Gauges..

Discussion in 'General Tech' started by rockcity, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    Well, it's time to search for gauges for the buggy and I haven't the foggiest idea which ones are decent and worth the $.

    I've spent some time looking and am leaning toward the VDO Cockpit White series.

    I like VDO as it has sending units specific to LS motors and work with their gauges. This makes it easy setting up water and oil gauges and senders. I like that they have a GPS sender that works with any of their electronic speedo gauges. I had not anticipated using a speedo but was going to use the Lowrance but the GPS sender for the VDO speedo seems really easy and a nice way to get a matching gauge.

    Any opinions on VDO vs Autometer vs Speedhut vs ???

    What is everyone else using in their buggy?
     
  2. XJsavage

    XJsavage Warlock of Zante plantation

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    I used Equus brand from O'Reillys on the 6.0 Jeep. They were cheap, worked, and cheap. I thought the bulbs that came in them were way to dim for night time driving though. I had a 0-90 ohm fuel gauge, mechanical oil pressure and electric temp. If I was to do it again, I may would use something nicer. But the readings are spot on.
     
  3. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    I like the gps enabled speedo gauges from Auto Meter but they start in the $300... Waaaay more than I want to spend on a speedo when I have a GPS in the dash.

    I don't want cheap gauges but I don't need to spend $1,000 either.

    I like basic white with black bezels but really just want something that works and looks decent without breaking the bank.


    I had some cheapish gauges in the buggy the first go round but it was a compromise as it was affordable and easy to buy.
     
  4. 1tfrot

    1tfrot Active Member

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    autometer (pretty sure Phantom)

    sorry it's a terrible pic
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    tried to go with a yellow backlight to go with the theme
     
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  5. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    I do like those. Was looking. At them on summit.

    What size? @1tfrot
     
  6. 1tfrot

    1tfrot Active Member

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    think they are 2 5/8
     
  7. BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC.

    BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC. BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC.

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    I have some left from my build and I think a white phantom oil pressure
     
  8. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    I'm fixing to pull my racepak and go with the glow shift-max tow line for the dual readout, and also some Longacre dummy lights for oil and water.

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  9. REDLYNER

    REDLYNER Mall Crawling Race Rig

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    I'm running the Auto Meter Elite series and through 200 miles or so, I have been a big fan of them.

    They are programmable with 7 different colors and alarms that work individually or together. They can also trigger other functions-

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  10. Ron

    Ron Dum Spiro Spero Moderator

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    Autometer.
    If you are going to abuse it get the oil filled ones. They will stay accurate forever more.

    A bad guage can cost you a motor. Dont lose $2k because you saved $35
     
  11. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    Ok, so now I'm narrowing it down easily.


    But what gauges is everyone running? The buggy is a family trail buggy that I never really expect to race, but we all know how that usually goes...


    Tach
    Volts
    Oil Pressure
    Water Temp
    Trams Temp

    These seem to be the standard must-haves.

    Speedo is optional but would be nice since it will have a tag for gettin groceries :D

    Fuel gauge is on the short list but I need to add a sender to the cell. May or may not do this.

    Anything else anyone feels is necessary?
    Oil Temp?
    Fuel Pressure?
    Dummy lights?
    Atlas oil temp?

    I'm open to thoughts. I haven't really decided, mostly because I just haven't really thought about it too much.
     
  12. BigJUGGY

    BigJUGGY Well-Known Member

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    Autometer Phantom's in BigJUGGY Jeep.. Speedo, Fuel Gauge, Oil Press, Volts, Water & Tranny Temp.. small brand? fuel press under hood for troubleshooting
     
  13. Fabrik8

    Fabrik8 Overcomplicator

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    Boost pressure.


    :D
     
  14. Ron

    Ron Dum Spiro Spero Moderator

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    Do they make a cooler level or beer temp guage?

    IF its like most of our trips those are going to be CRUCIAL
     
  15. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    You know, I could install a temp sensor on the drain plug of the cooler...

    :D
     
  16. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    Air/ fuel ratio guage if your engine is modified.
    Aside from that, oil, water, volts, trans temp.
     
  17. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    I have a simple LS1 with a.030" overbore and a different intake. Nothing noteworthy that would really need a fuel/air ratio gauge.
     
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  18. Infamous1

    Infamous1 Well-Known Member

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    I have AutoMeter sport comp 2 5/8 guages in metal cups in my buggy and love them. Never really worry about them when pressure washing it or anything. I have water, and trans temp, oil pressure, a 5" tach and volts. I do have a fuel pressure gauge but it is up front on the rail and only really used to diag any issues so I don't monitor it. My gauges light up really well for night riding also.
     
  19. Kamel

    Kamel Well-Known Member

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    I have the Autometer Phantom, also. Oil press (2 5/8"), water temp (2 5/8"), fuel (2 1/16"), volts (2 1/16"), mechanical speedo (3 3/8" I think) and monster tach (5"). Only problem I had was the tach started reading weird, so I sent it in for repair, OUT OF WARRANTY. A few weeks later I got a brand new one in the mail. Never paid a thing. I was already sold on Autometer before that, but that sealed the deal.
     
  20. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    One of my biggest concerns is destroying them when washing the buggy. I really need something that can withstand washing down and the outdoor environment.
     
  21. BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC.

    BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC. BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC.

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    I have autometer ultralight in mine and the only one that get foggy after a wash is the air/fuel ratio. Installed in this order for convenience.
    5" tach and shift light
    Temp
    Oil pressure
    Air/fuel ratio
    Volts
    Fuel level.
     
  22. BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC.

    BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC. BUCKEYE PERFORMANCE INC.

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    After I had bought my gauges I seen autometer had a series of waterproof gauges with glow in the dark lenses.
     
  23. Fabrik8

    Fabrik8 Overcomplicator

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    If you're really worried about water, you can get marine gauges.
     
  24. Mac5005

    Mac5005 Welding Instructor

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    I have Stewart Warner. Not marine, just off the shelf units from napa. I have pressure washed them many times before with no issue.

    Although, I don't think going with marine gauge are a bad idea. For what they costs it's probably a good investment.
     
  25. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    I looked at the marine autometer gauges and they are like $300 each. Yeah... I won't be getting those!
     

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