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Unread 03-18-2014, 07:02 AM   #1
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Mechanical temperature gauge

Just bought 82 cj7 with 6cyl. Temp. And gas gauge do not work. I plan to drive thru summer and fix original gauges next winter. I don't like driving without knowing eng. temp. What would be a good gauge to buy? Where would be the best place to mount sending unit. Thanks

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Unread 03-18-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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Autometer makes the "Traditional Series". They resemble the stock jeep gauges. It could replace your factory gauge.

Lots of websites sell them.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 09:48 AM   #3
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If it's just temporary, get an under dash bezel and install it there.

Mechanical water temp sensors are huge, best to get a 4.0 thermostat housing and install it there. There are also two ports on the block under the exhaust manifold that could be used.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 11:20 AM   #4
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Have you looked under the hood to see if the temp gauge is hooked up and checked to make sure the gauages are hooked up correct with a good ground
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Unread 03-19-2014, 03:46 PM   #5
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I did what rixcj says and have been very happy with that set up for years. Plus it is fun to watch temp go up after you switch the jeep off.
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