Right now I'm getting ready to install an VDO oil temp gauge but I've run into a snag and could use some advice. I bought the gauge and a temp sender off summittracing and a pre-drilled oil drain plug off of wrxtra.com.
I bought the temp sender because the description on the site said the gauge came with mounting hardware and accessories but not the sender. It's a threaded sender and it fits the plug perfectly.
I just got the gauge yesterday and it turns out that the gauge, sender, and signal line are all basically one piece. The line is basically welded to the gauge/sender and there doesn't look like a way I can de-couple the current sender without cutting it.
The current sender isn't threaded, but there is a nut behind it that's way too big for the drain plug from wrxtra. The gauge came with a bunch of adapters but it doesn't look like any of them match the drain plug thread so no dice there.
Can I just cut the current sender off and attach the line to the sender that fits the drain plug? From what I can see, the sender line is just copper with a steel mesh around it.
I'm a little worried about cutting the current sender off since it's all one piece right now and I have no idea what the proper method for attaching the line to the threaded sender would be. Help and ideas are appreciated.