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One of a kind shift display

A while ago I switched out the Cluster in my car with a 300m cluster. Not really a fan of the 300 cluster style but hey it was 20 bucks at the yard.

When I customized my shift bezel I lost the shiftier display.


So since the old cluster was autostick ready I got a killer idea and tore it apart. I removed the shift / mileage display PCB. I was going to only remove the shift display but I would have to run too many wires in the dash and would make things complicated. I also don't want a second mileage display ether. To remedy this I decided to buy a couple of IC sockets, looks like i'll need two 6 pin and a long 80 pin. A Pref board. Two RJ45 connectors and three feet of CAT5E cable. Not to mention a few feet of 16 gauge primary wire.

Already sounds complicated I bet but in all it is simple. Desolder the shift display from the PCB. Solder on some primary wire to the desired length. Solder on the IC sockets to the Pref board. Run the primary wire to the Pref board. on the display PCB solder on a RJ45 connector. Install the display onto the Pref Board and install it to the desired location. In my case here.

The rest of the old PCB will be tucked away under the shift bezel. Then run the Cat5 cable to the cluster pod on the dash. From there im trying to figure out how to splice into the cluster. I might have to fab up a adapter by using the pigtail end of the old cluster's connector and such.
This looks like it will fit. Use two of these.

and one of these pref boards


Hard part is mounting the display. Going to try plastic welding some standoffs and screw it on from the underside. Might have to end up playing with some Kittyhair fiber glass as well.
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I never would have thought of that.. looking good so far
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Looks fantastic! I'll be watching this... I like the idea a lot - the only concern I'd have is spilling something on the bezel and causing more than localized problems.
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Any reason to run CAT5E, other than you already have some?
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I was thinking to use a small piece of acrylic and silicon to seal up the display. As for the main circuit board that controls the display I was thinking to keep it away from the floor as much as possible so if anything was to spill it would all be safe. Heck if I really wanted to I could mount the main board behind the A/C controls.

Cat5 cable is ideal since it doesn't take much room compared to running multiple strains of primary wire and more flexible then ribbon cable.

I'll start the project this weekend. So far this is just some simple R&D.
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I was wondering if cat5 was for simplicity - I didn't know if there was a reason for the twisted pairs or not. Sounds good, can't wait.
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I remember when you did the shifter mod and the boot and trim ring inspired mine.

I cant wait to see how the new addition turns out.
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Tomorrow is build day for the display.
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Had a slow start. De-soldering the display took most of the day. Wish I had a real solder station.
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Good luck can't wait to see the finished product


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Got a better idea for the circuit layout. Gonna need some solid hook-up wire to be used as runners instead of running solder all over the board. I'm taking my time with this project. kinda anal when it comes to electronics.
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Will be very interested to see what you come up with.
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