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I just bought a 1993 W250 W/360 Magnum and a 5 speed. I always like to run a tachometer with a manual transmission but the installation instructions that came with the tachometer do not cover this “new” a Dodge! They show me how to hook it up on my 1977!
Can someone tell me where I need to hook into the ignition wiring to get the signal to “fire” the tach?
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Last edited by Hillfarmer; 01-05-2010 at 10:08 PM..
I need to take another look under the hood. I took a quick look after I bought the tach and I could not spot a coil at all. That is where I usually hook to. I will have to pull some plastic around the instrument panel and find a place for the light wire to connect. I figured an easy source of 12V power would be at the Cigar lighter!
I have always worked on stuff older then this and I thought maybe there was a place designated in the wiring harness for a tach. The GM HEI has a tack connection on the coil.
The coil should be on the firewall. However, im not a Dodge person, rather a Ford one myself and dont have much experience or knowledge on the particulars on these trucks. The 89 D150 i have, the coil is located on the firewall on the passenger side.
I will probably install a tach on mine in the very near future as i hate not having a tach. But my D150 is just to get my by while i do an engine swap and such on my Mustang However, im really impressed with my Dodge, even with it having 242k miles, it still runs surprisingly great.
I got under the hood again and traced the center wire from the top of the distributor it led to a coil!! It is located below the alternator in front of the right exhaust manifold. It looks more like a Briggs and Stratton coil then an automotive coil! Now I just have to figure out which wire to hook into. It has a green/yellow wire and a gray wire.
The gray wire is the (-) neg wire on that coil. The green wire from your tach should tap into it. The red wire on your tach is power, it should be wired into a switched power source( the fuse box under the steering colunm is a good place to get that) The white wire is for the tach light, (again use the back of the fuse box). The black wire is for ground, run that wire all way to neg side of Battery. Use the back side of the fuse box, It's real easy.