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So at Great Lakes Jeep Jam I did some bartering and am scoring a custom dash extremely cheap. I need to decide what brand gauges I want and what gauges I want. Once I decide that it will be custom made and a direct bolt in with all the correct holes to mount everything up. Ill probably have a hook or two welded to the back for the wire harness. What has everyone been going with for gauges. I know there will be wiring involved so the simpler the better.


http://www.logansmetal4x4.com/ is who is doing it. She does amazing work.

Second question. How has everyone with Hydro assist routing the lines. I am having the worse trouble keeping them from rubbing the balancer.

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Gauges are a budget item, some people go cheap, others get high end. I went with Autometer, their Phantom line because to me it was easiest to read. For wiring, go to a junk yard and get a few nice male/female 8-12 pin connector combos from any vehicle. I use one plug for headlights and speakers, another for instrumentation, and a third for the off-road section (ARBs, winch, OBA).
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I like Autometer and VDO stuff. Just throwing out a thought: Last "hot rod" build I did involved a Ford 460/C6 combo and I went old school with just three mechanical gauges. Oil pressure, mechanical temp which requires a sensor port somewhere in the water jacket, and ammeter. I considered those the important three in addition to the stock gas gauge in the dash. Those three fit perfectly in the big square space where the 8 track player used to be.

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So at Great Lakes Jeep Jam I did some bartering and am scoring a custom dash extremely cheap. I need to decide what brand gauges I want and what gauges I want. Once I decide that it will be custom made and a direct bolt in with all the correct holes to mount everything up. Ill probably have a hook or two welded to the back for the wire harness. What has everyone been going with for gauges. I know there will be wiring involved so the simpler the better.


http://www.logansmetal4x4.com/ is who is doing it. She does amazing work.

Second question. How has everyone with Hydro assist routing the lines. I am having the worse trouble keeping them from rubbing the balancer.
I pull my hoses out of the way of the pulley with a bungee and they can still move around with the axle.

autometer for me. so nice knowing the real temp and how much gas I have.

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Gauges are 100% style and budget. There isn't really a wrong choice but this is certainly your opportunity to be different/unique. Ignoring price for now... Most aftermarket gauges with the exception of the fuel gauge are pretty generic. Fuel gauges require a specific ohm rating and I think the stock YJ fuel tank sender is 0-90ohms. Beyond that, find some gauges you like that are in your price range. Then evaluate if they are something you can live with. For example, if the coolant temp gauge goes from 80 degrees to 260 degrees but only has a 45 degree sweep, you'll never be able to look at the gauge and tell that you're overheating because the gauge just isn't fine enough, especially if you have to look at an angle. Likewise, if you get a digital gauge, you may quit looking at it completely because it shoots up and down 30-40 degrees every time the thermostat opens/closes.


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I went with the Autometer Phantoms as well.

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Gauges are a budget item, some people go cheap, others get high end. I went with Autometer, their Phantom line because to me it was easiest to read. For wiring, go to a junk yard and get a few nice male/female 8-12 pin connector combos from any vehicle. I use one plug for headlights and speakers, another for instrumentation, and a third for the off-road section (ARBs, winch, OBA).
I did not even think about things like the headlights and dimmer switch and idiot lights. Good points I am still a newbie to wiring so I better look up diagrams for all those
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I pull my hoses out of the way of the pulley with a bungee and they can still move around with the axle.

autometer for me. so nice knowing the real temp and how much gas I have.

How long to the bungies last? I DD mine.
I have the box brace that goes to the passenger frame rail I was thinking about sheathing them putting that brace back on and some zip ties. That should allow it to move if I do it right. I was thinking about using thin ones that break easy just in case
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Gauges are 100% style and budget. There isn't really a wrong choice but this is certainly your opportunity to be different/unique. Ignoring price for now... Most aftermarket gauges with the exception of the fuel gauge are pretty generic. Fuel gauges require a specific ohm rating and I think the stock YJ fuel tank sender is 0-90ohms. Beyond that, find some gauges you like that are in your price range. Then evaluate if they are something you can live with. For example, if the coolant temp gauge goes from 80 degrees to 260 degrees but only has a 45 degree sweep, you'll never be able to look at the gauge and tell that you're overheating because the gauge just isn't fine enough, especially if you have to look at an angle. Likewise, if you get a digital gauge, you may quit looking at it completely because it shoots up and down 30-40 degrees every time the thermostat opens/closes.
Good stuff I didnt think about the ranges or the sweep. I am a complete newbie at gauges. Thanks for that tidbit. That definitely makes a bog difference and is good to know.
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Totally missed the hydro assist question.... I just have them going from the box to the ram and put a zip tie to the two lines. They seem to stay in place all on their own. I use some generic springs to pull the long brake hoses out of the way, you could do something like that.




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IMO the cheapest anyone should go on gauges is Auto Meter's "Autogauge" line. They're affordable.

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Well, ill go ahead and give them a shout out here because they deserve it.

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I've had zero issues, it was the first set of aftermarket gauges i ever ordered. They're packaging is perfect, their interactive website is perfect, fully customizable if you;re into that sorta thing, great customer support and great wiring harnesses included. Keeps everything neat

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Totally missed the hydro assist question.... I just have them going from the box to the ram and put a zip tie to the two lines. They seem to stay in place all on their own. I use some generic springs to pull the long brake hoses out of the way, you could do something like that.




I like this simple idea for the Hydro Lines I am gonna give that a shot and see if it works on mine. Simple and cheap is the best
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Well, ill go ahead and give them a shout out here because they deserve it.

Speedhut.

I've had zero issues, it was the first set of aftermarket gauges i ever ordered. They're packaging is perfect, their interactive website is perfect, fully customizable if you;re into that sorta thing, great customer support and great wiring harnesses included. Keeps everything neat
Awesome to hear. I will have to take a peek and check them out.
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Well, ill go ahead and give them a shout out here because they deserve it.

Speedhut.

I've had zero issues, it was the first set of aftermarket gauges i ever ordered. They're packaging is perfect, their interactive website is perfect, fully customizable if you;re into that sorta thing, great customer support and great wiring harnesses included. Keeps everything neat
Awesome to hear. I will have to take a peek and check them out.
Also includes sending units.

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