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Old 04-17-2003, 08:39 PM   #1
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ok, i'm considering getting the performance guage package (oil temp, boost, and volt) when i order the wrx. my question is, are these gauges decent? or should i look for a different set?

if so, what do you guy's recommend?
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Old 04-17-2003, 10:17 PM   #2
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Not even close - my biggest regret agreeing to pay for the gauge pack. Save the money and get better gauges for the same price. Get a 45mm or 52mm boost, EGT and either an oil temp or pressure in imperial units for the center. Or even better get a 45mm boost for the column (lots of people have been replacing the lameco's with the Omori) and get EGT, oil and whatever as the third one for the center pod I personally like having an intake temperature gauge.

Thaison over at J-Spec sells 52mm gauges that match the dash board lights unlike the lamecos that don't and also a 1 din gauge face that will fit in the pod. You can buy the pod by itself from several places or better a CF one from Thaison as well.

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Old 04-17-2003, 10:56 PM   #3
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thanks. just wondering though, what's bad about the oem gauges?
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Old 04-17-2003, 11:04 PM   #4
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They seem fine overall, but overpriced and some genuis at Subaru decided to make them with red needles and a white backlight instead of the yellow needles and green backlight that the instrument cluster has. It is a question of whether or not you get value for the amount of the option charged, I don't think so. However, if right after you get the price you want on the car you can get the price of the gauges reduced it may be OK for you.
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Old 04-17-2003, 11:57 PM   #5
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heard way too many oil temp probes go bad, either the probe or the gauge itself, volts gauge i don't feel is important at all, the boost gauge is ok but for the same price you can get really fast responding gauges.
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Old 04-18-2003, 12:04 AM   #6
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...lots of people have been replacing the lameco's with the Omori...
So the Lamco's are lame That's a nice freudian slip.
On a serious note, I agree with jehcpa, one would expect a nicer looking set of gauges for the price. There's also something odd imho about placing a boost gauge rather far from the center of your field of view.
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Old 04-18-2003, 12:22 AM   #7
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If only it had been fruedian rather than an intended pun!

I control my subconscience dang it!

Really, though rNF it is not the gauges in and of themselves you can just do much much better for the price.

I agree unless you plan on loading up your electrical system (:cough: rice) why did they even bother putting a volt gauge in. The boost gauge is far too small for its location. And you would think by now the rest of the world would understand that us arrogant Americans are not going to metric. I mean nPA, give me something that is intuitive to my culture like PSI and I am sorry but I get concerned when my oil temperature is only 100 degrees. Doh! its celius so it is a normal temperature.

Sorry, I have had my pod for about 3 months too long and I won't have it replaced for another couple weeks so I am frustrated.

At half the option listed price - it is almost worth it.
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:58 PM   #8
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You can build your own set up, or if you don't feel confident doing that. These guys have some pretty good set ups at www.wrxtra.com Check out their catalog page.

Much better stuff for less money than Subaru.

I did my own using a factory Subaru pod and Autometer gauges, including an EGT gauge with a competition type probe about $150 less than the Subaru gauge pack cost.

Subaru should at least have put in an Ammeter or an EGT, but I guess they were interested in ease of installation by the dealer.

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Old 04-22-2003, 01:11 AM   #9
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i vote for Defi BF gauge.
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