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Old 03-26-2007
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Mechanical vs Electrical gauges ?

Which do you prefer, why...

What's better in the long run.

More simple to install, longer lasting, cooler ? lol
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i have electrical gauges.......they are easier to install than mechanical gauges, and i didn't want lines running in the cab with oil in it...
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also, the mechanical gauges are more accurate...
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^ yes, only thing im worried about is one day just cruising the my face melting off as oil and tranny fluid fly into my eyes....Worse case though...


Mine are mechanical being put in as of 2 hours from now hehe
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I just hope that if you are doing an oil or fuel press/temp.. that they are being mounted out side the cab!!!
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99% of all oil pressure gauges are mounted in the cab......
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99% of all oil pressure gauges are mounted in the cab......
Yes, electric ones... not mechanical... that would be a big fire/saftey hazard.
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Yes, electric ones... not mechanical... that would be a big fire/saftey hazard.
no mechanical...........oil wouldn't be a fire hazzard......now fuel pressure gauges ARE mounted outside the cab because of a fire hazzard.......oil pressure gauges are not a fire/safety hazzard......the chances of ruptering the copper tubing on a mechanical oil pressure gauge is 1 in 1 Million under proper use......the only way it could rupture is from a direct impact with another part (which is likely if you install it correctly) or if you kink it and cause it to crack when you are installing it......which again is HUMAN error....

if mechanical oil pressure gauges have to be mounted outside the cab, why not the mechanical water temp gauges? they have the same temperature antifreeze in them as the oil.........

heck, you might as well mount your electrical gauges outside the cab too.....they are an electrical fire hazzard if you don't install them correctly...
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no mechanical...........oil wouldn't be a fire hazzard......now fuel pressure gauges ARE mounted outside the cab because of a fire hazzard.......oil pressure gauges are not a fire/safety hazzard......the chances of ruptering the copper tubing on a mechanical oil pressure gauge is 1 in 1 Million under proper use......the only way it could rupture is from a direct impact with another part (which is likely if you install it correctly) or if you kink it and cause it to crack when you are installing it......which again is HUMAN error....

if mechanical oil pressure gauges have to be mounted outside the cab, why not the mechanical water temp gauges? they have the same temperature antifreeze in them as the oil.........

heck, you might as well mount your electrical gauges outside the cab too.....they are an electrical fire hazzard if you don't install them correctly...
I'm saying... that for me, or anyone... brining any sort of hot fluids into the cab while I"m driving is a no-no... You said yourself that the only way it could rupture is the human factor... well, what if you buy Jim Bob's discount meters? That's neither here nor there. Go to a drag strip and you'd be suprised at how many guys have them mounted outside the cab for saftey.

The idea of any hot liquid inside my cab bothers me... why do you think ford uses senders? I'm sure it costs more, but it's safer. Can you imagine if they used mechanical gauges and somone rolled a ranger?

and installing an electrical gauge, imho, is a million times safer... worst case scenario, you pop a fuse or nuke the gauge or sender.
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depends on what gauge it is
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i would use electrical gauges if your wanting to do it the easy way. i hate the mechanical gauges in my s-10, they are a hassal.
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dont use gauges



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I'm a big fan of mechanical gauges, but I put electrical in my truck for several of the reasons already mentioned.

I will say this though:

I ran a mechanical oil pressure gauge in addition to the electric oil pressure gauge for about a month just to check the accuracy of the electrical one. The electrical gauge was only 5 psi difference (on the low side) than the mechanical gauge.
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My oil pressure gauge is mechanical and the oil does come through the firewall and into the cab. My water temp and air/fuel ratio gauges are electric. I like the install a lot better than the mechanical ones.
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I installed a mech oil pressure gauage in my 2008 Ranger over a year ago with no problems. I've probably installed a dozen or more mech oil pressure guage years ago on various vehicles, and never had a problem on any of them. I've never had a line break or a fitting come loose, etc.

The reason a lot of pro drag racers install gauges outside in front of the windshield is for safety purposes for yourself and your racer in that they're so much easier to read as you don't have to take your eyes off the track to read them as you do generally have to do when mounted inside.
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