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electric or mechanical gauges, which is better

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 8_YOUR_H2, Jul 15, 2000.

  1. 8_YOUR_H2

    8_YOUR_H2 1/2 ton status

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    I am doing a custom gague install in my truck and I think I have heard that mechanical gauges are better (more accurate...what do you all think?
    Brent
     
  2. Peeetah

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    Go Mech.

    From what I understand electrical gauges can give false readings if your electrical system malfunctions, so I would use mech. gauges.
     
  3. J.R.

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    if you can take some pics of how it turns out that would be great.im thinking of replaceing my factory gauges but i want to use the factory location for the new gauges. is that what you are going to do?

    BIGBLOCK MAN
     
  4. blazer72

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    cheap electrics are bad there readings change with voltage. A good electric gauge like VDO is better than most cheapmechanical one, The best word is to mix them up! I run VDO some are mech. most are electric,

    I understand the jeep thing I drive a BLAZER!!

    Ken
     
  5. 8_YOUR_H2

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    Yes, I am going to use the stock locations..I have it all planned out, Gotta convince the wife to release the funds. The speedometer will be the most expensive then the tach...but I thing they will be the most difficult to install. Ill keep ya informed on how it goes!
     
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    I think I've read a few guys on here tried installing gauges in the factory locations and didn't have much luck at it.

    L8r,

    .Riz.
     
  7. '73 K5

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    Always had trouble in the past with electric and the damn sending unit for oil pressure. So now I have a mechanical gauge and I really like it. No problems.

    '73 K5
    Chevy good...Ford bad
     

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