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Old 03-14-2011, 05:28 PM
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boost gauge- electric or mechanical

I am going to buy gauges for my truck but I was woundering if an electric boost gauge is any better than a mechanical and other than mechanical being cheaper what will be any advantages or disadvantages for either. Thanks
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:37 PM
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mechanical is simpler, reliable, and cheaper, stick with it.
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makes sense, I guess with electric you would have to buy a sender for it also, thanks
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I used mechanical, drill and tap the intake tube, super easy
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Should come with a sender. but I'll take a mechanical any day. you can buy two or more mechanicals before you'd have the cost of an electrical.
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I like my digital. Its easy to read and its exact.... no trying to figure out what my PSI is.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:27 PM
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I'll take mechanical any day... trans gauge too... Boost gauge is not much diffrent than the oil pres. gauges/sending units on an old chevy from the 70's... the electric ones were unreliable as he!!, and the bulky sending unit on the back of the motor was a PITA to get to... Myself, I did not know you could even get an electronic boost gauge. The package deal I bought for my yellow truck had A piller pod, AutoMeter boost EGT and elec. trans gauges... trans gauge never worked, I got a mechanical one to replace it with, and been pleased as punch since... I waited over a year to call in a warrentee claim, and they told me sure, send it in. I never bothered, decided I never want an electronic trans gauge anyway.
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Either one is fine, I have an electric boost gauge in my Camaro SS (turbo car) (also an electrical trans temp and electric fuel pressure in the car too) It just comes with a little 3 bar map sensor that you plumb into the intake. The one thing I like about electric is that you just have to run the wires inside the car, no chance of "kinking" a boost line running all through your engine bay and into the cab like a mechanical....

That being said, I have a mechanical boost gauge in my truck! And it works just fine as well!
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