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My first task was getting the gauge pillar wired up and ready to go. I decided to use Weather Pack connectors for all connections to the pillar. This will make it easy to move/remove if need be. I’m still waiting on parts to actually hook up the senders, so for the time being I’m just concentrating on getting the power and illumination circuits installed.
One of the things I like about the ISSPRO EV2 gauge’s is that the power/illumination/ground can be installed in serial, or a daisy chain fashion.
Starting at the bottom we have the Weather Pack with the power/illumination/ground coming into the gauge pillar. It then goes through the ISSPRO lighting harness and finally to the gauges. I left myself enough room on the top so that if I ever install gauges above the rear-view mirror I can just crimp on another Weather Pack connector and be ready to go.
For switched power I used an Add-A-Circuit in the fusebox. I used fuse #30 which was labeled as a spare, but it turns out that it actually isn't a spare. I accidentally forgot to plug it back in and when I started up the truck I got an ABS and E-Brake light on the dash. I took the easy way out and just notched the fuse block and cover. Probably should have drilled a hole and used a grommet, but I don't expect to have any problems.
I don't have a picture of where I mounted the ground but I just reused an existing ground under the dash.
The illumination circuit needs to be tapped into the dimmer wire at the headlight switch. Gaining access to the switch was fairly easy. I just pulled away the plastic dash piece far enough to get a right angle screwdriver behind the headlight switch. Remove three screws and the headlight switch pulls out of the dash. On some trucks the headlight switch will pop out without removing any screws, but mine would not. You definitely want to verify before you go prying on your dash.
On my 2006 this wire is one of the two orange with brown stripe wires. You're supposed to probe the wire to find the one that dims with the gauge cluster. Somehow I managed to probe the same wire twice which led me to believe that neither of them worked. I went back the next day and found the correct wire, as pictured here.
Tapped it with a Posi-Tap and we were good to go.
Dimmer all the way up...
Dimmer all the way down...
Final product. Gauges have power and illumination but no sender connections yet. The gauges will dim with the factory gauges and I can also fine tune the brightness with Isspro lighting harness to get a perfect brightness match.
This was the part that I was most worried about but it ended up being super easy. The general consensus is that in order to get a "worst case" reading, it is best to install the thermocouple in between cylinders 5 and 6. This is considered to be the hottest location and thus will give you the earliest indicator of an EGT problem.
Drilling the manifold was very straight forward. I was unable to find the required "R" drill bit locally so I ordered the bit and tap from Diesel Manor along with my transmission line. If you decide to install the thermocouple in between 5 and 6 like I did, you will definitely need a right angle drill or a right angle adapter for your drill. I used an 18V Right Angle DeWalt and it worked perfectly. I started with a very small bit and worked my way up slowly to the "R" bit. I used light pressure on the drill and had a shop vac placed over the hole to vacuum up all the shavings. Once I was finished drilling I used a pen magnet to pick up all the shavings that dropped down into the manifold. I was very surprised by how little there actually were.
Tapping the manifold was a different story. In hindsight I should have greased the tap as a lot of shavings made it into the manifold. It took numerous passes to get the magnet coming out clean.
Now it's time to install the probe insert. Apply anti-seize to the threads and screw in the insert.
Install the probe into the insert doing your best to place the tip in the middle of the exhaust stream. Tighten the nut and you're done.
The boost gauge sender was a relatively simple install. You'll thread the sender into a boost bolt the same as you would with a mechanical gauge. I'd suggest using teflon tape on the boost bolt and the sender. Just make sure that you don't cover up holes. There isn't much clearance back there due to the injector lines but after a little finagling it'll go right in.
The hardest part about this was getting the picture, and it's still crappy.
I wanted to get the most accurate reading so I purchased a replacement transmission line from Diesel Manor with a sender port already installed.
Installation was pretty straightforward. Clearances are a little tight around the transmission due to the front driveshaft but take your time and you'll get it no problem. Just make sure you have a drip pan as you'll lose a decent amount of fluid when you remove the old line.
Terminate your two wires going to the sender and you're done.
Gauges wired, Weather Pack connectors terminated, and wires secured.
Can you explain to me how you got them to dim all the way down after i dim mine so far they kind of blink.
I didn't do anything special but have noticed that same blinking when dimming the gauges too far down. There is a software update available from Isspro that adjusts the dimming of these gauges. My gauges, and probably yours, will completely turn off when you dim the factory gauges about 1/3 of the way down. This is because the gauges are designed to match up with incandescent bulbs which would go out around 8 volts. Since the 3rd Gen. Dodges have LED back lighting we need to adjust the EV2's to turn off around 3 volts instead, which is exactly what the software update does. I run my factory gauges at full brightness all the time and then adjust the brightness of my EV2's with the Isspro harness to achieve a perfect brightness match. I never turn down my brightness so I will most likely not send out my gauges to be updated. Long story short, I think the new software would help. You can PM "Michael", from Isspro, for more information. I've been going back and forth with him for awhile and he has been a wealth of information.
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