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VK Calais Digital Dash Fitment - request advice?

Gday, I have a question regarding fitting up a VK Calais Digital Dash in place of the standard gauge Dash as fitted standard to VK's.
I have a VK Wagon fitted with 308/Trimatic (Was 202/Trimatic) and have purchased 2 VK Calais Dashes from ebay in the hope of making sure one works and fitting while keeping the 2nd for spares.
As these are still in transit I haven’t had the chance to suss out how they’re fitted but have been told by the ever helpful mates (NOT) that I will need a special section of the loom to plug the Dash into place and also an electronic Speedo drive setup?
Is this correct? If so can anyone maybe put me in contact with someone who has a Dash Loom and Electronic Speedo drive setup?
I have phoned/emailed a few wreckers and must have copped thumbs at the counter cos the "dunno mate" answer really didn't help at all and was the same as I heard from the sellers of these Dashes.
If anyone can advise I will be mucho appreciative.
Thanx guys, Pig.

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VK Calais Digital Dash

I have a VK Calais & a VK Berlina.The Calais Dash has the trip Comp.The speedo set-up is fiited to the cruise control via a cable & vacuum hoses running everywhere.I wanted to rip my cruz cont out but was told I'd then have no speedo.I couldn't say to be honest but the digital dash has a lot more wires running outa the fuse box than the Berlina has.That's a tuff 1... *Ant*

Personally I agree it's a big

Personally I agree it's a big job see my other post Iseriously suggest you could save yourself a lot of time, frustration and expense by going out and buying a Calais already done, they are getting cheap. Far easier to upgrade the motor/box than do all this conversion especially when you don't even have all the bits and don't know what you need. " A man's gotta know his limitations" (prize to guess who) According to my wife a woman doesn't have any limitations so it doesn't apply to women.

johnperth

VK Digital Dash

Thanx Hot308VK, but I have had my old faithful wagon now for close on 10years & am in the process of givin her a face lift thru 2005 fitting up Walkinshaw SideSkirts & Door Pods, adapting Walkie Front & Rear Bars, Modified Walkie Scoop, Rear Gate Wing & Brock Flares & Grille with Flames moulded into the Door Pods and Bonnet Scoop, so getting the outside up to scratch I was hoping to do so with the inside as well?
Having the old girl for almost 10years now I don’t plan on letting her go so would really like to soldier on with the Digital Dash idea.
I have the option of buying an aftermarket Digital Dash from a Rod project but would like to go the factory Dash if at all possible?
Do you think if I could track down exactly what is needed to connect to the Digital Dash in my SL Wagon I could get it all working?
I mean if it’s plain impossible so be it, one Hot Rod style dash coming up, but if I could get it connected somehow then that’s the way Id like to go then.
I take it yours is the original 308 Calais Sedan model?
Mine was the 202/Trimatic SL model, so would I maybe have the necessary plugs to plug the Calais gear into as I did with the V8 wiring loom?
It plugged straight into the Fuse Box without fuss.
Even if I had to run the factory Cruise Control unit?
Do you know if the 202 & 308 Cruise control units are interchangeable?
Any advice would be mucho appreciated, Thanx... Pig

Not real keen on Calais dash..

The dash in the Berlina is betta I reckon.Not a great fan of tricked electronic ones.Berlina gives you more required/important info than the Calais.I mean the Calais has no oil presure or Volts gauges.Also I find the Calais dash 2 bright at night(but then that's probly just age doing that)then during the day when the sun will hit the dash complelety you can't see anything.Berlina is April 84 & Calais is May 84.The Berlina(hers)was owned by her bro for ova 10 yrs but it sat garaged undriven for 7 yrs while he was working abroad in the UK.He bought a 03 Monaro.Gunna be a big job, best of luck.Sounds like it'll be a ball tearing goon when it's finished.I'd say cruz controls would be the same considering they all run poxy trimatics.*Ant*

VK Calais Dash

Thanx for the info mate, I am going to leave all wiring intact until I track down a wiring loom complete and uncut, no doubt I will find one of those Calais Looms out the back under a pile of rockin' horse shyte with 4leaf clovers growing out of it lol
But now that I talked the missus into buying me 2 Calais Dashes from eBay if I turn back now I will never hear the end of it hehe
Ok now all I can think of is the occasional Posting requesting a VK Calais virgin uncut loom once a fortnight or so until someone kicks in an tells me where to get one so as they don’t see me on a fortnightly basis lol
Spose seeing as ya like the Berlina Dashes so much ya wouldn’t consider a trade + cash? My Dash/Loom + Cash (Speedo/ Vacuum Gauge/ Volts-Fuel-Oil Pressure-Water Temperature Gauges) pmsl
I’ve replaced a few looms in cars already (HG into FX Holden - Gemini Diesel LSX into SLX - TF Cortina into TE Cortina) and done a few half jobs etc for mates so I know what I am up against and yes, it is a big job!
Ok now to start my “Wanted - VK Calais Wiring Loom

Calais Dashes

I own a VK Calais, and I love my dash. Sure it doesnt have Volts & Oil pressure, but thats when you can add your own stylish after market gauges & senders. In regards to the dash being to bright at night, there is a dimmer control next to your light switch, check it out. When I dim my electronic dash at night its more than perfect. So go the mighty VK Calais. P.S. I work for an automotive instrument company repairing holden & ford dashes all the time. The VK Calais dash is seen in here may be twice a year? where as all other commodore dashes (especially berlina) every second day. Explain that?

So in short, do the conversion. If you need any help just leave a message here and I will get in touch with you. As a fellow holden restorer im only too happy to help!

Also you do not need a cruise control or any hoses or sh*t to get your speedo going. Let me know if you want to know how!

Bright VK Calais Dash

The dimmer doesn't dim the actual dash itself only heater controls & T-bar illum.It's just me getting a few runs up now I reckon, nuffin wrong the dash itself.I'm just gunna leave it all the way it is, trying to keep it sumwhat half still original even if the eng is radical....Cheers & go the bathurst Winning VK's *Tony*

vk calais dash

ive got myself a vk calais 202 which i purchased for 1000 in townsville, it was a wreck had no front end and the engine in pieces, took about two solid days of elbrow grease to get it to turn key, replaced the black as it had blown no 5 piston out. with a blue motor mild cam and kept the efi. now i would like to change to an efi 5l and 5 speed.

what would be involved? to keep the factory digi dash?
it was far from bein hard to wire it all up to the 202 quite easy.
but wanna know more about the 5l as i plan on doing this soon as it arrives here in bris,
just moved down here 8 weeks ago.

vk calais

hey i have a red 202 6 cyclinder its auto and im not to keen i would like to swap it to the factory 4 speed manual i was wandering if any one could give me a approximate price for this thankyou

vk digital dash

G day mate I just wantting to know if the 6 cly and 8 cly vk calais dash are the same or not.

Thanks.

changing vk sl dash for calias dash

would you be able to let me know what is involved in changing the vk cluster for the vk calais cluster

Thanks Bear

no speedo

Hi it's craig here, i've just put the digital dash in my stok vk what do i need to get the speedo working, I've got the speed sender and it has the plug with three wires it's about 20 cm long, what esle do i need.

VK Dash

Hi peoples,
I know this is an ancient thread i'm resurrecting here but I am thinking of putting a 4l60e trans from a vr into my vk calais and am just trying to sort out the speedo side of things - the trans is electronic output whereas the current setup is cable to the transducer and then electronic. Is there a way to connect the vk dash straight up to the electronic output on the trans? Any help MUCH appreciated!!

VK Digital Dash

Or another idea?
If I get the wiring loom from a VK Calais 308 model with ALL attachments from the Headlights to the front Seats all I should have to do is wire the Taillights into the loom?
Problem solved?
Now?
Anyone out there between the Gold/Sunshine Coasts to Toowoomba have a virgin uncut 308V8 Calais wiring loom from the headlights to the front seats for sale?
I have 2 Digital Dashes from eBay (so what’s the bet they’re 202 jobs?) so would appreciate anybody dropping me a line, I can even come out and remove all wiring myself, email me at oinks308@iprimus.com.au
Thanks all....... Pig

VK Calais Dash's

I own a VK Calais, and I love my dash. Sure it doesnt have Volts & Oil pressure, but thats when you can add your own stylish after market gauges & senders. In regards to the dash being to bright at night, there is a dimmer control next to your light switch, check it out. When I dim my electronic dash at night its more than perfect. So go the mighty VK Calais. P.S. I work for an automotive instrument company repairing holden & ford dashes all the time. The VK Calais dash is seen in here may be twice a year? where as all other commodore dashes (especially berlina) every second day. Explain that?

So in short, do the conversion. If you need any help just leave a message here and I will get in touch with you. As a fellow holden restorer im only too happy to help!

Also you do not need a cruise control or any hoses or sh*t to get your speedo going. Let me know if you want to know how!

VK Calais Dashes

Kewl dude, I was just about to post a wanted vk calais 5litre wiring loom request in here too! Might just wait to see if you get back to me?
Mate any info would be greatly appreciated, I have 2 Dashes already but I don't know if theyre the V8 or 6cylinder Dashes, I knew a guy years back who worked on repairing the Digital Car dashes and computers who tried steering me away from the idea as to him they were all crap and unreliable?
But hell yea, if you can help in anyway regards fitting/ Dash looms etc drop me a line at oinks308@iprimus.com.au
Trust me it will be more then appreciated seeing as after I conned the missus into buying me the 2 digital dashes from ebay all I could find out was to fit it into my VK 5litre SL Wagon was I needed all of the following: (My gonads will be in a jar on her computer desk if I fail this :{(
ALL Senders/ Sensors/ Relays/ Fuse Box/ Speedo Sender from the Gearbox with the Cruise Control for the Speedo to work/ Cruise Control Switch/ Cruise Control Brake Switch/ Fuel Flow Sensor/ Low Coolant Level Control unit/ Cruise Control transducer/ etc...
So if you have a realistic way mate then PLEASE let me know lol
Thanx in advance, Pig.

what digital dash is worth

im about to sell my calais 202 auto and its good to modarate condition fresh motor, a freind told me to buy the dash its around 1000, so im hoping to get 1800 for it, im only 17 and could have it as my first car but i want to try go karting instead of driving round drunk mates, see how i go. so i need every penny i can get for it i only got a spare 80 bucks a fortnight, and thants only if i quit blockbuster driving games, sell x-box, quit smoking and iced coffee and clothes sorry i bable, any advice greatly appreciated

Holden Fan VK CALAIS For Sale?

Are you selling your VK Calais?
I am after a parts car for my Daughters VK Sedan, what sort of money are you chasing for it?

What I am after;
Ipswich - Sunshine Coast - Brisbane - Gold Coast - Toowoomba Areas Only.
It MUST have Good Interior - Good Digital Dash - Excellent Wiring Loom from Headlights to Taillights.
Condition of Body NOT important - Condition of Mechanicals NOT Important - Condition of Wheels NOT Important - It can be Rusty as, Smashed, Stolen recovered, who cares, I just need the Wiring Loom for an Injected 202 AND Full Interior in good nick - Prefer Velour over Leather.

If you think your VK Calais fits what I am chasing please drop me an email if you aren't dreaming - We already have one for $300 but are getting the run around from the owner who wants us to take it, just refuses to sit down and work out a date to pick it up, to busy wetting his wick!

As for the Digital Dash and how much it is worth, look at the date at the top, this is when I first asked about fitting one to my VK, I paid a tad over $500 buying 3 good Digital Dashes, paid something like $300+ from memory for the Calais Bypass Wiring Loom which included a Brand New Cable and Transponder with the Wiring Diagram so that I can fit the Digital Dash into a standard Wiring Loom...

Two Years later these Digital Dashes can be had for a song; I have seen good examples go off on eBay for $30.00/$40.00 + P&H... But excellent low mileage Digital Dashes with Guarantees can still pull $200 upwards if you have enough interested parties somewhere like eBay bidding on them, but then you take the risk that it might go off for $30.00 on a bad week, there is always that risk…

Anyways, if you are close and wish to offload it, I am only after a parts Calais, drop me an email...

Cheers Pig (OINKS308)

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hmmm

i have the dash the surround (this u need if u want to use trip computer and whatnot)
the intermediate loom (main loom to dash) cable thingo? the vac diaphram etc etc

what i want to know is can i hookup the cruise without using the digi dash?

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Merc

Not as far as I know mate, the Cable I bought was known as a "Calais Cruise Control Bypass Cable"...

This was a Brand New Trimatic Speedo Cable, all new fittings etc, Brand New Transponder, this was required so that I could hook up the Calais Dash, as the only other way is to REPLACE your entire Loom with a Calais Loom along with the original Transponder and necessary Vacuum fittings, Solenoids etc, a nightmare at the best...

I have one, maybe two Digital Dash Surrounds, but I know I definately have one Surround, the Dashes I have are one V8, one Six Cylinder and not sure what the other is, I figured it best to have a couple of spares for parts if I needed one in an emergency if one died on me, all purchased from eBay where I paid top dollar for them two years ago or so...

I also have the needed Wiring Loom Diagram put away somewhere (aka a safe place lol) which enables me to incorporate the Calais setup into the standard Loom...
This was part of the Calais Bypass Cable setup, not sure if it would be universal in any other setup?

Anyways mate, time to get turkey up as I have been awake for another day and a half again so off for some beauty sleep, been sleeping for close on 20hours at a stretch lately then awake for 36hours or so, stupid sleep patterns... :{/

Pig (OINKS308)

merc

seriously bro if ya want cruise look at a aftermarket type as it the easiest war and u could if ya wanted to still use the factory switch but u would need to change columns

edit: that last part of my commemnt made no sense lol alcaholic dribble so i deleted it

long live the hemi

link to my shed and stroker info

tell me about it man sleepin sucks for me too

every second monday and tuesday i go to work 3:30pm monday get off 8am tuesday drive half hour or so home get to sleep around 9am wake up at 2pm drive to work 3:30pm again and come home wed morning about 9am

anyway i have ALOT of info for these so maybe we could swap out some info one important thing to note is at the back of the dash in a calais is a small piece of tube im sure ive said this before but please make sure its connected to the heater/blower fan becouse its mean for cooling the dash itself on hot days its obscure and hard to see in an original calais but its there believe me

i have all the digital dash parts and half a calais loom at home i think i could hook it all up however i just dont want the digi dash as ive got other plans looks like after market cruise for me :( was really hoping to keep my factory cruise

tho everything else is electrical in my SL ive put in my own loom for
Central locking keyless remote entry
power windows (yes front and back what a bloody nightmare)
power mirrors
DVD player 7" screen VS door pods with 265watt pioneer in the front 3000watt amp twin 12" subs in the boot (and not alot else in there cause not alot will fit

Dual battery kit with a 660cca in the boot and 500 cca under the bonnet

yet to upgrade the crappy 180 watt speakers in the rear shelf

havnt even finished off the install in the boot as the cables just for the amp consist of
8 guage power wire
6 RCA's
sub out wiring
speakers from the amp out to the front doors and to the shelf

then another 8 guage running along the inside of the car for the dual battery kit

and misc other things ive done

what sucks is this was supposed to be my work car no mods just drive it to work till i get to working on my WB one tonner.

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hey bro if that amp is as

hey bro
if that amp is as big as u say then 8 guage is way to small id use min of 4 guage to a 1/0 guage :) u would be starving the amp.
wouldnt it be easy to use a 1 far capacator in boot instead of another battery lol might free up some space lol. well just some friendly suggestions but sounds cool so far

long live the hemi

link to my shed and stroker info

hehe i was going to give it a far cap

but as i work away alot and in the middle of nowhere my car becomes my entertainment centre lol so yeah cant have a flat battery when you about 160k's from the nearest town

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oh on another note i forgot to ask

u all would know the standard VK speedo issue with the broken ass gear for the KM and trip meter problem? anyone know if there is a replacement gear available for these to fix the damn speedo?

so far ive had about 8 speedos and not one has had a working trip meter

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Commodore Odometers

Have a search through Fastlane for a post by Commodorenut (mick) on how to fix EXACTLY that problem in Commodore speedos.

From memory, the drive gear for the odometer comes loose on the shaft and needs to be reglued. Mick did up a Workguide to show how to fix them but you'll need to find hsi post to find the link.

If you really can't find it, let me know and I'll have a search for it tomorrow.

Cheers...Dave

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found that site and the post

however his tutorial on it has been clipped the pic links actually no longer work but ive come to the same conclusion allready to fix my speedo but what i really wanted to know is if there is an actuall replacement part becouse the gear isnt just slipping on the shaft its cracked down the side and ive seen about 5-6 with exactly the same problem so far

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Merc's Speedo Fix

Not sure if you are interested at all mate, but I have a VK Speedo Head here that has been Fully Reco'd, I had it done for my Wagon but seeing as I am selling it when finished I will be either fitting the Calais Dash or leaving the original Dash in place which works fine.

I have the Receipt here for it which reads;
Dismantle Speedo
General Clean Service & Lubricate
Clean and Lubricate Mainshaft
Charge Magnet
Adjust Mainshaft End Play
Check Odometer Drive Gears
Check Odometer Figure Wheel Assembly
Replace Alloy Drive Gear
Replace Plastic Drive Gear
Check Trip Reset Operation
Correct Speed Cup Float
Re-Dampen Movement
Adjust Frame Alignment
Assemble and re-Calibrate

This was done June 2001 and has sat in the Box ever since, never been fitted back into my Dash, comes with the Receipt, this just the Speedo Unit, not the Full Dashboard…
The Speedo purchase including the reconditioning set me back around $115.00 5 years ago, I am sure this service will be now more expensive to do today than it was 5 years ago, it has 205136km's on it, if your are interested in it I will send it to you for $100.00 inc P&H
If interested email me ;{D

I agree with HemiVK regards the Cruise Control, buy aftermarket, but buy quality, around $200 will have you up and running, but we have it on the VT and refuse to use it, we like to drive our cars, not have our cars drive us! :{S

Cheers Pig (OINKS308)

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thanks for the offer oinks

But at the moment im in the process of actually redoing the whole dash so speedo isnt really an issue for the minute as im repainting with UV paints to get the new dash lights doing what i want from them.

so far tho i cant actually find any shops in my area with the right paints on offer :/

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No worries Merc

No worries Merc, sorry mate just I thought you were looking for somewhere to repair your Speedo and I just happen to have one here that has been fully reco'd... ;{D

With your UV Paints, try CoolPC, they do a lot of Mod gear for Computers and I know that they used to have UV Paints in stock;
Link to CoolPC

Cheers, Pig (OINKS308)

help i need a part

i was wondering if anyone can help me i have a VK calais and the dash is working but the speedo isnt i have been told to track down a transducer and because the cars are old i am finding it so difficult if anyone has one they'd liek to sell or knows where i can get one please please help

Looking For Flares

i was wandering if anyone knows how i can get a brock flare kit for my vb. any help would be great. i've also got a stock 253 and am after quick profomance upgrades.

HDT SPECIAL VEHICLES

HDT SPECIAL VEHICLES OPERATIONS PTY LTD or,
Rare Spares both sell them.
As for quick performance, with out going happy gas turbo or supercharger. then Thermo fans, HEI ignition (possible already have), Extractors and Exhaust.

Cheers Tom
My Shed

VK Cluster

heyy.. i was just wondering if anybody knows where to get really nice aftermarket clusters?????

BULBS FOR DIGITAL DASH

Can anyone tell me where it is possible to buy the helogen bulbs used to light these digital dash's up. I need 3 of them and cant obtain any locally.

reborb

re-birth a old thred

hdt kits here
http://ssv.com.au/bo...

all dash lights
see jay-car


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