NVU DIRECT DRIVE FEATURES
What makes the NVU DIRECT DRIVE system so special? Its a new way to wire up multiple gauge kits to make installation easier, faster and trouble-free. In the "old " days we used to spend hours wiring up individual connections for power, ground, light and signal for EACH gauge. With the NVU DIRECT DRIVE SYSTEM, its as simple as plugging into a port on the back of the driver gauge.
BELOW: OVER 70 CONNECTIONS! A traditionally wired gauge kit. Every gauge must have its own power, ground, lights and signal wire. Then a harness is built which is then wired into the vehicle. This requires skill, knowledge and time. 3 things that seldom all arrive at the same time in our lives. The more connections, the higher the chance for errors which can leave installers feeling frustrated or the novice may feel overwhelmed.
ABOVE: 22 CONNECTIONS, mostly direct to the units. With the new DIRECT DRIVE system the installer can use the color coded AMP harnesses to create the harness itself. Once that step is complete, simply plug into the driver speedo and tach, and use the 14" long harnesses for the 2-1/16" minor gauges, snap into the proper ports and you are all set!. save time, money and headaches while updating the dash with NVU's unique styles and kits.
BELOW: A simplified graphic version of how the DIRECT DRIVE SYSTEM is wired.
NVU's new Direct drive technology now makes it even easier than ever to install any of our 5 and 6 gauge kits (with OLED screens only). Simple as 1, 2, 3!
Step 1: Connect power, ground, lights and senders (this is the hardest part)
Step 2: Plug the AMP connectors into the speedo and tach
Step 3: Plug the 2-1/16" gauge harnesses into the appropriate socket on the driver board. (This used to be the most labor intensive part, now its the easiest!)
All Direct-Drive NVU instruments are based on Phoenix technology. What is the Phoenix platform? Keep scrolling to find out more!
All direct-drive 6 gauge kits also offer built-in indicators in the speedometer and tachometer!
How do I order a direct-drive kit?
As of 1/14/2019 All 6 gauge kits with programmable speedometer have Phoenix Direct-Drive features!
What comes in my DIRECT DRIVE KIT?
Speedometer 3-7/16" or 4-3/8" mounting hole sizes. 140 MPH and 240 km/h versions available. Drives Fuel and temperature
Tachometer 3-7/16" or 4-3/8" mounting hole sizes. 8,000 RPM range is standard, other ranges are available as a custom. Drives voltmeter and oil pressure
Minor gauges : Fuel, temperature, oil pressure and voltmeter with 18" harness.
Temperature sender 1/8-27 NPT
Oil pressure sender 1/8-27 NPT
Bushing kit with 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" adapters
2 ea programming buttons
2 ea color coded AMP harnesses
6 ea back clamps
How do I hook all of this up?
We have a great INSTRUCTION BOOKLET as well as videos (scroll down)
That's all great that these are easy to hook up but what other features can I expect?
All NVU gauges and kits have all of the features in the PHOENIX PLATFORM. Keep scrolling to learn more......
NVU's new Phoenix platform instruments are a completely new way to look at how gauges are used, built and installed. NVU started from scratch, using over 20 years of data from customer experience, user interface, manufacturing, design, competitive products and long range planning. The Phoenix Platform gauges offer an unsurpassed amount of functions, tech and style in a standalone instrument package; all without any additional driver boxes, adapters filters or modules. High-tech mini-OLED displays give the optimal amount of information you are looking for without bulky, unattractive screens. High-tech driver modules run the new stepper motors. Easy to read menus, set-up and programming features take instruments to a whole new level. Best of all, as we add features, all updates are reverse-compatible, your kit will never be out of date.
The internals are Just for starters, NVU's update has also brought some great new visual/quality improvements. New cases, bezels, pointers maintain your favorite NVU styles with a fresh look. NVU is the ORIGINAL period styled and themed instrument company, others may try to replicate, but they will never be able to duplicate the style, function and quality of NVU gauges.
The key to all Phoenix instruments is the OLED screen. NVU's mini-screen displays all of the functions you could ever need in the same size as a traditional odometer window. This give you the graphic look you want, maintaining all of NVU's exciting, exclusive designs while adding all of the great new features.
The new graphic OLED display now offers more features WITHOUT ANY DRIVER MODULES! (excluding gear indicator) Simply add a NVU temperature or pressure sender select the function you want to monitor and off you go!. You can add up to 3 additional inputs per 6 gauge kit. All Phoenix instruments with an OLED display display vehicle voltage. Speedometers will accept one additional input, all tachometers and speedo/tach combo gauges will accept 2 additional inputs. That gives you up to 4 additional gauges.
This is just the beginning of the auxiliary features available on the Phoenix instruments. NVU will be adding more and more over time. Already have a set of Phoenix gauges or don't want to wait for more features? Don't worry, all Phoenix instruments are forward and reverse compatible and can be easily updated with new software.
Additional inputs are available on a custom basis, call the NVU factory for more details.
More features include:
Performance timers with 0-60, 1/8 and 1/4 mile functions
User settable (one time only in the 1st 100 miles) odometer mileage
One auxiliary input
Easy set-up menus
Sequential shift alert
Up to 2 additional auxiliary inputs
1,2,4,6,8,10,12 cylinder settings (custom options/ranges available)
Signal sources include, GM PCM, Coil, CDI box or other pulsed output
NVU listened to customer feedback about pointer placement during normal operation. Temp ranges and operating points moved to be more centered in the sweep for easier viewing. New Temperature ranges also keep the operating range more in line with today's build that run hotter, more horsepower, computer-controlled engines.
All NVU multi-function instruments, speedometers and tachometers use a new 12-pin AMP plug with color coded 18 ga wire. This makes installation a snap and no boxes or adapters with jumpers.
More new stuff:
To add all of these great new features NVU had to update the entire exterior of the gauges.
Backlit Pointers: New style with detailed, performance hubs, brighter red color
Black bezels: 100% new, re-tooled bezels with black satin finish, crisp lines, nice details-still waterproof!
New cases on 4-3/8 and 3-3/8" gauges molded from ABS/Ploy composite, virtually indestructible.
Perimeter Lit pointers: NEW, finer detail, more period styled metal die cut pointers with brass spun hubs and shaft. add more of a traditional look to the already outstanding NVU styled lines. Brighter reds and whites.
New 100% waterproof stainless bezels with thinner front view sections increases the dial size while creating a more delicate, detailed look
Deadfronted indicators: Now instruments that have indicators will all have deadfronted (invisible when off) lamps. All colors have this feature to maintain NVU's clean look. NVU was the first to offer icon indicator lights standard in gauges.
New programmable fuel gauge on all multifunction gauges (individuals coming soon). Easily set-up the fuel gauge for your application by flipping the dip-switches. We found keeping this separate keeps the menus in the display as simple as possible for a better installation experience. Fuel ranges pre-loaded:
Custom ranges also available please give NVU a call. Best of all, the fuel gauge is electronically dampened, no more wacky pointers with tank slosh or twitchy sender problems.
With the move to stepper motors all multifunction gauges have wider, linear sweeps. This takes sweeps from 85-90 degrees to 100-120-180 degrees which means better resolution, more graphic interest and more custom flexibility. We can move any pointer any direction at any speed unlike fixed air core meters.
Do the NVU Phoenix instruments work on GM LS and Duramax engines?
Yes, the Phoenix instruments as well as all NVU gauges can operate on any engine combination, we have a complete tech blog on the GM PCM interface HERE
What series are the Phoenix features available in?
All gauges and kits (excluding mechanical speedometer and basic tach without OLED screen) have NVU's exclusive Phoenix features!
What sizes are the gauges?
Here is a link to the individual gauge dimensions CLICK HERE
Are the Phoenix features available in NVU direct fit kits?
Yes, any gauge kit that is in the series listed above have the Phoenix features. the only omissions are kits that use a mechanical speedometer or GENII stepper gauges
How do I use and set up these features?
Check out our instruction booklet HERE
Below are some quick videos, more to come to check back often!
How we do our QC before final cleaning and packaging
How to manually set up your speedometer, REALLY EASY!
GENII gauges are now Phoenix backed!
3-1 kit features
How to set your programmable fuel gauge
6 gauge kit features
Performance II 3-1 gauges
Some custom add-ons. Now add graphics and displays to your Phoenix gauges
Quick run-sown of the new phoenix features.
Setting up is EASY with our new OLED screen and simple to use menus.
Performance times let you see just how well your vehicle performs (Professional driver on a closed course, of course, disclaimer, disclaimer)
User settable odometer mileage quick set-up. You can set your odometer during the firs 100 miles of use to match your vehicle.
More Phoenix features shown in our 67 mustang panel.
You can add a shift input to the OLED with our simple decoder.
Video of acceleration test on one of our GM LS test vehicles.