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Old 03-01-2004, 03:05 AM   #1
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Ugh. I need a garage!

Anyhoo, some notes for the next person that tries installing one of these.

I tapped the tachometer wire right behind the cluster. You just have to remove the cluster (2 screws for the oval piece, then 3 screws for the cluster itself). There are 3 sets of wires going into the cluster. Disconnect the right-most one (the one behind the tach). I have a 2003 and the wire to tap for the signal was the solid green one. I think this is also true for the 2002, dunno about 2004. You can also tap it over by the ECU if you want, but given that it is going to live on the steering column/dashboard I figured less wires this way.

I tried using a tap splice, but manipulating it in the small space behind the cluster was a PITA, so I ended up just stripping a lil bit of the wire and sealing it with electric tape. The tach still seems to act as it should...

For power, I tapped the cigarette lighter. Even with my heated seats on (also tapped off the cigarette lighter), no blown fuses. They say it doesn't draw a lot of power. For ground, I used the middle screw that holds the center console down (in other words, not the two under the radio, and not the two in the storage compartment).

I put the light on the steering column, leaving enough slack that I could put it on the dash for autox. (I don't need the 5-0 thinking it's a radar detector, but then again I try not to do 6000 RPM near the cops!) I didn't have to run much wire to get to the power and ground so it's a pretty clean install.

The tuning knob is really really sensitive. Calibrating it was a bit of a PITA, but also fun

Maybe I'll take a video later if I can get someone to ride shotgun. Anyhoo, it's a cool little device. Those LED's are REALLY bright! Haven't checked it out during the day yet, but from the video on the T-sport site it should be plenty bright there too. Anyhoo, your peripheral vision picks the LED's up pretty nicely so you can actually keep your main focus on the road.

that's about it..

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Old 03-16-2004, 05:46 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting. I'm installing mine this week.
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Old 03-16-2004, 05:53 PM   #3
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Yeah, thanks a lot! Everything else I saw was talking about tapping at the ECU, which obviously is more hassle. I put mine in Sunday but I need to drill a hole in my dash to cleanup the wiring. I'll post pics soon.
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Old 03-16-2004, 05:54 PM   #4
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Good luck!

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Old 03-19-2004, 03:19 AM   #5
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I shot a video and took a crappy pic tonight:



The pic on the right is a capture from the video (1.8meg).
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Old 03-19-2004, 03:28 AM   #6
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Oh yeah, for the wiring, I used a tap behind the cluster, except I tapped the green wire behind the electrical tape that is near the plug. There's lots of slack there to work with.

I tapped the cirgarette lighter for power and ground and ran the wires up to the cluster and soldered to the rev-light wires and finished them with heat-shrink.
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Old 03-19-2004, 09:21 AM   #7
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Evan - do you have a lightened flywheel, or just a heavy foot?

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Old 03-19-2004, 01:16 PM   #8
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LOL, stock flywheel. I wasn't driving, just reving while stopped.
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Old 03-22-2004, 11:22 AM   #9
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Got mine installed. I had to tap the green wire with some 18 gauge, and then ran the 18 gauge to the blue wire on the rev-lite, because of the size of the rev-lite wires.

Those things are way too small and a major PITA.

Right now it is sitting on top of the vin plate in the corner of the window, untill I figure out a better spot. But it is looking pretty good where it is at.
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Old 03-23-2004, 03:02 PM   #10
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Where did you get your from and for how much?
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Old 03-23-2004, 03:04 PM   #11
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I have seen video of other people using them and they have one light on at idle and all of them on at redline. Can you adjust it so that they dont come on til a certain RPM or could it just be a differant shift light?
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Old 03-23-2004, 03:30 PM   #14
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That sounds like a different shift light.

With the Rev-lite, you set the rpm that the first light comes on (I set it at 6000), and the next 5 come on at 200rpm intervals.

The intervals would be 100rpm on an 8 cylinder engine I believe and something in between on a 6 cyl.
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