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Old April 12th, 2011, 03:42 PM
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that last exchange was so fun to read. Who's on first,Wire? no electrical wire!
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Old July 1st, 2011, 10:34 AM
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Thanks everyone for helping me through my first wiring job. Thanks to DJ Menasco for an excellent write up and to John for answering all my silly questions. I successfully replaced all stock gauges and installed a Td5 style transducer for the speedo last weekend. Everything works great with the exception of the tach that needs to be tuned. A laser tach is on its way.

I highly suggest installing High Power LED's while you're at it. I have the wrong LED's installed in the attached image so the spread is not even but it gives you a good idea of how bright they are. The picture doesn't do it justice. In reality they are much greener and brighter.

The correct LED bulbs to use for the VDO dash gauges are:

Speedometer: 2 x WLED-GHP5
Fuel Guage: 1 x WLED-GHP5
Water Temperature: 1 x WLED-GHP5
Tachometer: 1 x 74-GHP3

If you prefer a different color than green swap out the "G". Bulbs are from Superbrightleds.com.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 04:12 PM
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Ok, I've run into a bit of a problem with the install for the tach. The VDO instructions say connect to the "A/C Tap Out" winding of the alternator. I googled tach installs and every forum thread I've read says to hook up the tach to the "W" winding on the alternator show here (with the "?"):

http://www.reedx.net/landrover/mods/...nter/index.htm

Well I did that and as soon as I fire the truck up, the tach needle sweeps to the 6K max mark. What am I doing wrong?

Help!
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Old August 8th, 2011, 02:18 PM
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Ok, I've run into a bit of a problem with the install for the tach. The VDO instructions say connect to the "A/C Tap Out" winding of the alternator. I googled tach installs and every forum thread I've read says to hook up the tach to the "W" winding on the alternator show here (with the "?"):

http://www.reedx.net/landrover/mods/...nter/index.htm

Well I did that and as soon as I fire the truck up, the tach needle sweeps to the 6K max mark. What am I doing wrong?

Help!
Check the switches on the back of the gauge...I do not remember the exact positions required but I do recall that they must be changed. In this thread someone discussed the appropriate settings
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Old August 9th, 2011, 07:34 AM
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Check the switches on the back of the gauge...I do not remember the exact positions required but I do recall that they must be changed. In this thread someone discussed the appropriate settings
Thanks. I just saw DJ Menasco's post (#21). Will try that next weekend and hopefully it will work.
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Old August 9th, 2011, 08:11 AM
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Thanks. I just saw DJ Menasco's post (#21). Will try that next weekend and hopefully it will work.
It should...when I installed mine I had the same problem at first as I hadn't paid attention to the post. Once I flipped the switches all was well again!
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Old August 9th, 2011, 10:50 AM
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Or you guys could read the instructions that come with the gauge....
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Old August 9th, 2011, 10:56 AM
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Not helpful. None of the dip switch settings in the instructions worked for me nor did the advice in this thread. I found the answer elsewhere. In my experience, the instructions for all the various defender accessories I have gotten have ranged from poor to pointless.
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Old August 9th, 2011, 03:15 PM
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Or you guys could read the instructions that come with the gauge....
Like Carl said, the instructions that came with tach just say hook it up to the alternator "A/C Tap Out". It took googling to find out about the W terminal and then even that didn't work.
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Like Carl said, the instructions that came with tach just say hook it up to the alternator "A/C Tap Out". It took googling to find out about the W terminal and then even that didn't work.
Instructions are pretty darn clear if you ask me.... http://www.egauges.com/pdf/vdo/0-515-012-044.pdf

Really, you just flip the dip switches until the reading is in the ballpark and then adjust the pot until is is exactly correct. There are only 8 possible dip switch settings. You can't hurt the tach.
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Old August 9th, 2011, 04:15 PM
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Instructions are pretty darn clear if you ask me.... http://www.egauges.com/pdf/vdo/0-515-012-044.pdf

Really, you just flip the dip switches until the reading is in the ballpark and then adjust the pot until is is exactly correct. There are only 8 possible dip switch settings. You can't hurt the tach.
Did what the instructions said, still didn't work. I think I'll just start messing with the dip switches.
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Old August 9th, 2011, 06:05 PM
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Did what the instructions said, still didn't work. I think I'll just start messing with the dip switches.
Is the connector you used actually marked with a "W" or are you assuming it is the right one? Not all alternators have a W terminal.
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Old August 9th, 2011, 07:39 PM
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Is the connector you used actually marked with a "W" or are you assuming it is the right one? Not all alternators have a W terminal.
Terminal actually has "W" stamped next to it. The other terminals have "B" and "D" stamped next to them.
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thank you all for the info !
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Question H2O sender

I bought the VDO water temp gauge and 1/8 sender...

The sender looks like that in the picture, with the stupid mushroom end.
The stock sender on top of my 300 Tdi has a square spade connector (to match the square plug).

How on earth do I connect it??

Please don't just say "the stock connector will just slide over it",
because I tried to pull it off the sender a few mins ago with pliers and it's just stuck there.
I gave up as I don't want to break it.

What am I missing here?
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Old November 19th, 2011, 06:46 AM
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The stock connector won't slide over it, but a standard receptacle for a spade connector will. The mushroom just acts like a spade and the connector can rotate any direction. Kinda clever actually.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 07:00 AM
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Guten tag!


Any pic of this "standard receptacle"?

I'm googling it...

(edit) only to find common female connectors...

If so, I can't think of a lesser dodgy job...
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Old November 19th, 2011, 08:04 AM
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Jim is right. I just picked up a spade connector at the hardware store and it fit perfectly.
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michele if the female conn. looks like the one on the picture remove the plastic cover (if you have one) and slide side ways should work.
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