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    Best aftermarket gauges for old school Japanese cars?

    Finding some period correct Japanese gauges that I like seems to be impossible.

    Most Omori stuff looks perfect for early 80s to early 90s cars, but doesn't really suit anything that came out with chrome bumpers, if you know what I mean..

    I'm leaning towards VDO (the marine range I think would look good with black bezels), but I'm somehow still attracted by the blinginess of Defi stuff.

    What aftermarket gauges do you guys think suit classic, chrome bumper, Japanese cars the best?

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    Re: Best aftermarket gauges for old school Japanese cars?

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    What aftermarket gauges do you guys think suit classic, chrome bumper, Japanese cars the best?
    http://www.classicinstruments.com/allseries.aspx

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    VDO.

    I was in the same predicament when I was building my last mazda, I found that VDO is pretty poor in terms of providing a catalogue of what is available. I found oil temp, oil pressure and water temp gauges that were plain black but a black face tacho with a chrome ring around the face. They're all easy to read and VDO is pretty accurate and much better in terms of quality and longevity than horrid Autometer crap.

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    I checked out the classic instruments, I like a couple of them but the range is very limited. Nothing in metric, tach only goes to 8, no oil pressure, etc.. Most of them have very strong US styling cues which I don't think suit and look a little too pre-wwii where I'm looking more for late 60s to late 70s style.

    I'm thinking of just going modern Japanese in the interior, seeing as the seat I was trying to use (Sparco F500 Targa) and anything similar doesn't have FiA approval..

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    Speedhut revolution or speedhut series I think will look good, looks like the classic Instruments from VDO but unlike VDO alot easier to find and they use a modular design so should be alot simpler to set up

    Tons of customisation options too

    Speedhut com

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    What kind of car are you putting the gauges on? are you looking for a set or just oil, temp, tach, etc

    Have you tried looking at Smiths gauges?

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    I have a mostly complete set of original Smiths gauges from an MG I bought once, let me know if you're interested. I'm missing either the tach or the speedo, I'll have to look.

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    I had forgotten about Smiths!

    I tried to buy some years ago, I couldn't find a reputable dealer here in Melbourne at the time so I got VDOs.

    What about Jaeger?

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    This may sound completely bizzarre... but check out Alfa Romeo and Porsche wreckers.

    The guages in these cars are period correct and look great. The only limiting factor is that some guages tend to use a german or italian name
    eg:
    Benzina = Fuel
    Druck = Pressure

    That sort of thing would not bother me in the slightest. I'm more than prepared to use an italian steering wheel or a German made seat...why cry over the guages being made somewhere other than Japan?

    Having said that I do not condone cutting holes in the dash to fit them. Use a bracket and mount them in that discretely!

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    The Smiths gauges look fucking amazing, they're electric, tach comes in ranges from 8k to 18k rpm, oil temp AND pressure AND SPEEDO AND COME IN METRIC. I am slightly excited, if you can't tell.

    Camshaft are the one you have the same as the current 'classic' line of smith gauges?



    Niiiiice.

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