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Unread 01-07-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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yj gauge swap.

i am looking for some input from any of you that have done an autometer dash.

i like their quad/dual combo in designer black.
i know these are the 5" gauges but they do make similar in the 3-3/8" variety.

however i found these while snooping around summits website as well...


the vintage NVU gauges would be a grand slam except they are 4-3/4".

mainly my question is for those that would have the autometer bezel for behind the steering wheel. how hard would it be to enlarge the openings for the gauges to 4-3/4"? i'm sure i could make the stock bezel work with some sheet metal, bondo, and some black monsta to cover it all up. my thought is that the autometer bezel will look cleaner in the end and be easier to alter than the stock one.

however for the theme, as well as the overall ergonomics of looking at the gauges, i think the NVU green gauges will be a better choice and i will be happier with them in the end.

thoughts or info from any with experience would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 01-08-2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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Those are sweet guages!
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Unread 01-08-2014, 05:14 PM   #3
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I want those
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i always wanted to but when it came time it didn't seem worth it. the 4.2L revs to 3000ish. I'd lose the clock that still works...
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You're asking all these 'Is this pretty?' questions, which are 100% subjective (we don't have to like what you pick). Are you ok with how to make these gauges work in a YJ?
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the vintage NVU gauges would be a grand slam except they are 4-3/4".

mainly my question is for those that would have the autometer bezel for behind the steering wheel. how hard would it be to enlarge the openings for the gauges to 4-3/4"? i'm sure i could make the stock bezel work with some sheet metal, bondo, and some black monsta to cover it all up. my thought is that the autometer bezel will look cleaner in the end and be easier to alter than the stock one.

however for the theme, as well as the overall ergonomics of looking at the gauges, i think the NVU green gauges will be a better choice and i will be happier with them in the end.

thoughts or info from any with experience would be greatly appreciated.
well i suppose i masked the question... i need to hear from anyone that has an autometer bezel for the speedo and tach.

i need dimensions and feasibility of fitting the NVU gauges into the autometer bezel.
if it's much easier than using the stock bezel then i will get the autometer bezel, if not... i'll bastardize the stock one.

also, summit's website has them listed as 4-3/4" and the NVU website has them listed as 4-3/8". i'm more inclined to believe the manufacturers site over a vendors, even if it is summit racing.

so i would need to enlarge the bezel by 1" total if i use the autometer bezel.
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Love the look of these. On the second pic the RPM is x100 which is a first one for me .. kind of interesting
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Love the look of these. On the second pic the RPM is x100 which is a first one for me .. kind of interesting
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I have all autometer gauges and one regret I have is not getting the marine grade gauges. They tend to fog up from time to time. Just an FYI
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Unread 01-09-2014, 08:01 PM   #10
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Go CJ-style dash and these.

That way you have all that /other/ space for radio, tuner, etc.
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Go CJ-style dash and these.

That way you have all that /other/ space for radio, tuner, etc.
Actually, you don't have all that space very much. The YJ defroster system is very close to the dash for much of the upper section of a flat dash panel. There would be no room for anything deep like CB or audio head unit.

In these photos of my dash, their is plenty of room CJ style with two large and 4 small and still have a full width bottom for a couple radio holes, and still have the heater panel. I just decided to arrange things spaced out more. I'm not saying do what I did, just that there is room for 2Lg+4Sm gauges and a couple radios.





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Ya- your dash looks great! I read your posts on that a few times as I was doing 'research' LOL

and thanks for the space input. I hadn't got to the point of figuring that out for mine yet.

My problem on space is that I am 50/50 undecided on whether or not to retain AC. I don't think I will want it often but there are five or six times every summer I have some extended trips and this year it will be in the jeep! Day-long drives with everything open leave me noise-fatigued and everything has this coating of ultra-fine dust

While I think your dash looks great I have a vision for mine. Knowing myself I expect that I will put an outrageous and inexcusable amount of effort into sticking the radios and such in/near the center- even if I have to fab up my own defrost ducts. So those two items I am probably being stupid on. Yes. Stupid? Probably! LOL But those two areas I have been stupid on when I was doing Beetles, and in my Datsun 4x4. And in my boat. So why change for the jeep??!
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I understand. I didn't mean for you to do what I did, and I didn't need to add the last two photos really (just proud of my dash...lol). I mainly wanted to let you know by the first photo what was under there after the dash is off.

For haha's. I had taken my YJ dash out and started working with Dan Dilner at DDfab on the new one. I didn't want to rush our design or his build, and I didn't want the YJ out of service, so I 'fabbed' this for a month. It worked!

Good luck with your project...

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I have all autometer gauges and one regret I have is not getting the marine grade gauges. They tend to fog up from time to time. Just an FYI
do you have the autometer bezel for behind your steering wheel with autometer gauges in it??
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Unread 01-13-2014, 05:23 PM   #15
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meanwhile... back at the ranch.

do you have the autometer bezel for behind your steering wheel with autometer gauges in it??
Yes, and I have the gauge pod for fuel volts etc.
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