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I would like to add a tach to my Smart and I am curious what others have added to theirs. The purpose is really just to see the RPM's when shifts occur automatically and so I can what is going on. Ok, Ok, yeah because I think it looks fun too!

I'd like to get an A pillar mounted tachometer or I am open to suggestions. I know that some models have the clock/tach combo but I think those are really expensive. My car is an 09 Passion and didn't come with that option so I don't think it would be easy to add those anyway.

Any input is welcome! Thanks.
 

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I was reading old posts that adding the Tach/Clock combo to a Smart that didn't have it would result in having to take the car to the dealer to activate the Tach function. Is that not the case?

Additionally, would I need to replace the plastic bezel in my car to accommodate the new gauges?
 

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I bought and installed the tach/clock in my 2008 and 2013 smart. As I remember,All I needed was a screwdriver.
The wiring is already present,just plug in tach/clock.No need for trip to stealership. It is plug and play. I had to buy
tach/clock bezel rings seperate to match interior colors. The OEM tach/clock mounts in the center of the dash,
under the plastic cover you see there. Watch the how-to video for your year smart,to see how VERY easy it is.............
 

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I have had both OEM tach/clock and ScangageII in both my 2008 and 2013 smart. OEM tack is in driving field of
view. I have to look down to read data on Scangage...................
 

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I have had both OEM tach/clock and ScangageII in both my 2008 and 2013 smart. OEM tack is in driving field of
view. I have to look down to read data on Scangage...................
I like the fact the combo is in the field of view. My eyes don't adjust as quickly from looking up and down as they used too! I saw the videos and it is a super simple installation. I guess I'll shake that tree and see what fruit falls out.

Thanks for the info!
 

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To update on this thread, I bought the OEM tach/clock set on Ebay the other day. It should be arriving this week sometime. Thanks everyone for your input!
 

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For those of you calling it a "Tack/Clock combo": why not just call it what Pontiac did back about fifty years ago?
The "Tick-Tach"! 👍
 

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If I remember correctly, the Pontiac gauge housed both clock and tach in one unit mounted on the driver's side of the hood. I had a new '68 GTO in 1968, but I ordered my car with the tach and clock in the dash, not on the hood.
 

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I was reading old posts that adding the Tach/Clock combo to a Smart that didn't have it would result in having to take the car to the dealer to activate the Tach function. Is that not the case?

Additionally, would I need to replace the plastic bezel in my car to accommodate the new gauges?
You will need to take it to the dealership, after install the tach clock pods. To activate both of them.
 

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You will need to take it to the dealership, after install the tach clock pods. To activate both of them.

Not true... it is plug and play.

I installed a set in my 2009, plugged in the wiring connector and everything simply worked.

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