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Old 12-19-2009, 03:30 PM
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Analog Guages or Single electronic Multiguage display

Are these electronic multiguage displays a good idea. I see that most people run individual guages for EGT's, etc., but wouldn't a multi display be more economical? The Ford tech hooked a laptop up to the OBD port and could monitor everything (engine oil temp, coolant temp, trans fluid temp, etc.). Wouldn't that be better than buying one guage for each parameter?
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most people will say that the guages are better than a monitor because when you get guages you are putting new sending units/probes in and the monitors run off factory sending units
personally i run a bullydog outlook monitor and i like it. i might buy guages eventually but only because i like the look of a 4 guage pillar pod
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I have analog guages in my truck and I have the edge insight all in one digital unit, as for temp differences, I only see about 2-3* between analog an digital. When ford brings your truck in and they data log it, all of the temps are read off the OBDII port, the same place the Edge Insight uses.
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Go with the insight...you love it...you also love the simplicity of hook up, cost over multiple analogue gauges and PID alerts that you won't get with analogue (with the exception of the high end models)..
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What's a PID alert? Also what does the edge monitor? I know it does EGT with a probe (Doesn't It?) but what else?
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What's a PID alert? Also what does the edge monitor? I know it does EGT with a probe (Doesn't It?) but what else?
PID=Parameter ID. For example you can get a visual alert when you exceed prest EGT temps, Tranny temps, etc...

Edge monitors most everything you would want with the exception of Fuel and Oil pressure (although the '08+ does offer fuel pressure)...this is all due to the Insight reading data from all your PCM electronic sensors throughout the truck.

The EGT gauge ability is only possible with Edge's optional EGT probe that must be drilled and tapped in your drivers side exhaust manifold IOT get the best reading.
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I would like to be able to monitor the oil and fuel pressure, fuel pressure mainly since I have an OEM oil pressure guage. Parameters I'm really interested in monitoring are EGT's, Trans temp, Oil temp, Coolant Temp, Oil Pressure, Fuel Pressure, and I've seen where some will monitor your economy to help you maintain driving habits that give the best fuel economy. I guess a data logging feature wouldn't hurt to have to bring that info to a mechanic in the event of a problem. My thinking at this point anyway.
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I would like to be able to monitor the oil and fuel pressure, fuel pressure mainly since I have an OEM oil pressure guage. Parameters I'm really interested in monitoring are EGT's, Trans temp, Oil temp, Coolant Temp, Oil Pressure, Fuel Pressure, and I've seen where some will monitor your economy to help you maintain driving habits that give the best fuel economy. I guess a data logging feature wouldn't hurt to have to bring that info to a mechanic in the event of a problem. My thinking at this point anyway.
You can data log with the Insight. You also could always add separate analogue guages for fuel/oil pressures.
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What about some of the other electronic multi guages? Do any of them do the same thing as the insight plus the other things like economy monitor, fuel and oil pressure, etc.? Does the insight have an economy monitor feature?
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Any gauge that uses the OBDII port will not read fuel or oil pressure its not available in the PIDS off that port those two gauges will require additional analog gauges.
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