Suzuki's Instrument System Offers Versatile Use for Boaters


Suzuki Marine offers its Modular Instrument System developed for 15 of its four-stroke outboards ranging from the DF40 to DF300 hp.

The Modular Instrument System, which consists of four- and two-inch Multi-Function Gauges, is designed to deliver real-time readings of engine data through Suzuki's SMIS Engine Interface. All information is delivered via a high-contrast dot matrix display for optimum visibility in all lighting conditions or at any angle, says the company.

“One of the system's advantages is it provides a simple, user-friendly system that allows the end user to be able to get all the engine info they want without having to fill the dash with several different gauges,” said Ian McKinstray, national advertising manager, motorcycle, ATV and marine, Suzuki Canada.

One of the system's key functions is the Fuel Management System. Displayed on the two-inch Multi-Function Gauge, the system offers various data such as real-time fuel flow, fuel remaining, trip fuel log and total fuel log (in gallons and litres). A low fuel audible alarm and the ability to monitor various fluid levels including livewell water levels and freshwater tank levels are other benefits.

The four-inch Multi-Function Gauge allows easy monitoring of dual engine speedometer/tachometer readings, battery voltage, water pressure, engine temperature, oil pressure, engine trim, just to name a few functions. And with a paddlewheel sensor or a Suzuki GPS Receiver Module, the system relays accurate boat positioning as well as vessel speed data.

“The Suzuki Modular Instrument System (SMIS) uses an easy to connect and
expandable cable system to transmit graphic and numerical data to Multi-Function gauges,” said McKinstray. “The easy to set up system can be used with nearly any boat and engines from the DF40 through to the DF300 Suzuki outboard.”

The system is NMEA 2000 compatible. A variety of components are also offered for plug-and-play installations including power and engine interface cables, engine interface adaptor cables (for use with Suzuki's DF300), extension cables (from 2 to 25 feet), connection hardware, terminating resistors, a power node, an NMEA adaptor harness and a range of sensors.