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Thinking about gauges


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926207 posted 08/28/10 01:45 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I am going to need to get some gauges pretty soon and I know I'll be getting a boost gauge, but I will have room for where I want to put it for another one. I just wanted to get opinions on what other gauge you all think is a good one to get. I know the stock temp gauge is crap, but in terms of being able to accurately keep track of one more variable on the fly, what would be the best choice?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926209 posted 08/28/10 01:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Wideband or oil pressure, IMO.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926239 posted 08/28/10 06:20 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I would say a aem wideband.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926252 posted 08/28/10 07:19 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
It kind of depends on the situation. Water temp, oil temp, and oil pressure are crucial to monitor on any car of a high performance nature especially if you are modifying it and/or it sees sustained high engine speeds/loads. When you start messing with engine tuning, WBo2 becomes another must have.

I venture to guess that the car in question is going to be used almost exclusively on the street, mostly cruising but with some occasional shenanigans, and probably adding some power. For this i'd say WBo2 and a logger should be fine.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926254 posted 08/28/10 07:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Go nuts and get it all done in one shot.
Oil Pressure
Water Temp
EGT
Boost
Volts



It's a little bit of overkill but it's all right there, and ready to view. Anything blocked of view is just what is being upgraded anyways.
If you just want a couple of gauges, you might still be able to get away with an stealthy installation on the column. It's function that should dictate your preference of what gauges to install. Follow what the other guys mentioned above, this was just to illustrate what I wanted to try because I had never really seen it done before. I will have to install a WB 02 unit soon; SHOULD but haven't as of yet.
Oh, those are tie strap left overs used to keep the gauges from rotating while I was determining fitment to keep them tight in their bunks (2" PVC pipe).


Edited by FlyingEagle (08/28/10 07:34 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926483 posted 08/29/10 10:35 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I found an evo 6 single din OEM gauge set (oil pressure, volts, and boost) and it looks like all the gauges are electrical. I tried sifting through an evo 6 FSM but couldn't find anything on where they are driven from. Does anyone have any info on this?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926544 posted 08/30/10 09:34 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The wiring for those gauges may have been dealer added, so it may have been loomed by themselves and not in the main harness. I cannot confirm this, just speculating.
In that case, find a set of gauges with sending units and wiring included. Might be easier said than done. If the gauges have pigtails to connect to, that would be great, otherwise you have to find some kind connector for the back of the gauge set. I am hoping someone here has used a gauge set similar to that and can post up about it.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926667 posted 08/30/10 07:23 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Does mitsu do electronic boost gauges? Could I perhaps grab a sender from a later evo?

If it's going to be like putting in an aftermarket gauge set, then I'll just get an aftermarket set. I've been eyeing these for a little while because they look very similar to the factory dials.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926685 posted 08/30/10 09:19 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Never seen a radar detector gauge thats slick.


I'd like to find a 3 temp in one digital gauge... one for intake temp at filter then one before IC and one after.



Found one of these other day they look cool for water injection

click me.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926749 posted 08/31/10 01:27 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I understand having accurate information for multiple variables is a must, but where do you call it quits? I don't want to have a bunch of extra gauges that I rarely look at littering my dashboard. Also, the gauges I do get have to be as inconspicuous as possible, none of this bright LED backlit 'look at me I go fast' tom foolery. Ideally, I'll be making myself something similar to fivestardsm so as to be as obscure as possible.

Basically, I don't want to add too much clutter to the dash so, apart from boost, what gauge do you all find most useful most often?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 926768 posted 08/31/10 02:33 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
If I ever needed that many gauges, I'd start looking at something like a DisplayLink

Granted it needs a compatable ECU (Link) and can only display 8 variables at once and costs about NZ$1000...
otherwise I'd get *really* fancy and replace the dash cluster with a laptop and set it up to run PCLink's virtual dash
.
By this point I'm sure I would have this guy

to tune my car and fix that 'hole in my fuel map' that 'uploads 3rd gear'...

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