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Old 10-08-2001, 07:12 PM   #1
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Smile Mechanical Vs Electrical...

Hey guys...I just got my gauge pod and mask back from Derres Catalano...and although I need a new pod now due to some shipping problems...(USPS decided my box would work better as a soccer ball...so my pod is busted... that will only take a week or so get rectified)...I will be ordering some gauges. Now I've narrowed down some pretty good combo's to go with, what do you think?

1. Oil Temp, EGT, Vac
2. Oil Temp, Oil Press, EGT
3. Oil Press, EGT, Volts
4. Oil Temp, Water Temp, EGT

And most important, I'm not sure at all what to go with...MECHANICAL or ELECTRICAL?? Any Opinions would be EXTREMELY helpful!

Now, once I go turbo (coming very soon ), I'll mount the boost, A/F, and whatever on the Triple-Guage A-Pillar replacement that's in R & D right now.

Thanks,
Steve

p.s. If anyone thinks of a better combo of any of these, or unlisted gauges, please let me know.
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Old 10-08-2001, 08:59 PM   #2
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5) Water Temp, Oil Pressure, EGT

unless you know that you are going to engine management later that should display Water Temp. SO get oil temp in that case
HOWEVER
some gauges the oil/water temp gauges are one and the same, like GReddy

oh yeah...
ELECTRICAL!!
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Old 10-08-2001, 09:37 PM   #3
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Talking Very valid point

Yeah I'm pretty positive I'll be going engine management a few months after the Turbo Install...unless the turbo install neccessitates the Eng Mgmnt.

Thanks Kaos!
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Old 10-08-2001, 10:52 PM   #4
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I myself am doing the same thing..you are ...shopping for gauges for Derres's Gauge housing..But I would suggest the following..
First off your RS already has a Water Temp Gauge...and a Volt meter is unnessary (I believe)
So My suggestion is the following Gauges
EGT, Fuel Pressure, and Oil Temp or Pressure...All of which Give you vital info on your Engine.. Oh yeah..unless you race professionally...Electrical gauges are the ticket....

Boost on Brother..
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Old 10-09-2001, 12:52 AM   #5
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Thumbs up That's the ticket!

Derres' setup is BEAUTIFUL! Too bad my pod was destroyed during shipping and today was COLUMBUS DAY! Who the he** decided this!!! I was totally unaware of this until I got the post office to see if the insurance would cover the damaged pod......and they were CLOSED!

Anyways, yeah I'm gonna probably just cover EGT, Oil Press, and Vac...unless I get that Oil Cooler which I would then go Oil Temp first.....but when I go turbo, I'll worry more about the Oil Temp, Boost, etc... and probably have a gauge for just about everything that can be monitored.

Also, I just emailed the guys at Auto Meter directly and a guy named Zach replied to my question about the Lunar Series, stating they will debut after the SEMA show at the end of this month.....so I'll wait to then to see the prices before I go with Apex-i or Defi. Their prices are INSANE!

Oh well..thanks guys,
Steve

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Old 10-09-2001, 04:21 AM   #6
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elelctrical for everything except boost, i have found mechanical to be the most reliable for vacuum/pressure but as far as ther others i am NOT one for running OIL pressure into my dash.

Jeremy
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Old 10-09-2001, 11:46 AM   #7
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Boost, Oil Pressure, EGT and A/F is what I run.
Boost- Mechanical
Oil Psi, EGT and A/F- electrical
EGT-VDO Cockpit series with Westech probe
Boost & Oil Psi are Autometer Phantom
A/F is J&S safe gaurd dual monitor
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Old 10-09-2001, 11:57 AM   #8
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That's why you use a pressure isolator so you're not running the fluids into your car. Autometer makes an isolator that is for all mechanical gauges and is rated up to like 200psi. It's safe for most pressurized stuff except nitrous.

Check under the accessories section of their web page, you should find it buried down at the bottom of one of those pages.
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Old 10-09-2001, 01:30 PM   #9
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Default ok..so..

everything electrical but boost...makes sense...

So I'm set on EGT, Oil Press, and Vac....all electrical...probably will go with the Autometer Carbon Fiber Ultra Lite Series or the Lunar Series, should the timing permit. I was so set on going all Defi, or Apex-i until I priced it all out...and i'll be spending over $1,000 in just indiglo gauges! I'm like ***!!! Is there anyone who makes it cheaper for me??? I am hoping autometer will

Thanks guys, much appreciated
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