't see anything that can't be done so it shouldn't be too hard. Just waiting for my ODBII reader to show up

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    that's quite a move, not sure I wuld want to do that, also not sure how legal it would be.

    But if you manage it, it will be quite a cool effect.

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    Would look cool if you blank out the one underneath so only the digital one could be seen.

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    DashXL. . Hmm. I've been pondering replacing my gauges with a screen. I'm going to look into this software and be watching this thread.

    Great looking car and setup by the way
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    Quote Originally Posted by easy View Post
    Would look cool if you blank out the one underneath so only the digital one could be seen.
    I might have to since my screen is too large. I would need to replicate the trip computers functions though and I don't know if OBDII will give me all that information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    that's quite a move, not sure I wuld want to do that, also not sure how legal it would be.

    But if you manage it, it will be quite a cool effect.
    You kidding? I wouldn't even be able to keep my eyes on the road!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelmk View Post
    I just ordered an ELM327 usb OBDII scanner off ebay for $35 shipped. I don't get why the same ones are listed for over $120. Anyways I took the cluster out to see how I can mount a screen.
    There are a couple ways I could go. I could hack up the cluster and fit the screen right over the gauges. I would have to chop a hole out of the top and hope I can still make it fit in the dash. Not likely. Or cover up the bottom digital display and hope I can recreate it on the lcd.
    Or I could mount the screen on the outside glass and wouldn't have to hack up anything. Not the best way but might be a temporary solution until I figure out how to do it right.
    Once my Ibus adapter arrives I can figure out how to get a steering wheel button to flip through cluster screens.
    Suggestions?

    I like the idea, but the big thing is what is going to be displayed, and what it's refresh rate will be, color choice, etc. It can be made to look great, or very bad. Have you checked if the OBD data is displayed in real time? Sometimes the GPS data (for speed, for instance) is more reliable than the OBD data, it depends on how many sensors you are reading any given time.

    The Chrysler Pacifica has an LCD right where you want to put it, only smaller:



    With a bigger, custom screen, it can be made to look awesome.

    Now, can't you relocate the stock, tiny screen closer to the rearview mirror perhaps? Maybe embedding it in it? Or maybe to a side vent custom mount?

    It would look better without the stock red display there, IMHO.

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    That looks pretty cool. I would like to be able to show gps on mine as well.
    I just got my obdII today so I haven't tested it too much. I'm really not having much luck with it. I finally got it to connect but it keeps dropping the connection. I got the RPM displaying for a bit and it wasn't too slow but not amazing.
    I don't know about relocating the display, it's all one piece as far as I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelmk View Post
    That looks pretty cool. I would like to be able to show gps on mine as well.
    I just got my obdII today so I haven't tested it too much. I'm really not having much luck with it. I finally got it to connect but it keeps dropping the connection. I got the RPM displaying for a bit and it wasn't too slow but not amazing.
    I don't know about relocating the display, it's all one piece as far as I know.
    What interface did you buy?
    I'm just about to buy one and I too have an E46

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