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Postby Tortron » 29 Oct 2005, 01:55

iv been toying around with ideas of what to do with some gauges i have lying around. I figure that the hs configuration is infact the best place to mount them, no cutting or drilling needed :P . Currently its just mocked up with some thin plastic, im planning on doing the real thing with "jib" board. one side of its got like a plastic coating on it which i could paint black, or i could cover it with some black vinyl which has the same "texture" of the console, or i could cover it with the vinyl the same colour as my door cards.

The gauges in there are oil pressure and a temperature gauge, ( i also found that i can get 4 matching ones for about $14.00). Im thinking i may go for a 3 guage set up, with the 3rd being a tacho either above the 2 others or below.

oh and perhaps some toggle switches for the back lights

ideas and suggestions?

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Postby shuvit-tim » 29 Oct 2005, 11:33

one thing that has always confused me about the HS guages - why have them in a position where you have to glance so far away from the road!?
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Postby hsr2.6 » 29 Oct 2005, 15:44

why not try one of these

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Postby Shellysowner » 29 Oct 2005, 15:50

Nah you want an external tach with shift light mounted on the cowl panel :D 8)
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Postby hsr2.6 » 29 Oct 2005, 16:10

thats what i'm going to use next season coz i'm sick and tired of all the wires behind the dash and it's all in one place which is good when your doing 100 mph down a stage :lol:
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Postby Tortron » 29 Oct 2005, 21:27

one problem with that, it may well cost a few notes.
yea i thought about it being a bit far to look, but i think because they are "not imortant" gauges (and the fact that my car has progressive race lightening, that is the faster you go the more bits that fly off).
The external one wouldnt last 5 minutes in town, or anywhere really :lol:

i made up the board last night, unfortunately as i was putting the 2nd gauge in it broke into 3 pieces, so il try again today
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Postby Tortron » 30 Oct 2005, 08:33

well i really dont like the black vinyl. its far too glossy, i may change it for some neoprene.

also the temperature gauge jumps all over the place, il check for loose connections i think
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Postby Doive » 30 Oct 2005, 12:17

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This is my attempt at a centre console, it consists of a Triumph 1500 rev counter, which I reckon is very nice, a voltage gauge, and a vacuum gauge. When I freshen the car up over the winter I'm planning to rebuild this to include an oil pressure gauge.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 30 Oct 2005, 20:23

very functional doive, almost antique-esque
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 30 Oct 2005, 20:26

not really a handy place for the rev counter there Doive unless you've got a shift light/oil pressure light :)
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Postby Doive » 31 Oct 2005, 01:49

It is surprisingly useful, much better than you would believe. Ok, so I do have to look fully away from the road, but then I'm never going fast enough to put anyone or anything in danger, and I know my car well enough to change up every gear at 3000rpm - I know cos I checked. Shift light? Pah. All you need is a keen ear.
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Postby Tortron » 31 Oct 2005, 05:27

yep i play it by ear, only realy want one to help with tuning.
i let my mate drive the other day, first thing he says is where the hell is the monster tach, how do you know when to change :lol:
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Postby Tortron » 28 Nov 2005, 05:24

Shellysowner wrote:Nah you want an external tach with shift light mounted on the cowl panel :D 8)


ok im seriously considering that, iv even devised a quick release mechanism to prevent sticky fingers from wandering off with it
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