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if I were to do so, how would I hook these 2 gauges? I'm assuming the volt gauge would hook up to the altenator some how?? I don't have a single clue how to hook up the oil pressure gauge though?? Thanx, Wes
 

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Ya how would u wire in your amp guage i would like to know my self cause i got that stupid light that comes on no volt meter or anything
 

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96Toy said:
Ya how would u wire in your amp guage i would like to know my self cause i got that stupid light that comes on no volt meter or anything
same here man, I've got the gay ass no tach speedo cluster. I've been lookin on ebay for months and still haven't found anything. Hopefully some1 can help us out. Peace, Wes
 

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same here man, I've got the gay ass no tach speedo cluster. I've been lookin on ebay for months and still haven't found anything. Hopefully some1 can help us out. Peace, Wes
Well, you want volts or amps? For volts, I just tapped in anywhere. For amperage I would go to the battery. For the Oil pressure, I went into a factory hole in the block next to the warning sensor. I bought autometer electric gauges from summit. ;)
 

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Well, you want volts or amps? For volts, I just tapped in anywhere. For amperage I would go to the battery. For the Oil pressure, I went into a factory hole in the block next to the warning sensor. I bought autometer electric gauges from summit. ;)
well, now I feel stupid, what's the difference between volts and amps? Is 1 gauge better than another? Do you happen to know where the factory hole is for a 2.7? Thanx, Wes
 

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well, now I feel stupid, what's the difference between volts and amps? Is 1 gauge better than another? ...
They're 2 different things... Crudely stated, 'amps' are how much electricity is going through the wires, and 'volts' are the 'pressure' with which it's moving. (Yeah, I know that's a dumbass summary...). You measure amps with an ammeter and volts with a voltmeter. Voltmeters are easier to install (basically tap into any hot line) and don't run the risks of ammeters (which can zap your system if improperly installed). Voltmeters can tell you how much 'pressure' you've got in the electrical system - the key parameter in evaluating battery status.

NOTE: I've been mulling over a new approach... I've seen 'battery status monitors' for motorcycles - LED multi-color lights that tap into your system. The color of the LED tells you the relative battery status (i.e., same as a voltmeter). These gizmos can be mounted anywhere, and they're cheaper than a voltmeter. Seems to me they're a good alternative...
 

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They're 2 different things... Crudely stated, 'amps' are how much electricity is going through the wires, and 'volts' are the 'pressure' with which it's moving. (Yeah, I know that's a dumbass summary...). You measure amps with an ammeter and volts with a voltmeter. Voltmeters are easier to install (basically tap into any hot line) and don't run the risks of ammeters (which can zap your system if improperly installed). Voltmeters can tell you how much 'pressure' you've got in the electrical system - the key parameter in evaluating battery status.

NOTE: I've been mulling over a new approach... I've seen 'battery status monitors' for motorcycles - LED multi-color lights that tap into your system. The color of the LED tells you the relative battery status (i.e., same as a voltmeter). These gizmos can be mounted anywhere, and they're cheaper than a voltmeter. Seems to me they're a good alternative...

well that "dumbass summary" is better than a bunch of technical terms, haha! You don't happen to have a link to 1 of the LED gauges do you? Thanx, Wes
 

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...You don't happen to have a link to 1 of the LED gauges do you? Thanx, Wes
Sorry... I've been out of pocket for a while... One place that carries the battery status monitors (for motorcycles, but they'd adapt) is Sterling Motorworks: http://www.sterlingmotorworks.com/battery_status_monitor?b=1

When I went digging for their URL I realized their prices have escalated sometime in the last few months. Sorry... Still - having a multi-color LED gives you simple cueing on your voltage, and it's one less gauge to try and find a place for in the Taco's notoriously difficult (for gauge fitment) cabin.

I'm pretty sure there are other (typically motorcycle-related) site / vendors offering the same LED-based product.
 

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Sorry... I've been out of pocket for a while... One place that carries the battery status monitors (for motorcycles, but they'd adapt) is Sterling Motorworks: http://www.sterlingmotorworks.com/battery_status_monitor?b=1

When I went digging for their URL I realized their prices have escalated sometime in the last few months. Sorry... Still - having a multi-color LED gives you simple cueing on your voltage, and it's one less gauge to try and find a place for in the Taco's notoriously difficult (for gauge fitment) cabin.

I'm pretty sure there are other (typically motorcycle-related) site / vendors offering the same LED-based product.

I have a question for you. So I can use the LED product and get a AMP gauge so i can keep track of 12 volts and AMPs with only one gauge and a LED? that would be grate i would only have to find a space for one gauge then.
 

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My new radio (Pioneer Premier 770MP) actually has a voltmeter as an option for the display! I couldn't believe it. Pretty neat idea, I like it.
 

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