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    Good Day All -- I've reviewed Rogan's FAQ on gauges, and would like opinions on todays tastes, pros, cons, etc. I'm interested in a boost gauge for sure, and I like oil pressure gauges as well. I'm leaning towards mechanical, but a old dog ... lol.. can learn new tricks. I'm new to turbos, so advice on accurate boost gauges would be great. Also should I be considering a EGT gauge if I'm not do rally at this point. Thanks in advance for any comments.
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    The gauge options haven't really changed in 2013 compared to 2002, so all the gauge threads on here are just a relevant as they always were. Defi is still regarded at the best quality at a premium price. AEM makes quality gauges at a lower price point, but usually have less features.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    The gauge options haven't really changed in 2013 compared to 2002, so all the gauge threads on here are just a relevant as they always were. Defi is still regarded at the best quality at a premium price. AEM makes quality gauges at a lower price point, but usually have less features.
    Thanks much. I will continue to peruse the site. And glean what I can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cogito View Post
    Thanks much. I will continue to peruse the site. And glean what I can.
    Sure.

    Let me clarify one thing. While the favored gauge brands haven't changed much over the years, there are lots of new options for mounting the gauges. If you're just getting two gauges, I'd highly recommend the SMYCluster. It has OEM fit and finish, and looks great installed:

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    I like the Defi Racer series gauges. They're a bit more expensive than some other options, but I like the way they look, are reliable, and are accurate. I hate Prosport, and don't recommend them to anyone.

    As for which gauges...

    Boost: You have a turbo car; if you have one gauge, this is the one to have.
    WBO2: Useful for knowing accurate AFRs, where the factory sensor is useless at anything above moderate throttle
    EGT: I find it useful in self-tuning, but the end-user may not.
    Oil Pressure: Most oil pressure issues are sudden, and the gauge (along with the idiot light on the dash) tells you it's time for a new motor
    Oil Temp: I like having an OT gauge, as it tells me when it's safe to start enjoying the car. You want to wait until oil is up to operating temp for maximum lubrication. Without an oil temp gauge, a general rule to follow is that by the time your OE water temp gauge is up to operating temp, double the time, and oil is there.
    Water Temp: Useful if you're tracking the car, or if you need another gauge to fill space. I wouldn't bother on a street vehicle
    Voltage: Useful if you've got extensive electrical draws (e.g., big audio setup). Otherwise, meh.
    Fuel Pressure: For the most part, it will stay at a flat value. I wouldn't bother with this unless you get an aftermarket fuel pressure regulator and start adjusting.

    My personal recommendations...
    One gauge: Boost
    Two gauges: Boost / WBO2
    Three gauges: Boost / WBO2 / EGT or OT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Sure.

    Let me clarify one thing. While the favored gauge brands haven't changed much over the years, there are lots of new options for mounting the gauges. If you're just getting two gauges, I'd highly recommend the SMYCluster. It has OEM fit and finish, and looks great installed:

    SMY Dual Gauge Pod 2008-2013 WRX & STI - Interior - 2008-2013 WRX
    That is sweet !!!! Thanks for the link. Appreciate it.
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    Just thought I would mention too...I agree that defi's are probably the most popular brand, and that is for a reason...They are great quality.

    I personally run AEM gauges and find that they are great quality for the price. You can also get boost and AFR in one gauge (failsafe gauge). If I could buy them all over again I would probably get the failsafe gauge from AEM and then EGT (which I will probably get eventually if I end up upgrading to ELH's).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I like the Defi Racer series gauges. They're a bit more expensive than some other options, but I like the way they look, are reliable, and are accurate. I hate Prosport, and don't recommend them to anyone.

    As for which gauges...

    Boost: You have a turbo car; if you have one gauge, this is the one to have.
    WBO2: Useful for knowing accurate AFRs, where the factory sensor is useless at anything above moderate throttle
    EGT: I find it useful in self-tuning, but the end-user may not.
    Oil Pressure: Most oil pressure issues are sudden, and the gauge (along with the idiot light on the dash) tells you it's time for a new motor
    Oil Temp: I like having an OT gauge, as it tells me when it's safe to start enjoying the car. You want to wait until oil is up to operating temp for maximum lubrication. Without an oil temp gauge, a general rule to follow is that by the time your OE water temp gauge is up to operating temp, double the time, and oil is there.
    Water Temp: Useful if you're tracking the car, or if you need another gauge to fill space. I wouldn't bother on a street vehicle
    Voltage: Useful if you've got extensive electrical draws (e.g., big audio setup). Otherwise, meh.
    Fuel Pressure: For the most part, it will stay at a flat value. I wouldn't bother with this unless you get an aftermarket fuel pressure regulator and start adjusting.

    My personal recommendations...
    One gauge: Boost
    Two gauges: Boost / WBO2
    Three gauges: Boost / WBO2 / EGT or OT
    Wow. Thanks for educating me... .great info. Love the avatar ... benny hill ... right ????
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    btw ... I was getting a little hung up on the oil pressure gauge, I have a bit of a leak down issue on my 260z so I keep a eye on pressure.... alot
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    Quote Originally Posted by cogito
    Love the avatar ... benny hill ... right ????
    Not sure where it's from. I just laughed when I saw it...
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    not thread jacking, just have a question.

    anyone have input on a good looking digital voltage gauge?

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    I was at a BD party yesterday, and mentioned looking at gauges for the REX, and the Cobb Accessport V3 came up as the goto vice gauges. I still like the analog gauges v.s. digital , guess I'm still old school.
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    Good info ej257 thanks:-)
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