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Unread 11-27-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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Best Gauge Designs

So who makes the best gauges? Almost to the point on the build to replace all the gauges. Think I will stick with electrical gauges, to include an electrical speedo.

What is the consensus???

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Unread 11-27-2009, 04:30 PM   #2
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I'm looking at Stewart Warner gauges since I've used them for everything else in the past. For an oil press, gauge I'm going electric for the 1st time but going with a mechanical water temp. gauge.
This is the only vehicle I've ever had problems with as far as o.p. capillary lines breaking so I'm going electric. I want to run the ignition wire thru the press. sensor for auto cut off if oil press. drops too low since I have the oil sensor/ sending unit manifold.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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Go with mechanical Autometers. A little more work to install but well worth it.
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Unread 12-02-2009, 08:12 AM   #4
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I'm considering the Glow Shift gauges after seeing them installed on a Truck U episode.
Performance Gauges & Gauge Pods GlowShift Gauges - Boost Wideband Air Fuel Gauges I like the elite 7 color. The tinted gauges go completely blank when you turn off the vehicle.
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Unread 12-02-2009, 08:30 AM   #5
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Go mechanical, like the guy above said they will be a little more work but well worth it! I plan to do the same.
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Unread 12-02-2009, 08:32 AM   #6
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Auto-meter is the best... I have no preference for mechanical or electrical. I know mechanical are a little more accurate. I guess it depends on how savvy you are.

If auto meter doesn't do it for you, check out the Livorsi gauges, http://www.livorsi.com/

They make some pretty cool and custom gauges.
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Unread 12-02-2009, 09:45 AM   #7
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What makes a good gauge is one that tells you when you are in trouble.
It should be visable without having to take your eyes off the road.
Visable under all light conditions.
Quick glance will tell you if you are in trouble and were.
No need to be accurate. Putting a high accuracy gauge into a CJ, when best viewed from the passenger seat, in a CJ is just silly. You have parralax error a minimum and trying to read an oil pressure gauge in a CJ is just as dangerous as texting while driving. If you want accuracy, go digital. If only they didn't make them so geeky.

I think YJ's have a great gauge layout and anyone interested in gauges probably should look into putting a YJ dash into thier CJ.

I love the pods DieselSmake makes but a little leary about what my passenger might hit against in case of an accident. If Diesel Smoke makes a mold of his pods and makes the corners smoother and built out of rust proof fiberglass that will crush under impact. He will have a winner.

I also like the ones that mount on the window pillars. Putting them under the dash is also silly. HUD's would be great but not enough angle on the window to make it work.

Mount your gauges so that all the needles point straight up when everything is running normal. Makes it easy to find the one pointing out the problem.

I realy like idiot lights or a klaxon that will sound off if you have a really serious problem.
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Unread 12-02-2009, 10:22 AM   #8
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What I like about the glow shift is that you can set a threshold for some of thier guages and if it goes past the whole gage lights up red.
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I've always liked the white on black gauges that VDO sells. But the digital ones from Cyberdyne are pretty cool also.
http://www.usa.vdo.com/generator/www...tional_en.html
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Go with mechanical Autometers. A little more work to install but well worth it.

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Unread 12-02-2009, 05:38 PM   #11
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i like the looks of the glow shifts
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Unread 12-02-2009, 06:47 PM   #12
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i used electric vdo, fit perfect, factory connectors plugged in, even the factory light sockets snap right in. didnt cut a single wire. checked them against mech gauges and they were dead on.
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Unread 12-02-2009, 07:16 PM   #13
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Go with mechanical Autometers. A little more work to install but well worth it.
The only two gauges that can be mechanical are the coolant temp and the oil pressure. Everything else has to be electrical. The speedometer of course can be either, but I just do not think of that as a gauge, but I guess it is.

The gas gauge, voltmeter or ammeter are going to be electric.

I know back when mechanical gauges were the best, I do not believe that anymore. Sensors and electrical gauges are better now than ever. All of the fuel injected engines today use electrical sensors to control the engine. I see no reason not to use the same electrical sensors to monitor them or monitor carbureted engines.

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What I like about the glow shift is that you can set a threshold for some of thier guages and if it goes past the whole gage lights up red
I like that feature.

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Unread 12-02-2009, 10:03 PM   #14
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it's funny how some of these posts come up as you're searching for an answer to the same question.

i think ill be going with VDO electrical gauges. mechanicals are supposedly more accurate. one, i don't buy into this theory. and two, im not building a spaceship, pinpoint accuracy is not a concern. i also don't like routing fluids into the cab.
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Unread 12-02-2009, 10:18 PM   #15
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Guages tell you what is going on under the hood. If you have to monitor the guages to keep track of whats going on all the time, you should spend more time doing PM's. I agree with John Strenk in that idiot lights work well to warn you of impending doom. They distract your attention from what you are supposed to be doing--driving---to warn you of failure. Then you can look at the guage to see where the failure is. Guages don't have to be super accurate; unless you are running a very tight, high dollar race setup. I think the best guages to tell you how your rig is running is your ears, nose, eyes and sense of touch.
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