The Pro-Comp Street Dash also comes with four push-button switches that allow you to change the display for various values, as well as program and set alarms for peak and low values, such as high coolant temperatures and low oil pressure. Monroe had to drill the ½-inch holes, one for each of the four switches that were installed. He decided that two switches should be on each side of the dash panel so that the driver could easily access the switches with one hand and keep the other on the steering wheel. Later on, we may change the layout of the switches and mount them on the steering wheel, which would make accessing the various screens on the dash even easier; for now, having them on the dash would suffice.
Monroe started by removing the screws that hold the factory instrument cluster onto the dash and pulled out the front panel; then the OEM instrument cluster. The wiring harness is unplugged from the printed circuit board behind the cluster, leaving the open space in the dash where the new system will be installed.
The Classic Dash panel has factory holes for the headlight and wiper switches but before these are installed, the wiring to all of the vehicle’s sensors, such as the speedometer and tachometer, must first be attached. The Auto Meter harness uses a MIL connector, a very durable and robust racing-style connector that won’t jar loose from severe vibrations. The wiring from the harness is clearly marked and Monroe installed the harness behind the dash and routed it to each of the sensors that were attached to the Camaro’s engine. Some of these included water temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature, and more. Other sensors for the Auto Meter Street Dash include a VSS (vehicle speed sensor), gearshift warning light, fuel sender, and an optional fuel pressure sender.
Once all of the connections are made, along with attaching the harness to a 12V ignition source and ground, the harness was plugged into the Street Dash. The new panel was then installed onto the Camaro’s dash and the Auto Meter unit was ready to be programmed. The number 3 switch on the instrument panel (top right for us) allows you to switch the unit to one of the five display layers. For example the first display layer shows mph, fuel level, trip odometer, and odometer. The second display layer shows oil temp, mph, oil pressure, and the third display layer shows water temp, mph, and oil pressure. The fourth layer displays the optional fuel pressure, along with mph and battery voltage. The fifth layer displays lap information and time, mph, and best previous lap time.
So you can see how many vehicle and other functions the Auto Meter unit can display. Following the directions, you can preset the system alarms that will set off one of the two LEDs on the main unit, as well as set the gearshift indicator light. You’ll also have to calibrate the fuel level and the vehicle speed sensor by setting the appropriate values and calculations. It sounds complicated but the instructions make it easy to follow, and you’ll only have to set it once.
With all of the vital information at our fingertips, and clearly displayed in the center of the dash, it only takes a push of a button and a glance to know what’s going on at any given time. Either way, with the Auto Meter Pro-Comp Street Dash, our Camaro is primed for some serious track duty, and we’re sure it’ll turn a few heads during a weekend cruise night.