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Digital Dash Upgrade - Was it Worth It?

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So we opted to go the fancy route and swap our Miata gauge cluster for a supercar-like digital dash! Now the problem is that we can’t read fuel levels or oil pressure! So today we fixed those problems by adding some aftermarket bits to our ECU!

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  1. Nero


    Klukkustund síðan

    Oh wait, it’s important to have a gas gauge??? I know how many miles it takes for me to be on empty I would have made sure the heat shrink was yellow that way I wouldn’t loose it Time for an oil change anyways

  2. kez


    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Been a while since i watched donut and man... i’ve been missing out on some good stuff.



    13 klukkustundum síðan

    I seriously think a Raspberry Pi 4 would make the refresh even better. Judging by the performance of that Rasbian based Linux environment, that looks like a Raspberry Pi Zero. I really think part of that lag, is system lag. Even navigating menus looks sluggish.



    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Can’t believe he did this to a 💩 box😂😂

  5. Pistons_n_ Pizza

    Pistons_n_ Pizza

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Great video! Keep it up!

  6. matt taylor

    matt taylor

    Degi Síðan síðan

    This is some big brain stuff that I will live vicariously through Zach.

  7. Brandon Turner

    Brandon Turner

    Degi Síðan síðan

    You NEED to use a manual gauge while setting a digital sensor - this is your reference for making any slope or offset adjustments to the DAC.

  8. Troy Wiemer

    Troy Wiemer

    2 dögum síðan

    Computers can’t read resistance, they read the voltage drop or voltage divide created between a fixed pull up or pull down resistor in the computer and variable resistor which is your inputs and sensors.

  9. Alexej Weiß

    Alexej Weiß

    2 dögum síðan

    2jz swap the miata

  10. General Pinochet

    General Pinochet

    2 dögum síðan

    The lazy vibe is giving me a headache

  11. jay majesty

    jay majesty

    2 dögum síðan

    Aye deadass I still get spam calls the last time I clicked on a auto insurance ad

  12. joseph delabio

    joseph delabio

    2 dögum síðan

    Zach you are a very knowledgeable man thank you for sharing your wisdom

  13. Mike Thurman

    Mike Thurman

    2 dögum síðan

    You gotta get some front tires for the miata you're down to the wear bar

  14. Brodie Higham

    Brodie Higham

    2 dögum síðan

    You should get the Powertune digital dash from australia. Its $500 USD, heaps of layouts already, easy to set up and completely plug and play. Dont have to do the massise set up for it, like what you are doing now. The powertune dash is connected through canbus and gives you live real time readings onto your display

  15. VelvetMidnight


    2 dögum síðan

    GtaV heavy armor car Speedometer

  16. Declan Murphy

    Declan Murphy

    3 dögum síðan

    Give our boy some rollerblades and he's ready to start singing MMmBop!

  17. Eddie Gonzalez

    Eddie Gonzalez

    3 dögum síðan

    Me: that looks complicated to install. Zach: it should be pretty easy. 😳

  18. Major Hawker

    Major Hawker

    3 dögum síðan

    I learned if I want a cool looking set of gauges like this, pay someone else to do it for me.

  19. Aaron S. Terhune

    Aaron S. Terhune

    3 dögum síðan

    Never in my life have I heard someone refer to a Scotch Lock as a Vampire Clamp

  20. Tony Foote

    Tony Foote

    4 dögum síðan

    it was not worth it

  21. Strat Cat

    Strat Cat

    4 dögum síðan

    Analog over digital any day... wait until something fails and you'll agree :)

  22. iman nushhi

    iman nushhi

    4 dögum síðan

    What is an oil pressure sensor and how does the fuel level system work?

  23. John Bernard Sheehy

    John Bernard Sheehy

    4 dögum síðan

    Donut should do Superbowl ads

  24. Aapo Aunola

    Aapo Aunola

    4 dögum síðan

    Damn im gay for zach and all that good stuff but that dash is incredibly horrendous...

  25. Earl Evans

    Earl Evans

    5 dögum síðan

    Why in the hell would you do all that? Lol

  26. Alexander Wood

    Alexander Wood

    5 dögum síðan

    Maybe doing more homework next time... a potentiometer is nothing like a transducer.

  27. Alexandar Hull-Richter

    Alexandar Hull-Richter

    5 dögum síðan

    You didn't answer the question of the video title. Was the electronic dashboard worth it? What does it do that your stock gauges don't do just as well?

    • Joe Smith

      Joe Smith

      5 dögum síðan

      I know!!!! It seems to me like a $700 waste of time. Not only does it seems useless it looks far worse than stock gauges do. If you are going to make changes to your instrument cluster make a instrument pod not this garbage!!!!

  28. Lucas Castles

    Lucas Castles

    5 dögum síðan

    It looks so out of place to me

  29. Alexandar Hull-Richter

    Alexandar Hull-Richter

    5 dögum síðan

    And to think that all of that continuity testing could have been bypassed simply by ownership of a service manual.

  30. Anthony Pendergrass

    Anthony Pendergrass

    5 dögum síðan

    Loved it bro

  31. Diego Francis

    Diego Francis

    5 dögum síðan

    Very good

  32. Joe Lanucha

    Joe Lanucha

    6 dögum síðan

    I like how the policy in the new studio was no personal project cars. So Zach just started using everyones personal car for Money Pit and they are all in there anyway

  33. 123IamAnIdiot


    6 dögum síðan

    Me: trynna set up the digital dash for my Ferrari Modena “this thing is so dumb I should’ve bought that 700$ digital dash”

  34. Zach S

    Zach S

    7 dögum síðan

    I like the more in-depth stuff.

  35. Nelson Stirling

    Nelson Stirling

    7 dögum síðan

    I pay for Premium so I don't have to watch stupid ads... That's an unsubscribe from me...

    • Joe Smith

      Joe Smith

      5 dögum síðan

      you can skip them by using the timeline or the arrow keys

  36. Ferny b

    Ferny b

    7 dögum síðan

    The refresh rate is still much too low for my liking it feels like I'm dropping fps just looking at it, i can't imagine driving with it lol

  37. 63W


    7 dögum síðan

    can you please make a diagram on how you wired up the fuel level.....the camera man didnt do a good job...................................

  38. OJ


    7 dögum síðan

    It might be utilitarian, but this dash is just ugly

  39. WrecksMo


    7 dögum síðan

    I'll stick with the regular one. Although entertaining, looks like too much nonsense for a fix that didnt need fixing. But do you.

  40. david maldonado

    david maldonado

    7 dögum síðan


  41. TheWhiteBruceLee


    7 dögum síðan

    Getting things to read right shouldn’t be an issue. DIYautotune has great customer support and will give you the exact numbers to use based on what the computer is reading

  42. Mr J

    Mr J

    7 dögum síðan

    Man uses a heat gun for the heat shrink you know u could use a lighter if u have one and plug all that in

  43. Brian Lingden

    Brian Lingden

    7 dögum síðan

    Oh, heck yeah.

  44. Evan McAuley

    Evan McAuley

    7 dögum síðan

    This man needs a powerblock TV show

  45. Anthony Gragg

    Anthony Gragg

    8 dögum síðan

    Left picture on thumbnail is my gas rn

  46. Toby Wood

    Toby Wood

    8 dögum síðan

    Growing his hair out was Zach's second best life decision after joining donut

  47. dokier poker

    dokier poker

    8 dögum síðan

    how to flex ur donuts? a. do donuts b. eat donuts c. watch donut d. all of the above

  48. Codes


    8 dögum síðan

    I would love to see a video on fixing the timing on a Miata from you guys.

  49. Gring


    8 dögum síðan

    The further along i get in UTI, the more and more I understand what you’re saying

  50. Tyler


    8 dögum síðan

    That's maybe 7-10 FPS after *fixing* the lag. That would drive me nuts. I wouldn't do this mod without 144fps/144Hz and for a simple GUI I don't see why that isn't possible. I also wonder how this thing is in the daylight. A very important consideration when driving a convertible.

  51. marcos vinicius

    marcos vinicius

    8 dögum síðan

    You need a fueltech ft600 ecu, is a better dash and a better ecu, justa call then e enjoei a better aftermarket ecu

  52. Calvin Whitley

    Calvin Whitley

    8 dögum síðan

    This man is the smartest of all Donut Media. Change my mind...

    • Brian Lingden

      Brian Lingden

      7 dögum síðan

      Well, Science garage was cool too but he's actually modifying his car.

  53. ChicagoRocks01


    8 dögum síðan

    U guys should make a podcast

  54. Joshua Funk

    Joshua Funk

    8 dögum síðan

    Whoever picked the music selection deserves a raise. That snap-on hat never looked so smooth jazz sexy

  55. Bram Van Breukelen

    Bram Van Breukelen

    8 dögum síðan

    11:14 anyone know what that tool is called?

    • Brian Lingden

      Brian Lingden

      7 dögum síðan

      He used a wire stripper.

  56. Andy King

    Andy King

    8 dögum síðan

    "Lets get into it" = "First step, jack up your car."

  57. Jerome McCuin

    Jerome McCuin

    8 dögum síðan

    They got me to watch that commercial on ISboths Premium. That's skill.

  58. Oliver Gaskell

    Oliver Gaskell

    8 dögum síðan

    4:07 that's Raspberry Pi OS... yet the site claims it's a "DD-EFI Computer" Bit suspicious ngl

  59. Jose Moreno

    Jose Moreno

    8 dögum síðan

    That ad intro tho 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  60. M de Vries

    M de Vries

    8 dögum síðan

    You should make a video about replacing that digital dash with an analogue one. I think it'll be 'smoother'.

  61. Carl Siemens

    Carl Siemens

    9 dögum síðan

    How long does it take to boot your dash?

  62. Akash Kumar

    Akash Kumar

    9 dögum síðan

    Who else is waiting for “air suspension - is it worth it?”

    • lil shit

      lil shit

      8 dögum síðan

      "magnetic suspension- is it worth it"

  63. Graham Burnsed

    Graham Burnsed

    9 dögum síðan

    could y'all do a Mazda RX-8 Money Pit

  64. Marlon Wewel

    Marlon Wewel

    9 dögum síðan

    Please do a "How to build a CO2 Purge Kit". Asking for a friend... hehe.

  65. Lee Hamrick

    Lee Hamrick

    9 dögum síðan

    What's the reasoning behind soldering some places, crimp connecting others, and then also using vampire connectors?

  66. Hamza Mushab

    Hamza Mushab

    9 dögum síðan

    This man is too smart for me

  67. SirWalter


    9 dögum síðan

    My Grandpa wants his soldering iron back!

  68. Austin Branscomb

    Austin Branscomb

    9 dögum síðan

    Why does he need a resistor for that wire? Can someone shed light please?

  69. Austin Branscomb

    Austin Branscomb

    9 dögum síðan

    Imagine paying 700$ for a gaming pc and getting 5 fps. I'm disappointed Zach.

  70. James Elliott

    James Elliott

    9 dögum síðan

    add was amazing🤩 👏

  71. Mark Blance

    Mark Blance

    9 dögum síðan

    That was pretty cool. Plenty of detail but somehow avoided being too boring. Well done.

  72. Alex Quinones

    Alex Quinones

    9 dögum síðan

    The showcase of skills and time is stupendous, zac deserves alot more then what he gets. ill just keep it vauge like that

  73. Ryan Levin

    Ryan Levin

    9 dögum síðan

    nah you gotta replace that dash bro. sorry. if it’s lagging that that probably means it was poorly built, meaning the CPUs shit or there’s not enough ram

  74. Daniel Lomeli

    Daniel Lomeli

    9 dögum síðan

    Where’d you get your hat from?



    9 dögum síðan

    That dash looked amazing at the end! Such a little detail but it completes the interior.

  76. Boom Squad

    Boom Squad

    9 dögum síðan

    I love the "im walking over here" laugh track cuz of the way he's walking, "oh snap the guages are right there" plays laugh track again lmaoo

  77. Kirk Wolfe

    Kirk Wolfe

    9 dögum síðan

    This is pretty cool however I still love my old liquid filled ones

  78. rodney joseph

    rodney joseph

    10 dögum síðan

    Very interesting

  79. Christopher T.

    Christopher T.

    10 dögum síðan

    Great video. Very helpful. Thanks!

  80. Tucker Beattie

    Tucker Beattie

    10 dögum síðan

    Zach just gets stuff done. Most people would swap in that dash on a project car and would just leave that stuff and say they were going to get it hooked up forever and never do it lol...

  81. OldHunter Raziel

    OldHunter Raziel

    10 dögum síðan

    Not gonna lie I bought a MB recently due to this show as I want to build along haha

  82. Mark X

    Mark X

    10 dögum síðan

    Such a good ad, bois.

  83. matchezz


    10 dögum síðan

    Damn thats sick

  84. Ganesh Shaji

    Ganesh Shaji

    10 dögum síðan

    Digital Dash Upgrade - was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY NOT So much of effort on putting a digital dash that is struggling to show an rpm reading. The high quality panel ensures you cringe each time you see it move. An led bulb based reader from 90s car does a far better job than this! Zach has done a really awesome job. It would have paid off if the product had lived up to the mark.

  85. TheUbeermench


    10 dögum síðan

    Horrible screen solution, so laggy and ugly. You can write down numbers before it updates on the screen....

  86. Magical Wizzard

    Magical Wizzard

    10 dögum síðan

    Is there anything this man cannot do???? I’m always hella impressed

  87. Anthony Ciccariello

    Anthony Ciccariello

    10 dögum síðan

    wow that was super cool man

  88. ZackTheMuffinMan


    10 dögum síðan


  89. Chris Book

    Chris Book

    10 dögum síðan

    I like the more comprehensive, deep dive, "in the weeds" style of this video. More of that, please. Thank you

  90. felicianoabe


    10 dögum síðan

    3:00 dude it does not look half done, it looks half ass done

  91. Alexey


    10 dögum síðan

    I laughed at "stupendous" more than I shold have

  92. DaveyJones


    10 dögum síðan

    Very cool I liked it a lot and learned lots too! any episode with Jobe is a great one!

  93. Helixial 2409

    Helixial 2409

    10 dögum síðan

    looking good! although i will say the lag in the gauge would still drive me crazy. id probably get something with more ram, or something that would make it smooth

  94. genthba


    10 dögum síðan

    Bro...when i saw the HP meter when he hit is back... I about spit out my beer.

  95. bulltimer salinas

    bulltimer salinas

    10 dögum síðan

    I wanna be you so bad 😫

  96. Boss


    10 dögum síðan

    Pls do this for an xj

  97. Jonathan Guzman

    Jonathan Guzman

    10 dögum síðan

    Quality Content!

  98. Robbie Owens

    Robbie Owens

    10 dögum síðan

    This is the best commercial/ad i have ever watched!

  99. King DarkSide

    King DarkSide

    10 dögum síðan

    I think the sponsors you guys are getting are super awesome. I hope by getting something like insurance sponsoring you guys means that you guys are getting FAT checks. I know it ain't much, but I let all the ads playthrough so youtube gives you the max ad change for my view. I recently started liking your videos, because I guys that's a penny or two at a certain point. Thanks guys for doing the stupid shit I'm to scared to do, the smart way, so I can learn to apply my imagination successfully 💯

  100. Lidge1994


    10 dögum síðan

    As the video started I was about to say I don't like the fact that your dash is so far behind, seems dangerous, and then it's the first problem you tackle..cool!