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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 03, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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which is easier?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 03, 06:08 PM
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I feel electrical are easier to install if a clean look is desired. Mechanical I believe are more accurate, but the sending units are bulky and the tubing aren't as easily contoured for a clean look in the engine compartment. If you're racing I would go with mechanical.
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 03, 06:14 PM
 
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Depends on what you consider eaiser, are you mechanical or electrical?

Mechanical is by theory more accurate.

As long as you have a good ground you shouldnt really have any problems with the electrical either....

I myself run mechanical, and believe me being an Instrumentation Engineer I have quite the collection in my 67 and use both. In some cases an electrical gauge suits the need......and in others, a mechanical. I use mechanical for more critical measurements. Out of 14+ gauges, 4 of them are electrical; Tach, speedo, volt and fuel level.

But I will have to say.....theres nothing eaiser than installing a sender and running a wire.....



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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 03, 09:11 AM
 
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From my understanding the electricl guages are just as accurate as the mechanical with todays technology. That wasnt alwasy the case, but I think alot has changed.

The real disadvantage of mechanical guages is the risk of something leaking... i.e having hot oil start to shoot into your interior etc..... Obvioulsy never run a mechanical fuel guage all the way into the interior etc. With a mechanical temp guage, the sender and tubing are all connected and you need to make a bigger hole in the firewall to run it through to the block etc. Just more combersome...

I like the electrical... much easier to install etc. and just as accurate now...
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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 03, 11:04 AM
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I have autometer electrical gauges in my car for almost a year now and work great. No problems and it does make for an easier install.

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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 03, 02:36 PM
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I have mechanical, if I did it over again I would use electric.

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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 03, 03:08 PM
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Batch for batch, electrical is just as accurate as a mechanical guage. The accuracy is primarily in the meter face markings...especially on the temp guage since it is non-linear. The transducers have very little hysterisis and the guages usually have a trim pot for fine tweaking. Electrical is by far the easiest and you won't have to worry about kinking your tubes or getting hot oil sprayed on you.

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If you are looking for full sweep electric gauges, good luck, they don't exist.



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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 03, 03:42 PM
 
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Beg to differ CFunk........click on new products top left, then under the 2002 catalog heading number "5".....there are only a FEW gauges available as of this post, but Autometer is working on a full line of 'Full Sweep' electrical gauges....stay tuned!!
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 03, 07:51 PM
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chicane67, I respect your post but beg all you want.

I spoke with them 6 months ago and the only full sweep, worthwhile gauges (oil, water temp, volt) they have listed in the catalog have been pulled. No ETA if/when they will ever be released.

I would love to have the main 3 full sweep electrical gauges in my car but haven't been able to find them in a year of searching.

Praying to GOD someone can prove me wrong.


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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 03, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
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This web site is great, that's for all the advise.
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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 03, 08:09 AM
 
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Well a friend of mine (Gary Haseton) works for Autometer. Being that I am in the Instrumentation Engineering business, I just call myself lucky in that he leaks little things to me every now and then.......that is why I stated 'Stay Tuned'.
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post #13 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 03, 06:22 PM
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So, would it be a safe be to hold off on purchasing a set of mechanical gauges in hopes of finding a set of electrical full sweep gauges in the next 3 months?



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Let me rattle his cage on Monday and I'll squeeze him for some better info....
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post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 03, 03:14 PM
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Thanks, because I am real close to replacing the 2" Sunpro gauges that came with the car.



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