The more we modify our classic Mustangs the more we need to keep track of vital systems like oil pressure, engine coolant temperature, and so forth. Installing add-on gauges often makes the Mustang's dash area a cluttered mess. Gauges hanging off the bottom of the dash, a tach strapped to the steering column, and so forth usually just get in the way and are hard to read due to being so far out of the driver's line of sight. Replacing the stock gauges with something more accurate that can offer up your engine's status at a glance (or even flash a warning message) means keeping the dash free of clutter and putting the gauges right where your eyes normally go for information. There are several gauge package options on the market today and one of the most interesting we've found is the new VHX gauge system from Dakota Digital.
This all-new gauge concept has been a big hit for Dakota Digital and the company now offers VHX systems for dozens of cars, including '65-'70 Mustang, '79-'89 Mustang, '66-'77 Bronco, '67-'79 trucks, and even earlier '50s-era Fords/trucks. The VHX lineup features fresh analog instrumentation in a brushed silver-gray or a carbon-fiber look pattern with blue or red accents, all with contrasting lettering and white needles for superior daytime visibility. At night, when the cluster is illuminated, you'll find your choice of red or blue “through-the-dial” LED lighting. Much like a modern gauge cluster that you'd find in your daily driver, the through-dial illumination offers enhanced legibility in nighttime driving without putting a strain on your eyes. Furthermore, you'll find modern ISO symbols buried in the gauge faces for items like check engine, cruise control, and more that only show up when illuminated.
The VHX gauge systems install in the stock Mustang gauge bezels with little-to-no modifications to the bezels themselves, and no modifications to your dash at all. You'll find each system comes complete with required sensors, mounting screws/adapters for the system to mount in your stock gauge bezel, and complete instructions. Dakota Digital offers expansion modules to provide even more data to the digital readouts in the bottom of the main gauges too. Modules include such modern features as outside temperature and compass heading, wideband oxygen sensor reading, air suspension pressure reading, and more.