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  1. Being 6 foot, or near as damn it, I have the issue that I cant see the Indicator Telltails or the Shift Lights in the digital dash as they are obscured by the OEM steering wheel. Both of which are a pain TBH one from a safety standpoint and the other losing a significant driving aid when on the track. This Shift light module solves the shift light issue but not the indicator issue. Two potential options. 1. Move the indicator telltails to the bottom row of telltails on the dash and move two from the bottom to the top of the screen that are not require whilst driving, perhaps the seat belt warning light and the air bag light. See below 2. See if AiM can configure the left and right most Shift Module LEDs as Indicator Telltails whilst having the remaining 8 LEDS for the shift lights. As an obvious point of note, the binnacle in the picture posted by seriouslylotus is not the AIM binnacle which has a flat top surface which will make the sitting of the Shift Light module on the binnacle a much more palatable affair. My only wish was that the cable for the Module was a permanent fixture exiting the unit at the bottom and not a 712 connector on the back of the unit. This would enable you to permanently attach the module to the binnacle without any unsightly cables hanging out the back and seeing the routing of the cable under the lip of the binnacle hood. Yes it would involve drilling some holes in the binnacle but they would be underneath the module and out of sight. The Module connects into the dash either through the GPS 712 port on the back of the dash or a data hub if you want to keep the functionality of the GPS which I am sure most of us would, so it isn't easy to have it as a temporary fixture as taking off the binnacle would be pain if one was doing it regularly. (Here speaks a man who has spent hours searching for the Binnacle retaining springs under the cars dashboard which have pinged off when the binnacle was removed). I am sure that most would have the Module as a permanent fixture unless you are happy having everything hanging out in the open. Whilst I am on my Soap Box my only other gripe is the graduations on the rev counter and that they go up to 9K RPM and its fixed. I know that this has probably been designed this way to accommodate all Lotus types but my 380 Sport tops out at 6.8k so I am only utilising just over half of the visible scale as it is linear. Now difficult would it be to make the scale customisable through RS3 so its not the image that changes but just the rev numbers and the bars showing the revs are the adjusted programmatically to accommodate. Perhaps a couple of options for different car types which have different rev limits to accommodate all. See below My 2Ps worth....
  2. Thought you would like to see the finished article installed in the car.........
  3. Mark Can't remember the colour scheme as I used the pin positions as per the Technical Data. Perhaps this might help though.
  4. Just recieved back my modified Binnacle from Carbonwurks in Bournemouth as I was very disappointed with the quality of the binnacle that was shipped from Aim. I understand I was buying a dashboard really and not a quality binnacle but I was keen to replicate the standard of finish Lotus have achieved in the cabin. I had Carbonwurks remove the four Aim switches from the binnacle and make good. (I replaced the four Aim switches in the binnacle with two rocker switches either side of forward part of the rear steering column shroud which gives me the same functionality but are effectively out of sight). Daniel and his team at Carbonwurks carbon skinned the top of the binnacle matching the OEM carbon pattern I have on the rest of the car, whilst leaving the dash surround as is. A finish that wasn't possible if I had it dipped. Finally they covered the 'wings' in black perforated synthetic leather.... ...to be honest i am absolutely delighted with the result...not the cheapest option, I must admit ,but it has delivered a quality look whichI am more than happy with.
  5. Great video and fair and honest commentary....although hitting the rev limiter twice wasn't really necessary.....;) Great idea about setting the screen slightly lower so you can see the shift lights. Might try that when I get my binnacle back from skinning.....
  6. Does this allow you reduce the max rev from 9k to say 7k, for those of us with cars that max out at 6.8k, whilst using the whole of the available space given to the graph..
  7. Mine has got cruise onto so I couldn't see how the Omega stork solution would have worked for me so I went with the rockers... Good luck with getting them in two pieces...the ideal solution as the bonding is like concrete!!
  8. Andy I had absolutely the same misgivings. I decided that I couldn't live with it as std and opted to go down a modified route..it will cost me more but the end result will address my aesthetic concerns. Firstly I have moved the buttons to the lower steering wheel shroud forward of the two oem button switches for the exhaust flap and trip. Opted for rocker switches so I only needed to fit two switches as space is limited. Wiring is well explained on the AiM support website and easy if you are into that sort of thing The AiM binnacle comes with two types of plastic..the binnacle hood is a rough black shinny plastic and the dash surround which is a smooth black shinny plastic. Both are bonded together along with the four switches in the binnacle hood.. I wanted to keep any work I did on the AiM binnacle as close to OEM as possible..My OEM binnacle is plastic but an option from Lotus was to have it in Carbon. I cant easily create the plastic look so I oted for carbon So I looked at Carbon fibre dipping, wrapping and trimming with alcantara trim, all of which I discounted as it wasn't close enough to what is available from Lotus as OEM. Although dipping came close I wasnt able to match the Carbon fibre that Lotus supplied on the car and I have quite a bit of it. Wrapping can bubble in high temps and the binnacle has lots of awkward surfaces to contend with. Dipping on curves such as the hood tends to stretch the weave which doesn't happen with real carbon fibre as much. In addition all my Lotus created carbon fibre has a seam in the center of the item with the weave placed at an angle to each other and you can't do this to my knowledge with dipping. A further consideration was I wanted to remove the AiM switches completely from hood so I would be left with holes which would need to be filled. So I have opted to have the hood carbon fibre skinned to match the pattern used by Lotus on other components on the car. The holes where the AiM buttons where will be filled and made good. I am going to keep the black shinny plastic suround of the dash...that's just about tolerable.. To do the skinning effectively the hood will have to be seperated from the surround, skinned and then rebonded. In addition i am having the two with 'wings' of the binnacle covered in dark grey synthetic perforated lether as per the OEM. All this work on the binnacle is well beyond my capabilities but I have found a local company who have the skills to do the work. It not cheep but it is less than a Carbon fibre binnacle from Lotus which wouldn't fit anyway but it will address my anal aesthetic concerns The AiM dash is a piece of art in my view and their binnacles lets it down big time. So the extra expense to perhaps finish it off as it should have been is justified IMHO. I'll post a picture of the swiches but I won't have the binnacle back for about 4 weeks due to staff availability due to the Virus. Perhaps OTT but it works for me.....
  9. Just transmitted it through and I now have two customised fields and gears are there......small things With the help of aim my mistake was to try and update the standard config. Their suggestion which worked was as follows. 1. Check that I was on latest Software and Firmware.(mine where) 2. Create a new configuration and not update the exsisting one. 3. Update the dashboards with the customised fields and update the Shift Light Mattrix 4. Save and then Transmit.
  10. RS3 has under ECU the Gearbox Temp. I transmitted this to the dash and got the text to display but the value was showing as "-"...which I belive is the same stage that Mark got to. Both Mark and I are driving 380 Sports and unless he has had a gearbox cooler fitted after delivery or had a Track Pack spec'd at order I think his too will always remain blank as mine as the temp sensor comes with the gearbox cooler. I tend to use the Road Digital Dash which gives you the option for two customised readings which I have set to Air Intake Temp and Hand Brake ON or OFF. Interestingly when I transmitted these changes to the dash I lost the Gear Number and although set it to re learn them, its still not working. The gear learning has worked perfectly with un customised Dash before but not when I have added to two additional readings. Will continue to fiddle today. As for you advice re the Shift Lights is this more in line with your thinking...
  11. hmm just did a bit more reserch on the web and it looks like the 380 Sports has a Gearbox cooler (and hence measures it temp) only if the car was spec'ed with the Track Pack which mine wasn't.....
  12. @Mark.....did you get the the gearbox temp to show on the dash. I have got to the same stage as you but I haven't been able to drive it. Wondering if popped up then as I am only seeing a "-" at the moment with the car in garage. To the wider audience... I have had a play at setting the threshold for the Shift lights for each gear. Bearing in mind I am driving a 380 sports which revs out at 6.8k regardless of mode (I believe). I am not a track expert and probably better at Excel which to be honest this was created in. The idea is the lights come on quicker in low gears and the colours change at lower rpms depending which gear you are in to reflect the speed at which you can go through the rev range. (Low gears ...very quickly and high gears..... slower.) For those of you are track experts does this look right or would you suggest something different.....
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