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Old 07-15-2010, 06:27 PM
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gauges which ones? easy to install?

2003 f250 7.3l 4x4 ccsb

Im finally going to get some gauges so i can get a tuner/chip. exhaust and an intake. But anyways i found a nice set of the isspro gauges im looking at the ev marine series. Has anyone ever used this series gauge? I havent heard anything but good things about isspro.

My next question is do i really need to have a trans temp gauge when i start doing little mods like mentioned above? Id say the most i tow is a 5k lb boat at this time. Otherwise a 4 place snowmobile trailer. I might eventually get a 5th wheel but not in the near future. My truck does have a trans temp gauge in the dash. I was really thinking about going with fuel pressure, boost, and pyro gauge.

Also are they all easy to install? I have never done gauges and im pretty well mechanically inclined but not great with electrical.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:31 AM
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The EV's are my guage of choice very easy install..we provide complete instructions. I take aprox 3 hours taking my time to do a clean detailed install so IMO thats resonable for you to do it in.

If you need info or pricing please PM me.

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Old 07-16-2010, 02:22 PM
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If you have an auto, then get a trans gauge... You could also get a 4 gauge pillar pod and get all four that you want.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:26 PM
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Yeah, def get the trans temp. The dash one sucks. I have the Isspro's black with red pointer and greenbacklight and they match the dash guages perfectly. And they arnt to hard to install. Its mostly just little stuff. Took me about 6 hours i guess. Two nights, 3 hours each night. Just take your time and itll look good.
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Here's a pic of mine,,,

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Old 07-16-2010, 05:37 PM
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Gauge Install

The gauge install is pretty easy, and nothing really technical with the electrical. It will take some time if you do it right. Most time will be dedicated to actual painting the pod and waiting for the coats to dry (I do recommend test fitting the pod first, marking drill points, drilling the holes, and then priming and painting the pod). If you have a friend to help out with the actual install, it makes it a little easier. My friend and I installed the gauges I talked to you about in each of our trucks. It took the better part of the day, but we were being very meticulous on making a clean install. I ordered the black Isspro gauges w/ red pointers, but I don't see why the Marine ones you mentioned would be any different. You can also get the 4 gauge pod for the same price as the 3 gauge pod. There is no difference in price. The only difference would be the price of the 4th gauge. But if you decide to go the fuel pressure route, you will want to get the EV2 Fuel Pressure gauge as it is all electrical so you don't have to worry about fuel running into your cab. You can ask Ken about this as well. If you have any questions once you order your kit, just send me a PM, and I can give you any pointers as we just did our installs a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:57 PM
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I agree they are easy to install The EV2's are good guages.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:01 PM
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thanks everyone for the reply's. The marine gauges im refering to if everyone does not know are an ev2 gauge but they are a white dial chrome bezel and blue pointer. I thought they look kinda neat. Im thinking im going to just go with the 4 gauge pod since it is the same price as the 3 and just pay extra for the fuel gauge.

smokenstroke: thanks for the pic the gauges look great cant wait to order mine and get them in the truck.

SJB: thanks again for the info. I will be contacting ken to get everything in order this week coming up hopefully tuesday. I will deffinetly be goin with the ev2 gauges other sites list the marine style as ev2 gauges. And actually tonight i talked to a buddy who worked for roush racing here in michigan a couple years ago. He has done gauge installs so he volunteered to help if i do it on his days off. I will get the pod painted correctly and fitted before i get him over to make it easier.

thanks alot for the info everyone
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:59 PM
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I can't remember if I already PM'd you on this, but the Proparts instructions (maker of the pod) suggested drilling 5/32" holes. That was way too small for the pins they provided. The 3/16" as suggested by DM worked the best. To be on the safe side (in case your pins are somehow different than mine) start with the 5/32" and try to test it (don't try too hard or you will mangle the pin). If it doesn't work, then drill with the 3/16". Just some info for you from what I experienced with installing my pod.
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:01 PM
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Yeah, go at least a size bigger for the pins.
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