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    Dakota Digital cluster

    Is this new? http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.c...od/prd1134.htm

    Might appeal to those looking for a more stock look. All stepper motors. I think the tach is about worthless, but it's there.

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    I think they introduced it at SEMA last fall. I'm sure some will like it, but as almost always, the tach is lacking.

    Their other newest offering, the HDX (which has been out a couple of years) has some nice display adjustability, but for a 55-56, the tach movement is BACKWARDS! Not acceptable.

    So it will be the VHX for me because of the tach. I haven't bought one yet but probably soon will. Got burned on my last "too early" instrument purchase, the Custom Rod Gauges setup.

    RTX, HDX, and VHX all have stepper motors for all movements.

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    IMO they should just bag the analog speedometer and ONLY use the digital one, and make a big tach. My Porsche has both the analog and digital speedos and I almost never look at the analog one. A tach has to be analog. They could make the other gauges larger too if they did that, or add more gauges. I think the VHX is the best of them all.
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    I like the Dakota Digital gauges I put in my 56, don't remember which model it was, but everything seems fine to me........

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    Hot rods don't need speedometer's I have not had one that works in my 67 Camaro in 40 years, never bothered hooking one up in my 55 either. I love the look of my big chrome mech tach on dash of 55 anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    Hot rods don't need speedometer's
    I'll bet your Kansas vehicle laws require one. Ask your cop friend.
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    I actually like the Classic Instruments Bel-Era III over the Dakota Digital look.

    0017135_bel-era-iii-black_300.jpeg

    But to your point CN, because of the tach, I just rebuilt my original cluster, will add a Sun Blue Line Tach and deal with the other gauge needs on an auxilary gauge panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1110 View Post
    I actually like the Classic Instruments Bel-Era III over the Dakota Digital look.
    The problem with Classic Instruments and everyone else, IMO, is that they still use crappy old meter movements and no backlighting like modern instruments. DD uses state-of-the-art modern stepper motors with LED backlighting.
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    Stepper motors or not, those tiny hard to read gauges are just an indication, rather than any accurate measurements. Most of the time they should be used with warning (idiot lights) to get your attention. I've found that a bright shift light is much better than a tach when driving to the limit to shift, than trying to read numbers on all of the gauges hauling ass. Shifting (with a manual trans) temp, and oil pressure lights are important. Rev-limiter to back up the shift light too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 55 Rescue Dog View Post
    Stepper motors or not, those tiny hard to read gauges are just an indication, rather than any accurate measurements.
    I disagree...the stepper motors and modern sensors make them more accurate and repeatable, and mine are big enough to give true readings, rather than just an indication. Can you see the difference between 20 and 60 PSI oil pressure? I can.

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