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Old 03-05-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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Default Looking for rec's on gauges

Looking to pick up the following gauges:
Electric:
Pyrometer to 2000F
Oil Temp
Water Temp
Oil Pressure
Clock
Fuel level
Mechanical:
Vac/Boost to 20 psi

Also, either a Voltmeter or Ammeter, because I'll have 1 more available spot...

I'm looking for a simple to read gauge, black face and black bezel. So far I like the Autometer Z series, but the only draw back is the pyrometer goes to 1600F.

Any suggestions or recommendations?


Autometer Z:
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:34 AM   #2
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Might I ask...how are you squeezing so many gauges into one small little car? And what are you doing with the old stuff you already have?
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:40 AM   #3
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I've got the molded 3 gauge pillar coming from miataroadster
There's room for 3 gauges in the stock cluster in place of the OP, Temp, and Fuel gauges (I'm thinking water temp, boost, then oil temp left to right)
Then 3 more where my A/C controls are, after I do the NB climate control swap

Right now I've got a couple of white face autometer gauges (Phantom comes to mind but I dunno), which work fine enough, but I don't care for white face.
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Only 20psi on the boost gauge?
I ended up with a 1600f egt because I didn't know any better at the time. But yeah, IMO you want something that goes to 1800 given TIT is over 1600. I vote Ammeter for the final gauge.
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Then 3 more where my A/C controls are, after I do the NB climate control swap
Let me know how this works out for you. I'd love to give that a shot myself.

I like VDO gauges for their simplicity, but their range of motion isn't great.
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I bought ProSport gauges, can't say if they will be any good or not. Some complain that they are difficult to see in day light. The price was right, and they look good on paper.
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i had autometer gauges before. it is simply IMPOSSIBLE to read from them during the day. and i mean IMPOSSIBLE.
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uhm I have no issues with my current autometer gauges. I can see them just fine, no matter the lighting. I just do not care white gauge faces, especially with the car's black face gauge cluster.
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Have you looked at VDO Vision? Black face, simple OEM style look, and easy to read. I'll get some pictures up later of how I did them in my NX2000, including integrating the boost gauge in the stock cluster in place of the water temp gauge.

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Previously had autometer gauges in the car, they were fine in any lighting. Pro-Comp Ultralites I think.

One of the things I like about the Prosport gauges is the peak and hold function. Will prove somewhat useful during autocross since I don't normally datalog while I run.
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ive got:
Autometer 3301 270* sweep oil temp, black faced
Autometer 3607 20 psi black faced boost/vac

Got them both from summit
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Old 03-05-2008, 01:35 PM   #12
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a clock?

so you can time your 0-60 in minutes from hauling around 80 lbs of gauges?
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no, because it pisses me off that I don't have a clock (can't see the display on the radio)

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There is a new invention, called a watch. Analog clocks in cars are so mid-70's Caddie Next you'll be asking about Daytona wire wheels.
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screw you. i want a clock.
my mercedes has an analog clock right in the dash. it's very nice.
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screw you. i want a clock.
my mercedes has an analog clock right in the dash. it's very nice.
Whatever floats your boat
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I count 8 gauges in your list, not 9. Also, no wideband? I'm planning on putting VDO Vision's in the cluster to replace the stock WT & OP gauges, it's a little tight, but it looks like it'll work fine. Not sure if they have a fuel level gauge that's compatible.

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I'e had lots of luck with isspro gauges.. i recommed them over Autometer every time..

http://www.isspro.com/
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I count 8 gauges in your list, not 9. Also, no wideband? I'm planning on putting VDO Vision's in the cluster to replace the stock WT & OP gauges, it's a little tight, but it looks like it'll work fine. Not sure if they have a fuel level gauge that's compatible.

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Wideband is #9. I already own it. (Innovate XD).
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Wideband is #9. I already own it. (Innovate XD).
Gotchya. Same here, and it's pissing me off that the bezel is so damn huge. The gauge sticks out like a sore thumb.

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