Sat Nav that never really worked... so David got to work!

SINCE I’VE HAD my car – nearly five years – the Sat Nav has hardly worked and even when it did, it was very slow to programme and use. Although I have repaired it a few times, now days I mostly have an Unable to Read Disc message and not even the clock would show. As well as the fact that we can’t upgrade the disc anymore or have a continental option its days were numbered

What to do

I know that a few members have installed modern Sat Nav or ICE computers in the space where the Sat Nav sits but I was considering the Triple Gauge option and as my next upgrades are to add more power it would be nice to have some gauges that gave a feedback on how the car was performing, especially Temperature and Oil pressure. If you also consider the number of journeys we make and how many times we use or need the Sat Nav its probably below 1% of the time. I don’t disagree with the fact that it is a very nice option to have and it would have been a very expensive option when the car was new but could there be another useful use of the space. I therefore ordered a full kit from XKEC member Steve Klonsky, TheJagWrangler.

Sat Nav to Triple Gauge conversion plus Real Gauge with oil pressure upgrade This is where we have to be a bit patient as the delivery languished in Coventry for eight days waiting for Custom clearance. I read

58 GROWLER SEPTEMBER 2016 Part of the triple Gauge installation kit

emailed when I placed the order but are also available on the website, pictures 3, 4, and 5.

As an engineer part of my job is the design and installation of Situation Awareness and Drivers aids for Military vehicles plus the instruction of the vehicle installation, so I can appreciate the time and effort required to first design and build the kits and secondly to write the Installation and User manuals, this takes far longer than people can imagine.

Instalation insructions are also available on the website

on an online forum that it was best just to wait a week and then check on the delivery status, as there’s no point in trying to rush them, eventually a card was delivered from Parcel Force and you can pay the import duty online.

The Kit duly arrived, on inspection it was very well put together and pull-throughs’ had been added to assist in the installation as well as protect the connections that will need to be completed, picture 2. The installation instructions where

Installation WARNING, disconnect the battery before completing any of these tasks. It was recommended that I start with the Triple Gauge conversion first and ensure that was working before moving onto the Real Gauge. The instructions were very easy to follow with links embedded to take you to videos placed on You Tube where you can see examples of the Wood Trim being removed. This was far easier

than first thought with simple tools required to remove the Centre Panel and only two fixings needed to be removed to remove the Knee Bolster and two for the Dash Panel, picture 1.

The Sat Nav is held by four fixings, picture 2, these need to be put aside and saved as they will be used to fix the Triple Gauge Cluster. Remove the two plugs to the left of the Sat Nav and push them through the square hole on the left, pictures 3, 4 and 5

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