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This is a discussion on boost gauge? within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; iv seen really expensive boost gauges and really cheap ones but i dont know which to get. whats a good ...

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    boost gauge?

    iv seen really expensive boost gauges and really cheap ones but i dont know which to get. whats a good but not expensive one i should get?

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    Glowshift - Crap, and your friends will laugh at you
    Prosport - decent, budget oriented gauges
    Autometer (old style bulb lit) - fair, but overpriced for what you get
    Autometer (new style LED) - very decent, fairly priced
    Greddy - overpriced, but good gauges
    Defi - the best you can buy, very expensive though.

    There are others, but these are the most popular.

    Unless you're rich, I'd go with Prosports or the newer style autometers... depending on your budget.

    Unlimited funds.... or if you're only planning on doing 1 gauge and then stopping.... definitely go with the Defis.
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    I my self prefer a mechanical boost gauge, over a electronical one because mechanical runs off air preasure in the system and it really shows the flucuation between vac pres and psi. But thats just me.

    I have a mech Autometer carbon series boost and an electric oil pres. I bought them because my car has the optional carbon trim pieces.


    No way in hell I would get Defi, there way to expensive, but they are mad "jdm" though
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    Autometer too bright

    I just installed an Autometer Boost gauge from Advance Auto Supply (or maybe it was Autozone?). It works great, seems to be accurate, responds instantly, cost only $40, and was easy to install. The light (the newer LED version), however, is WAY too bright at any setting (it is hooked into the dash light dimmer). Five hours on the interstate at night would render me blind, so I inserted an 820 ohm resistor in the supply line (the line before the little converter/power supply included with the gauge), which tamed the boost gauge lighting just the right amount---your preference may vary of course. Someday I'll get the bug to change the LED (if that's what it is) to a redish one to better match the rest.
    Last edited by saabaru5353; 09-21-2008 at 07:17 PM.

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    Defi FTW

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    Quote Originally Posted by saabaru5353 View Post
    The light (the newer LED version), however, is WAY too bright at any setting (it is hooked into the dash light dimmer). Five hours on the interstate at night would render me blind, .
    I have NINE autometer LED gauges

    Yes, it does get bright.... I installed a "stealth" switch that will override my headlights and turn them off thpough. Honestly, after awhile, I just got used to it
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    Nine Autometer LED gauges---OMG!

    You must have tinted windows to keep from lighting up the street at night. Have you investigated what would be involved in changing the LED's to a different color? I didn't see any obvious way to open the boost gauge---looked like it was crimped together, and a PITA to open without breaking something.

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    Nope.. no tint... i hate tint. Even if I did.... you could still see through them.

    As far as I know, you can't (and shouldn't) open a gauge.... they are calibrated and doing that could likely mess them up.
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