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post #1 of 22 Old 06-24-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Gauges vs Monitor

I've been reading a few threads about this topic and it sounds like a lot of people push for the monitor over gauges. I have a SCT Livewire so I get that it's nice to have a bunch of things on one screen but there's a few things about it I can't stand. One is I find it slightly annoying to have to turn it on an off every time I get in an out of the truck. Also during the summer while sitting in the sun the monitor gets so hot that when I turn it on I can't read anything until it cools, which at times takes much longer than the drive. These are just two reasons I've been wanting to switch over to gauges. Anyone else have these problems? I haven't tried any of the other monitors, do they work better in the heat?
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I have an Edge CTS and I have no problems with temperature issues it's on my dash winter to summer.

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I've been reading a few threads about this topic and it sounds like a lot of people push for the monitor over gauges. I have a SCT Livewire so I get that it's nice to have a bunch of things on one screen but there's a few things about it I can't stand. One is I find it slightly annoying to have to turn it on an off every time I get in an out of the truck. Also during the summer while sitting in the sun the monitor gets so hot that when I turn it on I can't read anything until it cools, which at times takes much longer than the drive. These are just two reasons I've been wanting to switch over to gauges. Anyone else have these problems? I haven't tried any of the other monitors, do they work better in the heat?
I'm not trying to open a gigantic box of squirrels here, just trying to get some opinions.
I love my Livewire TS, I have yet to have any problems with it and it automatically turns on and off with the ignition. I haven't had any problems with the heat but I've only ran the truck in Montana (where I used to live) and Alaska (where I currently live). It get's pretty warm here (in the 90's). I also run 2 gauges, fuel pressure and boost. BTW, in the settings there is a place to adjust it so that it turns on and off with the truck.

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BTW, in the settings there is a place to adjust it so that it turns on and off with the truck.
Is this setting only on the Livewire TS? I have the older Livewire and I've never seen a setting that turns it on or off automatically. If there is this setting I would like to know because that would fix one irritant about the monitor.

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I've got both, I got a edge insight..and then I got 4 gauges running up the a pillar...think they both are great for different reasons...the a pillar looks cool from the outside, don't think anything looks better on a diesel...as for the insight it's really clean out of sight and does almost everything I need...
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I've got both, I got a edge insight..and then I got 4 gauges running up the a pillar...think they both are great for different reasons...the a pillar looks cool from the outside, don't think anything looks better on a diesel...as for the insight it's really clean out of sight and does almost everything I need...
I agree with you! I love it when I look across an intersection and see a diesel sitting there with gauges running up the a pillar. I was thinking about doing both as well. My thought was to do a quad a pillar with a single off the steering column. These would be the pyro, boost, trans. temp, fuel pressure, and hpop pressure. Then run a monitor for other things such as oil temp, coolant temp, and volt. My only issue with the monitor is like I mentioned above. Blanking out when it's been sitting in the sun and having to turn it on an off everytime I get in an out.

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Just added a poll for fun. I want to see what everyone thinks about this.

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I run my Edge Insight CTS Pillar mounted with no problems with heat/cold ect. Doesnt take long to boot up. By the time i have the truck turned on and i'm all situated its up. if not i can tap it before i start the truck and it will start to boot up. I also have a steering column mounted fuel pressure guage.

I like the look of the pillar gauges/pods. But for me I feel its easier to look at the screen and see all of my information instead of looking at seperate gauges. The column mount is nice cause it places my guage right in the middle of my tach. So it doesnt block anything and is easy to view when looking at the cluster.

Thats just my two cents. If i were to put more guages i'm not sure where i would put them. I'm looking at putting Batt and FICM voltage on little LCD screens with a push button so they arent on all the time and are easy to access instead of having to change my PIDS on my CTS


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I like both options, I currently run ISSPRO gauges (Boost, Trans, EGT) along with my CTS in the top corner of my windshield. Getting ready to purchase the overhead console pod and add fuel fuel pressure, volts, and HPOP. I like to be able to look at all of the essentials at one time. I have the CTS set up on the analog gauge view and watch ECT, EOT, FICM, Volts, and MPH because of my lift. Plus it keeps the wife from wanting to jump in and drive, she says it's too intimidating to watch everything and by no means do I try and change her thought process...


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Plus it keeps the wife from wanting to jump in and drive, she says it's too intimidating to watch everything and by no means do I try and change her thought process...
I hear ya there. My Fiancee already doesn't want to drive my truck with it's size and the SCT Livewire. I know if I add a bunch more gauges she really won't want to touch it.

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