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Old 07-17-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Blood Sacrifice

Every project on my '13 6 speed manual JKUR seems to also demand a blood sacrifice...

My last mod was a hand throttle that demanded more than it's fair share of sacrificial blood, but I figured that my new Superchips Trail Dash install would be pretty much plug and play. I opened the box, read the instructions, uploaded the latest and greatest (I hope!) software load and headed out to the shop.

I started by trying to figure the best location to mount the unit. It comes with a suction cup mount that works with the windshield just fine and enough cable to reach from the computer port to the top of the center of the dash and then some. Probably enough to go above the mirror for those wanting an overhead mount.

Next I returned the Jeeps computer back to the stock configuration with my ProCal (used ProCal now available) as I'd adjusted for tire and gear changes with it.

I decided to mount it near the A-pillar so I ran my cable, plugged in the unit and turned on the key...

The programming took close to 45 minutes, but some of that time was me playing with features. A test drive to verify my tire and gear ratio against GPS found everything working as it should. Only problem, I didn't like the mounting location. I tried it in the center of the dash and liked it better, but I just hated seeing that suction cup on the windshield and I'm too cheap to buy the dash top mount from Superchips, so I slightly modified the mount that came with the TrailDash and glued it into the dash top recess.

My blood was shed trying to get the cable through the dash. I'm an old telephone man and figured I could fish that cable through the dash. I drilled a hole in the dash top recess, and fished a wire down to the where I could easily grab it... Nice I'm thinking as I'm taping the cable to my fish wire... this should only take a few more minutes and I'm done! Not so fast Bevis...

The cable got stuck and I couldn't pull it either way. I reached into the dash numerous times only to snag skin every time and do nothing to improve the stuck cable situation.

To shorten my sad tale of woe, I ended up pulling the dash apart to get the cable through the dash top recess, trimmed the rubber insert to fit, put everything back together, and the end result is satisfactory to me...

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Old 07-18-2014, 10:36 AM   #2
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Ha sorry to hear about the blood shed. Any performance gains you noticed?

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Old 07-18-2014, 11:44 AM   #3
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I've not had much time to play with the various programs yet, but my butt says there is a significant change in throttle response with the first program change I've tried. I have it set for a basic 87 octane and have not toyed with the specific throttle response programming or the other programs for higher octane yet.

I'm going to write Superchips and see if they will send me some technical information about the various tunes and options, and their projected impact on performance realizing that every vehicle is slightly different.

I'm pleased with the Trail Dash so far. The independent locker control and ability to have the sway bar disconnected to 30MPH is highly desirable to me. There are a lot of bells and whistles that I will never use, but I'm an analog man living in a digital world (thanks Joe Walsh) so I suppose many will use all the features available.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:45 PM   #4
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if that uses the same size ball mount that a Garmin uses check this out Daystar KJ71039BK JK Upper Dash Panel with Universal Ball Mount: Automotive

I use that for my Garmin and it works great
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:49 PM   #5
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as far as I'm concerned - its never a successful install unless you're bleeding....I've had too many projects fail when no blood was shed...

and I have the Daystar dashtop thingy and a phone cradle that uses a ball mount that works great - also routed the cable through the dash too when I had it out to install my backup camera...

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