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Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:39 pm 
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hey guys,first post on the forums :D

Just after some info on what types off gauge tachos i could put in the ute that will actually serve a purpose. I already have revs,oil pressure,and volts in the xr dash so anyothers or advice would be sweet...TAAA

 

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Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:46 pm 
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you relise a tacho is a tachometer and tells the revs, it is a gauge. oil pressure, volts, etc. arn't tachos there other gauges.
secondly, theres an amp meter, vacum gauge, air to fuel ratio gauge, uhhh oil temperatur gauge, head temperatur (it's a sensor ring goes between spark plug and head VDO used to make em), ummm what else could you put, maybe water pressure, exhaust temperature, tranny fluid pressure, tranny fliud temp, boost (if applicable).

 

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Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:28 pm 
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yep i realize that but im more after what the most important ones are or even what setups some others have that work well for them!

 

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Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:03 pm 
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you got any pics of your car mate?

 

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Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 2:35 pm 
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one of the final touches to my car will be the addition of 2 small guages, air/fuel and water pressure. i think these are 2 things that you can take a reading and use to help the car,

who really gives a toss about the tranny fluid temp lol

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Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:10 pm 
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yeah ill post a pic soon mooseman

Why do u think u need a water PRESSURE gauge Ryan..how does it help?
I would have thought a tranny temp would be resonably important too!

 

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Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 3:16 pm 
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haha well i guess all guages are important, but i personally think it would be handy to know straight away when the pressure drops cos of a burst hose or whatever so you can pull over and fix it, before the temp needle goes into hot which is bad...

all in all i suppose aftermarket guages are purely for the wank factor. if ya want them cos you like them then get them. ;)
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Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 3:46 pm 
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who really gives a toss about the tranny fluid temp lol
people who do a reasonable amount of track work do..... it's the difference between finishing the session/race and "why did my gearbox die?"

 

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Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 4:12 pm 
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yeah true,

get whatever guages you want lol
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Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 4:49 pm 
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to answer the original question, even though you have most of the important ones in the cluster already, the factory gauges arent the most accurate of items, nor are they marked at any true value
IMO the most important are (in order)
water temp
oil pressure
oil temp
air/fuel ratio
fuel pressure

the rest IMO arent *that* essential

 

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Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:30 pm 
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Interceptor wrote:
IMO the most important are (in order)
water temp
oil pressure
oil temp
air/fuel ratio
fuel pressure

the rest IMO arent *that* essential


yea definately water temp and oil press.

i added oil press and volts. i couldnt be bother buying a better cluster so i put in 2 autometr ones. i added another one being vacuum. mainly coz i enjoy wiring em up etc and i got it for like 20 bucks. but when dirving u dont really even have time to look at em. vacuum is ok. u can jus see how much load ur putting on the engine. its also known as a fully sick anti-boost gauge uleh like oh ma god! :D

 

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Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:00 pm 
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thanks 4 the feedback guys...but can someone tell me how the VACUMM gauge works

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:52 am 
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it tells you your manifold vacuum. its pretty handy. it tells u how much load ur putting on ur engine. some have economy markings on em whihc tell u how good ur fuel consumption would be. theres decel-idle-fair-poor. and they have different colours. the idea is to drive and keep it in the green for good fuel.

i connected mine in where the map sensor is with a t-piece.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:58 am 
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Interceptor wrote:
Ryan0001 wrote:
who really gives a toss about the tranny fluid temp lol
people who do a reasonable amount of track work do..... it's the difference between finishing the session/race and "why did my gearbox die?"


So true...

its the difference between a having the car play up on track, leak some oil onto the track (which caused delays for everyone else there), and then spending the rest of the day in the back of the pits trying to fix it next to very hot extractors... and having fun.

I tried to convince him manual's are better, but I dont think this person knows how to drive manual.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:18 am 
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XR8Chic wrote:
Interceptor wrote:
Ryan0001 wrote:
who really gives a toss about the tranny fluid temp lol
people who do a reasonable amount of track work do..... it's the difference between finishing the session/race and "why did my gearbox die?"


So true...

its the difference between a having the car play up on track, leak some oil onto the track (which caused delays for everyone else there), and then spending the rest of the day in the back of the pits trying to fix it next to very hot extractors... and having fun.

I tried to convince him manual's are better, but I dont think this person knows how to drive manual.


if your racing your car then by all means get all the guages you want, diff temp, diff oil temp, exhaust temp whatever, but for a auto street car you dont really need all those. they just look gay and vl turbo like.

imo just 2 or so are enough
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