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Old 08-14-2004, 08:33 PM   #1
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Question Are cheap gauges worth it

Hi. I plan on getting an accessport and eventually a TBE. Before i do any of that though i need to install gauges of course, but damn these things are expesnive! This is my first car so i am not sure what kind of gauges ill be needing, Im thinkin boost, EGT, and A/F. My questions are is this all i will be needing and would something like .....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=38660

be enough because i really dont wanna spend 150$+ per guage unless it makes a huge difference. Are they all equally accurate? Any suggestions on CHEAP but nice workin gauges? Thanks.

P.S. i did plenty of searchin but i basically wanna know what the differences in performance are between cheap generic boost gauges and HKS, Blitz, etc
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Old 08-14-2004, 08:57 PM   #2
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My opinion: dont waste your money on those. I think the Auto Meter Sport-Comp series of gauges would be a good choice for someone on a budget. You can get a boost guage for about $50 (mechanical). Checkout something like summitracing.com. Dont buy cheap flashy bling-bling guages. good luck.
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:18 PM   #3
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Get autometer, I got the Ebay OBX ones like 4 gauges for 100 bucks. Finally installed the boost gauge, and never read over 10psi.
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:21 PM   #4
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Thanks stink, ill def look into that.

"I got the Ebay OBX ones like 4 gauges for 100 bucks. Finally installed the boost gauge, and never read over 10psi."

haha yeah definately dont want that...thanks guys
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:23 PM   #5
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Hey, I am proud of you - first car and you are doing the responsible thing and spending money on gauges before mods!
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:33 PM   #6
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hehe yeah way to scared after reading about all these blown motors to start moddin yet...besides my tinted windows

I looked at that Autometer gauges u said and will most likely end up gettin the boost and EGT ones, but I heard the Autometer A/F doesnt work for ****. Any thoughts or similar replacenents that will work better. Thanks again
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:36 PM   #7
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Look around and BE PATIENT, I got my autometer brand new in the box for 50 shipped, when it would have cost almost 70 at the dealer.

Even if you can find one on ebay for cheap, like missing the fitting and such, if you email autometer they will send you the fitting for free. Just tell em you lost em.
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Old 08-14-2004, 10:58 PM   #8
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Yes, and do a search on what goes with what. For instance an A/F gauge isn't going to work property without a wide band o2 sensor, which are some duckets. If you're looking to stay on a budget, get EGT and boost. If you're going tri pod, add oil pressure. good luck.
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Old 08-14-2004, 11:03 PM   #9
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My Autometer Colbolt Electrical boost was $220.00
My Autometer Colbolt Electrical EGT was $220.00

Yeah, they are expensive *shrug*
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Dont use electric, nuff said
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Old 08-14-2004, 11:11 PM   #11
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fyi, the accessport has a live boost reading.
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Old 08-14-2004, 11:31 PM   #12
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Quote:
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Dont use electric, nuff said
Might wanna elaborate on that.
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Old 08-15-2004, 01:21 AM   #13
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I've had my autometer gauges for a while and they work great.
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Hmm I'm not seeing any EGT, ones for cobalt autometer
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Old 08-15-2004, 02:39 AM   #15
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thanks for all the replies, the sport autometer ones are relatively cheap. 50 for boost, 110 for EGT, so i dont need A/F? ill look into oil pressure i guess thank.s
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Old 08-15-2004, 03:32 AM   #16
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Cobalt Auto Meter EGT or "Pyrometer" is #6144.

Anymore, electrics are just as accurate as mechanicals if not more so with the smart sensor technology and self-calibrating movements available in a lot of today's high-end instruments.
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