Ditch The Standard Dash With Dakota Digital & Redline Gauge Works

Vintage vibe with modern motivation is all the rage, especially when it comes to the dizzying number of drivetrain options made possible by the success of the youngest sibling in the Hemi family. That same motif has made its way to the interior in the form of updated instrument clusters that look stock but stealthily hide an array of cutting-edge technology to tip the needles.

Dakota Digital is at the forefront of that movement with their RTX series gauge clusters. B and E-body Rallye dashes were the first to be commissioned, but that lineup has now expanded to include 1968-1970 B-body non-Rallye instrumentation as well (P/N RTX-68D-STD-X).

Commonly found in Road Runners, Satellites, Belvederes, and non-R/T Coronets, the straight-sweep 120 MPH speedometer was complimented by ammeter and fuel level gauging on the left with a temperature gauge on the right from the factory. An optional tachometer could be squished into the right corner with fender tag code N85, but none of these dashes came with any means of real-time oil pressure monitoring; a low-pressure warning light was the only nod to impending doom.

Fortunately, Dakota Digital has remedied all of those shortcomings with a brand-new, direct-fit unit that bolts in to the stock location while adding a ton of functionality to the form. An oil pressure gauge replaces the stock ammeter since voltage can easily be monitored via one of the two TFT message centers that flank the speedometer.

The fuel level and temperature gauges have numbers added to indicate actual values instead of high/low estimates. Configurable LED backlighting brings it all to life, mounted in a CNC-machined housing that fits perfectly with the OEM-style bezel and dash pad. Also included is a Retrotech control box that can be mounted remotely and wired largely without the use of any special terminals, crimp tools, or electrical skills.

Our own RTX cluster came courtesy of Redline Gauge Works. With a history in sales, support, and gauge modernization, they were the perfect source for our Rallye dash revival. That installation was nothing short of spectacular and even used a fair amount of factory wiring due to the simplicity of the aforementioned Retrotech box. Give them a call at (661) 259-8891 to get a quote on your very own RTX revitalization and make sure to mention you saw it in Mopar Connection Magazine for FREE shipping!

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Kent Will

Kent grew up in the shop with his old man and his '70 Charger R/T. His first car was a 1969 Super Bee project when Kent was fourteen. That restoration experience lead to pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a career in manufacturing. Since then, the garage has expanded to include a '67 Satellite, a '72 Scamp, and a 2010 Mopar '10 Challenger.

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