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Old 02-23-2004, 04:18 PM   #1
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i am in the market for some gauges and i like the price of autometer but some say some of their lines are not to accurate. if someone could point me in the right direction as to which are accurate or another direction all together but without breaking the bank, im in college.
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Old 02-23-2004, 04:21 PM   #2
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Autometer electric gauges should be fine for you. They are about as cheap as electrics get. Mechanical gauges will be even cheaper but you can run into issues.
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Old 02-23-2004, 06:18 PM   #3
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What gauges are you looking for? boost is a must! But what else do you want?

I have boost, egt, and oil psi.

Omori makes a GREAT gauge and they arent that expensive.

Greddy also has some low cost options that wont break the bank.
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Old 02-23-2004, 06:58 PM   #4
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i was looking for just boost right now, then in the summer i will get egt and oil

so basically im lookin for just electic gauges now, if i understand correctly? the mechanicals are more prone to less accuracy?
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Old 02-23-2004, 06:58 PM   #5
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I have decided to go with VDO for the boost and oil temp. If I can't find this mysterious "fast" thermocouple for their EGT, I will probably just get the Omori EGT.
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Old 02-23-2004, 06:59 PM   #6
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I run autometer egt and boost. The boost guage is mechanical and works perfect. The egt reads a bit slow but you can buy faster probes if your so inclined.

edit: saw additional posts. The autometer guage reads exactly the same as my old stock guage and both their numbers correspond exactly to the numbers my ecu is seeing. Dyno verified.

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Old 02-23-2004, 07:41 PM   #7
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thanks for all the help guys, i think im gonna go with some cheap autometer mechanicals because i can get a discount. when the time comes for actually tuning ill get some nicer ones but this is just so i dont overboost too much, i dont mind some fluctuation within a half lb for less than 50 bucks
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Old 02-23-2004, 07:49 PM   #8
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Eh, its your money! But why spend more in the long run just to save a buck now
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Old 02-23-2004, 08:04 PM   #9
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I have decided to go with VDO for the boost and oil temp. If I can't find this mysterious "fast" thermocouple for their EGT, I will probably just get the Omori EGT.
VDO gauge + westach probe ($35)
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Old 02-23-2004, 08:08 PM   #10
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You got a link or a part number for the westach EGT probe?
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:08 PM   #11
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The one I used was the 712-4D4K probe (you can buy direct, westach.com but you'll need to call them. Also chiefaircraft.com and aircraft-spruce.com sell several westachs but not the specific one I bought, apparently it's an uncommon size). The probe to get depends on the threads on the bung you use. That one is 1/4" NPT which matches the bung that the VDO kit comes with. You can also do a search here, several other people are running westach probes with great success.
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:10 PM   #12
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If you get the Autometer mechanical boost gauge you should go to home depo or some place like it and get some rubber hose line. The white plastec line in the autometer can crack or crink resulting in your gauge not working and a vac leak.
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Old 02-23-2004, 11:59 PM   #13
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if you want reliable, inexpensive, and great-looking gauges (meaning ones you don't have to strain to see the illumination) get VDO Vision Series gauges. They are available from www.summitracing.com among other places. The illumination looks a LOT like stock WRX lighting.
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Old 02-24-2004, 01:33 PM   #14
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im going to look into those vdo's i had them in an old bmw i used to have and they did work well. thanks
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Old 02-24-2004, 08:27 PM   #15
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VDO vision series is über. Illuminated needle and with the green condom matches very well. The autometers are hard to see at night. Just fyi.
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Old 02-26-2004, 11:29 AM   #16
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I second that. The VDO gauges with the green bulb slip on are almost an exact match with the gauges in my 04 WRX. That and the price (I paid a 100 bucks delivered for oil temp w/sender and boost gauge) Summit is a good source for them.
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Old 02-26-2004, 06:47 PM   #17
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A #168 bulb in the autometer gauge(Sport Comp anyway), colored with a green sharpie, and tapped off the spare plug on the radio harness matches the stock gauges in illumination real nice
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A #168 bulb in the autometer gauge(Sport Comp anyway), colored with a green sharpie, and tapped off the spare plug on the radio harness matches the stock gauges in illumination real nice
Green Sharpie Hmmmm.....I'll try that this weekend.
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It don't see a VDO EGT gauge that reads over 1600. What one are you guys using?
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Old 02-27-2004, 11:47 PM   #21
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I was under the impression that the exhaust temps of the WRX would be higher than 1600 and therefore you'd need a gauge that read at least 2000.
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Old 02-28-2004, 12:10 AM   #22
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If you peg that gauge, you have serious engine problems, or will very soon.
1550°F should really be considered a MAX EGT and nothing over 1500°F sustained or your tune is bad.
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I can't find an electrict VDO boost gauge, can anyone help me out? These are pretty cool
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I don't believe VDO makes an electric boost gauge.
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An electric boost gauge is a huge waste.
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