Fac­ing the Facts



Dakota Digital will help bring clar­ity and per­for­mance to your next build

When deal­ing with the restora­tion of a clas­sic car or truck, re­plac­ing old or faulty gauges is a must. Aside from pro­vid­ing vi­tal di­ag­nos­tics of the ve­hi­cle, your gauge clus­ter is one of the most im­por­tant vis­ual as­pects of your ride, and the one up­grade we've be­come most fa­mil­iar with.

There was also a time when re­place­ment gauges meant hav­ing to mod­ify your dash­board to ac­cept what­ever size gauges were be­ing of­fered. These were the days of cus­tom dash in­serts, mul­ti­ple trim rings to make them fit, and sim­ply put, it was an era where func­tion out­weighed fashion—but times have changed.

Thanks to Dakota Digital, they’ve cre­ated a stel­lar line of au­to­mo­tive gauges that in­te­grate

form, func­tion, and fashion. Un­like gauge man­u­fac­tur­ers of the past, Dakota Digital has crafted gauges that are per­fectly ex­e­cuted. From the con­tours on the bezel to the ty­pog­ra­phy and spa­tial set­tings of the gauges, they of­fer a pe­ri­od­cor­rect look that meshes with the el­e­gance of your clas­sic ride. So when it came time to jump back on our project truck, we opted for Dakota Digital’s '47-'53 Chevy/GMC gauges for pick­ups. These drop-in so­lu­tions re­quire no adapter rings or mod­i­fi­ca­tions and are not only chrome plated but crafted from ma­chined alu­minum with each gauge fea­tur­ing a pair of ca­pac­i­tive-touch but­tons and a full-color TFT dis­play in­te­grated into each gauge, which is also ready for full per­son­al­iza­tion.

Avail­able in black or silver al­loy gauge-face styles, the HDX se­ries of gauges al­lows driv­ers to se­lect in­de­pen­dent il­lu­mi­na­tion col­ors for the gauge as well as the nee­dle.

Cal­i­bra­tion and per­sonal set­tings can be in­put us­ing the ca­pac­i­tive­touch but­tons found on the gauges or via Blue­tooth us­ing ei­ther Ap­ple or An­droid de­vices. Look closely and you’ll come to find that each nee­dle hub is black nickel-plated from spun alu­minum (to match the but­tons); spe­cific to the HDX se­ries are dead­faced in­di­ca­tors (turn sig­nals, high beam, check en­gine, cruise con­trol, park­ing brake, plus two user-de­fin­able) and a red, set­table warn­ing light for each gauge.

With all that tech­nol­ogy in­fused into each of their units, one may be ap­pre­hen­sive about the in­stal­la­tion process but with their cen­tral con­trol box, in­stal­la­tion is sim­pli­fied by us­ing the in­cluded ve­hi­cle-harness sourced sig­nals and sup­plied, solid-state send­ing units, which con­nect cleanly to their re­spec­tive ter­mi­nals.

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