Digital gauges have always been something I’ve liked, the vast amount of information you can get on one simple display digitally vs multiple analog gauges is mind blowing. My time with digital gauges has primarily been in the performance diesel industry. On practically every one of our diesels at our shop, several of which are pushing the 1000+hp range we run the Insight CTS monitors by Edge Products.
These gauges show all the PIDs available by the vehicle, gives you the ability to read and clear codes, run performance tests, along with other diagnostic tests. When I started to work on my 2004 WRX one of the first things I did was to replace the factory boost gauge with a aftermarket gauge and an Edge Products digital unit. Immediately I was disappointed with the lack of information the unit could give me. Essentially all it could do was give me coolant temp, and clear any codes I had on the fly. I called up the guys at Edge Products and started to talk to them about the potential market for a set of digital gauges in our Subarus. Being primarily a diesel company they had not sniffed out all the PIDs in other vehicles such as the Subarus yet.
A few months later they informed me that they had a working prototype for me to test out. I updated my unit the same morning as our dyno event so I didn’t get much time to play with it. But immediately I noticed that it showed several of the same PIDs that the Cobb Access Port displays. A/F ratios, boost, pulse widths, performance calculators, etc. The one big advantage of the Insight unit is its ability to accept aftermarket sensors. I plan on installing a pyro probe in the up pipe, along with at least one pressure sensor to monitor other parameters, and a backup camera just for kicks.
As of time of writing this I have actually been given a newer prototype unit to test out that also features an accelerometer for enhanced features which I hope to be installing this week and will be part 2 of this.
Our race truck. laid down 1200hp, since 1200hp was not enough we are currently putting much larger injectors (~150 lpm which is like 150,000 ccm), and injection pumps on it. Runs a Edge Insight CTS digital gauge.
WRX these gauges are being installed on
Initial install of the smaller, non touch screen CS version. Installed in a SMY dual pod along with a ProSport boost gauge
Set up in the car. Now that i have a larger Color Touch Screen unit im going to be installing that in the right pod location and moving the boost gauge to the left
The new larger unit with available pressure sensors, and pyro probe.
let me know what you guys think of digital gauge setups like this and i can relay the info back to the manufacture. they are extremely willing to take customer feedback to make us a better product. I personally am excited about the potential that this type of product can offer us