Originally Posted by Nebraska1990LE
has anybody ever seen digital guages (aftermarket) installed in any kind of car?
Well, I added a digital tach to my old '76 Cutlass Supreme...
Um, yeah... I think their claim that you can do an in-dash mounting is a little oversimplified. I mean, you can mount practically anything in a flat panel, but you cannot swap those things into a Bonneville dash without a ton of surgery. To begin with, you have two _layers_ of circuit boards back there, folded over onto each other in order to get everything to fit, with the existing gauges plugged onto the top board. You will not have the physical room to jam aftermarket gauges in their place without gutting everything else, and that ain't an option.
also, this is the only aftermarket gauges I could find that came digital. anyone come across others before?
Sometimes, yes. There was an aftermarket company making entire digital gauge clusters for Firebirds and Camaros a while back, but I don't know of any for Bonnevilles.
The reason you don't see a lot of digital gauges (and especially not on real race cars) is because you actually have to _read_ them directly, not just spot the angle of a needle on a dial with your peripheral vision. It also doesn't help that they're eight-segment LED displays, not real Arabic numbers, meaning that you have to squint closely to be sure your oil pressure display is reading, say, 88, and not 33 or 22.
For instance, I always watch my boost gauge out of the corner of my eye and I can easily follow its movements that way, but I actually _look_ at the gauge so rarely that I'd have a hard time drawing it on a piece of paper. If I had to take my eyes off the road long enough to actually read digital numbers on every gauge in my car, I'd have crashed into a tree a long time ago...