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Dubz
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posted 04-04-2003 01:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was thinking of putting a couple electic guages that are all black when off on a plate on the console i am building, has anyone ever ran switched guages before?

Thought it would kinda be cool to have an a/f guage and such that i don't need on all the time. (just so i can have another switch in my car)

And also is it hard to set up a push button ignition??

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jsracingbbf
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posted 04-04-2003 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf   Click Here to Email jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
dubz, I am not sure what you mean. In my race car all the instrumentation is tied to one switch. The back lighting I mean, the water and oil are mechanical or cappilary style so they are always on.

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Fastymz
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posted 04-04-2003 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think he's asking about gauges he can turn on and off.And only use them when he wants them on.
But I don't understand why not just leave them on all the time ?

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Dubz
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posted 04-05-2003 02:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well my car is going to see alot of street use and I think most street cars with tons of guages look stupid. (falls into the popular new import category...people with boost guages that are NA and nitrous pressure that don't have nitrous)

So i was planning on some guages that are electrical (led) so they are blacked out when off might be unnoticeable when off but there for when i need to check that everything is running allright.

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 04-05-2003 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dubz:

So i was planning on some guages that are electrical (led) so they are blacked out when off might be unnoticeable when off but there for when i need to check that everything is running allright.

Sounds like a cool idea. You could even use analog guages that are mounted behind a smoked plexiglas panel. They could be operational all the time if you just put your switch in the light circuit. When they were not illuminated they would not show through. You may need to experiment with the darkness of the smoked plexiglass, or try various degrees of window tinting on clear until you got the desired effect. It would look out-of-place if you had no other dark trim in your interior, but it is one of those trick details that stands out. Good luck, Charlie

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Dubz
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posted 04-05-2003 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
sweet idea, thanks

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