VDO Gauges for the GU

Submitted: Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 21:53
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Got my head around the gauge set up at long last and how I want to fit the EGT & Boost gauges. Can't wait to get started as I've got a 10k trip starting in May/June.

Now I'm looking for the gauges and can find little in the way of retailers, can't even find a decent link to VDO wholesale. I know a couple of organisations that say that they can get them in but I'm looking for prices online, nothing like a bit of competition to keep the greedy men honest.

Any one know of the best place for best prices for VDU gauges ????
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 22:07

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 22:07
Dont know if this guy sells VDO but I got my EGT and Auto temp gauge off him for considerably less than prices here.

$148 against $350 here for EGT kit.

www.atlanticspeed.com


Good to deal with and here in 10 days Pay with Paypal

One bit of advice Get BLACK face gauges as I got white ones and they are too bright at night and reflect in the windscreen.

Mine are Autometer which is a good brand also.

Also get metric models as the USA use imperial still

The model number has M after it


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Follow Up By: Member - Salt grinder - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 22:43

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 22:43
Thanks for that info I'll check it tomorrow.
How and where have you got them set up ?

Are they the 52mm ?

It sounds like yours are lit hence the night time comment. Have you thought of isolating the light with a dimmer.




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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi_In_Aussie(Wagga) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 01:21

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 01:21
I have had my gauges connected to the same circuit as my dash lights - that way I can dim my gauges at the same time as I dim my dash





Hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Member - Salt grinder - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 08:43

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KIA . . . which pod have you used ? Does it replace the existing pillar cover and go the full length or does it fit over the existing one. ??

Any problem getting the cabling in to it. ??
Where'd you get the gauges ?

It looks pretty neat sitting beneath the grab. I guess you painted it up yourself.
A heap of questions there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 08:44

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 08:44
Yes they are 52mm and are in a pillar pod as below

These however are illegal in NSW

Have a look in my profile for pics of them.

My pod cost $20 not the $150 of the one below.


Most gauges come in Metric but you have to ask for them as the Yanks dont know what we use here.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi_In_Aussie(Wagga) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:01

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:01
Saltgrinder - you remove the existing pillar cover and replace it with this one - it is the same size and uses the same fitting holes.

re the cabling - I paid an auto electricain to do the install so cannot say how easy/hard it was

re painting - I sent it to the local car painter and he matched it - cost $35 to paint up

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Graham H (QSLD) - can you add more to your comment ' these howeverare illegal in NSW " - to what are you referring?
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi_In_Aussie(Wagga) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:01

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:01
Saltgrinder - you remove the existing pillar cover and replace it with this one - it is the same size and uses the same fitting holes.

re the cabling - I paid an auto electricain to do the install so cannot say how easy/hard it was

re painting - I sent it to the local car painter and he matched it - cost $35 to paint up

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Graham H (QSLD) - can you add more to your comment ' these howeverare illegal in NSW " - to what are you referring?
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi_In_Aussie(Wagga) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:03

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:03
sorry for double post - no idea how that happened - one way to get my post count up I guess :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:37

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:37
I read on a Toyota forum of a guy getting defected with a pillar pod like ours.

This was in NSW and as I live in Qld they are OK.

Might pay to check.

Remember him quoting a rule that says if they are factory fitted they are legal,

if not they are not.

Sounds like usual beauracratic bulldust.

To the other question In a Cruiser there is enough room to get the wires out the end of the pod and down the side of the dash.

Just be careful as some gauges are too long and dont fit in the pod too well

The Autometer ones do.
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Reply By: Member - John - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 07:05

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 07:05
Image Could Not Be FoundG'day, Ispro make a very good colour coded EGT gauge, available from the states, boost and temp gauges also. I find the colour coded egt very handy and easy to check.
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Follow Up By: Member - Salt grinder - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 08:32

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 08:32
John did you get the pod from the same place as the gauges and how in hell did you get all the cabling to them out there in the middle of the dash top.

I notice the EGT & WT is in F deg . . . . is it not available with C ???
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Follow Up By: carlj - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 22:11

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 22:11
John what is the highest psi shown on the boost?
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 10:08

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 10:08
When you get a boost guage for your diesel, get a boost + only, not a vacuum and boost guage, as some people seem to do.
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Reply By: Member - John - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 13:59

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 13:59
G'day, the pod I got from ebay, some times they are available at Supercrap etc. The cables etc are under the dash mat, up thru the left hand side dash securing bolt, have a look under the clip in plastic bit up near the windscreen, lots of room for cables etc. I like degrees F for some reason, they are available in metric. Hope this helps. John
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Reply By: JR - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 17:33

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 17:33
I have new unused VDO EGT and boost guages I can sell if you are interested
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Follow Up By: Member - Salt grinder - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 19:04

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 19:04
Can you send a bit more detail to my email. Then maybe we can talk when you give me your phone no. Thanks.
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