AEM CD-5 Digital Dash



Flat Dash W/ Logging No GPS


CD-5 Carbon Digital Logging Dash Displays combine limitless instrumentation options with near limitless logging capability. Using AEM’s free DashDesign software, all supplied layouts are fully customizable or you can create your own and put channels wherever you want, and because the inputs are received over CAN bus, you can add hundreds of channels for logging with logging speeds up to 1kHZ (1,000 samples/second)

Both CD-5 Carbon logging digital dash designs (with integrated buttons and Flat Panel design) feature a full-color, daylight readable screen surrounded by a tough, lightweight flow-molded carbon fiber composite housing. Seven ultra-bright LEDs span the top of the display housing for RPM and shift light indication. Users can program them to ascend in specific increments based on RPM range and flash when it is time to shift. Brightness is user programmable on the fixed color LEDs. Two large buttons are included on the face of the display, allowing easy page changing and memory resetting even with driving gloves on. These button functions are included in the supplied rear connector, allowing the user to mount remote buttons. Two additional programmable LEDs are located above the toggle buttons on the top of the housing on either side of the integrated LED shift lights.


AEM CD-5 Carbon Digital Dash Display can be added to any vehicle with the addition of our 22 Channel CAN Sensor Module.

The CD-5 Carbon receives channels from two independent CAN bus inputs. It is ECU CAN ready and does not require external modules for CAN to CAN communication, just load your configuration and go! We have validated it to communicate with over 250 non-AEM devices, and 2008-up stock ECUs via the OBDII port (see Supported Apps Tab).

We have also developed 3rd Party Plug & Play Adapter Cables for certain applications.

All channels can be named in virtually any language so that the information displayed makes sense to the user when displayed, whether on the main screens or warning alerts.

  • 200Mb internal logging (up to 1,000Hz/channel, approx 24 hours log time)
  • Full color 5” screen with 800×480 resolution
  • Direct sunlight readable (1000cd/m2 brightness and anti-glare filter)
  • Layout files interchangeable with all versions of the CD-7
  • Wiring interface/harness is identical to the CD-7
  • Rugged, lightweight flow-molded carbon fiber composite enclosure
  • Total display weight of 11.7 oz./331 grams
  • IP66 water resistance allows for operation in boats and motorcycles without worry
  • Accepts channels from two separate user programmable CAN bus connections – works with AEMnet enabled devices and non-AEM 3rd party devices side by side
  • Plug & Play Adapter Cables available for Holley, Link, MSD Atomic and Vi-Pec ECUs
  • Accepts channels from 2008-up factory ECUs using Plug & Play OBDII CAN Adapter Cable (PN 30-2217, sold separately)
  • Install the CD-5 Carbon on carbureted and pre-2008 stock ECU-equipped vehicles using a 22 Channel CAN Sensor Module (PN 30-2212, sold separately)
  • Available with or without on-board GPS receiver and antenna
  • Add Vehicle Dynamics Module for GPS, 3-axis gyroscope and 3 axis accelerometer for G-loads, roll, pitch, yaw, track mapping and lap timing (PN 30-2206, sold separately)
  • Seven programmable pages including four Main pages, Alarm, On-Change and Start-up pages
  • Dedicated Alarm page quickly identifies problems, programmable in almost any language! (user defined)
  • Unique On-Change page can be used to identify map switching for boost, traction, lap times, etc.
  • Use included page layouts and input your channels and text, or create your own from scratch
  • Free DashDesign Graphics Editor software
  • Seven LED RPM/shift light indicators on top of the housing (programmable and dimmable)
  • Two programmable LEDs
  • Odometer function
  • Over 200 supplied fully programmable SAE and custom warning icons, and you can add your own
  • ‘Headlight-in’ connection dims the dash and LEDs during night operation
  • Two extra switch inputs included for displaying user-triggered events (blinkers, high beams etc.)
  • User supplied graphics can be changed based on channel values (up to the full screen size)
  • Convert CAN bus channel values to user-defined text in multiple languages

CD-5 Carbon logging dashes include a 200MB onboard logger (CD-5L/LG), which provides about 24 hours of logging time at up to 1,000 Hz/channel. It will accept as many channels as are available from either of the CAN bus inputs and we have tested it to accept up to 800 channels. Individual channel log speeds are adjustable.

The CD-5L logging dash display is available with an internal GPS receiver and antenna (CD-5LG), which provides coordinates for creating track maps, viewing/recording lap times and split times, and seeing predictive lap times on the display with a live Gain/Loss value.

Racers looking for acceleration forces and vehicle dynamics channels in addition to GPS can purchase a Vehicle Dynamics Module (VDM, PN 30-2206, sold separately). The VDM includes a GPS receiver and antenna, a 3-axis gyroscope for viewing and recording roll, pitch and yaw, and a 3-axis accelerometer for collecting longitudinal, lateral and vertical acceleration.

The CD-5 Carbon logging dash receives channels from CAN bus inputs and it does not require special modules to read AEM and/or 3rd-party CAN signals. It communicates with 45 AEM devices, is in-house tested to work with 159 non-AEM devices and we have DBC CAN files for 52 more non-AEM devices. A complete list of validated 3rd Party devices is available Here.

AEM engineers have created templates for some non-AEM CAN bus devices in the CD-5 Carbon’s free DashDesign software, and we add more every time we update the software. All 3rd Party platform-specific templates in DashDesign include CAN definitions and do not require uploading a DBC file; however, the upload of 3rd party DBC CAN files to the software will be necessary for proper operation if they are not yet included in our software. We make it easy though! These files are available in our Forum, allowing you to make the connection to a CD-5 Carbon logger dash regardless of whatever engine management, data logger, or CAN-based device you are using.

The bus configuration and messages are fully configurable; it even supports indexed messages. Custom CAN configurations can be imported via industry standard DBC files or the user can manually enter each message and channel. The user can then rename, filter, calibrate, change units and log any CAN channel, as well as direct these channels to inputs on our pre-defined or user-created templates.

CD-5 Carbon Digital Logging Dash Displays have the ability to read CAN bus data from the OBDII port of 2008-up vehicles with a simple installation of our OBDII CAN Adapter Sub Harness (PN 30-2217, sold separately). This cable provides plug & play access between the CD-5 Carbon’s harness and the vehicle’s OBDII connector and provides approximately 20-40 channels of data from the stock ECU.

AEM’s 22 Channel CAN Sensor Module lets you get data onto the Dash in a carbureted vehicle or a pre-2008 EFI vehicle using the stock ECU (PN 30-2212, sold separately). It converts analog, digital, and frequency inputs into an AEMnet CAN bus signal that can be transmitted to the CD-5 Carbon Logging Display Dash for viewing and/or data logging, including tachometer and fuel level, wheel speed inputs for MPH, and inputs for pressure/temp sensors. Need more than 22 channels? You can daisy-chain two of the Modules together, which is ideal if you have a logging CD Dash and want to log more channels.

The CD-5 Carbon Logger’s warning and alarm feature puts an end to obscure warning LEDs! It features a powerful alarm editor to create warning alerts and alarms for any incoming channel using customizable text in almost any language. This allows you to see warnings and alarms with text values that you program, and eliminates having to guess the meaning behind a triggered warning LED or generic alarm like a check engine light.

We designed a dedicated alarm page that brings your attention to the dash in the event of a potentially catastrophic issue. The CD-5 Carbon Data Logging Display triggers the alarm page whenever a user definable condition is met. This includes the status of the channel that triggered the alarm (for example, low oil pressure, low fuel pressure, high coolant temp, etc.), and if multiple alarm conditions are present, the CD-5 Carbon will scroll them on the screen in order of priority so you are aware of every critical alarm condition. This user-defined and prioritized scrollable feature is included for text warnings on the main pages as well.

The CD-5L Logging Carbon dashes are fully configurable and completely unlocked, so you will never pay for additional software features. They include seven total pages; a startup page, four main pages for viewing channels that can be toggled using the left button on the housing, a unique ‘On-Change’ page and a dedicated Alarm event page. All pages are 100% customizable; Use our layouts or create your own and put whatever channels you want wherever you want on the screen.

Three event-based pages ensure that you do not miss any critical changes to the vehicle’s operating state. One is an alarm page. The CD-5 Carbon logging dash will display the alarm page whenever a user-definable condition is met. This page remains active until it is cleared by pressing the left button on the housing.

The second event based page is an On-Change page. The On-Change page is perfect for knowing what map you are on if you have map switching for different boost levels or traction control, and for viewing lap time, split time, etc., whenever you pass the start/stop beacon on the racetrack (beacon must be configured before racing). It is perfect for seeing user-defined momentary changes without having to add additional channels to your main pages.

The third event page is a Start Up page that is triggered every time the dash powers up. You can program whatever splash screen graphics you want, such as team, company or sponsor logos, pictures of your dog, scantily clad bikini models…you get the idea.

Our DashDesign Screen Editing software is free and allows users to create and customize all of the different pages in the CD-5 Carbon Logger dash display. You can assign incoming channels to the supplied layouts or create your own from scratch, the only limit is your imagination! We provide multiple layouts and themes to accommodate most styles and types of racing.

We add new layouts when we update the software, and make them available for download at no charge. DashDesign software is free and downloadable from the Software tab or CD-5 Carbon and CD-7 product pages on our website.

In addition to all of AEM’s CAN based products, AEM has available validated and confirmed CAN setups for the following 3rd party products. We currently have over 230 validated 3rd party applications, and supply a CD-5/7 Power Cable to simplify the installation of 3rd party devices with every CD Digital Dash Display. We have also developed 3rd Party Plug & Play Adapter Cables for certain applications, which are highlighted below and can be viewed on our Install Kits tab.

A 2-Way DTM Style termination receptacle plug will be needed to create an adapter harness if a Plug & Play Adapter Harness is not available. We supply DTM-style connectors that can be viewed on the the DTM-Style Connector kits page. The required 2-Way DTM-Connector Kit part number is 35-2620, and it can also be found on the Buy/Instructions tab.

  • Adaptronic M1200, M2000, M6000 ECUs Watch the install video!
  • Adaptronic Modular series Plug-in ECUs Watch the install video!
  • Autosport Labs, AnalogX 4 Channel Analog to CAN Module
  • BigStuff GEN4 Pro Xtreme ECUs
  • Bosch IMU 2-Axis Accel & Yaw Sensor
  • Can-Am Mverick X3 (2017-19) Can Am Maverick X3 Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available
  • Edelbrock Pro-Flo 4 Electronic Fuel Injection
  • EFI Technology S.r.l. Euro-4 ECU
  • EMS EM-Tech EM70, EM80, EM140, EM160 & EM180 ECUs
  • FAST XFI 2.0 ECU
  • gaugeART 31-001, 8 Ch Analog Expansion Module
  • GM/Delphi MEFI-4b ECUs
  • Haltech Elite 550, 750, 950, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500, 2500T ECUs
  • Haltech Elite VMS, VMS-T
  • Haltech Platinum Pro, Platinum Sport and Platinum Sprint ECUs
  • Haltech WBC1 & WBC2, 1 & 2 Ch CAN widebands
  • Holley HP EFI, Dominator EFI ECUs Holley ECUs Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available      Watch the install video!
  • Holley Sniper & Super Sniper EFI Kits Holley ECUs Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available      Watch the install video!
  • Hondata KPro4 and S300 V3 ECUs Watch the install video!
  • KMS MD35 ECU
  • KMS Single Ch CAN wideband
  • KMS 4 Ch EGT Module
  • KMS 4 Ch Wheelspeed Module
  • KMS 2 Ch DBW Module
  • KMS Flex Fuel CAN Module
  • Life Racing F42, F88, F90 & GDI Series ECUs
  • Link G4+ based ECUs CD-5 to LinkG4+ ECUs Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available
  • Link CAN-Lambda Module
  • Megasquirt, MS3, MS2, Microsquirt, DIYPNP & MSPNP Gen2 ECUs
  • MicroTech LT-9C, LT-10C, LT-15C & LT-16C ECUs
  • Motec M1, M84, M400, M600, M800, & M880 ECUs
  • Motec PDM15, PDM16, PDM30 & PDM32 Power Distribution Modules
  • Motec PLM Lambda Module
  • Motec LTC, LTCD Lambda to CAN Modules
  • Motec E888, E816, CAN Expansion Modules
  • MSD AtomicEFI Throttle Body ECUs CD-5 to MSD Atomic TBI Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available
  • MSD GRID Programmable Ignition
  • PCS EGT-2000, 8 Ch EGT Module
  • Performance Electronics PE3 Series ECUs
  • Polaris RZR XP-900, RZR XP-1000, & RZR XP-Turbo Polaris RZR Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available     Watch the Install Video!
  • ProEFI Pro128, Pro112, and Pro48 ECUs
  • RaceGrade TC8, 8 Ch EGT Module
  • RaceGrade 8 Ch and 15 Ch Keypads
  • Racepak V300SD, V500SD, Sportsman, G2X, & G2XPro Loggers
  • Racepak 220-VM-USM, Universal 4 Sensor Analog Modules
  • Racepak 220-VP-IRXXXX, IR Tire & Brake Temp Modules
  • Racepak 220-VP-JBXXXX, Exhaust Temp Modules
  • Racepak 220-VP-PTXXXX, Pressure Sensor Modules
  • Racepak 220-VP-PTXXXX, Wheelie Bar Force Modules
  • Racepak 220-VP-RIDEHTXX, Laser Ride Height Modules
  • Racepak 220-VP-TCXXXX, Thermocouple Modules
  • Racepak 220-VP-TRXXXX, Coolant/Air/Oil/Trans/Diff Temp Modules
  • Syvecs S6, S6+, S6I, S8, SDI & S12 ECU’s
  • Techmor AC-1-4, 4 Ch Analog Expansion Module
  • Techmor IR-1 Non-Contact IR Tire Temperature Module
  • Techmor AP-1, 16 Ch Aero Pressure Sensor Module
  • Techmor SG-1-C, Strain Gauge Amplifier Module
  • Vi-PEC i44-i88 ECUs CD-7 to Vi-Pec i44/i88 ECUs Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available
  • Zeitronics Zt-3 CAN AFR Meter and Datalogging System
  • Yamaha YXZ (2016-Up) Yamaha YXZ Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available     Watch the Install Video!
  • Zeitronics ECA CAN Ethanol Content Meter

Beyond the CAN setups we have validated, we also have created many CAN setup files that are based on the published 3rd party manufacturers CAN specifications. But be aware that since we have not validated these ourselves you should confirm their proper operation before depending on them.

  • Bosch Motorsports, MS3.0 Sport, MS4.0 Sport, MS4.3 ECUs
  • Bosch Motorsports, LT4 Lambdatronic 4 Ch Lambda Module
  • Cosworth/Pectel SQ6, SQ6M, SQ6M12, MQ12, MQ12Di ECUs
  • Daytona Sensors HEFI5 2 Ch Lambda Module
  • DTAFast S40pro, S60Pro, S80Pro, S100Pro ECUs
  • ECUMaster EMU & EMUBlack ECUs
  • EFI Technology S.r.l. Euro-8 ECU
  • EFI Technology USA X2, X5, R4, R8, & R16 ECUs
  • Electromotive TEC3r, TECgt, TECs, & TECm ECUs
  • Emerald K6 & K3 ECUs
  • EMS EM-Tech EM70, EM80, EM140, EM160, EM180 ECUs
  • EMtron KV8, KV12, KV16, SL4, SL8 ECUs
  • Haltech E8 & E11v2 ECUs
  • Izze Racing, 16 Ch IR Tire & Brake Temp Modules
  • Izze Racing, 6 DOF Inertial Measurement Unit
  • Life Racing PDU10, PDU16 & PDU32 Power Distribution Modules
  • Mast Motorsports M90 and M120 ECUs
  • MaxxECU Street, Sport, Race & Pro ECUs
  • SCS Delta 400, 800, 880, GDi4, SDi4 ECUs
  • Stack TPMS-Lite & TPMS-Pro Tire Pressure Measurement Systems
  • Syvecs PDU10, PDU16 & PDU32 Power Distribution Modules
  • Texense IRN4C, IRN8C, 4 Ch & 8 Ch IR Tire Temp Sensors
  • Texense THN4x, 4 Ch Thermocouple Module

Additional information

Weight 1.9 lbs
Dimensions 13.9 × 8.1 × 3.5 in