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FEELER: Steering Angle Indicator

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Relik, Apr 6, 2011.

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Can a steering angle indicator be of use?

Poll closed May 6, 2011.
  1. Yes, I would consider ordering one if available

    2 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. Yes, but not something I'd use

    5 vote(s)
    38.5%
  3. No

    6 vote(s)
    46.2%
  1. Apr 6, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    Relik

    Relik [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys,

    Got an idea and wanted to run it across. I'm a design engineer and I thought of a sensor circuit design that may be of interest to some...

    When offroading last month, I thought about how a steering angle indicator could be useful. Although you can determine the angle somewhat from the steering wheel, you can lose track sometimes when stopped, etc. Plus having an acurate measurable reference is nice.

    I was thinking a digital dispay that would show the angle and to which side you are steered, for example, if @ 30 degrees left or right, it'd show: L-30 ̊ or R-30 . It would ideally be a bolt on kit that would also involve 12V power wiring and display mounting.

    It sure beats sticking your head out the window all the time, especially for crawling, And in some roading situations I would think it would eliminate having to roll to get an idea of where you're at.

    So what do you all think of this, interesting? Currently working on a prototype... but want to know if it's worth moving forward

    Thanks
     
  2. Apr 6, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    GSK9 B1T3

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    Sounds cool to me. (Depending on the price of course) :cheers:
     
  3. Apr 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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    skytower

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    Cheap and easy to install, yes. I'm thinking two peice, clamp-on gear attached to the steer shaft and a rheostat on the firewall or bracket.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2011 at 11:49 PM
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    Relik

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    Exactly! hah that Seemed like the best approach. I got a shaft collar design and an encoder+board to 7-segment display circuit in the works...
     
  5. Apr 6, 2011 at 11:58 PM
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    THExBUSxDRIVER

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    Hmmm....keep going. Maybe something I wouldn't use everyday but depending on how the display is mounted it would look really cool.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM
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    Bump!
    I'm thinking of placing the digital display to the top right portion of the cluster, above the A/C vent where it'd be easy to view aside the steering wheel...also will consider matching the amber orange with the lighting (Other colors could be options)
     
  7. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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    Modified fuel gauge to read L,C,R?
     
  8. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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    How 'bout put a peice of colored tape at the top center of the wheel?
     
  9. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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    i would allow multiple mounting places. also a reset button would be nice incase you started with your wheel cocked to the side. like when on the road hit a button and reset back to 0.
     
  10. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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    but what happens if you've already turned the wheel 1 full rotation?? :notsure:
     
  11. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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  12. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    Then you should know your near full lock to that direction.
     
  13. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    Bingo :)
     
  14. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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    but I'z a dumbass....I already forgetted how far I turned my wheel...I needz to spend moniez on a electronic doo dad to tell me
     
  15. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    :rofl:
     
  16. Apr 8, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    Make it work with a Scangauge for the display.
     
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