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want to add a trans temp gauge. Ideas?

I have full add on gauges on my powerstroke and would like to add a transmission gauge to my ranger to monitor the auto tranny temps. Who makes a set-up for rangers? I would like a complete system with gauge pod options.

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I use a scan gauge to monitor my tranny temp. I got mine from Wayne @ http://www.stuffforyourranger.com/st...roducts_id=212
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I use a scan gauge to monitor my tranny temp. I got mine from Wayne @ http://www.stuffforyourranger.com/st...roducts_id=212
dang didnt realize they were that cheap
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I second the scan gauge, gonna get one myself as soon as i have enough expendable income. Too many drunken bbq's, weekend trips etc... in the summer to spend my money on.
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I use a scan gauge to monitor my tranny temp. I got mine from Wayne @ http://www.stuffforyourranger.com/st...roducts_id=212


yep, same here
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agreed. Scan gauge is the way to go, you can have 3 other gauges with the trans temp, that's what I like about it.
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i guess i dont understand how it would measure tranny temp? and what about a vehicle that has bigger tires with the speedometer already off?
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Here is another idea:

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The scan gauge is neat, but I agree with omega. How can it monitor the tranny? I don't believe there is a tranny temp sensor on the tranny now, but then I realy don't know. If it will work I might go that rought. How did you mount the screen?

Roach, I realy like what you have done. I have a similar set up in my supper duty and like it. Where did you get the A-pillar pod, gauges and such?

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Where did you mount the sending unit? electric or mechanical gauge? pics of the sender?

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ya can someone explain hot it reads the tranny temp? cuz im looking into ordering one of these myself
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ya can someone explain hot it reads the tranny temp? cuz im looking into ordering one of these myself
X2 on that one. I was wondering the same thing.
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it reads it from the ecu. the truck already monitors it, it just doesnt show it anywhere.
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it reads it from the ecu. the truck already monitors it, it just doesnt show it anywhere.
that makes sense. But im guessing you can't calibrate your speedo with a scangauge can u? If u can im getting otherwise, if I bought that every single number would be way off correct?
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I have a trans temp gauge too. It's electrical, there is a perfect spot for it on the left side of the transmission. there is a bolt that does nothing...you unscrew that and screw in the sender...vioala...you have a trans temp reading!

IMO, oil pressure and trans temp are the two most important specs on the truck. If you heat the transmission too much, it will be a paperweight. and if you run the motor with too little oil pressure...goodnight!!!
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I have a trans temp gauge too. It's electrical, there is a perfect spot for it on the left side of the transmission. there is a bolt that does nothing...you unscrew that and screw in the sender...vioala...you have a trans temp reading!

IMO, oil pressure and trans temp are the two most important specs on the truck. If you heat the transmission too much, it will be a paperweight. and if you run the motor with too little oil pressure...goodnight!!!
Are you running a 5R55E? Any pictures of this 'unused' bolt location? Where does the sender pick up the temperature from? Just a random place inside the trans? I've considered just pulling my pan and taking it to get a bung welded in.
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Really considering picking up one of these off eBay, brand new for $30


and running a F150 steering column gauge pod. I'll probably do it fairly soon.
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I have a trans temp gauge too. It's electrical, there is a perfect spot for it on the left side of the transmission. there is a bolt that does nothing...you unscrew that and screw in the sender...vioala...you have a trans temp reading!

IMO, oil pressure and trans temp are the two most important specs on the truck. If you heat the transmission too much, it will be a paperweight. and if you run the motor with too little oil pressure...goodnight!!!
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I have a trans temp gauge too. It's electrical, there is a perfect spot for it on the left side of the transmission. there is a bolt that does nothing...you unscrew that and screw in the sender...vioala...you have a trans temp reading!

IMO, oil pressure and trans temp are the two most important specs on the truck. If you heat the transmission too much, it will be a paperweight. and if you run the motor with too little oil pressure...goodnight!!!

+1 I couldn't stand the factory gauges in my car, while I don't have a trans temp. I do have a killer cooler setup with one big fin cooler, a smaller plate type cooler with an electric fan on it, also a +2 quart pan. Not quite feeling the necessity for the oil psi in my Ranger just yet, I may go that route one day.



Autometer, speedo, tach, volt, temp, oil psi, fuel level, and a fuel psi on the windsheild base.
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For those who have used the scan gauge, where did you mount the screen. Doesn't seem to be an obvious location on the dash of my 98.
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I will take pictures of mine. it's too easy. The oil pressure is very difficuilt though, just hard to get your hands in there!
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Actually

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Thats ont he left side of the transmission. I believe it's a "check" bolt.
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where dose the oil sender go? or can you use the stock one.. if so wheres the stock sender?
also roach where did you get the pod from?
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For those who have used the scan gauge, where did you mount the screen. Doesn't seem to be an obvious location on the dash of my 98.
I just mounted mine with a kit that puts it over/under the mirror:

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For those who have used the scan gauge, where did you mount the screen. Doesn't seem to be an obvious location on the dash of my 98.

I actually did a little cutting and made mine fit under my aftermarket CD player. It fit perfectly!

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The lower left guage is the transmission fluid reading.
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