Electronics technical experts, is this possible? I'm very certain, it's not a simple swap, plug and play.
This is great news Rob. Anyone local to Rob wanna kick start this process? I smell a GB for harness/connectors + 08 instrument cluster.rob13572468 said:If someone is seriously interested in doing this the first step is to get an '08 model to our offices in chicago for a few hours. We have a lab there where I can pull the vehicle in and do all the data reads on the cluster as well as verify the wiring. Once that is done I can build you an interface and harness to plug in the new cluster to the older model.
robs is probably the quickest and simplest, he can read in the old stream and translate it.
both methods would need the harness though.
i'll try to get a dump of the 08 can bus and post it for him.
We already have a can bridge module in production and field tested in hundreds of vehicles. It can handle conversion for different speed networks, change data structures and even adjust data values (for instance for speedo correction). We normally use it for mercedes applications where the bandwidth is much higher; about 1200 messages/sec so this application would be no problem.Charlie or Rob - What would be the most feasible solution for a retrofit kit?
i still need to get my hands on an elise with the new cluster to read the data format. when someone can arrange to bring on by our offices for a couple of hours we can get started. also if anyone has the wiring for the 08 it would be helpful if you could post it or send it to [email protected]Anyone make any progress on this? I would really like to put this instrument cluster in my 06 if it's possible (at a reasonable price)