Throwback Thursday: Dakota Digital Systems Modernize Interiors

Can you believe the end of another week is fast approaching? That’s right, another Friday is about to land on our doorstep. Now that another Thursday has made its presence known, that means it’s time for another Throwback Thursday.

This week, we are taking a short trip back to December 2012 to check out, Dakota Digital VHX System Facelift – Modernizing The Interior. In the article, we took the time to install a set of Dakota Digital VHX gauges in a ’65 Chevelle. Before you get worried about the company name implying it only does ‘90s-style “digital gauges,” forget it. While they do have digital engine monitors for those looking for that style gauge, the latest iterations are filled with modern technology in an analog display.

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The VHX (shown) and HDX gauges are not your typical upgrade. They add a modern and technologically advanced engine monitoring system to your hot rod.

According to Dakota Digital, “It’s not so much to offer a product comparable to the factory equipment, but rather to complement the modern-themed vehicle builds with an equally modern and expandable product, which in many cases becomes the focal point of the interior. The goal was simple. Dakota Digital’s Vehicle Hybrid Instrument System (VHX) represents the latest electronic dashboard with the ultimate in driver information. No doubt, there’s a surplus of options at your fingertips to keep an eye on engine stats. But what if you could get most of what you needed in one easy-to-read display with an elegant, easy on your eyes layout?

Just to give you an update, the original article does showcase the VHX line of gauges, but Dakota Digital has since released the HDX and RTX series. The installs are basically the same, but the HDX has a few upgrades, and the RTX features the same upgrades and gives a modern flair to an original look.

The Dakota Digital systems offer an incredible amount of options, many of which have never been available in one complete dash package until the VHX series. The clusters are expandable, which means you can continue adding functions with the Dakota Digital line of Bus Interface Modules (BIM). The BIMs function as expansion modules for both the VHX, HDX, RTX, and VFD series of gauges.

We began by installing the supplied sending units, then loosened the steering column and removed the factory bezel. From there, we built the Dakota Digital dash on the bench, which we eventually installed into the Chevelle. In a couple of hours – using basic hand tools – we had an affordable do-it-all system with the confidence Dakota Digital is known for delivering.

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Dakota Digital VHX and HDX gauges are fully expandable. This means you can continue adding functions with the Bus Interface Modules (BIM). The BIMs function as expansion modules that connect to the main control box.

Suffice to say, there are a lot more in-depth insights and an even install highlighted in this informative article, and that definitely makes it worthy of a second look. For that reason, I selected Dakota Digital VHX System Facelift – Modernizing The Interior as this week’s Throwback Thursday showcase article.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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