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Old 11-24-2011, 06:04 PM   #1
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Saab Night Panel Demonstration

not sure how appropriate this is, but I made this small video on how night panel/black panel works and give a demonstration of some of the features. Done in my 900 V6.

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Very nice put together video.
I love night panel, always use it when driving home at night from work.

I never knew the tac lights back up when you redline, learn something new everyday.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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Ya the lights will come back on if you redline,hit red in the stock boost gauge(more if your tuned/not stock),and obviously the obvious stuff like overheating,oil light,battery, ect

I miss it, wish my 9000 had it
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yeah I probably never noticed that because I mainly use it while having the cruise control on for a 20 mile trip.

The SID also lights back up if you skip a track on a cd I've noticed.
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if only someone could figure out the circuitry so that we could add things like boost gauges into it. im very close to ripping the gauge out of the viggen because its so damn bright and undimmable since its led.
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if only someone could figure out the circuitry so that we could add things like boost gauges into it. im very close to ripping the gauge out of the viggen because its so damn bright and undimmable since its led.
Yeah this pisses me off in my car, I have to cover the gauge with my hand lol
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It wouldn't be too difficult, you would just have to listen on the I-Bus for the various bus messages (Dimmer position, cabin light, Night Panel on/off). Figuring out what is what is the difficult part, as the WIS has no documentation of what each bus message is on the binary level. You would have to sniff the bus and use process of elimination to figure it out.

Edit: Basically, I could do it, but I don't have time for it at the moment. Either this winter or summer it could happen.

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Yeah this pisses me off in my car, I have to cover the gauge with my hand lol
yeah i use an old black sock.

the prosport halo is dimmable, but it doesnt light up green.
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If it has an "Illumination" wire, it can be dimmed.
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Your accent sounds familiar.

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yeah i use an old black sock.



It fun to take things out of context....
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they made viggens in v6? at 1:13
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they made viggens in v6? at 1:13
my other car is a Viggen. - that one is a 1994 NG900 V6.
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Nice video!

The really cool thing is that all of the features can be programmed with the Tech2 to light up at specific values - for example on my 9-5 I have the tach programmed to light back up if it exceeds 4000 RPM rather than redline, temp guage lights back up at 110C (normally about 125C I believe), fuel to light up when it drops to 25L (normally about 15L, around when the Low Fuel lamp comes on), etc. etc.
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Nice video!

The really cool thing is that all of the features can be programmed with the Tech2 to light up at specific values - for example on my 9-5 I have the tach programmed to light back up if it exceeds 4000 RPM rather than redline, temp guage lights back up at 110C (normally about 125C I believe), fuel to light up when it drops to 25L (normally about 15L, around when the Low Fuel lamp comes on), etc. etc.
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if only someone could figure out the circuitry so that we could add things like boost gauges into it. im very close to ripping the gauge out of the viggen because its so damn bright and undimmable since its led.
Just shut the gauge off. I have my oil pressure gauge on a switch. I shut it off when it bothers me.
My boost gauge is on the main dimmer. First I dimmed it to match the rest of the lights, however.
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Just shut the gauge off. I have my oil pressure gauge on a switch. I shut it off when it bothers me.
My boost gauge is on the main dimmer. First I dimmed it to match the rest of the lights, however.
yeah its been on my list, i just wanted a more elegant solution, or at least a damn dimmable gauge. the prosport i have is just extremely well matched to the factory color.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:49 AM   #18
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I have a VDO Vision Series boost gauge in my 900. It looks very stock, and lights up the numbers and the needle with an incandescent bulb, so it dims fine with the dimmer switch. It's no brighter than the stock gauges, too.
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FYI Jeremy: The headlights on indicator is a non-US feature. I wired mine up to tell me when the front foglights are on.

For the LED based guages: you can adjust the brightness of an LED by varying the current... a resistor will do it. With a little creativity you could tie it into the dash dimmer circuit and monitor that for your signal.

If you wanted to be able to switch it with nightpanel, you could tap into an item on the dash that drops when the night panel drops as a signal and use that to turn on the guage. You'd need someone with a bit of circuit design skill to grab it as a signal and not affect the primary circuit. There would be an issue with "comes on full in error conditions". But, for something like a boost guage, you could tie to the factory boost guage and come on when that hits the "error" condition.
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