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    Whats the three most usefull gauges?

    I know Boost is a requirement but what other two are the most useful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtfh4xx View Post
    I know Boost is a requirement but what other two are the most useful?

    Thanks!
    This is a preference question. Even a boost gauge isn't a requirement. But having gauges helps you see how your car is performing. It depends on how you plan to use your car as well. For example, a boost gauge will help you see if you're reaching target boost levels. Anything other than this is all up to you and what you feel you need to know.
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    i think a boost gauge would definitely be nice to have, especially when you start tuning. i would have one if my stupid podeyeAKAblandeye had any place to put one.

    ps, drews ive been staying at my place in destin all this week...this town is so boring.

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    Oil temp, EGT, Oil pressure, boost
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    Thanks for the suggestions so far all,
    looks like ive got two down- Boost and EGT.
    Still debating the last. And a wideband is too expensive i think. $200+ for a gauge... :\
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    Quote Originally Posted by wtfh4xx View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions so far all,
    looks like ive got two down- Boost and EGT.
    Still debating the last. And a wideband is too expensive i think. $200+ for a gauge... :\

    Good EGT gauges cost plus or minus $200. Boost gauges aren't that much cheaper. You're gonna spend $500-700 for 3 good gauges (Defis will cost even more).

    For the 3rd gauge people either get oil pressure or oil temp.

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    Gauges are a personal preference..... and everyone is correct, a lot of it will depend on exactly what you want to DO with your car.

    If you plan on being tuned at a shop, boost, wideband A/F, and an EGT gauge

    Drag Racing? Boost, Intake temp, and perhaps oil temp

    Daily driving? Boost, voltmeter, oil pressure

    I do all 3. I've drag raced several times, track raced several times, I'm also tuned at a Cobb stg 3.... I also drive it daily.

    I also have 9 gauges in my car.

    The ones I use the most? (in this order)

    1) My digital tach / shift light
    2) My Voltmeter
    3) My boost gauge
    4) My fuel pressure gauge
    5) My intake temp gauge
    6) Everything else.

    Take that for what it's worth.. hope it helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarmacsti View Post
    boost, egt & wideband

    Wideband is in a league all it's own... HA!
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    Im going with prosport gauges so Im probably gonna spend about $200 on gauges and another $80 on a triple clock replacement pod.

    What the diff between a normal AFR and wideband?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wtfh4xx View Post
    Im going with prosport gauges so Im probably gonna spend about $200 on gauges and another $80 on a triple clock replacement pod.

    What the diff between a normal AFR and wideband?
    Prosport?

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    Everyone is pretty much spot on. It comes down to what you want to know about your car. I had Boost and Oil Pressure as the only necessary gauges...if I was to have more before I sold my car, I would have had intake temp and post IC temp because I did a lot of dragging. EGT and Wideband are also very good indicators (but probably the two most expensive as well).

    I liked having boost because I was protuned to 21psi...so knowing how long I could keep it in and out of boost was necessary, especially when temps got colder.

    Oil Pressure would have been very good because with increased boost, more chances to pop oil lines and such (especially around the turbo). If you see oil pressure drop or spike suddenly, you know there's something up.

    Or you could be like Ninefourteen and have a gauge for everything inlcuding surface temp of the sun
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    Quote Originally Posted by wtfh4xx View Post
    Im going with prosport gauges so Im probably gonna spend about $200 on gauges and another $80 on a triple clock replacement pod.

    What the diff between a normal AFR and wideband?
    Regular AFRs just read the voltage from tapping into your O2 sensor wires. They aren't really useful for knowing exactly what is going on and aren't really accurate in guessing your AFR.

    Wideband uses its own O2 sensor. It is basically is made to be specificly for the use of AFR and is very accurate.



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    Prosport?
    Whats wrong with Prosport? So they aren't high and mighty expensive Defis...but I had them and they worked flawlessly for two and a half years. They were the first mod I did on my STI
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