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VDO vs. AutoMeter

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by solowookie, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. solowookie

    solowookie 1/2 ton status

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    I'm trying to find an economical way to get some aftermarket gauges, and although I like my VDO's I was considering if autometers would be cheapers... well that wan't really a good question to ask... there is almost a $57 difference between the 2...

    I think I will stick with the VDO's unless I can find a really good price on some auto-meters somewhere that would be a lot less then the VDO's.

    VDO Description Summit
    333 158 Tachometer $70.99
    301 106 Fuel gauge for GM sender $25.95
    332 103 Voltmeter $27.69
    350 107 Oil Pressure $26.69
    310 105 Temp Gauge $25.95
    437 153 Speedometer $109.95
    323 900 Temp Gauge Sender Unit $15.95
    360 900 Oil Pressure Sender Unit $30.95
    340 011 Speedometer Sender Unit $47.97
    310 107 Trans Temp Gauge $25.95
    323 086 Trans Temp Sender $7.99
    <font color=red> $416.03 </font color=red> - VDO

    autometer comes with senders so you won't see some parts listed in the autometer section

    AutoMeter Description Summit
    2499 Tachometer $75.95
    2514 Fuel gauge for GM sender $25.95
    2592 Voltmeter $28.95
    2522 Oil Pressure $44.95
    2532 Temp Gauge $31.95
    2489 Speedometer $167.99
    5291 Speedometer Sender Unit $62.95
    2552 Trans Temp Gauge $33.95
    <font color=red> $472.64 </font color=red> - Autometer

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
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  2. DesertDueler

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    GET AUTOMETER. That is all we use in our race cars. They are way moreaccurate than VDO. When you get the gagues use a mechanical water temp and oil pressure gagues. Mechanicals are more accurate than electical.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Dude!!!! Didnt we flame eachother on this awhile back? I say go with autometer. I would stick with your dig. realtime adj. speedo though.

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    I have to give my thumbs up to the Autometer guages all the way. It also really depends on what type of autometer guage you are pricing... they have a ton of different series. The autogage ones are the cheapiest I believe.

    I still want to upgrade to an all digital setup like the one my buddy has in his Camaro from Dakota.

    -Mikey
    1987 Chevy K5 Blazer- 350 TBI
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  5. solowookie

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    LOL...

    man thanks guys, that is exactly the kinda responses I was looking for... LOL (I knew I'd rouse a few with this)...

    anyway I found another source where I can actually get the auto-meter setup for $10 cheaper then the VDO's so I think I might try them. I might have to consider doing the mechanics for the temp &amp; oil pressures instead.

    so how much of an advantage is to do mechanics instead, and how much of a price difference is it??? if I do electric then I got all the lines etc. run.

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  6. solowookie

    solowookie 1/2 ton status

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    oh autometer has programmable speedo's now...

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  7. Itali83

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    Get autometer sport comp, good guages but realistic prices. Also go mechanical!!
    Ben 87 Jimmy
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    I have a Autometer tach, and mechanical tranny temp gauge. I haven't gotten around to installing them yet, but they look really good and seem well made. I'm pretty sure they are the sport comp ones.

    Dawson
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    88 K5, 6" lift, 36" TSL Radials, 14 Bolt, Rancho 9012s
     
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    I have a Autometer tach, and mechanical tranny temp gauge. I haven't gotten around to installing them yet, but they look really good and seem well made. I'm pretty sure they are the sport comp ones.

    Dawson
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    88 K5, 6" lift, 36" TSL Radials, 14 Bolt, Rancho 9012s
     
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    I run a sport comp mechanical water temp gauge in the Jimmy. In the firebird I run the sport comp mechanical water temp, mechanical oil pressure, and 5" moster tach. All gauges are very accurate. I can tell when I need to change the oil in the firebird by the pressure gauge. The needle moves back and forth 5 psi when I am cruising,its time to change the oil. Thats not something you will see ona electrc one. The electric dont act as quickly.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I think the dates need to be in BIG BOLD NUMBERS SO PEOPLE CAN READ THEM LIKE THIS. :D:haha:
     
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    i was only subscribing cause i need info from inside the thread. is there a better way to recall this thread without doing a search. I didn't really even look at the date on it, just the content I needed.

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    thanks. that will help
     
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    I wanted to look at the price changes from then to now:

    VDO Description Summit
    333 158 Tachometer $73.99
    301 106 Fuel gauge for GM sender $25.95
    332 103 Voltmeter $22.69
    350 107 Oil Pressure $25.95
    310 105 Temp Gauge $25.95
    437 153 Speedometer $115.95
    323 900 Temp Gauge Sender Unit $23.95
    360 900 Oil Pressure Sender Unit $35.95
    340 011 Speedometer Sender Unit $59.95
    310 107 Trans Temp Gauge $25.95
    323 086 Trans Temp Sender $12.99
    Updated 2009 Prices: $449.27 VDO


    autometer comes with senders so you won't see some parts listed in the autometer section

    AutoMeter Description Summit
    2499 Tachometer $115.95
    2514 Fuel gauge for GM sender $38.95
    2592 Voltmeter $37.95
    2522 Oil Pressure $59.95
    2532 Temp Gauge $43.95
    2489 Speedometer $195.95
    5291 Speedometer Sender Unit $69.95
    2552 Trans Temp Gauge $45.95
    Updated 2009 Prices: $608.60 - Autometer :eek1:
     
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    I bought all those described above in their new 2 5/8 Ultralite II series and also the tach & speedo in the 5" size, all electrical and thru Jegs it was right at $1100.00 bucks so 608 aint bad in my book for that style what ever they are. There AutoMeter, you get what you pay for. Top of the line IMHO.
     

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