Digital Dash Upgrade - Was it Worth It?

Avaldati 28 apr 2021
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Thanks to DDE-EFI for all the help on the dash!

So we opted to go the fancy route and swap our Miata gauge cluster for a supercar-like digital dash! Now the problem is that we can’t read fuel levels or oil pressure! So today we fixed those problems by adding some aftermarket bits to our ECU!

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  • I say I'm not gay............. But then Zach shows up 😩

  • Y’all teach me more than what I learn in my electrical class at UTI🤣🤣

  • Did I see that the CPU for that thing is a raspberry pi? Might be the reason for the lag. It's not a fast processor.

  • So not worth it lol

  • his car is soooo clean 😭😭😭

  • I paused the video at 2:00 just to tell you that was the best ad I've ever seen

  • great content. But that "fixed" lag would drive me crazy! It's not fixed at all!

  • thats still some awful refresh rate tho

  • That dash is pre shit....the lag is enough to deter me

  • I'm sorry but that dash is dogshit

  • Andy shanefelts brother..

  • Very cool content 👍🏻

  • i didnt understand a thing but still enjoyed it

  • For the display, I think the refresh rate should be increased to at least 60 Hz (my preference would be at least 100 Hz). Also, I much prefer traditional speedometers to GPS-based speedometers. Lower latency, and no need to worry about signal coverage.

  • ZACK Please don't use those red connectors they're POJ...please you'll look more professional, red connectors are known to faillllllllll!!!!!!! thanks, nice show, love Donut!!!

  • Any competent 12V tech will tell you those "Vampire clamps /quick splice connectors" are CRAP. The first bump you hit, or moisture/humidity, all bets are off. You want a foolproof install, solder, dilectric grease and tape, period! I've redone too many aftermarket alarm/remote starter installs with those crappy connectors to count.

  • If what you had prior was working then no it wasn't worth it.

  • Watching this series is like the ultimate car porn.

  • Aren't engine vitals.....Vital?

  • That's not a special ECU... That's windows 7 lol

  • Is there a version of this video in which he talks less and does more?

  • splice connectors are terrible to use. you should always solder your connections for best results.

  • Donut should do an electrical video. Basic soldering, schematic reading and proper care and feeding of a multimeter? It seems to be a major tripping point for a lot of motorheads.

  • 2.6v resistance 😂

  • You wanna watch a donut channel, talk about donuts, while a guy eats donuts, with a guy doing donuts, eating a donut, on a donut channel, for a donut video, surrounding the guy eating donuts by donuts by another guy eating donuts for the people who film the donut videos for there donut channel? I said this out loud and surprised my self cause i said it in about 2 seconds flat. (Not surprising considering i talk fast as hell.)

  • That looks fuckin' mint bud giver a ripski for us...

  • Zzz...zzz...zzz...😴

  • loved the video. zach is a badass. the intro was about as quality as it gets.. for the algorithm. amazing as always.

  • The lag issue on the screen is because the CPU is way too slow. In other words, the raspberry pi isn't good enough for that job.

  • And that, my friends, is the pinnacle of ads!!!🎩

  • Make the dash 60 or 120fps if you can. You can monitor things more real time that way.

  • You actually do the best adverts!

  • Why did you take the motor outta the sx

  • zack you need to close tuner studio on the dash and set the baud rate to 115200 on whatever usb port the megasquirt is hooked up to. you can just search how to do it on google. its a raspberry pi so it should be easy, i have basically the same setup in my car and the dash runs super smooth with the higher baud rate. please do it so the comments about the slow refresh rate of the screen will stop.

  • That is definetly not usable jesus christ... take it off it is a safety hazard

  • Oh wait, it’s important to have a gas gauge??? I know how many miles it takes for me to be on empty I would have made sure the heat shrink was yellow that way I wouldn’t loose it Time for an oil change anyways

  • Been a while since i watched donut and man... i’ve been missing out on some good stuff.

  • I seriously think a Raspberry Pi 4 would make the refresh even better. Judging by the performance of that Rasbian based Linux environment, that looks like a Raspberry Pi Zero. I really think part of that lag, is system lag. Even navigating menus looks sluggish.

  • Can’t believe he did this to a 💩 box😂😂

  • Great video! Keep it up!

  • This is some big brain stuff that I will live vicariously through Zach.

  • You NEED to use a manual gauge while setting a digital sensor - this is your reference for making any slope or offset adjustments to the DAC.

  • Computers can’t read resistance, they read the voltage drop or voltage divide created between a fixed pull up or pull down resistor in the computer and variable resistor which is your inputs and sensors.

  • 2jz swap the miata

  • The lazy vibe is giving me a headache

  • Aye deadass I still get spam calls the last time I clicked on a auto insurance ad

  • Zach you are a very knowledgeable man thank you for sharing your wisdom

  • You gotta get some front tires for the miata you're down to the wear bar

  • You should get the Powertune digital dash from australia. Its $500 USD, heaps of layouts already, easy to set up and completely plug and play. Dont have to do the massise set up for it, like what you are doing now. The powertune dash is connected through canbus and gives you live real time readings onto your display

  • GtaV heavy armor car Speedometer

  • Give our boy some rollerblades and he's ready to start singing MMmBop!

  • Me: that looks complicated to install. Zach: it should be pretty easy. 😳

  • I learned if I want a cool looking set of gauges like this, pay someone else to do it for me.

  • Never in my life have I heard someone refer to a Scotch Lock as a Vampire Clamp

  • it was not worth it

  • Analog over digital any day... wait until something fails and you'll agree :)

  • What is an oil pressure sensor and how does the fuel level system work?

  • Donut should do Superbowl ads

  • Damn im gay for zach and all that good stuff but that dash is incredibly horrendous...

  • Why in the hell would you do all that? Lol

  • Maybe doing more homework next time... a potentiometer is nothing like a transducer.

  • You didn't answer the question of the video title. Was the electronic dashboard worth it? What does it do that your stock gauges don't do just as well?

    • I know!!!! It seems to me like a $700 waste of time. Not only does it seems useless it looks far worse than stock gauges do. If you are going to make changes to your instrument cluster make a instrument pod not this garbage!!!!

  • It looks so out of place to me

  • And to think that all of that continuity testing could have been bypassed simply by ownership of a service manual.

  • Loved it bro

  • Very good

  • I like how the policy in the new studio was no personal project cars. So Zach just started using everyones personal car for Money Pit and they are all in there anyway

  • Me: trynna set up the digital dash for my Ferrari Modena “this thing is so dumb I should’ve bought that 700$ digital dash”

  • I like the more in-depth stuff.

  • I pay for Premium so I don't have to watch stupid ads... That's an unsubscribe from me...

    • you can skip them by using the timeline or the arrow keys

  • The refresh rate is still much too low for my liking it feels like I'm dropping fps just looking at it, i can't imagine driving with it lol

  • can you please make a diagram on how you wired up the fuel level.....the camera man didnt do a good job...................................

  • It might be utilitarian, but this dash is just ugly

  • I'll stick with the regular one. Although entertaining, looks like too much nonsense for a fix that didnt need fixing. But do you.

  • Megasquirt

  • Getting things to read right shouldn’t be an issue. DIYautotune has great customer support and will give you the exact numbers to use based on what the computer is reading

  • Man uses a heat gun for the heat shrink you know u could use a lighter if u have one and plug all that in

  • Oh, heck yeah.

  • This man needs a powerblock TV show

  • Left picture on thumbnail is my gas rn

  • Growing his hair out was Zach's second best life decision after joining donut

  • how to flex ur donuts? a. do donuts b. eat donuts c. watch donut d. all of the above

  • I would love to see a video on fixing the timing on a Miata from you guys.

  • The further along i get in UTI, the more and more I understand what you’re saying

  • That's maybe 7-10 FPS after *fixing* the lag. That would drive me nuts. I wouldn't do this mod without 144fps/144Hz and for a simple GUI I don't see why that isn't possible. I also wonder how this thing is in the daylight. A very important consideration when driving a convertible.

  • You need a fueltech ft600 ecu, is a better dash and a better ecu, justa call then e enjoei a better aftermarket ecu

  • This man is the smartest of all Donut Media. Change my mind...

    • Well, Science garage was cool too but he's actually modifying his car.

  • U guys should make a podcast

  • Whoever picked the music selection deserves a raise. That snap-on hat never looked so smooth jazz sexy

  • 11:14 anyone know what that tool is called?

  • "Lets get into it" = "First step, jack up your car."

  • They got me to watch that commercial on EEclone Premium. That's skill.

  • 4:07 that's Raspberry Pi OS... yet the site claims it's a "DD-EFI Computer" Bit suspicious ngl

  • That ad intro tho 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • You should make a video about replacing that digital dash with an analogue one. I think it'll be 'smoother'.

  • How long does it take to boot your dash?

  • Who else is waiting for “air suspension - is it worth it?”

    • "magnetic suspension- is it worth it"

  • could y'all do a Mazda RX-8 Money Pit

  • Please do a "How to build a CO2 Purge Kit". Asking for a friend... hehe.

  • What's the reasoning behind soldering some places, crimp connecting others, and then also using vampire connectors?