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School me on gauges

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by BigBlueBurban, May 14, 2008.

  1. BigBlueBurban

    BigBlueBurban Umm no...WAIT...yes

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    I'm going to be looking into purchasing some gauges soon. What I'm looking for are advantages/disadvantages to mechanical/electrical, brands, personal opinions, your setups (pics!), any info you deem pertinant to the topic of gauges, etc. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Smokin LB7

    Smokin LB7 Just Takin' it From a Dig

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    The difference between mechanical and electrical is that on a mechanical, the force through the engine that you are actually trying to measure gets read on the gauge. And mechanical is done through electricity (obbviously) For example...A mechanical boost gauge is read through the force going through the tube, and making the needle move. A electronic Pyro is read through a sensor in the manifold, and then sends a signal to the gauge. I am a big fan a autometer, simply because in this case, I am a bit of a fashion over function kinda guy in this. I am close enough I figure so i am not worried about it. Many people also like the Dripricol's and isspro's becasuse they are built great and also have a stock look and match the factory dash fairly decent.

    Here are my Ultra Lite II's
     

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  3. BigBlueBurban

    BigBlueBurban Umm no...WAIT...yes

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    Thanks Smokin:sifone: I like those Ultra Lights, not sure if they're me though...

    Anyone else?
     
  4. BudTX

    BudTX Edjumacated Redneck

    I am running the Autometer Ultra Lites. I am pleased with them.
     
  5. 12ga diesel

    12ga diesel Jack of all, Master of none

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    Smokin LB7, I was planing on getting the Ultra Lite gauges before seeing your gauges, but now after seeing them, I love how those look. No without a doubt, those are the one's I will be getting.
     
  6. Clark20ry

    Clark20ry Agent #58 OB-DII A(ALCU)

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    I have the Autometer Nexxus gauges. Pricey but cool... I don't have pics I will try and find some...
     
  7. Hammer 4

    Hammer 4 Have Hammer..Will Travel

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    I've had good luck with my ISSPRO'S..white face blue dials, though they do make other colors. Check with Dieselmanor..hope I'm allowed to say that..:biggrin5: Their gauges come with great instruction (pic's) and more stuff to hook them up than you will ever use.
     
  8. BigBlueBurban

    BigBlueBurban Umm no...WAIT...yes

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    Never heard of them gunna have to take a look.
     
  9. stacks04

    stacks04 McLovin

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    i also have and love the automoter II series. i have the phantom and love em. i did the sport comp II in my dads and like them better. only because of the face color. at night the white face of the phantoms turns pinkish from the needle. the sports have a black face and at night it is a better color. jmo. they work great. see my album for a pic i will post it there now.
     
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  10. BigDogYJ

    BigDogYJ Recruit

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    i have the Autometer Ultra Lites and like them . I also have the edge insight and was able to match the insight backlighting to the ultra lites. looks good to me.
     
  11. Smokin LB7

    Smokin LB7 Just Takin' it From a Dig

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    Glad I could help. I promise you wont be dissapointed
     
  12. Got Juice?

    Got Juice? Recruit

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    I've had such piss poor luck with Autometer over the years, there is only one gauge manufacturer I will have in my truck.

    ISSPRO.

    I have Both the Performax Electronic (SMD) Gauges, and the Setup to match the 3rdgen dodge IPanel.

    Love them, been in there 2 years, no issues whatsoever.

    I still have my Autometers... they work great for doorstops and ash trays.....
     
  13. busdriver75

    busdriver75 Busier than hell...

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    i like the looks of the prosport gauges. i'm going to use the green faced ones when i put some in my truck.
     
  14. ZF6 MAN

    ZF6 MAN The Unwritten rule

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    I use autometers and I have had great luck with them. My boost is mechanical and pyro is electrical K-Type thermocouple. I have a thermocouple reader and when I read the thermocouple separate of the gauge it varies like 20 degrees colder that the gauge reads. for a non calibrated gauge I dont think that is too bad.
     
  15. BigBlueBurban

    BigBlueBurban Umm no...WAIT...yes

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    Are electric gauges more accurate than mechanical or vise-versa? And are mechanical any harder to install than electric ones?
     
  16. Smokin LB7

    Smokin LB7 Just Takin' it From a Dig

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    Depends on how you feel about wiring?:nonod:
     
  17. Unit453

    Unit453 Cruises comfortably at 140... Staff Member Administrator

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    Autometer Cobalts. Well worth the price. I love them and I'm glad I made the choice.
     

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  18. BigBlueBurban

    BigBlueBurban Umm no...WAIT...yes

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    I really like the look of the Cobalts. Those are what I was looking at getting just based on the way they look.

    Wiring doesn't bother me. I'm decent at it and did all of the wiring on my Suburban for the stereo, lights, etc.
     
  19. richard cheese

    richard cheese the MAIN muff hugga

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    ive got the z series on the a pillar..pretty happy wit them...i also have the red led backlights..ill post up a pic pretty soon
     
  20. just a number

    just a number Active Member

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    does anyone happen to make a set of just digital gages.
     

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