Defi gauges and turbotech boost controller

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  1. rich

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    I've got my defi boost, water and oil temp gauges installed this week and just fitted the turbotech boost controller to up the boost a bit. It now hits about 15 psi, and has increased the midrange power nicely. It was already hitting around 11psi before but not holding it for long. Boost cut seems to be around 17psi. The vr4 feels like a real turbo car now with a nice whack of torque in the mid range, just what you want for overtaking in 4th and 5th gear.
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    Gauges look very nice. Don't Defi's usually come with a blacked out face?
     
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    They don't have the blacked out face in the 52mm size, only the 60mm and larger, otherwise I would of got the blacked out ones.
     
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    Wow nice tidy install!!

    Have you got an aftermarket exhaust or intake?

    I think bradc said 15psi is about the most the factory turbos will run.

    cheers

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    Looks great, what's the the backing plate you used?
     
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    Yep its got Kakimoto R exhaust on it, I wouldn't mind getting a new larger cat converter because the ones they put on during compliance aren't too good.
     
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    Backing plate was $16us from egauges.com, all the gauges and controller was from them as well, they were the best prices I had found anywhere on the net.$77us for the shipping and only 6 days to my door, took only 2 days from the us to aus from when I put my order in.
     
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    Great job Richard. Nice & neat install.
     
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    $77 shipping, so how much did the 3 gauges lighten your wallet?

    I think I'll mount in a similar fashion as I'm not keen on the idea of drillling mounts into the dash and A pillar gauges are defect magnets.
     
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    The total cost was $790 aussie dollars for the three gauges, backing plate and and controller, which is a lot more than I wanted to spend, but I couldn't find many gauges that I liked the look of. In Australia the prices ranged up to around $1150 for the same setup, crazy. The price from egauges worked out to be around the same price they are in japan.
     
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    rich thats really nice gauges u got there...

    did you make a write up on how to install those gauges?

    I am interested of getting something like u had there on my galant
     
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    Hows this set up !

     
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    thats awesome the cops would never see it :D

    are they defi gauges??
     
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    I don't really understand why the cops should care if you have additional gauges - so you want to keep your eye on water, oil and exhaust temps, boost and vacume pressure etc, so what? That shows someone who is paying more attention than the usual pillock!

    I agree that a pillar-mounted 5" tacho with a bloody great big shift light is ASKING for trouble, but there are a LOT of gauges that would be really useful to have stock standard in most cars that you never see, so you can only add them as aftermarket parts...
     
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    I didn't fit the gauges myself,I got the local auto electrican to do it, they fitted the cd player as well. They said it took them a while because at least one of the fittings for a sensor had to be changed. I did at least fit the turbotech boost controller myself, 5 minutes hard work.
     
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    hehe! I love the inspector gadget dash thingy, very swish :p
     
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    So what ARE the most important gauges? I have Boost, Air/Fuel Ratio and what would the other most important be? Oil Temp is already on the dash really so would Oil Pressure be more important?
     
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    Air fuel gauges are generally not very accurate. I believe Exhaust Temp is a better indicator or running rich or lean. Don't quote me though.

    Important gauges are:

    Oil Pressure
    Oil Temp
    Water Temp
    Boost.

    The only gauges shown on the dash are Fuel, Speed, Revs, Water Temp.

    You will find that the in dash water temp gauge is no where near as accurate as an aftermarket stepper driven unit.
     
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    the $60-100 afr gauges are completely useless. The $400-600 setup's are much better, but obviously they are rather expensive.

    The Exhaust temp is useful, but you really need two of them in a Legnum.
     
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    With the Defi gauges eg: the boost gauge 52mm do they come with a mounting cup in the box or not?
     

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