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Mini Trip Computer Installation


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#1 amerritt124

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 01:04 PM

Let the fun begin.

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Computer and cleaned up cluster hood

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4 of the 5 wires needed are coming straight from the diagnostic connector. These are the black (ground), pink (fused battery+), white/green (Bus CCD-), and violet/gray (Bus CCD+) wires. On connector: VT/GY wire is pin 3. BK is pin 4. WT/DG is pin 11. PK is pin 16.

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The wiring harness I made. I decided to make a separate harness for the computer rather than splice into the cluster wiring for space and diagnosis purposes.

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before splicing

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after splicing (diagnostic connector)

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after splicing (connector "C126") This connector is where I spliced the 5th wire, light green/black (radio on/off). This wire basically just tells the computer to turn on when the key is turned on. It is pin 7 on connector 126, which is located near the junction block, kind of close to the left knee of the driver. 

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Body computer all plugged back in and buttoned up. The red wire is for my power seat. I wired it up the way the factory did on the circuit breaker, only I didn't loom it in the rest of the harness.

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Wiring harness I made where it will lie behind the cluster

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Harness goes back here, the left side of the cluster, then straight down to the connectors.

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I love it when a plan comes together.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 01:50 PM

Nice job, and nice writeup.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 04:57 PM

Nice job, and nice writeup.

 

Thanks! I've had this sitting in my garage since about a year ago when I literally stumbled across the Sebring convertible it was in. Someone had already robbed the cluster, and this was left sitting in the driver seat so all I had to do was pick it up and carry it home.  :D



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 05:29 PM

What all can the trip cluster do. I've never seen one personally and always look for them

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:42 AM

Compass, MPG, temp, I think distance-to-empty as well.

 

My brother installed one into my old Stratus.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:12 AM

That would be great to have for long road trips!

We just got 650kms out of a tank of regular 87 octane, which is very good considering we paid $200 for the car and it has 300k+ kms :)

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 12:47 PM

It does compass/temperature, average mpg, DTE, instantaneous mpg, trip miles, and elapsed time.

That would be great to have for long road trips!

We just got 650kms out of a tank of regular 87 octane, which is very good considering we paid $200 for the car and it has 300k+ kms :)

That is pretty good! Also, that's an awesome price tag.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 04:21 AM

That would be great to have for long road trips!

We just got 650kms out of a tank of regular 87 octane, which is very good considering we paid $200 for the car and it has 300k+ kms :)

 

 

How on earth did you achieve that? I go around 450-510kms with 95 octane which is the regular here, when the fuel light comes on, and about 7-10 liters remain. Looooooong highway trips? I use mine mostly in the city, and suburbs.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 06:56 AM

 
 
How on earth did you achieve that? I go around 450-510kms with 95 octane which is the regular here, when the fuel light comes on, and about 7-10 liters remain. Looooooong highway trips? I use mine mostly in the city, and suburbs.

Yessir, from Kelowna, BC to Calgary, Alberta. It's a 7-9 hr journey through the Rockies. Check out my blog for Part 1 of the highlights. I guarantee you wont be bored to tears reading about it.

We are just getting ready to head back, wish us well!

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:11 AM

I could hit 34 US MPG in my 2.4L Stratus on highway drives rather easily - 400 miles per tank.

 

In city/local driving, the 2.4L is very thirsty indeed - usually only 280 miles per tank.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 05:43 PM

Very nice! I could really use one of those for what I do. I like that MPG and DTE feature. I can go roughly about 380-400 miles on the highway in my 2.5L Cirrus, I would love to see what the computer caculates and see if it matches my own.

 

EDIT: I see one for sale on eBay listed as the bezel/computer assembly only with no wire harness. I assume you clipped off the connector piece from the vehicle you got it from or is it available as a generic computer connector part that you can buy and splice as well?


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:53 PM

I got the connector off the car i got the computer from. I'm not sure if it is available as a generic connector...

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 04:34 AM

Nice job! I wired up a couple of those. I tapped the wires behind the cluster. I've noticed that a lot of the 97-98 Sebring convertibles have the connector even if they don't have the cmtc. Cmtc's are usually less than $10 at the pick-a-part.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 11:45 PM

I just bought a 2000 chrysler sebring bezel with the trip computer and wiring harness for the computer for my 2000 cirrus. I got it all from a local parts guy for 20$. Im definitly going to need some help hooking it all up!

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 09:13 PM

Yeah I just got myself one off eBay. Seller is including the connector/pigtail harness. He said he thought other models had the plug already taped off inside the dash but I think he is referring to the later models but he will include the connector anyways, hopefully this works and I can splice it in the same way since mine is a 1995 model Cirrus.

 

I am excited to get this mod installed soon. It will be nice to use when out on the road logging hundreds of miles. :)


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 09:57 AM

I could hit 34 US MPG in my 2.4L Stratus on highway drives rather easily - 400 miles per tank.
 
In city/local driving, the 2.4L is very thirsty indeed - usually only 280 miles per tank.

We ended up getting over 700kms on the way back, which is 435+ miles. No special additives, but I did hear from an unconfirmed source that Kelowna fuel isnt up to par, possibly explaining the increased mileage on the way back. Alberta does produce its own oil so that may provide some insight into the quality difference.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:47 AM

My numbers correspond with Jim's. When the car was sub 100k miles and mom owned it, the 2.4 Stratus clocked at 35 MPG maximum on the way from here in southern Indiana to Florida, and about the same on the way back. Averaged 33 MPG round trip, if I recall. Not bad considering the 2.4 factory rating was 30 MPG highway. I never measured MPG much after I got the car, but I'm sure it slowly degraded with car age and modifications...heh. I am less concerned with MPG and more with MPH, after all.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:39 AM



He said he thought other models had the plug already taped off inside the dash but I think he is referring to the later models


ES cars MAY have had it, but I think the convertibles were more likely to have the connector already in the harness. I've not seen a sedan with a computer since my dad ordered them that way back in the day, but it WAS definitely an option and is in the Cirrus/Stratus/Breeze Mopar service manual.

My car started out life as a base model, and I have had to wire all my goodies myself, like the power leather seat and trip computer.
As far as mileage goes, I just made the 180 mile trip to school and my computer was saying 30+ on flat ground at 80 mph. It drops very quickly on hills. Haha I was still impressed though.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 12:39 PM

ES cars MAY have had it, but I think the convertibles were more likely to have the connector already in the harness. I've not seen a sedan with a computer since my dad ordered them that way back in the day, but it WAS definitely an option and is in the Cirrus/Stratus/Breeze Mopar service manual.

My car started out life as a base model, and I have had to wire all my goodies myself, like the power leather seat and trip computer.
As far as mileage goes, I just made the 180 mile trip to school and my computer was saying 30+ on flat ground at 80 mph. It drops very quickly on hills. Haha I was still impressed though.


Wow, good mileage considering the rpm you must have been turning.

I've never seen a trip computer in any JA since I've been paying attention. Every convertible I've seen has one.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 12:44 PM

My theory is that the only JA's that got computers were the ones that specifically ordered the car with it. While the convertibles had it as a standard option.

My car sits at 3k rpm at 80 mph. The hum of the exhaust never gets old!