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      04-02-2009, 09:16 PM   #1
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Best gauge other than boost?

I want to try and get two gauges side by side in the ashtray. One will be the boost but what should the other one be? Anything thats real easy to hook up incase I need to remove them for warranty work or something.

Im getting a round boost gauge with peak recall. So id like to get the same brand for the other gauge. Usefulness doesnt matter. I just want something easy to hook up. Thanks
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Usefulness doesnt matter. I just want something easy to hook up. Thanks
What's the point then?

Nothing worth having is easy to install. You know you just can't take off your boost gauge. Most T into vacuum lines in the engine bay.
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What's the point then?

Nothing worth having is easy to install. You know you just can't take off your boost gauge. Most T into vacuum lines in the engine bay.

Because I want two gauges in the ashtray area not one. I think two looks cleaner and more professional. And there are lots of easy things worth having.
Yes I know how a boost gauge works. Ive put many of them on all the turbo'd cars ive owned including many friends cars.
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How about the gauge BMW forgot, WATER TEMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Get Rick's vent gauge for a boost gauge, then do Water temp and Intake Air Temp in the ashtray.
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oil pressure would be my vote, if you get an electronic gauge/sender it won't be that hard to install.
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Does anyone know where the best place to tap the water gauge?
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EGT or a A/F meter.
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With the money you'll spend on 2 gauges and the time to install them in the ashtray, I think you'd be better off getting Rix gauge. It's actually functional and has a much greater "wow" factor. But if your dead set on putting 2 units in the ashtray, I vote AFR.
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Because I want two gauges in the ashtray area not one. I think two looks cleaner and more professional. And there are lots of easy things worth having.
Yes I know how a boost gauge works. Ive put many of them on all the turbo'd cars ive owned including many friends cars.
Yeah, but then you say you want it easy to uninstall in case of warranty issues. Let's say you have the Boost. You will already have to t into a vacuum gauge, which would you would need to remove, rerun the line back through the firewall, and undo all the power/grounds to the gauge.

Everything else worth having (Wideband, EGT, Oil Press, etc) taps into something just like the boost gauge. Assume wideband, you would still be running a line through the firewall and then into a Bosch wideband sensor that taps into your downpipe. None of these are just "easily" removed and let's act like it was never there. If I were you, and definitely going with the dual gauge. I wouldn't worry about removing them for warranty work.

That said, I would get the RIX gauge if you got anything.
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EGT and Oil pressure
+1 on EGT.
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I'm working on the same set-up and chose a voltmeter next to the boostmeter.
Easy to install and no drilling or whatever in the engine to hurt your warranty.

I will get the performance steering wheel in the future which has watertemp.

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Wow, there are lots of gauges.
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Some gauge manufacturers sell an OBD II gauge. It might be good, then you can cycle through a bunch of readings and pick the one you find useful.
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