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Old 06-24-2012, 09:30 PM
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Glowshift Fix!!

I have been running Glowshift gauges for over 2yrs now. In that time I have had every gauge fail, all of them started with the needle bouncing everywhere and then just flat out stopped working. I threw all of them away except for the tranny gauge which was the last to go. I decided I would try and tinker with the this gauge and see if I could figure out what was causing them to go bad (besides being cheap). I tried re-wiring, running isolated grounds and dedicated power circuits to no avail. However, just before I was about to give up I noticed that the gauge was working properly while the ignition was on but the motor was not running. I tried this several times over the next few days and every time the gauge would work fine with the just the ignition on (less than 12v input) I decided I would try installing a 12v regulator on the power feed and see if this would work. So I went to Radio Shack and bought a $3 regulator, wired it inline and BAM gauge works perfectly fine when the truck is running. I have been using it now for 3 months without so much as a twitch in the needle. It seems that the built in regulators must not be able to handle the voltage fluctuation we have with the cycling of glow plugs etc. I am confident that all of my other gauges would have kept working with this fix. Just thought I would pass this on for others to try!
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:50 AM
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Interesting.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:03 AM
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I'm going to try that my trans temp does the samething
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:47 AM
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LOL thanks for that post. I just installed some GS gauges so if they start acting up I will try this instead of going postal and ripping them out and acting like a fool. Saves these gauges from getting thrown at a wall in the future.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:05 AM
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Very good idea!
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:00 PM
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Apparently GS has changed their guages, mine were doing the same thing EGT and trans temp. Called GS, and I was out of warranty by a while, but they extended my warranty, shipped them my old guages and $12 for return shipping, less than a week later NEW guages with different harnesses. The guy on the phone said that I had the old style, white plug the new ones have a black plug.. I am satisfied with the guages, and service for the price.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:23 PM
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Okay boys maybe you can help me wired my gauges up with 3 gauge wiring harness and everything and only my bottom gauge saves color memory and when I crank over my truck the bottom gauge is the only one that stays on and saves color memory... ?? What did I do wrong??
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:17 AM
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I have a new issue with a set of glowshift. Trans, egt, boost. They stay on when the key is turned off. Had to pull the fuse harness to get them off. Had them for 2 months now and this has never happened. It is a switched source. Possible that power is bleeding through from the permanant power source? Anyone else have this issue? Sorry to hijack the thread.

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Old 06-29-2012, 10:11 AM
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After dealing with Glowshift-easily I add-and some advised troubleshooting, the egt gauge is somehow defective to the point that power from the permanant source for memory was in fact bleeding over to the switched power. They gave me an rma to send it in and they will replace it.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:30 PM
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nice, to the OP do you have pics and instructions on how you did this and what wires you put the reg on?

I just bought a 3 gauge pillar with glowshift gauges and have yet to install them. Would be nice to know what to do if I start having problems.
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