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This is a discussion on Gauge advice within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So I've purchased a 2 gauge pod for my '11 WRX and am looking to fill them. I've already purchased ...

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    So I've purchased a 2 gauge pod for my '11 WRX and am looking to fill them. I've already purchased a boost gauge that matches my instrument cluster and it was suggested to me by my tuner that an EGT or WBO2 and AFR are what I should be looking for as a second to be able to keep track of how my car is running. So I have a 2 part question... which do you all think would be the most important 2nd gauge and do you know where I can get one that matches (Red face with white needle)? I've looked for hours and have found very few with that color combination. Thanks in advance!!
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    For the 2nd guage I'd do oil pressure. From everything I've heard once you're nodded oil pressure and boost are the 2 most important.

    For the 3rd I'd take the advice from your tuner. I'm going to be getting prosport's halo guages,but if I can find a good guage with a red face and white needle I would be interested in that.
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    For daily driving (monitoring critical systems):

    Boost
    Oil pressure
    Voltmeter (don't laugh, I use it all the time)
    Fuel pressure

    For racing (not otherwise necessary except in "abuse" situations):
    Tach and/or shift light
    Oil temp
    Intake temp

    For tuning purposes:
    EGT (Pyrometer)
    Wideband A/F ratio
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    intake temp?? meh.

    I'd put coolant temp up there before intake temp
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    Fair enough.... but the car already has a coolant temp gauge. Seems like overkill with no real purpose.

    After waiting in line for 30 minutes to get to the staging area at the local drag strip...... I found out the hard way how badly heatsoaked I was, when I dropped the clutch and my car fell flat on its face.

    Intake temp gauges installed within a week.

    Plus, at the track, if I'm doing one session after another... I can use the intake temp gauges as a guide to spray the intercooler and get my intake to its optimal temp for the next launch. Or, worst case scenario, shut the car off and let it cool down.

    I do use them quite a bit..... admittedly though, only on track days.
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    Car has a coolant temp gauge... which is worthless.

    We have all heard time and time again... if the gauge is above normal.. you're already screwed. If it were more accurate, then it'd be decent. That's one reason why I like the accessport. Gives you a digital readout of the actual coolant temp.
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    Thanks guys for all the input! I don't plan on doing any of my own tuning for a while, and I don't track the car. Basically a DD with some spirited driving once in a while, so I think I'm going oil pressure and purchace a tatrix to log if I really want to monitor everything. Now to find one that matches...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    Car has a coolant temp gauge... which is worthless.

    We have all heard time and time again... if the gauge is above normal.. you're already screwed. If it were more accurate, then it'd be decent. That's one reason why I like the accessport. Gives you a digital readout of the actual coolant temp.
    You know... I can honestly say the only time I've ever seen my gauge get above normal was driving very slow (1st gear) up a mountain with the A/C on.... and that was 4 years ago. Once I turned the A/C off, it went right down.

    Guess I just never really thought of a coolant temp gauge as necessary. Could be wrong though (it wouldn't be the first time - LOL)

    To the OP.... I think boost + oil press is a good combo to start with.
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    The tuner will have a WBO2, but he won't have an EGT gauge. Having an EGT gauge will be useful to them when they are tuning your car. I prefer oil temp over pressure, since most pressure related failures are things like the pickup tube, so when OP drops @ WOT, your motor is pretty much toast.
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    What gauge did you get that matches the 11 cluster? I only came across 1 type of boost gauge that was red back/white needle but I didn't like it.

    FWIW this is my order of preference:

    Boost
    AFR
    EGT
    Oil Temp

    But I find AFR gauges to be a nuisance. I had a AEM UEGO in my last Evo and the constant color changes and what-not drove me crazy, especially at night. So I would go boost/egt if it was me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anxiouz View Post
    What gauge did you get that matches the 11 cluster? I only came across 1 type of boost gauge that was red back/white needle but I didn't like it.

    FWIW this is my order of preference:

    Boost
    AFR
    EGT
    Oil Temp

    But I find AFR gauges to be a nuisance. I had a AEM UEGO in my last Evo and the constant color changes and what-not drove me crazy, especially at night. So I would go boost/egt if it was me.
    This is what I found, the only other ones they have in our colors is oil press and EGT. I'm hesitant about drilling a hole in my exhaust to mount a sensor. I know it's really not a big deal but...
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