SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer

1996 SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer aftermarket replacement. The Dream O Meter on older SeaDoo skis used a speed sensor paddle wheel assembly to track speed. Not only were they highly inaccurate, they are also prone to failure, hard to find, and the parts are often expensive to replace. Making this one of the Best upgrades you can do.

To resolve all of the above, I have recently been replacing old dial style 52mm or 2 inch Speedo units found in models like my 96 SeaDoo XP with a waterproof digital aftermarket sea doo gps speedometer. So far the results have been great. In addition to getting a more accurate speed reading, the model I have been using keeps track of miles. This can also be helpful for logging maintenance intervals. But perhaps not quite as useful as hour logging as routine maintenance is usually tracked by hours on a Boat, PWC or JetSki.

SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer Upgrade

Though there are more expensive dial type gps speedometer gauge available. The digital 52 mm or two inch GPS Speedo I have had great luck with and have been using for a while now, is made by Eling. It comes with a warranty and is readily available on Amazon. It ships directly from an Amazon warehouse. And for those with Amazon Prime, it typically arrives within a few days.

ELING 52 mm or 2 Inch Digital GPS Speedometer
ELING 52 mm or 2 Inch Digital GPS Speedometer

Where to buy a 2 inch Digital GPS Speedometer

You can get a 52 mm 2 inch Digital GPS Speedometer for your SeaDoo XP From Amazon:
Buy an ELING 2″ Digital GPS Speedometer with Backlight

Installation as outlined below is relatively simple once the old speedometer is removed. For the 96 SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer gauge replacement or upgrade, I simply spliced into the + purple and – black wires coming from the original speedometer harness. Purple (to red/orange) and black (to blue). The new unit fits perfectly into the original hole, and the provided back mounting bracket installs easily. For the sensor, I use double sided tape and attach to the inside of the hood where the wiring is located. Then simply put the cover back on.

~ Lance

Installing a GPS Speedometer on a 1996 SeaDoo XP

How to Install a GPS Speedometer on a SeaDoo XP with the X4 hull.

The following method assumes you have already removed your old speedometer gauge. The procedure should work for any SeaDoo with the X4 Hull. XP SP, SPX, or any other model where the hood uses 2 inch (52 mm) gauges. However, you will need to confirm that the factory gauge power wiring uses the same colors, as this changes throughout the models and years.

SeaDoo XP GPS Speedo Wiring
96 SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer Upgrade – Wiring a GPS Speedometer

Wiring the SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer ground wire

1.) First, connect the Black (ground) wire from the factory SeaDoo XP harness to the Blue (ground) wire of the gauge.

Wiring the SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer hot and backlight wires

2.) Next, connect the Purple (hot) wire from the factory harness to the Red (hot) and Orange (backlight + activate) wires of the gauge.

Mounting the SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer Sensor

3.) Finally, mount the GPS Speedometer Sensor to the underside of the hood using double sided sticky tape.

Installing SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer in factory Hood

1.) Install the new digital SeaDoo XP GPS Speedometer in place of the old Speedometer gauge.

2.) Then simply press the start button on your handle bar or insert your key to ensure it lights up and works.

1996 Seadoo XP GPS Speedometer Swap
1996 Seadoo XP GPS Speedometer

Shown above is the final result with the key on and powered up.

Note: The first time the unit is powered up it will begin to locate and store all of the satellites it finds. So that the next time the gps speedometer gauge is powered on it should be ready to use as some satellites have will already been stored for use on subsequent reboots.

I think the results speak for themselves. After initially finding and storing satellites, and within seconds of being powered up, the GPS speedo provides an accurate speed reading. No more Dream O Meter.

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