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Old 07-06-2012, 01:07 PM
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Question about Auto Meter Gauges

I am looking at buying a pillar kit with the Z series gauges in it and I have a few questions.

1) Do these gauges have a back light on them?

2) If they do what color is it?

3)Are these worth it? Will they be good gauges for me?

My friend just bought some glow shift gauges and they are junk and I just want to make sure that these are worth the money..

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Shaun
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I have always heard they are better guages over glowshift that is. I like mine so far I have had no problems. One thing I found with my kit was it had the wrong size T-fitting for the boost guage and I had to get more wire to wire in the lights.

the back lights can be red or green they have covers for the bulbs. I bought the color match paint off amazon and the guage set from jegs.


I used zip ties to hold the guage pod to the stock A piller trim till I could get the holes drilled for the little pins.



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I looked all over and could not find any info on back lights for these gauges. Thank you.
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Thats funny, I went to autometer site and clicked z series guages. On the main page of the z series its says illumination note. Click on it and it says these illuminate from incadecent bulbs with red or green bulb covers. For more vivid lighting there are colored LED's available for these guages.

Autometer is one of the oldest manufacturers for guages and have always made quality products. You are safe using autometer.

Best of luck
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Thats funny, I went to autometer site and clicked z series guages. On the main page of the z series its says illumination note. Click on it and it says these illuminate from incadecent bulbs with red or green bulb covers. For more vivid lighting there are colored LED's available for these guages.

Autometer is one of the oldest manufacturers for guages and have always made quality products. You are safe using autometer.

Best of luck
I cannot believe I did not see that. This heat must really be messing with my head....
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I have the ultra-lites, and I have no problems with them. Like MZ 500 said, my kit also came with the wrong size t-fitting for the boost gauge. You would think that a kit for a specific vehicle would have parts that fit. Other than that, I found the lighting insufficient and replaced them with blue leds.
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Maybe you guys can post a pic for the op to see what they look like lit?

I use the Nexus line, I think they may be a little different than yours. My tranny temp, fuel pressure, and boost all use sending units, so I cannot comment on tees for boost, etc.

@new-diesel: it could be the heat, its all good, we all have our moments. Plus this may help other in the future
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I have the ultra-lites, and I have no problems with them. Like MZ 500 said, my kit also came with the wrong size t-fitting for the boost gauge. You would think that a kit for a specific vehicle would have parts that fit. Other than that, I found the lighting insufficient and replaced them with blue leds.

I plan on replacing all of my lighting with led lights. I hate replacing lights constantly.
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Maybe you guys can post a pic for the op to see what they look like lit?

I use the Nexus line, I think they may be a little different than yours. My tranny temp, fuel pressure, and boost all use sending units, so I cannot comment on tees for boost, etc.

@new-diesel: it could be the heat, its all good, we all have our moments. Plus this may help other in the future
Pics would be great.

@ INFRNL Thanks. This is my first diesel and I love this truck. I have already spent way to much on regular repairs (hpop lines, power steering lines, and front u joints). I also need to replace the steering gear and my leaf springs. I don't want to buy bad mods that will cost me lots of $ and not work right.
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Maybe you guys can post a pic for the op to see what they look like lit?

I use the Nexus line, I think they may be a little different than yours. My tranny temp, fuel pressure, and boost all use sending units, so I cannot comment on tees for boost, etc.

@new-diesel: it could be the heat, its all good, we all have our moments. Plus this may help other in the future
INFRNL- I just bought a autometer electronic fuel pressure gauge and was wondering if I need to buy anything else for the install besides the gauge pod. If you can let me know that would be great.
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