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Re: Aftermarket Guage Questions
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<font color=green>OK, let's see here... New senders... 3... right... no, yes... I do know about this stuff... Radio shack... and Yes...[img]images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
OK, now the long version.
You'll have to put the senders in that come with the gauges, but they're pretty easy to do. I personally like mechanical gauges anyways, but that's just a personal preference. Fewer wires that way, and I feel that they are more reliable. For electric gauges there should be 3 wires, the ones that you said. For mechanical it's just the dimmer and ground for the illumination. I got the LED's at Radio Shack, you can order them from there online too, I put a link in here a while back, I can find it again if necessary.
For the wiring harness I cut off the stock one and wired up a new one that I got from radio shack. It was fairly easy, just time consuming getting everything organized and drawing the new wiring diagram as I went. I didn't really want to use the stock one since the end that goes to the dash is connected directly to that laminated circuit thingy in the original dash. Easier to just hack off the end that comes from the dash and start over. It's not too hard, just trace all of the wires BEFORE you cut off the harness or you'll be ina pickle, especially if your wiring colors don't match the wiring diagrams. the colors in my truck didin't match, I figured out what was what by tracing the wires in the laminated thingy from the original gauges back to the harness.