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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825274 posted 08/30/09 09:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I purchased a radio gauge panel so I have a place to mount my wideband gauge finally. The panel has three spots for gauges and two are empty right now. The car has an A pillar with two gauges in it, a boost/vacuum gauge and an oil pressure gauge.

What should I put in the radio panel? I'm 90% on a volt meter gauge, but unsure on the other one. I was thinking about an oil temp gauge, but I'm already running a cooler. EGT doesn't seem like a good choice for me as I wouldn't really utilize it.

Any opinions? Thanks for any input.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825279 posted 08/30/09 09:55 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Fuel pressure is a good one. Water temp maybe? Voltage is also a good one.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825282 posted 08/30/09 10:01 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have a fuel pressure one already under the hood mounted to the FPR. The water temp is a good idea but seems a little redundant with the crappy one already in the dash. Good suggestions though.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825283 posted 08/30/09 10:07 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The dash gauge is not the most accurate for water temp. Even having a fuel pressure gauge in the car is good 'cause you may notice if you go lean for some odd reason. Just my .02


Edited by 1457gvr4 (08/30/09 10:07 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825291 posted 08/30/09 10:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Knowing Wideband O2, Oil Pressure, and Water Temp you'll be able to spot 95% of problems before it's too late. I guess a Volt gauge will be ok knowing that these can have alternator issues.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825320 posted 08/31/09 01:15 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
You could always pick up a EGT guage for a reasonable price if you are just looking to fill the hole with something usefull.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825360 posted 08/31/09 08:56 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I run boost, volts. water temp and AEM wideband.. Pretty much covers it all IMO. The only thing I may add is oil temp or pressure??


Edited by mac515 (08/31/09 12:24 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825372 posted 08/31/09 09:48 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Volt meter has helped me spot alternater issues so that gets my vote. It's hard to decide on the last but I'd go with water temp as it's more accurate than the factory gauge. No need for egt or fp gauges as the wideband covers those already.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825383 posted 08/31/09 10:53 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
+100% Volts



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825401 posted 08/31/09 12:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Oil pressure for sure. Unless you want to trust your engine to the idiot light.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825406 posted 08/31/09 12:55 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
^^^^^^
He already have an oil pressure gauge.


I would go for coolant temperature. The gauge on the dash is super slow response. The factory gauge wont move till its too late.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825430 posted 08/31/09 03:25 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting mac515:

I run boost, volts. water temp and AEM wideband.. Pretty much covers it all IMO. The only thing I may add is oil temp or pressure??




Not to thread jack, but you want an OP gauge. Our cars only have that stupid stock light. Definitely more important than volts because the worst that will do is leave you stuck with a dead battery and you can push start it.



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Edited by SmoothCustomer (08/31/09 03:26 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825691 posted 09/01/09 10:59 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Yea I know. The idiot light is not the best. LOL, I probally will be installing one in the next few weeks.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 825697 posted 09/01/09 11:22 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I know it's been mentioned here, but it seems to me oil temp is pretty important, because it represents the temp of the engines parts which require proper temps for proper operation. Also it's pretty useful especially if you run the car hard for long periods of time. Since proper oil temp takes longer to achieve after cold start, the gauge can let you know when you are ok to start romping on it, or after a lot of hard driving, when you should lay off for a while. Granted for most street use it is not as necessary, because after 10-15 minutes of gentle driving it can be assumed that everything is up to temp. I also like it because at 195* water evaps from oil, and at 215* fuel evaps from oil, so it's good to get the oil to see those temps from time to time.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 826298 posted 09/03/09 11:26 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Water temp for sho. The stock gauge in the dash is useless.



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