Dash Fab analog to Digital

Discussion in 'Installation Photos/Specs' started by Lake Luv Kentucky, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    My Festool sanders use foam pads in those grit levels that attach using a proprietary hook and loop. But they come in five inch diameters and since it sounds like your we’re planning to hand sand you might try them if you can’t get what you want locally. I’ve used the foam pads for polishing in the past.
     
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  2. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    Thanks Henry, ill keep that idea on standby also.
     
  3. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    DFA3699B-6F4B-4BB1-9BF2-A97715BBC9C4.jpeg DFA3699B-6F4B-4BB1-9BF2-A97715BBC9C4.jpeg DFA3699B-6F4B-4BB1-9BF2-A97715BBC9C4.jpeg So I contacted my buddy who runs a body shop supply store here in Bowling Green, KY he informed me that most automakers clearcoats are only 50-60 microns thick about the thickness of the plastic on a pack of cigarettes. When I told him I used the whole can of two part 2k clear he laughed and said dont be worried about 3000 grit you probably have 100-150 microns of thickness sand away buddy, put a little soap in your water and roll on!!!

    So i did! He said you can buff it out with over the counter meguiars swirl X Because 3k grit is really superficial on the scratches. He was right on both counts! I removed all orange peel and nibs, dust, etc! I was still very reserved being afraid of burn theough and ruining my fake wood hydrodip graphics. It turned out great! See pics it took alot of elbow buffing without using a buffer but man when i get it installed ill hit it with a buffing wheel so my paint cures out and gets harder before i try that.
     
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  4. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    I also lined my screen edges of the fiberglass frame with felt And used foam around the edges to prevent creepy crawlers and rain from entering my dash wiring. My last stage before screen install is gluing in a piece of wood for the mounting bracket. I sure hope all the dimensions i have gotten from chetco are correct?

    I have done all this without the actual screen in hand, so.....if this thread goes dark its because im taking time to kick myself 0B788C41-5196-4912-B6FC-DBE2D4B4CD8F.jpeg B5F9A11B-E68F-48C3-8B5D-8068205988FA.jpeg 71375196-A557-4600-A8D9-263061228178.jpeg 7523B9F5-938A-4D66-9F89-AE3E630B0E1A.jpeg in the rear and eat crow while its hot!!
     
  5. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    Screens are finally finished should have complete pics next week. I elected to have a sync guage vs the speedometer as my garmin below this screen has MPH etc.
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  6. Express 390

    Express 390 Active Member

    620
    Sep 14, 2018
    South Shore of Long Island NY
    1986 SeaRay 390 EC
    1993 SeaRay 290 DA single 7.4 /Bravo 2
    1992 SeaRay 230 DA 4.3LX Alfa drive
    Twin 454 Crusaders inboards 4 blades
    Nice work looks Awesome
     
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  7. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    2001
    Axiom 12 MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    Looks nice

    Now to sort out the data!!
     
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  8. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    You were totally right. I had to choose between sync gauge and speedo due to having only three pulse inputs. i figured they would have upgraded That by now what year did you have your g2 installed?
     
  9. JC3

    JC3 Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
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    Looks very good! Go Big Blue! JC
     
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  10. ocgrant

    ocgrant Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
    H2O Therapy
    2006 Sundancer 48
    Novurania 460
    Yamaha EX-R
    Cummins QSC 540's
    That looks great, reminds me of my days building door panels for stereo contests. Great job!!!
     
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  11. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives

    I spent alot of time looking at those videos on youtube. They were extremely helpful!
     
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  12. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    So guys my worst fear about this came calling about 6am this morning, which my mechanic knows is too early for me lol. He says I need you to come to the lake? This is a 45 min drive my mind says as I yawned (sounds serious) Screen doesnt fit he says... crickets chirping! I say #%€\{}@$& it im on my way!

    I now start counting backwards from 2,700 its a long drive. So as my ulcers are pumping blood into my stomach as I pull in the boat yard.

    I finally see what he is referring to and study it carefully. I said ill take the dash and screen home, I see the issue also! The mechanic says I am not touching that screen I saw the invoice in the box LOL.

    Chetco does a great job btw but the mounting plate and the screen were separated by almost 1” About 1/2”too
    tight to Fit so the dash came to the house one more time( fingers crossed) D4D82BD7-B363-4553-BDE8-C2C9BEC90723.jpeg 32333B86-5CAB-427B-8ECC-E767E174915A.jpeg 939D1B2E-03BC-4C17-B45C-01C842E30070.jpeg A17C0E59-EC0E-4C9D-8C46-4CF0ABB0FD2F.jpeg 77EFE581-AAD3-4AC6-AD72-7291B5F15B90.jpeg I will post pics on my work around.
     
  13. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    6D6308E3-4887-4FBE-9ADB-C4055924A931.jpeg CB21519E-B241-4668-AAB7-AD35F443A39A.jpeg 2CA74A56-BC66-4070-B0F6-DE5327BEE192.jpeg 6D6308E3-4887-4FBE-9ADB-C4055924A931.jpeg CB21519E-B241-4668-AAB7-AD35F443A39A.jpeg 2CA74A56-BC66-4070-B0F6-DE5327BEE192.jpeg So after calming down a bit hat in hand I call Joe at chetco after waiting till they open 2hrs behind KY then visit America’s home improvement store. I then proceeded to buy nylon spacers and carefully remove chetco’s handy work. I even re-hot glued the nuts.

    Man the 1/2” reduction helped it squeeze into my fiberglass shell. Can I get an AMEN! Whew i even used a few to make sure my mounting Screws and resin coated plywood would have a little slack for hot and cold weather expansion and contraction. This is a touch screen and cant be torqued down hard which made me think this is fate you know how heavy handed mechanics can be I even wrote a note not to tighten the screws LOL

    I now have screen in and feel confident my guy can do the rest, as Joe at chetco even pre loaded the screen for my layout. If I get another drive to the lake call it will be a software thing and not a man you are screwed that dash fab doesn’t fit call lol!!!!!
     
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  14. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    What do they cost?
     
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  15. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    My cost without the WiFi option was about 3k and change. I only went this route when I discovered used gauges on ebay would have cost almost this much and probably failed too being used. I guess there is no NAPA for boats lol!
     
  16. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    Dang that definitely isn't cheap!
     
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  17. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    I agree man sucks paying that without knowing if it will work? But Ive found in life and especially with boats, good stuff ain't cheap, and cheap stuff ain't good! So thats a Quote from this hillbilly I guess LOL.
     
  18. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    Screen is In! All gauges are functioning except the trim which I was informed is due to faulty Trim gauge sending units. They have been ordered and should be here Tuesday or weds. my mechanic Scott is a great boat mechanic, if he fixes anything its always right the first time! I Love this guy if you are in KY I can recommend Barren River Boat shop for any repair big or small!!!

    So I apologize guys no completed final install pics till mid week. Thats boat repairs hurry up and wait. I will also include a video as I cannot find anyone on YouTube who has posted the sea gauge retrofit in action or pics?

    I still havent been out to the boat to see it in person yet! I want it to be a surprise when I get to my slip!
     
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  19. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
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    Ok drum roll please.......here are a few pics installed! I took it out today and they worked perfectly. I apologize for the delay as My mechanic and Joe at Chetco Digital had to do a little adjustment and resync all the gauges again, due to some kind of thing that I cant explain?

    The guys with tall foreheads and thick glasses prevailed because persistence beats resistance and that computer stuff is in chetco’s wheelhouse.

    It is tilted a little far but after I realized that I sit elevated on my bolster anyway as the boat does raise quite a bit even with trim and trim tab adjustments. So sitting down only happens on plane and it’s still not that bad. I can live with it, cause id rather take a beating than refab this dash again LOL.

    I will upload a video as I was too excited to do one today.
     
  20. Express 390

    Express 390 Active Member

    620
    Sep 14, 2018
    South Shore of Long Island NY
    1986 SeaRay 390 EC
    1993 SeaRay 290 DA single 7.4 /Bravo 2
    1992 SeaRay 230 DA 4.3LX Alfa drive
    Twin 454 Crusaders inboards 4 blades
    Boy you did some Job you should be proud of what you did. I thought i did a good job on mine, But that just blows mine out of the water! Looks like a Video game LOL:eek:
     
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