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installing a tach on 2000 neon


smitty42
06-07-2006, 11:48 PM
What do I have to do to insall a tach and how much work is there to doing it.

das2123
06-07-2006, 11:54 PM
It would be easier to install a cluster that already has the tachometer in it.

smitty42
06-08-2006, 12:04 AM
cluster? no i would rather have a nice fat tach man on the dash and my car dosent come with one stock how much work is there? and i was talking to some guy he said i need to buy some part before i throw one in. if anyone with one in there neon has instaled it them self please tell me what u did to put it in and if i do need to buy an extra part

FemaleRacer
06-08-2006, 01:07 AM
cluster? no i would rather have a nice fat tach man on the dash and my car dosent come with one stock how much work is there? and i was talking to some guy he said i need to buy some part before i throw one in. if anyone with one in there neon has instaled it them self please tell me what u did to put it in and if i do need to buy an extra part

das is right, It would be easier to install a cluster that already has the tachometer in it. Why would you perfer the tech man? Just honest curiosity ;)

HPNOTIQracing
06-08-2006, 10:32 AM
because he likes the big tach in the middle of his dash.
its not my thing but alot of people like it. as apposed to having one on the cluster. hell i know alot of people who have even tho they have one on the cluster.

ok most tachs come with 4 wires.
1 wire is for your constant
1 wire is for your ground
1 wire is for your backlight
1 wire is for tach signal

constant wire goes to a power supply that only comes on when you turn the car on. usually a fuse in the fuse box is used.

ground goes to a ground

backlight wire goes to the wire that illuminates your cluster when you turn on your headlights.

and tach signal wire goes to the tach signal wire.
if this was a first gen i could tell you what wires you needed to tap
sinse its not your gonna have to get a haynes or find it on the internet somewhere.

neon_rt
06-08-2006, 11:54 AM
You will need a tach adapter. You may need to do a search on the Forums, I've seen this subject discussed before. There isn't a signal that you can just "tap" into on the neon ignition, there is no distributer. I think it is MSD that makes an adapter to read the signals going to the coils and translate them to a standard Tach signal. Even though there is a Tach signal going to the wiring harness that connects to your present cluster, you can't use it because it is a proprietory digital signal specifically for the factory cluster.

HPNOTIQracing
06-08-2006, 01:37 PM
You will need a tach adapter. You may need to do a search on the Forums, I've seen this subject discussed before. There isn't a signal that you can just "tap" into on the neon ignition, there is no distributer. I think it is MSD that makes an adapter to read the signals going to the coils and translate them to a standard Tach signal. Even though there is a Tach signal going to the wiring harness that connects to your present cluster, you can't use it because it is a proprietory digital signal specifically for the factory cluster.

is that a second gen thing because that is not an issue for the first gens afaik

das2123
06-08-2006, 03:37 PM
cluster? no i would rather have a nice fat tach man on the dash and my car dosent come with one stock how much work is there?I have a 5" Autometer Monster Tach I would sell you if you are interested. It came on the car I just bought, but it's coming off as soon as I get some time. I'd rather have the tach in the cluster.

smitty42
06-08-2006, 03:58 PM
how much and where do live for shipping

HPNOTIQracing
06-08-2006, 07:06 PM
ive done some searching and half of the people are saying they've hooked it without a adapter on the second gen and the other half the opposite

smitty42
06-08-2006, 10:23 PM
So the only way to find out is to try it

das2123
06-08-2006, 11:52 PM
how much and where do live for shippingIt looks kinda like this one...
http://stores.channeladvisor.com/tires-n-parts/items/item.aspx?itemid=3005043

I live in Houston, TX. Say $65 plus shipping and you will need an adapter with the Autometer. Sunpro Powerline model that works without the adaptor.

HPNOTIQracing
06-09-2006, 08:02 AM
It looks kinda like this one...
http://stores.channeladvisor.com/tires-n-parts/items/item.aspx?itemid=3005043

I live in Houston, TX. Say $65 plus shipping and you will need an adapter with the Autometer. Sunpro Powerline model that works without the adaptor.

now that you say that everyone that said they didnt need the adapter said they had a sunpro.

das2123
06-09-2006, 03:05 PM
now that you say that everyone that said they didnt need the adapter said they had a sunpro.It's the only that I know of that doesn't need the adapter.

maykelcj
06-10-2006, 04:18 AM
It looks kinda like this one...
http://stores.channeladvisor.com/tires-n-parts/items/item.aspx?itemid=3005043

I live in Houston, TX. Say $65 plus shipping and you will need an adapter with the Autometer. Sunpro Powerline model that works without the adaptor.
I have that tach on my car and it does need the adapter to run properly. neons tach signal are ~2-3V and most tachs work with a square signal of 12V. the autometer tach is very good and it might work (mine did) without the sift light, yet the only reason to put that monster tach is to have that shift light, so go for the adapter and save time and headaches.

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