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Old February 7th, 2016, 08:39 AM
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1) You can use any gauge face that YOU WANT. They will all work. Which one you use is your own personal choice.

2) Speedo. Use any of the 4" speedos. In the Vision line, there are probably 5 different faces you can get. YOU decide which one YOU want. Then yes wire it up. You will want the connectors for both the speedo and the sender as well. Search and read. It has all been laid out on these forums.

3) Boost. The 150-1042 kit you showed includes the tubing and fittings. YOU need to drill and tap the plug on the manifold to fit.

4) Water temp. The 1/8" NPT sender goes directly into the engine. You do not need any adapter. Either kit listed will work and you throw the adapters in the garbage.

5) EGT. You have to drill and tap the EGR blanking plate for the fitting. Do a search. There are many writeups on the details.
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Old February 11th, 2016, 11:40 AM
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Right, thanks for all the input. Once I realized I was misunderstanding your previous posts, it all made sense.

A few more questions:
  1. When looking at ammeters, I assume I want the 100amp range, since I'm running a 100amp alternator, correct?
  2. Some of them, like THIS ONE, say they do not require a shunt. Unsure if this might not work with the Rover?
  3. Buying one like THIS, am I going to be able to set it to make the warning light work?
  4. Will the fuel level instrument like THIS ONE allow the use of low fuel light with the stock Rover sender? I assume this is the 'warning contact'.
  5. What ohm range do I want for the fuel instrument?

Just so there is no confusion, I am using the vision black line, but thought it might be cool to have an onyx line cluster of Fuel, Amps, and Volts in the lower dash. But that's just me.
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Fit a volt meter instead, amp meters went out with generators. Plus no need to run large wires into the cabin.
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Old February 11th, 2016, 01:33 PM
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Yes, a voltmeter is more useful as long as you understand what the numbers mean. A digital voltmeter is the best as small changes are important.
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Old February 11th, 2016, 03:47 PM
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Had both in mind.

But! I hadn't considered the large wire issue. I'll looking out it.

What about the sender ohm rate for a 1988 petrol?
And the warning light option?
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Old February 11th, 2016, 03:59 PM
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You want the 301-105 gauge as previously stated and it will work with the the stock sender. The low fuel light has nothing to do with gauge.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 04:10 PM
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The port where most people connect the boost gauge tubing has an M12x1.75 plug. Most people drill and tap the plug instead of trying to find the weird size.
Are you sure it's not M12x1.50? I just did this for the second time and both bolts I used to drill and tap were 1.50.
I wanted to leave the plug intact in case the drilling went badly so I got fresh bolts each time.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 04:34 PM
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Are you sure it's not M12x1.50? I just did this for the second time and both bolts I used to drill and tap were 1.50.
I wanted to leave the plug intact in case the drilling went badly so I got fresh bolts each time.
You are probably right.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...old-54314.html

That would be good as adapters are not that hard to find....

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VDO Temp gauge tick marks

The tick marks on the 310-105 temp gauges are confusing. The marks are not equidistant and depending where on the sweep you are they may or may not carry the same weighting.

From what I can tell the temps that correspond the gauge are:

100-X-X-X-180-X-X-X-212-220-240-250

Can any one fill in the blanks?
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The port where most people connect the boost gauge tubing has an M12x1.75 plug. Most people drill and tap the plug instead of trying to find the weird size.
If this is the case, should I order only the gauge, or get the kit just for the tubing?

This would be a lot easier with it in hand.... I kind of like to actually see things that I'm trying to work on....
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This for 300Tdi?

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Bump for these last two questions.
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Bump. Want to push the order button asap.
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Yes, the electric 0-80 PSI gauge is what you need.
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'86 ROW 3.5 V8 to 4.2L RRC swap

I have read through the entire post and either missed the info I am seeking or didn't understand. Could some one please help me find the correct parts for my conversion?

I am nearing the end of transferring a 4.2L with the ZF auto tranny and corresponding transfer case into my 1986 RHD 110 originally powered with a 3.5 V8 and an LT95 tranny. I would like to keep the original speedo (for originality) and replace the oil and water gauges (they're not original). However, I have absolutely no problem with a new speedo. I see VDO is the way to go and I can have the original mileage loaded by VDO, but which speedo do I get, and how and to what do I connect it to? What parts will I need to source? The VSS is currently bolted to the chassis and connected. The truck currently runs great at idle, but I'm not ready to try it on the road because I'm waiting to get all the gauges connected.

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So, if have this gauge, but want a warning light to go on at a low or high point, is there a way to piggyback onto same sender, or is there another location on the engine that can take an automatic switch like that?

Also, same question for EGT and water temp.
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Ben, I wouldn't fret so much about the gauges. When I first dropped in the new motor, I was stressing out about monitoring everything on the motor, especially temperature--I had dealt with so many cooling system issues on the old truck. Jack alluded to this in a discussion we had on the EE BBS but it took experience with the three hundy to realize that they are generally really well-behaved. It's a challenge to get them up to temperature in the winter and they stay cool in the summer, even with the puny radiator. So long as you're not going wild on the IP tuning, you don't need a boost gauge. You can measure boost during the tuning process but you won't need a running display of it once you're on the road. The tachometer is even more unnecessary. You'll be an expert at driving your new motor by feel by the end of the first day. Shift quickly for better milage; let it rev a little higher when you want torque. You'll know when you've maxed it out before you get anywhere near redline.

As for the one important gauge (EGT), I did a write-up on the EE BBS if you have an account there:

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To get your speedometer mileage put on for free. Mail your speedo to:

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Send along a return address, phone number and miles needed on speedometer.
Just did this with my VDO. Was straight forward to do and they programmed the exact miles I told them to.
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Just did this with my VDO. Was straight forward to do and they programmed the exact miles I told them to.
are they able to set the 97 style orm gauge and repair the lcd on it? what was the cost of svc they did for you?
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