View Full Version : Gauges in a 1st gen.
11-15-2002, 11:16 AM
Where does everyone mount guages in a 1st gen? What kind of gauges are these and what do they cost? ???
My truck came with the stock tach on the dash. The pyro and boost are pillar mounted. (Gauges are Isspro and use the Auto Meter Dual Gauge Pod - cost $340 Can a couple of years ago)
11-15-2002, 12:55 PM
I just installed mine this week. I added 4 gauges- Tach, Pryo, Tranny Temp & Turbo Boost. I still have to drill the exhaust manifold and tap in the tranny sensor this weekend but the tach and boost are working great.<br><br>I don't like the A-pillar mounts because they block your view some. I looked for and found a 4 gauge dash mount but ended up not liking where it mounted on the dash so I settled for individual gauge cups mounted to the dash right over the steering wheel. I was reluctant to drill the dash at first but now I'm glad I did it. <br><br>Next spring i may make an 4 gauge enclosure out of fiberglass but for now I happy with the install. I got my gauges from Rod at Wildcat Diesel. 4 gauges + cups was about $400<br><br>The Pyro, boost and Temp gauges are the ISSPRO EV type. They are fantastic at night and look great. The only negative is they glare more durring the day than the standard gauges. ISSPRO has not released the EV Tach gauge yet so I went with the standard for now. <br><br>I'll post pictures tonight if you are interested.<br><br>
11-15-2002, 01:40 PM
I'm definitely intrested in some pics $400 That is awful expense for some gauges. Is that a top of the line setup?
11-15-2002, 03:07 PM
Thats $340 CANADIAN...LOL... [laugh] [laugh]
Thats bout $230 US...
I paid about $300 CDN for the Autometer pillar mount, boost and pyro gauges with taxes etc. I went with the Sport-Comp because it matches the dash pretty close with red needles and black backround/white numbers. Also the pyro has its own amplifier built in so it seems to be a little more sensitive to what the thermocouple is reading.
I had the dash mount 2 gauge setup from BANK$ in my 89 and it was OK. It fit on the right hand corner of the dash above the heater controls and was next to my Tach anyway. That being said, I like the pillar mount for ease of looking at the gauges and I don't find them that restrictive in view.
I found with the Isspro (Bank$) my pyro never went below 250° even at -30. Now if its 70 °F outside, thats what the AM gauge reads when cold.
Hope this helps.. sorry no pix... [undecided]
11-15-2002, 07:07 PM
I have a 4 - gauge setup in my 92, they are all ISSPRO. I got the mount from US Gear and it sets on the dash. I don't feel comfortable with the pillar mounts so close to my head and they would b;ock my view.<br><br>When my gauges go bad I will use another brand, anything but ISSPRO. Boost gauge sticks and I'm on my second tack first tack was bad right out of the box, worked sometimes but rarely.<br><br>So if you are looking to install gauges look to another brand, you will be happier in the long run.<br><br>Just my opinion.<br><br>Jim
11-15-2002, 08:22 PM
Sorry if the pictures are not to good. I took these at dusk and the flash kept washing out the gauge faces.
11-15-2002, 08:23 PM
11-15-2002, 08:24 PM
yet another view<br><br>
The following shows the pillar mount for pyro & boost and the stock dash mounted tach. The pictures is from one of the guys from the TDR. I have exactly the same set-up on my truck.<br>http://www.turbodieselregister.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=180304<br>---<br>Al
11-16-2002, 10:31 AM
I run 6 gauges 3 in a dash pod and 3 in an "A" pillar mount. The dash mount has a tach, boost and EGT (pyro) all Isspro. The "A" pillar has coolant temp, trans temp and rear diff temp all AutoMeter Phantom series. I plan on combining the trans and diff into one gauge then installing a oil pressure gauge to replace the old diff gauge. I don't find any visibilty problems with either setup. <br>Bob
11-16-2002, 10:48 AM
My Gauges. I also have a oil pressure and water temp set mounted below dash. ;D
PDR - Black Sheep Racing
11-17-2002, 01:30 PM
I'm running AutoMeter Pro-Comp (2 5/8" I can SEE them).<br>This is my install
11-17-2002, 04:14 PM
OOps, lets try that again.<br><br>http://www.swampfoxcustoms.com/hot_shot.htm<br><br>http://www.swampfoxcustoms.com/gaugepod.JPG<br><br>I've since finished the paint and put split loom on the wires.
11-17-2002, 09:22 PM
Stevie G- What is the air box thingy? Can't tell what you did exactly from the picture.
11-18-2002, 07:04 AM
I used a rotary tool to remove the front of the factory airbox and then built a plenum from FRP to bring air from behind the headlight into the air filter.
11-18-2002, 10:10 AM
Thanks for all the replies $400=oops Now $230 sounds more resonable How do you hook up some of the gauges? Any special considerations for any certain gauges? Chirstmas is coming up so I think gauges are in my future. <br><br>Jbolt,<br><br>Did your dash come in that wood trim or did you add it aftermarket?<br><br>Thanks again
11-18-2002, 05:07 PM
Stevie, I like the way you mounted your gauges. Kinda gives it that big rig curved dash look. Good job!
11-18-2002, 07:13 PM
<br>Thanks for all the replies $400=oops Now $230 sounds more resonable How do you hook up some of the gauges? Any special considerations for any certain gauges? Chirstmas is coming up so I think gauges are in my future. <br><br>Jbolt,<br><br>Did your dash come in that wood trim or did you add it aftermarket?<br><br>Thanks again<br><br><br>No opps on the $400. Remember I'm talking about 4 gauges + mounts. The $230 was 2 gauges and a pillar mount. The pryometer and the tachometer are the two most expensive gauges in my setup.<br><br>The dash is stock but it's not real wood :)
11-18-2002, 07:54 PM
Dont quote me on this..but, didnt all of the LE versions of the 1st gens come with the wood trimed gauge panel? I know mine is.
11-20-2002, 10:46 AM
I'm not sure about it being a Le only option. I was looking at 1/2 ton Dodge that my uncle owns and it has a wood trimmed dash, but it is not a Le model. <br>
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