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post #1 of 26 Old 10-03-2013, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Here's the thing.. I'm leaning towards a display type gauge, likely Edge CTS. I would prefer the compactness of the single screen to a row of gauges up my pillar. My question is ;which would be more accurate long term?? Since putting on intake/exhaust I've added a SCMT1700 tuner (freebie from a friend) and I'm unsure of the accuracy of the obd readings, I know at least the boost is off using the torque app. Eventually I will put in a switchable chip but next up is some way to monitor vitals..
Short version What do I n e e d? Or can anyone confirm the accuracy of an edge display on a tuned or chipped pcm?

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analog FTW!
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The positive the CTS has is it's diagnostics. Also easy to add a cheap Amazon backup camera which is neat. My buddy has it and I have Isspro EV2s in my OBS. I'm for sure getting a CTS for my 2001.

You use a separate EGT probe and can add a boost pressure sensor instead of using the MAP. The trans temp seems to be on par, but he doesn't have a separate trans gauge to verify. He can also monitor ICP pressure and IPR duty cycle. Really neat.

I really love the look of the analog gauges, but they are just as spendy, cause a blind spot, and can't help me diagnose.

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Yup, CTS will do you a lot of good when you have a dead pcm... or because there easy smash and grab its gone...

Stick with anolog gauges, far superior for day to day use.

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Yup, CTS will do you a lot of good when you have a dead pcm... or because there easy smash and grab its gone...

Stick with anolog gauges, far superior for day to day use.
What good are analog gauges when you have a dead PCM?

To the OP... I have used both, and I definitely prefer digital OBDII monitors over analog gauges. While there are some really nice analog gauges available and they are better than no gauges at all, they are limited to what they can do. For instance, you would never be able to monitor IPR duty cycle or read/clear DTC's with an analog gauge.

I used the Edge CTS for a while until I began using our Infinity. The Edge CTS was nice and beneficial, but still pretty generic and it lacked certain capabilities that I wanted(high-speed datalogging, running diagnostic tests such as injector buzz, etc). The Infinity offers that and more. If you are interested, you can check it out HERE. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Love my Dakota Digital gauges. I had analog but I found them really distracting at night on my A-pillar. The digital gauges almost completely disappear at night so its kind of like a heads-up display since the numbers look like they're floating in mid air.



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I had Dakota Digital make me a custom gauge, HPO / Fuel Pressure. Gauges can be switched to show a single input in a large display or three separate inputs on one gauge. Also has high and low alarm points. Mine are over five years old and have had zero issues with them.


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I find analog gauges much easier to interpret quickly and understand trends. Not so with digital. Member it's just me.
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Kind of agree because you'd get use to seeing what angle the gauge needle usually stayed under normal conditions, but I think that only works if you had three or four gauges to remember. With my digital gauges I have the equivalent of nine gauges on my A-pillar so with my old brain that would be well past the the number of gauge positions to remember. LOL


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CSIPSD, of course you prefer gauges Seems i remember you having every possible mount available,, do you have any experience with the bezel that surrounds the factory cluster and holds two 2" gauges? If so ,does it block view of anything there, maybe have a pic from the drivers seat?

That Infinity from DP-T definitely has allot of features. Do I need all those features not now but I know how that works.. ya never know til ya do. Kinda $$pendy, but something to consider.

Gaius, egt would absolutely be one I'd add on but didn't even think of another for boost pressure. Thanks for that. That's my main concern about the Insight CTS or similar, is the accuracy of boost readings since idk what #s are manipulated for results with a chip,if im watching it i want it to be correct. but i really like the idea of monitoring ICP/HPOP/IPR and such without having to plug in another reader.
Main things i want to see are EGTemp and Trans temp, boost would be secondary, and the rest would just be gravy.

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