Here are a few photos of our new setup.
This is a torn down gauge:
This is the new back plate:
Here it is assembled:
The difference? these are not used:
This nets us no light leakage around the indicators, unless I design it in:
(I used an LED flashlight to show this, my power station is buried on the workbench)
The current batch is painted, laser engraved, and then laser cut, bonded, and shipped. the full production run of these and JK gauges will be done up as a screen print that is laser cut.
It will be a higher price, but a better product overall. As far as I know, we are the only shop offering fully personalized gauges for the XJ that are not some cheap stick on piece. Ive argued with some industry reps that told me to sell all of these for $100 minimum, but thats not my style. For our stock offerings I will still be offering the old kit at the same price, and the nicer kit for slightly more due to the cost of materials and time.
We also plan on offering a full on custom shop where the sky is the limit, to show off some truly nice gauge sets. I have a CJ5 gauge inbound that we will be working on to show off, a set for a 96 XJ that will really shine, and retrofitting a JDM race style setup to a US Mazda RX7.