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#12859277 - 08/09/18 05:47 PM VMAX SHO connection to HDS 12 issues...
markson Online   content

Registered: 06/19/16
Posts: 131
Loc: ATX
I connected my 2106 200hp VMAX SHO to my Lowrance HDS12 gen 3 (with updated software) using the Lowrance cable and NMEA 2000 network. Two strange things happened:

1) RPM numbers are showing up even though all of my research shows that it should not be working because I still have my analog tach connected.

2) Total engine hours are not showing correctly, it just counts the time that the engine is currently running on the trip or shows some made up number (1638 hours last time).

Any ideas what is going on?
My fishing partner Abby (she likes to lick the fish)

#12867031 - 08/16/18 09:58 PM Re: VMAX SHO connection to HDS 12 issues... [Re: markson]
Glenn54 Offline

Registered: 02/11/06
Posts: 128
Loc: Hemphill, Tx
Did you ever get this problem figured out? I am in the process of connecting my 2018 SHO 115 to my Lowrance HDS8 Gen2.

#12867330 - 08/17/18 09:16 AM Re: VMAX SHO connection to HDS 12 issues... [Re: markson]
Matt Newsom Offline

Registered: 04/16/12
Posts: 45
I connected mine to my NMEA network about 6 years ago and have never had an issue. In fact I removed all my analog gauges and just use the Graphs and data from the NMEA network now. I had to add a electronic water pressure sensor to get the water pressure on the NMEA network and you have to choose if you want analog trim reading or if you want trim data on the NMEA network. I get RPM, Oil pressure, Water pressure, Engine Temperature, Manafold pressure, Fuel rate burn, Miles per gallon, engine hours, and output voltage.

I believe you are confused about the analog tach issue. The issue with gauge choice is just for the trim. There is a single sender for trim data and you have to choose to either send it to your analog gauge or send it to your ECU. The ECU certainly knows the RPM the engine is operating at. Your analog tach works off the ignition pulses and does not interfere with getting RPM data off the NMEA bus. In fact when I hooked my engine up to the NMEA bus I found out that my analog tach was not showing correct RPM. I replaced it and the new one is much closer to correct but is typically slightly off what the ECU shows.

I also added the lowrange fuel data storage device so that I could track fuel. When you fill up the boat you just go in and tell it you refilled and it will also show how much fuel is in the tank. I set an alarm at 15 gallons so that I know when to head for the gas station.

Once you get all the data available you can simply use the numerical overlay features on the HDS to overlay the info you want to see onto the map screen. You never have to look at guages.


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