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Old 05-07-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Reliable Inexpensive Mechanical Boost Gauge

My autometer in my car is in need of replacement. With the car off it reads 2.5 low and when in boost it is a wiggly mf-er. I beat my car regularly during the summer and I have no intentions of impressing anyone visually (brand doesn’t matter). Does anyone have recommendations for a 52mm mech boost gauge that is cheap and has been proven reliable?
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I use a vac to 20 psi Westach gauge.
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VDO

Been using mine for about 4 years with no problems, got it from the vendor hotlinked above.
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I searched a while for a reasonably priced mechanical gauge that had a black face with white numbering, black bezel, and through-dial illumination available in green. I also wound up going with a VDO vac/boost gauge but I have # 150121 (find pics on ebay). I believe the difference between this one and the 150063 linked above is that the 150121 is through-dial lit and the 150063 has around-the-dial side lighting.

I'm still collecting turbo parts so I haven't really installed it yet, but I haven't heard any complaints about VDO gauges in general. I did hook it up real quick and the green lighting (it comes with bulb condoms) is a reasonable match for the stock dash. I paid ~$31 w/ free shipping from Amazon. I then had to buy a 1/8 female NPT to barb adapter from McMaster because the gauge doesn't come with any fittings to attach a normal sized vac line. I think I have an extra of those if you decide to go that route.
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Are they anywhere near reliable?

Thanks for the VDO suggestion, Ill keep that in mind.
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+1 for VDO, super cheap and reliable.
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i have a 150063 right here that i'll let go for a few bucks cheaper than the link above. its brand new in box, bought it a few months ago and was planning to install it this weekend.




i just realized while reading this thread that its not through-dial lit, so it wont match any of my other stuff... ordering the 150121 momentarily.
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