Hardware Installation


  1. Decide where to place the gaugeART unit. The gaugeART adapter must be located inside the cabin away from moisture. The unit should be placed where the front of the unit (side with micro SD card slot) can be accessed to remove and replace the micro SD card. In addition, for ECUs with out USB ports, the serial cable should be accessible such that if the ECU needs to be connected to a laptop, the cable is easy to reach.
  2. Wire gaugeART display to power. The power cable has a black and black wire with a white tracer. Connect the black wire to chassis ground. Connect black with white tracer wire to a 3 amp fused +12V ignition power source. Note: many ECUs have accessory +12V and ground sources that may be used (check with your ECU manufacture for compatibility).
  3. Connect gaugeART to ECU using the “DB9” serial cable included with your ECU. If you no longer have the cable or need a longer one, inexpensive replacements are available from sources like Amazon.com (example: 6-ft cable). Make sure to purchase a cable with a female and male end.
  4. Connect video cable to gaugeART Video Gauge Adapter. Connect the gaugeART adapter to the VGA cable supplied to the display. If you no longer have the cable, or need a longer one, inexpensive replacements are available from sources like Amazon.com (example: 6-ft cable). If your video display does not have a VGA input (like many in-dash navigation systems), a composite – VGA converter or HDMI – VGA converter is required. See this link for more information.
  5. Install microSD memory card in to the gaugeART Video Gauge Adapter (note: the card is installed with the face down relative to the top of the adapter. The card should “click” in to place. Press down on the card to remove it from the adapter.
  6. Select source. Turn vehicle on. See the instruction guide included with your display to set the input source connected to the gaugeART Video Gauge Adapter.

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