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Old 07-13-2013, 02:59 AM   #1
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More coming on this post. Sorry, short on time. This is a dual oil temp/pressure gauge install in OEM location



Aborted Attempt to fit Whole Gauge.


Spooky, telling myself it'll be ok to desolder gauge:


Soldered once internal wires to a dual row header from my leftover PnP kits:


Gauge basically in place:


Backside with connector harbor-freight-epoxied in place:


Close to final product. Lighting it not worked out yet and I may put original gauge's cover over needle bases.



This took some milling of the back of the black plastic bezel, simple dremel stuff. Of course I forgot to write down which wires do what, so I know which two are which needles (by putting ohm meter across and watching them move) but I'm not 100% sure which is power and which is ground. Perhaps asking the manufacturer will yield useful info, otherwise I can likely see through the front if I remove bezel again.

Gauge is a lightweight dual model sold by Westach. I'd always wanted to put my boost gauge there, and when I finally worked up the nerve to do it, I found I was running more boost than the 16 psi gauge would display. HA!

It might not be a PERFECT match but I think it'll be quite good. Next up: LED indicator lights so I can run more channels off the 'logic level' outputs on my MS3.
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P.S. More/higher res pics at: Dual Oil Temp/Press In Dash - AbeFM's Photos
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Doesn't look to bad. Glad I'm not the only one fiddling with oil gauges. Whats the plan for the LEDs?
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Heh. Nice Av.

There isn't one. I know, I'm a bad person. But in the process of rewiring whole car, getting serial coms working with a computer I've yet to even install, upgrading fuel pump wiring, adding EBC, VVT, etc.... yeah, it's taking a back seat. But when I put the cover over the needle ends, I think I'll pervert the OEM lighting into shining through the holes.
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Oh, you don't mean LED lighting of the gauge. Sorry. Um, just check engine, knock, low oil pressure, etc etc. I mean, idiot lights are way better than gauges - hopefully I'll have both.
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Looks very good. What was the part number for the gauge?
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Oh goodness, I have no idea. Just check out Westach. They are alright guys, sent me free parts when I was having troubles. They have all kinds of interesting stuff and I got the gauge a decade ago. They did have a slick 4-way EGT which I thought was cute, if not useful.
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What size is that gauge? 2 inch?
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2 1/4 I believe. 2" would fit much better. :-)
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