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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 09:51 AM
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While I probably wouldn't do this to my car, I think that it is a very well thought out modification - I like it a lot.

We should make a list of all the things that we could have done better than GM did.
  • Gauges you can actually see
  • Cup holders you can use without breaking them
  • A tunnel cover that doesn't crack when you put you hand on it getting into the cars
  • Door controls that you can actually find and use by tough while driving
  • External door handles that aren't predetermined to fail.
  • Coupe taillights that can have bulb changes without disassembling half the rear of the car


I'm sure most owners could add a few items...
Think DDM or will look to see who makes a Center counsel with built in 2 cup holders. So no need for any of there flimsy factory ones.
If its not DDM let me know I got it somewhere. Will find for you but thats one of awesome things I seen for Solstice.
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While I probably wouldn't do this to my car, I think that it is a very well thought out modification - I like it a lot.

We should make a list of all the things that we could have done better than GM did.
+1 for the list. But, I just use my right hand for the window controls and opening the door. The only issue I have is when driving one of the other cars, I wind up trying to use my right hand and can't reach anything.

@RobTheElder I haven't looked at the circuit board in the instrument cluster, but it the DIC is on a daughter board (unlikely), it could in theory be put anywhere as long as its on the CAN bus and has the correct interface circuitry. But, that would be a pretty weird design.

Another option would be to get an Arduino with a CAN shield, a small display and some buttons. Emulating the DIC is pretty straightforward. That's a project I don't really have time for, but maybe someone else could give it a shot.

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While I probably wouldn't do this to my car, I think that it is a very well thought out modification - I like it a lot.
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Thanks! I was unsure too which is why I bought a spare set if instrument tunnels. It's easily reversible.

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Think DDM or will look to see who makes a Center counsel with built in 2 cup holders. So no need for any of there flimsy factory ones.
If its not DDM let me know I got it somewhere. Will find for you but thats one of awesome things I seen for Solstice.
Yup. It's DDM. A bunch of us (including me) have one.



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I haven't looked at the circuit board in the instrument cluster, but it the DIC is on a daughter board (unlikely), it could in theory be put anywhere as long as its on the CAN bus and has the correct interface circuitry. But, that would be a pretty weird design.

Hoosier has clusters for sale in this classified ad if someone wants to try to cannibalize one. It's above my tech level.

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I haven't looked at the circuit board in the instrument cluster, but it the DIC is on a daughter board (unlikely), ...
No, it's not. It's just one PCB.
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have you driven with it yet? Does it work well in sunlight?

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So far I've done about 50 miles in broad daylight with the top up and 50 miles top down. I'm perfectly happy with it. There is some reflection on the clear cover but not worse than any other car I've had. Gauges are visible and clear. I still have not used the car at night, but I expect it to be fine then too.
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Yeah, the one thing I've wanted to do was reverse the angle of the clear screen. Less reflection and less dust gathering.
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I did another 100 miles with the top down today. I'm definitely happy with this mod. While there is possibly more glare on the instrument panel, it's not a problem at all. No worse than either my Chevy truck or my wife's Suzuki. I think since more light reaches the face of the gauges, they are easier to read in spite of any additional glare.

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The old tunnels gave the effect of looking from a bright outdoor setting, through an open door to a dark room. You can't see in the room. But walk into that room and you can see fine. The eyes can't handle the bright exterior and dark interior simultaneously. The shallower tunnels reduce the contrast between light and dark making the gauge faces easier to see.

I haven't tried them at night but I expect equal to better visibility than before since they are going to be one inch closer to my eyes!
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