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Old 01-28-2003, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default gauges: metric vs. american(standard)

what are you guys and gals going with? metric or american?

also what brands do people prefer?

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Old 01-29-2003, 01:08 AM   #2
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I would think most have gone American, but I could be wrong. Go with whatever you can read the easiest, if you're one of those handy people that does metric without a problem, go with that.

As for manufacturers, it depends, you have a RS, so your gauges have a different look than mine. I prefer matching- so I went with Omori, but Autometer is popular as well

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Old 01-29-2003, 02:36 PM   #3
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when i eventually get gauges they gotta be metric. years of engineering classes have convinced me that the american unit system sucks.
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Old 01-29-2003, 05:28 PM   #4
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I like metric better, and handily enough, the metric gauges I got were also a very good match to my stock cluster lighting scheme.
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Old 01-30-2003, 08:48 PM   #5
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What do you know better... PSI or Bar? What do you know better... cecuis or faremheit? Your car is yours and make it easy for you to understand.

I like american, because I understand it. If you understand metric or have an identity crisis about wanting to be Japanese (or any other ethnicity besides the US) then go with it.

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For looks I'd go metric, but since I want to understand w/o thinking about conversion, I go with American.

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Old 01-30-2003, 10:53 PM   #6
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What do you know better... PSI or Bar? What do you know better... cecuis or faremheit? Your car is yours and make it easy for you to understand.

I like american, because I understand it. If you understand metric or have an identity crisis about wanting to be Japanese (or any other ethnicity besides the US) then go with it.

Rich

For looks I'd go metric, but since I want to understand w/o thinking about conversion, I go with American.
This may be the first time I've found common ground with SJwrx. Power should be measured in horse-power, force in pound-feet, and boost in pounds-per-square-inch.
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Old 01-31-2003, 01:25 AM   #7
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Old 02-01-2003, 08:39 PM   #8
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what are you guys and gals going with? metric or american?

also what brands do people prefer?

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actually your question is one big error.

The official measurement system of "America" (you mean to say The United States) is the Metric System. All measurements in the united states have been legally defined in terms of the metric system since 1893.

In 1901, US Congress established the National Bureau of Standards and in 1964, they announced that the Metric System would be the official measurement system of the United States. In the 70's there were many efforts to convert our antiquated system of measure to SI units but due to budget cuts, The Metric Committee was cut.

What you refer to as "American units" is truly called "English" or sometimes "SAE". Didn't we fight wars to lose our ties with England?

The only thing that the US hasn't done is restrict the use of English/SAE units. Everybody is used to the old system and even today many people have no idea how far a kilometer is except that it's shorter than a mile.

Through all this, though, My gauges are in PSI, Degrees Farenheit, and MPH instead of Degrees Celcius (or better yet, Kelvin), KPa, and km/hr. I didn't CHOOSE the english units on my car, but that's how they came and I'm perfectly happy with them.

In the end, it won't matter which units you choose for you gauges as long as you know what they mean and how to relate them to other people's units.
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Old 02-01-2003, 08:42 PM   #9
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This may be the first time I've found common ground with SJwrx. Power should be measured in horse-power, force in pound-feet, and boost in pounds-per-square-inch.
Jon, I can't believe you just made such a gross technical error!!!!!

Force has never been, and never will be measured in pound-feet. Force is measured in pounds!!!

pound-feet is a unit of torque.
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Old 02-02-2003, 12:26 PM   #10
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i said metric / american because thats whats on the omori gauge site

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Old 02-02-2003, 04:22 PM   #11
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I have Omori gauges in mine with imperial measurements (i.e. pounds, volts...). I'm happy with the set up.

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Old 02-02-2003, 07:19 PM   #12
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Autometer... looks good, ridiculiously reliable and accurate, and cheap (compared to Jap. ones anyway). Everyone uses these, from street cars to NHRA drag cars.

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Autometer... looks good, ridiculiously reliable and accurate, and cheap (compared to Jap. ones anyway). Everyone uses these, from street cars to NHRA drag cars.

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the reliability is questionable i'd say on Autometers since I've only seen two gauges that don't work and they were both autometers.
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Well, I mostly see working gauges, unless not installed . But If I were you, I'd consider Autometer highly not only due to they look good and work well, but the price.

Autometer Boost Gauge = around $50
HKS Boost Gauge = $150 how much better can they be?

Oh yeah, Autometers will not survive you dropping them, but will put up with daily driving nicely.

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Well, I mostly see working gauges, unless not installed . But If I were you, I'd consider Autometer highly not only due to they look good and work well, but the price.

Autometer Boost Gauge = around $50
HKS Boost Gauge = $150 how much better can they be?

Oh yeah, Autometers will not survive you dropping them, but will put up with daily driving nicely.

Rich
For the boost gauge, I don't know that there is a better choice than the VDO Vision Series gauge. It's $26 most places and the illumination is spectacular - nearly identical to stock.

My Autometer EGT gauge has very poor illumination, but it still works... my Autometer A/F gauge, well, it's LEDs so the illumination doesn't matter.
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Old 02-03-2003, 10:48 PM   #16
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For the boost gauge, I don't know that there is a better choice than the VDO Vision Series gauge. It's $26 most places and the illumination is spectacular - nearly identical to stock.
I really prefer my Omori gauges. I believe these gauges resemble our stock cluster more than others I've seen (orange needle & backlit green).

Omori Boost Gauge:


Here's the VDO gauge for compairison:


People can argue the cost difference, but I feel it's worth it. Besides, I didn't pay full price.
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Old 02-03-2003, 10:59 PM   #17
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Definitely Metric for me. Can't stand the English system, especialy your whole pounds force and pounds/slug BS. Newtons and Kilograms, that makes sense.

And water freezing at something other than 0? Whats it boil at 256? What kind of number is that?

Autometer's are great because they're cheap. If you require more advanced instuments (with peak, and playback) you're not going to be looking at Autometer for anything other than a Tach.

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do they make autometers in metric?
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Old 02-14-2003, 04:10 PM   #19
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Definitely Metric for me. Can't stand the English system, especialy your whole pounds force and pounds/slug BS. Newtons and Kilograms, that makes sense.

And water freezing at something other than 0? Whats it boil at 256? What kind of number is that?

Autometer's are great because they're cheap. If you require more advanced instuments (with peak, and playback) you're not going to be looking at Autometer for anything other than a Tach.

-Pete
I think it was 212, but if it was 256, might be less over heating cars. I am with the temp, c is easier than f and if I use it enough i could convert on the fly.
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