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Mercury Smartcraft Gauges
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posted 06-01-2010 02:06 PM ET (US)
I would like to learn more about these gauges. I have a 2004 Sport 150 with a 60 HP Mercury Bigfoot. The boat only has a tach and audible alarms. I would like to get the tach, which I think can display various other types of engine information and a trim gauge.
Is there anyone on here that has experience with these gauges and/or boat and who could educate me a little bit on these gauges i.e. cost, ease of installation and a good resource to learn about and buy them.
posted 06-01-2010 04:17 PM ET (US)
I installed Smartcraft gauges in my 16' Whaler 60hp Bigfoot Fourstroke combo. I've got the system tachometer as well as some analog link gauges. I like them alot. Installation was easy. It was a simple plug and play setup. The whole setup cost me less than $300.
You will need to add wiring harness # 84-879982T20. I got this online for around $80. You can add a horn to this harness but I just use the existing horn in the wiring harness that starts and trims the motor.
Yoo then get either a system monitor without analog tach or a systems tachometer which has a digital display as well as a analog tachometer. I got a new systems tachometer for around $100 on Ebay. They list for quite a bit more from the dealer. You can then add analog link guages to this if you want so that you don't have to scroll through the digital functions displayed on the tach. The can be had for about $30 a piece on Ebay.
Functions displayed for the 60-HP four-stroke are engine speed, engine coolant temperature, engine oil pressure, engine fuel usage and amount used (resettable), engine hours and battery voltage. Unfortunately, engine trim is not available, at least not on my 2004. You can download the operator's manual for the system's tachometer from the Mercury website.
posted 06-01-2010 05:09 PM ET (US)
Thanks Bloller. The console on the 150 does not have a lot of room. I am hoping I can just swap out the tach that is there for the systems tach even if I have to scroll through everything. I do wish they had a trim gauge though. But thanks for the great info.
posted 06-01-2010 08:12 PM ET (US)
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posted 06-01-2010 08:14 PM ET (US)
SmartCraft Installation On 2005 130 Sport with 2005 Mercury 40-HP Four-stroke EFI Engine.
This article is a well-illustrated narrative of installation of Mercury Smartcraft gauges by a boat owner, not a dealer or dealer technician. The article also includes links to other sources of information about Mercury Smartcraft gauges. This should be precisely the sort of information you are seeking.
posted 06-02-2010 08:53 AM ET (US)
Thank you jimh
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