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Installing gauges

I want a trio of Isspro gauges, pyro, boost, trans temp. on an A piller but when I contacted a local diesel perfomance shop on installing, drilling/tapping into the manifold they said it was a big job and would run about $700.00 Couple the cost of the Isspro's with installation that is well on the backside of a K to have gauges. I need gauges next but it will be a long time before I pay over a thousand dollars for them.

When reading here where people advise newbs like myself to get gauges first, which will run 3-400 $$, the cost of mounting isn't forwarned or even mentioned. Is it because $700.00 is way out of the ballpark? If so what should it normally run?
I don't have the confidedence to risk wiring and drilling into my truck so I want a pro who is experienced.

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I would have to say $700 to install an egt probe w/gauges is rediculous. I did mine on my own, and took my sweet ole time drilling the manifold, kinda being overly anal about it using about 8 different brillbit sizes to keep shavings down to dust size, and it only took me 30-40 minutes to drill then tap the manifold. There is a local shop around me that charges 3 hours to install gauges w/egt probe at $85/hr, so $255 labor. Hey, you close to SE PA area, I'll help ya do it for cost of lunch!

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That's crazy! I installed my own and have installed multiple other sets. It's not that hard of a job to do. If nothing else, pay someone to drill and tap the manifold and do the rest yourself. Diesel Performance at DieselManor, Inc. - Taking the Mystery out of Diesel Performance™ has awesome gauge install instructions that you can download.

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I had my autometer (same 3 as yours) gauges installed for about $300. I bought my gauges in a kit from SummitRacing.


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As of today, there is a Link to the diesel manor site under "7.3 Tech Help" under "Mod Help" It has a great write-up with pics.

That price is straight highway-robbery. i would NEVER go back to them again.


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I haven't been to them yet and don't plan on darkening their doorway. They are a supposedly diesel truck shop west of here but red flags went up when I called and talked to them and mentioned I wanted to install a custom tune like a PHP, TW and gauges and he said alot of people try and dump too much fuel in an engine that leads to engine damage.
He said they use a tuner thats called a Flash pack

I know a buddy that everyone uses that may can help me. I just need to make sure I buy him beer AFTER he installs it.
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Just thought I'd add... I got a 3 in 1 Diesel Gauge from Glowshift for $176 shipped.... including 2 mounting pods. (An A-pillar and a on-dash.) They have a 10% off sale right now if you enter "Winter11" and free shipping over $25.

I havent installed them yet, but will be doing so either wens or thurs.


http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/gen...over-25-a.html

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Has or does anyone know of a good guide concerning how to apply the electrical components of the gauges? I have printed off the one from diesel manor that everyone points to, but it doesn't really give me enough info.

What do I do with those two lines coming from the transmission temperature box?
What lines do I connect to the dimmer and ignition lines?
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I would have to say $700 to install an egt probe w/gauges is rediculous. I did mine on my own, and took my sweet ole time drilling the manifold, kinda being overly anal about it using about 8 different brillbit sizes to keep shavings down to dust size, and it only took me 30-40 minutes to drill then tap the manifold. There is a local shop around me that charges 3 hours to install gauges w/egt probe at $85/hr, so $255 labor. Hey, you close to SE PA area, I'll help ya do it for cost of lunch!
Thanks Bro, but I live in Austin.
Thats not to say it would still be cheaper to fly you down and back and buy you lunch to do it than to pay $700.00.
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