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Old 31 Dec 2014, 02:06 pm
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Default Boost Gauge that Matches GT Instrument Cluster?

Does anyone know of a nice boost gauge with a face that substantially matches the instrument cluster?

In keeping with most of my mods, I want to add a boost gauge that looks as if it might have been original equipment. I am considering mounting a single contoured gauge pod on the top of the steering column. And I want the gauge to match as well as possible.

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Old 31 Dec 2014, 02:17 pm
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AutoMeter is as close to OE look you are going to get as well the highest quality of a gauge.
See:
Summit Racing (will match/beat anyone price form a Autometer dealer)
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Old 31 Dec 2014, 02:25 pm
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You might also consider an Ultra Gauge?

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Those Ultragauges are definitely the best bang for the buck. I've been watching them on eBay for a while now. The used one are very reasonably priced. But I think for now, I am just going to add an "old school" boost gauge.

In addition to the Autometer recommended above, I've also seen some OEM SRT boost gauges. The faces on those match the GT gauge cluster fairly well. But they don't appear to use standard mounting hardware. So putting one in a pod on the steering column would likely take a little more effort than it is worth.

On the Autometer, it appears that the 4301 is most ideal since it goes to 20 psi. But the 4303 that goes to 30 psi appears to be more common and is quite a bit cheaper. Is there any down side to using the 30 psi boost gauge instead of the 20 psi model? I know the needle will swing less since I don't think boosting beyond or even near 20 psi is an option for me. But other than that, is there any reason not to use one?
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Those Ultragauges are definitely the best bang for the buck.
YUP!

On the Autometer, it appears that the 4301 is most ideal since it goes to 20 psi. Is there any down side to using the 30 psi boost gauge instead of the 20 psi model?
IMHO Its personal preference and engine/Turbo output capability.
I like the greater movement and also the within reason boost level of the 20psi gauge.

If I can't make good HP at 15-18 psi I need to go back to Performance School.
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I like the Autometer 4907 Ultralite 2 . To me it like a slightly closer match because of the needle design.


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I like the Autometer 4907 Ultralite 2 . To me it like a slightly closer match because of the needle design.
I ...um....well....I am really partial to Autometer gauges. Really!







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I ...um....well....I am really partial to Autometer gauges. Really!
Me too! I don't have any quick access to my Firebird pictures, but I replaced all of the original gauges including speedo and tach with Autometer Sport Comps. I think Autometer are the best gauges on the market.
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I took Myckee's advice and bought the Autometer 4907 Ultralite 2. The price was $68.99 new and sealed in the package with free shipping from a seller on eBay. And it came in just a few days.



I don't mind spending that much for a good one that matches my gauges since the next decent-looking cheap one would have been at least half that much. My only issue is that if I want the matching wide band gauge, that will run me a cool $199. Sheesh.

What I need now is a good way to mount it. I was going to use a small contoured gauge pod on my steering column. But they appear to be too big. And I don't want a standard style surface mount pod. If you can tell, I like the modified "factory" look best.

What's my best option? I've looked at pillar pods but I'm not sure which one is best. Ideally, it would be a real two gauge piller cover designed specifically for the PT Cruiser and not just something that goes over the top and doesn't fit well. Also, where do I get paint to match the light gray color of the OEM A-pillar covers.
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Nice! That's the one I will get too later this summer probably. I have so many 'wants' right now and I am trying to not blow my travel budget! You guys are teasing me with this stuff!! lol

Last year, just after buying my car, I found a local guy selling a pillar dual pod that was unused in an open box. The part number was still on the package and it appears to be a now discontinued Stewart-Warner part. It is black like the other makes but it has an ugly faux leather design on it. I need to find some spray vinyl dye to make it match the grey ones on my car, after I sand the leather look off it! lol

The only other dual pod I have seen is sold by Modern Performance. You may have seen it already. If not, here is a link:

https://www.modernperformance.com/pr...uiser_interior
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