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.
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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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...
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.
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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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'.
Sorry about the lag. I'm preparing two sand rails for a trip, one which required a new frame and axle tube, the other a new first gear and a trans rebuild, top end of the engine and the fabrication of new high geometry SLA front suspension.
I called and left a message and have not gotten back to him yet. I will try and make it the first point in the morning.
Damn, I am getting to the point of needing an assistant......LOL
Well what I get from Gary is that they are in the works, but that Autometer doesnt know if the demand is really going to be all that big. Word is that I am gonna have get back to him in a couple of weeks to see where the direction is going.
I wish I had a more definate time on when.....but he doesnt, nor would I, want to give anyone an approximate time and than have it not come through......
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