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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-17-2004, 05:43 PM
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Custom Dash & Gauges

I have a blank dash-No holes so far. What type/kind of gauges should I go with?

Are Auto Meter Gauges any good?


Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Re: Custom Dash & Gauges

Autometer are top of the line. I also like S & W gauges. I run an engine temp, auto trany temp, volt, oil pressure and air pressure (for the OBA) in my dash. The big argument is mechanical or electric. I run an electrical oil gauge because I had the little line break on me and shoot oil all over the underside of my dash! You could substitue the little cheap plastic hose for some DOT aproved air lines, but I decided to go electric. Not as acurate, but good enough for me.
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Re: Custom Dash & Gauges

Welcome to the board!

I like Stewart Warner gauges, but mainly as a throwback to my hotrod days in the '60s. They do seem pretty reliable, but I would imagine that any name brand would be fine.

Here are some ideas I've collected:

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Stay away from Equus I put a set in my jeep and the fuel gage needle bounced around like crazy and the mechanical temp gage started sticking. Replaced the gages with Autometer classic series and they match the speedo nicely. Only problem is defrost doesnt work because of the two upper gauges. No big deal to me since I don't drive it during the winter...
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Re: Custom Dash & Gauges

Here's my 87 YJ, flat dash style, with autometer gauges...a little more simple than the rest but very effective.
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Re: Custom Dash & Gauges

I'll be scrounging in the junkyard to get a tach gauge cluster out of an XJ or MJ. I like the layout and the gauges in my MJ are very accurate. I really do prefer mechanical gauges, but I'm not hung up on them.

I'll mount the gauges above the steering wheel to make them easy to glance at while driving, and figure out what to do with the vast expanse of unused dash space I'll have left. My water-sensitive electronics (radio, CB, etc) will be mounted on an overhead console, because I refuse to drive through water more than neck-deep.
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