AEM CD-5 Carbon Digital Dash Displays (30-5600)

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CD-5 Carbon Digital Dash Displays by AEM

CD-5 Carbon Digital Dash Displays 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.

The CD-5 Carbon receives channels from two independent CAN bus inputs and it does not require special modules to read AEM and/or 3rd-party CAN signals. We have validated it to communicate with over 250 non-AEM devices, 2008-up stock ECUs via the OBDII port (see Supported Apps Tab), and the CD-5 Carbon can be added to any vehicle with the addition of our 22 Channel CAN Sensor Module. The CD-5 Carbon is ECU CAN ready and does not require external modules for CAN to CAN communication, just load your configuration and go! 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.

Third-party systems will require download of 3rd party DBC CAN bus protocol files for proper operation if they are not included in our setup software. We currently have over 250 validated 3rd party applications, and include a CD Dash Power Cable to simplify the installation of 3rd party devices. We have also developed 3rd Party Plug & Play Adapter Cables for certain applications, which are highlighted on our Supported Apps Tab and can be viewed on our Install Kits Tab.

The CD-5 Carbon’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 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.


  • Full color 5” screen with 800x480 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 200Mb internal logging (up to 1,000Hz/channel)
  • 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


  • Universal

Supported Apps

  • Adaptronic M1200, M2000, M6000
  • Adaptronic Modular series Plug-in ECUs
  • Autosport Labs, AnalogX 4 Channel Analog to CAN Module
  • BigStuff GEN4 Pro Xtreme ECUs
  • Bosch IMU 2-Axis Accel & Yaw Sensor
  • 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
  • Haltech Platinum Pro/Sport/Sprint
  • Haltech WBC1 & WBC2, 1 & 2 Ch CAN widebands
  • Holley HP EFI, Dominator EFI ECUs CD-7 to Holley EFI Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available
  • Hondata KPro4 and S300 V3
  • KMS MD35
  • 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
  • Link G4+ based ECUs CD-7 to LinkG4+ ECUs Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available
  • Megasquirt, MS3
  • MicroTech LT-9C, LT-10C, LT-15C & LT-16C
  • Motec M1, M84, M400, M600, M800, & M880
  • Motec PDM15, PDM16, PDM30 & PDM32 Power Distribution
  • Motec PLM Lambda
  • Motec LTC, LTCD Lambda to CAN
  • Motec E888, E816, CAN Expansion
  • MSD AtomicEFI Throttle Body ECUs CD-7 to MSD Atomic TBI Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available
  • MSD GRID Programmable Ignition
  • PCS EGT-2000, 8 Ch EGT
  • Performance Electronics PE3 Series
  • ProEFI Pro128, Pro112, and Pro48
  • RaceGrade TC8, 8 Ch EGT
  • RaceGrade 8 Ch and 15 Ch Keypads
  • Racepak V300SD, V500SD, Sportsman, G2X, & G2XPro
  • Racepak 220-VM-USM, Universal 4 Sensor Analog
  • Racepak 220-VP-IR, IR Tire & Brake Temp
  • Racepak 220-VP-JB, Exhaust Temp
  • Racepak 220-VP-PT, Pressure Sensor
  • Racepak 220-VP-PT, Wheelie Bar Force
  • Racepak 220-VP-RIDEHTXX, Laser Ride Height
  • Racepak 220-VP-TC, Thermocouple
  • Racepak 220-VP-TR, Coolant/Air/Oil/Trans/Diff Temp
  • Syvecs S6, S6+, S6I, S8, SDI & S12 ECU’s
  • Techmor AC-1-4, 4 Ch Analog Expansion
  • Techmor IR-1 Non-Contact IR Tire Temperature
  • Techmor AP-1, 16 Ch Aero Pressure Sensor
  • Techmor SG-1-C, Strain Gauge Amplifier
  • Vi-PEC i44-i88 ECUs CD-7 to Vi-Pec i44/i88 ECUs Plug & Play Adapter Cable Available

What's In The Box?

  • 1 - CD-5 Digital Dash Display
  • All Necessary Wiring/Hardware



  • MFGR. Standard Warranty

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Eric McWilliams

Great way to display all of your vitals in one spot! Custom alarms give you peace of mind. YouTube video placeholder