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Old 07-01-2013, 03:28 AM   #1
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Default UGH! Gauge ranting!

So..... I just bought a 2011 wrx. It had a 52mm rallitek boost gauge installed. Worked perfectly, looked good, all except the pod was faded and had a few cracks in it. So i bought some primer and tape and all that and decided I was going to redo the pod to make it look a little better.

So pretty straight foward right? unscrew the vaccum line, disconnect the wires from the gauge and remove it from the pod. Primed and repainted the pod, let it dry overnight, and this morning I went to reinstall it, hooked everything up and went to start the car...... NO light in the gauge. It was still reading boost and vaccum just fine.....for a few mins. Went for a test drive and noticed that it wasnt reaching the right amount of boost. Came home and turned the car off, the gauge was not on zero. It was a couple notches below.

So at this point im lost. I checked the vaccum line, no leaks, checked the connectors, all were good. So it looks like somehow miraculously over night my gauge just took a **** on me.

So im looking for a new gauge, but i only have about 150 to 200 bucks max to spend on a new gauge. Any recommendations?
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:41 AM   #2
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so....first thing ya gotta ask yerself is this....

what did you **** up and how???

so ya don't do that again......the gauge didn't just go bad like that.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:43 AM   #3
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Did you mistake two wires?
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:27 AM   #4
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So im looking for a new gauge, but i only have about 150 to 200 bucks max to spend on a new gauge. Any recommendations?
I gambled (due to questionable quality) on a purchase of a 52mm depo racing electronic boost gauge 1.5 years ago and it still works fine.
These can be calibrated, meaning you can hook them up in serial with a mechanical pressure gauge and adjust the reading (which I did), without the zero indication changing.
I went with their clear cover series.
Under my opinion, they're cheap enough (less than $ 80) to where if it fails 2 years later, I'll just buy a replacement and since all the wiring stays unchanged, it's a 5 minute job to plug in another gauge.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:31 AM   #5
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Sounfs like debris may have gotten into vacuum port on back of gauge. Just a thought.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:55 AM   #6
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Yea, I dont know what happened. And im not to proud to say that maybe i did do something wrong. However, there would be no way to mix up any of the wires bc they were not even touched. the wires were connected to the gauge via a little white connector.

I am currently looking into a prosport gauge for replacement, what do you guys think of those?
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:20 PM   #7
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I have a prosport temp gauge, haven't had any issues with it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:13 PM   #8
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50% of people will tell you prosport is fine

50% of people will tell you they're terrible.

Personally, I've always had Defis, never a single issue
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:08 PM   #9
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^ I'm part of the 50% that says they're terrible

I got my Defi gauges 5 months ago and have had no problems whatsoever. Sure they're a little pricey, but you get what you pay for
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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Everybody will hate but I've had glowshift in a couple cars now and they seem to work well enough. I was an autometer guy before but it seemed like their mech boost gauges would always crap out
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:28 PM   #11
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Well i went ahead and ordered a mechanical boost gauge from prosport. Only 55 bucks shipped. I would have loved to get defi, or aem, or something like that because i am also a firm believer in you get what you pay for. However, i just dont have 200-300 dollars to throw into a gauge. So if this one works out then great! if it craps out on me in a year or so..... well i only spent 55 dollars and by then ill replace it with a top of the line one.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:57 PM   #12
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if you buy autometer and they have any sort of problem.....even if you total the car and bend the gauge....odds are quite high that if you call autometer and tell them your gauge is broken, they will send you another one, just tell them where to send it....they may ask a few questions, but.....
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:33 PM   #13
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Been running MadDads for over 1.5 years. They would fit your budget. They match the stock cluster very well and they do come from a vendor that will take care of you. I've had an issue with an EGT gauge and Rich has taken care of it for me, no questions asked. When that prosport takes a dump on you, consider MadDad.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:40 AM   #14
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I bought 3 Glowshift Gauges around 3 years ago. They still all work perfect! The colours are very vivid and will match the wrx/sti cluster perfectly. They also come with a few cool settings, like a warning light and will record your highest/peak boost. For the price, they are very good! I think they were only $60 each or something. I got the 60mm version.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:17 PM   #15
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Yea, I dont know what happened. And im not to proud to say that maybe i did do something wrong. However, there would be no way to mix up any of the wires bc they were not even touched. the wires were connected to the gauge via a little white connector.

I am currently looking into a prosport gauge for replacement, what do you guys think of those?
You WILL be disapointed. They are shiz. Get a better brand like Daddy's or Defi or anything but Projunk.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:26 PM   #16
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+1 on the defi.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:01 PM   #17
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Well i went ahead and ordered a mechanical boost gauge from prosport. Only 55 bucks shipped. I would have loved to get defi, or aem, or something like that because i am also a firm believer in you get what you pay for. However, i just dont have 200-300 dollars to throw into a gauge. So if this one works out then great! if it craps out on me in a year or so..... well i only spent 55 dollars and by then ill replace it with a top of the line one.
You should have spent the few extra but and got the premium.. mechanical prosport is bottom of the barrel. Prosport as a whole is pretty crappy but at least you get peak warning etc on the premium.

Not hating as my boost gauge is prosport as well and I regret not getting a defi pretty frequently.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:14 PM   #18
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May not be the fanciest, but I've had two different Autometer boost gauges and both have been spot on. Even after taking one apart and wiring in LEDs, it still worked flawlessly.
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