Project Install: Dash Control By Auto Meter, Test and Review

Published On March 24, 2016 |

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Up to the second data is something that we all love. From current weather, stocks, the latest news and what’s happening with our friends. Smartphones mean we are always connected and up to date with everything happening in the world.

This need for information at our fingertips was recognized by Auto Meter Products and they jumped on the opportunity. While they are known for making high-end gauges, most people aren’t replacing the gauges in their 5th-Gen Camaro’s, Mustangs, or Challengers. The gauges in these vehicles are amazing from the factory, leaving little need for an extra set of gauges for most people. What Auto Meter decided to do was enhance what was already there. “When we saw all the information available that drivers weren’t able to see, we knew that we had to find a way to access that,” explained Joseph Mills from Auto Meter. “The solution was simple, a device that hi-jacks the factory displays,” continued Mills.

Insert the Dash Control, a simple device that simply connects to your OBD II port. With this little device you can tap into all the information your computer is reading and easily display it on your gauges’ output. One of the killer features of it is to be able to program warnings, such as low oil pressure or a shift light. These warnings will work no matter what page you’re in when using, and can be audible over the audio system. Here’s a quick video from Auto Meter explaining the product a bit more.

Installation of this unit is one of the easiest installs we have ever done. The first step is plugging the unit into the computer using the supplied USB cable. From here we downloaded the program that allows us to set the information we want to see displayed. The program itself is easy to navigate, the only problem is that there is so much information available, it was hard to choose what we wanted to see.

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There is eight pages of information available for you to see displayed in your vehicle. Each page has four slots available for output, meaning you can have up to 32 different pieces of information to choose from while driving. On top of that, there are three different profiles you can switch between for either different drivers, or different groups of settings. For instance you might have a profile for street, one for drag racing, and one for road racing. For us, we stuck with only two bits of information for each page and only set up one driver profile.

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After choosing our 16 outputs, we simply disconnected the unit from the computer, switched it from configuration to the first driver profile, and plugged it into our 2011 Camaro SS. Firing up the car, we instantly saw these outputs begin to display on the Heads Up Display, or HUD for short. Changing between the pages is done with a push of the lock button.

This is a great device that was just as easy, if not easier to install than the instructions said. We love the plethora of information that we were able to tap into with this easy to use Dash Control. For more information or to see if they have one for your application, hop on the Auto Meter site or give them a call at (866) 248-6357

Here’s a list of the information available to be displayed in our 5th-Gen:

Engine Load (%)
Engine Coolant Temperature (ºF, ºC)
Short Term Fuel Trip Bank 1 (%)
Long Term Fuel Trip Bank 1 (%)
Short Term Fuel Trip Bank 2 (%)
Long Term Fuel Trip Bank 2 (%)
Manifold Absolute Pressure (PSI, kPa)
Engine RPM
Vehicle Speed (MPH, KPH)
Spark Timing (Deg.)
Intake Air Temperature (ºF, ºC)
Air Flow (g/s, lb/min)
Throttle Position (%)
Oxygen Sensor Voltage Bank 1 Sensor 1 (mV)
Oxygen Sensor Voltage Bank 1 Sensor 2 (mV)
Oxygen Sensor Voltage Bank 2 Sensor 1 (mV)
Oxygen Sensor Voltage Bank 2 Sensor 2 (mV)
Fuel Level (%)
Barometric Pressure (inHg, kPa)
Loop Status (0=Off, 1=Open Loop, 2=Closed Loop, 4=OL-Drive, 8=OL-Fault, 16=CL-Fault)
Fuel Alcohol Content (%) [Custom Tune PID]
Commanded Evap Purge (%)
Commanded Lambda
Ambient Air Temperature (ºF, ºC)
Knock Retard (Deg.)
Engine Oil Pressure (PSI, kPa)
Engine Oil Temperature (ºF, ºC)
Engine Oil Life Remaining (%)
Total Misfires
Injector Pulse Width Bank 1 (ms)
Injector Pulse Width Bank 1 (ms)
CMP Sensor RPM
CKP Sensor RPM
Delivered Torque Percent (%)
Torque Delivered (Ft/lb, Nm)
Fuel Trim Cel
Torque Management Spark Retard (Deg.)
Power Enrichment (0=Inactive, 1=Active)
Commanded Cooling Fan (%)
MAF Frequency (Hz)
Current Gear (Automatic Transmission Only)
Calculated Current Gear
Electronic Throttle Indicated Pedal Position (%)
Electronic Throttle Indicated Throttle Position (%)
Output Shaft Speed (RPM)
Transmission Fluid Temperature (ºF, ºC)
Right Front Position Sensor Voltage (V)
Left Front Position Sensor Voltage (V)\
Right Rear Position Sensor Voltage (V)
Left Rear Position Sensor Voltage (V)
Left Front Strut/Damper Damping Level (%)
Right Front Strut/Damper Damping Level (%)
Left Rear Strut/Damper Damping Level (%)
Right Rear Strut/Damper Damping Level (%)
Average Vehicle Speed (MPH, KPH)
Fuel Range (Mi, Km)
Average Fuel Economy (MPG, L/100km)
Instant Fuel Economy (MPG, L/100km)
Odometer (Mi, Km)
Trip Odometer A (Mi, Km)
Trip Odometer B (Mi, Km)
Washer Fluid Level Switch (0=Off, 1=On – fluid low)
Left Front Wheel Speed (MPH, KPH)
Right Front Wheel Speed (MPH, KPH)
Left Rear Wheel Speed (MPH, KPH)
Right Rear Wheel Speed (MPH, KPH)
Rough Road Detected (g)
Lateral Accelerometer Sensor Voltage (V)
Lateral Acceleration (g)
Yaw Rate Sensor Voltage (V)
Yaw Rate (Deg./S)
Steering Wheel Angle (Deg.)
Brakes On (0=Off, 1=On)
Left Front Tire Pressure (PSI, kPa)
Right Front Tire Pressure (PSI, kPa)
Left Rear Tire Pressure (PSI, kPa)
Right Rear Tire Pressure (PSI, kPa)
Calculated Boost (PSI, kPa)
Calculated Fuel Flow Rate (g/h, l/h)
Instantaneous Estimated Engine Power (HP, lb/ft)
Distance With AFM Active – Running Total This Trip (Mi, Km)
60ft Time (Sec)
330ft Time (Sec)
0-60 MPH (Sec)
0-100 KPH (Sec)
60-130 MPH (Sec)
100-200 KPH (Sec)
1/8 Mile Time (Sec)
1/8 Mile Elapsed Distance (Mi)
1/8 Mile Trap Speed (MPH)
1/4 Mile Time (Sec)
1/4 Mile Elapsed Distance (Mi)
1/4 Mile Trap Speed (MPH)
1/2 Mile Time (Sec)
1/2 Mile Elapsed Distance (Mi)
1/2 Mile Trap Speed (MPH)
1 Mile Time (Sec)
1 Mile Elapsed Distance (Mi)
1 Mile Trap Speed (MPH)

 

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Tim King is the Editor and Co-Founder of Late Model Garage.

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