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Old 10-24-2004, 10:26 PM
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Aftermarket Gauge Wiring

I'll be installing aftermarket gauges in my '56 Burb with a 5.3 Vortec engine. Do I replace the existing senders and install the aftermarket senders and wire accordingly or do I use the existing senders and tap in?

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It depends on the Gauge you buy... The higher end Gauges like top of the line SW's can be ordered for the type sender you are using by engine type...

Others, (lower end) are standard, 100, 70 , or 50 ohm ranges for which you may have to order senders ... to match the instrument or you may get lucky and they will match the engine too.

It all depends on what you want to spend!.

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It's always a good idea to go with the same brand senders as your gages. Funny, I have lost a lot of respect for SW gages. Personally I think VDO and Autometer make better gages.

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302/Z28,

VDO makes A Top of the line gauge...nice looking and reliable a very good choice!

SW has gone downhill over the years on their "Average" Gauge set..and I think turned their attention over to the Higher priced stuff...Which I do use, and so far (the top line stuff) has worked well, but have had problems With the cheaper lines...

Actually I don't like the looks of SW choices , except for maybe retro projects...Then they have a few choices that are alright.

Yeah, I agree, mixing and matching senders is not a wise thing..best to go for a matched set for best performance/calibration.

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Thanks for the replies guys.
Dolphin gauge Tech rep finally answered my email, being that their phone number was always busy .

They said that I can "tap" in the existing OEM senders but for me to look for additional source to install their sender.

Also, I was reading "TPI/TBI Engine Swapping" written by Mike Knell that stated that the oil, temp, alt and gas senders do not go thru the ecm. So I can change the senders with the ones provided with the Dolphin gauges.

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