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Gauge Dilemma

So, I was checking out Grigg's thread on gauges and it got me thinking about the ones I'm going to be buying here. I'm looking to add three gauges. Herein lies my problem......which ones?? lol

There's soooooo many it makes my head spin. What would be the best three to cover my butt? I know one gauge is def going to be a vac/boost gauge to keep my fuel economy in check and for a future mod =]

So that leaves two gauges. I'm thinking that one of these would be best: Oil Temp, Oil Pressure, Tranny Temp, Rear Diff Temp, T-Case Temp


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4.0 SOHC, Manual Transmission, Manual Transfercase, 31 Spline 8.8, Torsen L/S
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I would say oil presure and trans temp. Thats what I am putting in right now. I have the autometer NV series gauges electrical full sweep
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I'm pseudo planning to install oil pressure and trans temp as well....go with them, because two of us said so
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I have a manual tranny, I thought *in my feeble mind* that it wouldn't be worthwhile unless you had an auto.
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bump for the slackers.............
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A transmission temperature gauge would not make my top three if it were on a manual transmission vehicle
After your stated vacuum pressure I guess my next choice would be oil pressure
Then if 2003 does not have an 'actual' gauge (not an idiot light disguised as a gauge) it would be engine or coolant temp
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I'm pretty sure the factory dash temp gauge is real. I'm glad someone else thought the same thing about the tranny temp gauge.

So a vacuum gauge, oil pressure, and............?

I was thinking about a rear diff temp sensor but it seems like it'd be about a b1tch to install and run the wiring somewhere safe, treating my truck the way I tend to do. =]
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Travis I TOLD YOU WHAT TO GET DONT MAKE ME DRIVE UP THERE AND WHOOP YOU TO THE WEST COAST!!!!!
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I don't want no dang tranny temp gauge! I'd rather have a t-case temp or rear diff temp gauge.
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How about a how far my foot is up your *** gauge??? lol

Do you have an e-fan? I dont know if you would put one on your truck after the last time though. I would say Water temp if you were.

But um... oil pressure and vacuum then or I know get an EE kit and get a BOOST GAUGE!!!
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How about a how far my foot is up your *** gauge??? lol

Do you have an e-fan? I dont know if you would put one on your truck after the last time though. I would say Water temp if you were.

But um... oil pressure and vacuum then or I know get an EE kit and get a BOOST GAUGE!!!
The vac gauge I'm looking at has boost dummy

It's (EE S/C) a possible future investment since I have a low mileage motor that has yet to be broken in =]

Air/Fuel would kick butt but I'd have to tap in another o2 sensor.

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narrow or wide band a/f?

narrow band doesnt need a sperate o2
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narrow or wide band a/f?

narrow band doesnt need a sperate o2


I'm new to the whole gauge scene. I won't be worried about the air/fuel until(if) I get the EE S/C.
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Who you calling dummy you stupid head! That guage looks mighty nice!
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I dunno if it's backlit though, doesn't say anything in the product description on summitracing. I need illumination!

I'm really diggin these gauges, I just need to know if they light up.
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Here is mine you really cant see it lit up cause its bright outside

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Does that have a green bulb cover on or something?
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I dont know I didnt remove the light. I think it is a green bulb.
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Its a green Bulb. I would go with Oil pressure and if your plann9ing boost in the future, its a good thought in the present.

I presently have Air/Fuel , Volts, Water from the lower radiator hose ( so I can compare it to the normal temp gauge and see if things are cooling, I cant hear my electric fan over my exhaust ) and soon a boost gauge ( waiting on it to arrive ).

I PLAN on buying a few door shrouds and making 4 gauge pillars out of them with Epoxy/Resin. They will be staggard 2x2 on the pillar by the windshield.
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I am going to go with Trans, Vac/Boost, and Fuel mix ratio. I hav a manual trans and know that certain rpms consistantly increase the temp of the fluid.
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since you have a manual tranny Travis, go with a combo of how many gauges you want from the following list: (listed most important to least)
- oil pressure
- vaccum
- water temp
- voltmeter
- diff temp
- a/f ratio
- fuel level

you don't need a tranny temp gauge with a manual....

i am running all of those except for the a/f ratio gauge...
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I would say oil presure and trans temp. Thats what I am putting in right now. I have the autometer NV series gauges electrical full sweep
Ditto.

Edit: Whoops! Just noticed you have a manual. Nevermind. How about a real voltage gauge to monitor your charging system, especially if you plan on big lights.
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