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Old 12-19-2008, 01:46 PM
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Guages verse Bully dog outlook monitor or similar?

I have worked my way to needing guages now for my 2005 powerstroke. Is there any or much difference between regular 2 inch pyro, trans and turbo guages verse using a Bully dog Outlook monitor or something similar? I have pillar guages that i installed in my 87 buick turbo but would rather not do it in the truck if i can avoid it. I am not worried about the vision aspect of looking at a 2 inch guage verse a little screen. I am not going to be a real agressive driver but would like the security of knowing i am not about to melt the pistons pulling a trailer up a hill. Thanks

Or any other great ideas on guages? I know i would like a pyro guage but feel i can pass on the turbo boost, and 50/50 on the tranny guage. It is not really a issue about $$. I just really do not want 3 guages on a pillar mount, a single pyro would not be bad.
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I am using the quadzilla commander, I havent had any troubles with it yet.

If your going to be pulling anything you really need the tranny gauge, cause the factory one is just a dummy gauge, Your tranny will be fried before it ever shows its getting hot.
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why not just put 3 gauges on an overhead pod near your rear view mirror.... im not a big fan of digital gauges because the majority of them read off of OEM sensors...

i would def do trans temp... like Wes said above the stocker is just a dummy light that will only go on when its too late...

if you have any questions or need prices let me know

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why not just put 3 gauges on an overhead pod near your rear view mirror.... im not a big fan of digital gauges because the majority of them read off of OEM sensors...
I have actually been using both using regular gauges and an OBD-II digital gauge(due to the fact that it is also the tuning device as well that I'm beta testing, so why not beta test the gauges as well).

There is a negligible difference between what the digital gauge reads and what my other gauges read. TFT is the only one that isn't inline with the others and it's off by ~3 degrees to the hotter side with the digital gauge, which I would rather it be on the hotter side then on the colder side if I was just going to rely on that gauge alone.

I was right there with you until I was able to compare them both side by side and based on what I'm seeing there isn't much difference to write home about between the two and I had used the Outlook before I went to the regular gauges.
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I have actually been using both using regular gauges and an OBD-II digital gauge(due to the fact that it is also the tuning device as well that I'm beta testing, so why not beta test the gauges as well).

There is a negligible difference between what the digital gauge reads and what my other gauges read. TFT is the only one that isn't inline with the others and it's off by ~3 degrees to the hotter side with the digital gauge, which I would rather it be on the hotter side then on the colder side if I was just going to rely on that gauge alone.

I was right there with you until I was able to compare them both side by side and based on what I'm seeing there isn't much difference to write home about between the two and I had used the Outlook before I went to the regular gauges.
i too have tried both at the same time and found the trans temp up to 25 degrees off.... that was with the DD...

also the boost is off too since im running a boost fooler... but the majority of the people will eventually runa boost fooler on a tuned truck... it will only let the map sensor read as high as the boost fooler is set... so you wont get accurte readings off of that either....

and IMO i just find the analog gauges way easier to read at a glance.....

-Raul
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i too have tried both at the same time and found the trans temp up to 25 degrees off.... that was with the DD...
I'm using the same thing and I haven't seen that much of a difference unless it's reading 40 degrees while mine analog is still at 100 because it hasn't warmed up to 100 yet(well it's the DD w/Spartan tuning). What is the range of display on your gauges, that might be the reason why we are seeing this difference in readings from digital compared to analog? I'm using the long sweep C2 Gauges.

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and IMO i just find the analog gauges way easier to read at a glance.....
Generally speaking I would agree with that. It depends on location and other things, but generally speaking I would agree with that.

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There are just too many choices, i appreciate all the help and i am going to order something shortly. For what i do, i really do not need anything but stock, but that is boring!! The inner child in me wants all the add ons. I was a neglected kid and now i am making up for it.
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This may be silly, but I let family members drive my truck for towing. For them it will be easier to read an analog gauge instead of the digital. I tell um watch out for these EGT's and those trans temps and they are on their way. I've been thinking about the digital, but figure the analog are easier to read.... now to find a good place to mount.
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