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Pre-empting the Strawberry milkshake

Old 06-30-2010, 05:06 AM
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Mahalo! I too am leaning that way as I remember having a factory oil gauge in my first 4x4, 1970 Ford Bronco. I could tell when I needed to add oil as the gauge would be ever so slightly lower, so I knew that it was just above the "ADD" mark.

Noticed you have a '98 same as me, so I take it you can monitor voltage? I have heard that the scangauge will not monitor all the parameters that it does on the 99-02. Will have to get some input from the guys who have one in their 96-98 4runner what they can monitor vs the 99-02 4runner.

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Just a note, if you have an electric gauge with only one wire going to the sensor you will probably need to add a ground wire. Some sensors rely on the sensor threads to provide the grounding and the in-line sensor block wouldn't provide that spliced onto a rubber hose. Mechanical gauge sensors of course don't need a ground.
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Just a note, if you have an electric gauge with only one wire going to the sensor you will probably need to add a ground wire. Some sensors rely on the sensor threads to provide the grounding and the in-line sensor block wouldn't provide that spliced onto a rubber hose. Mechanical gauge sensors of course don't need a ground.
Gr8 point! This is a must for consideration. Thank you again for re-emphasising a critical point! This is another consideration to take into account if you plan on doing this mod and being able to monitor the results.

My SunPro gauge kit is a mechanical gauge kit with the exception of the voltage gauge. The individual gauges that match this gauge kit were $17 each verses the all electric type at $59 each. The mechnical temperature gauges have a hard line from the sensor bulb incased in a spiral protective spring. They are considerably cheaper then all electric sensors. the only limiting factor to placement is the location of the proble sensor line. The electrics can be located pretty much anywhere as you can splice in more wire if more distance is needed to hook up the gauge.

When I ultimately get everything finalized I will put together a complete writeup using all the input and pieces from this thread as well as from others inputs and the experience and monitir results. Keep the comments, ideas and critiques coming!
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Mahalo! I too am leaning that way as I remember having a factory oil gauge in my first 4x4, 1970 Ford Bronco. I could tell when I needed to add oil as the gauge would be ever so slightly lower, so I knew that it was just above the "ADD" mark.

Noticed you have a '98 same as me, so I take it you can monitor voltage? I have heard that the scangauge will not monitor all the parameters that it does on the 99-02. Will have to get some input from the guys who have one in their 96-98 4runner what they can monitor vs the 99-02 4runner.
Yes, my scangauge is able to read the battery voltage on my 98. The only gauge that I know of that doesn't work on 96-98 that does on 99-02 is the automatic transmission fluid temperature x-gauge.
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Running the gauge lines

Decided to go with the oil pressure gauge. Now I am trying to determine the best route for the gauge lines. I got the gauges installed in the radio bezel, what a PITA! Initially routing the gauge lines through the firewall just above the accelerator, but I don't think I will have enough line to make it all the way to the passenger side and down to the transmission hard lines to splice in the brass 'T' for the sensor. Is it possible to route these lines back underand out to the transmission via the shifter access hole? Not totally sure so wanted to ask if anyone else has done this. Will post up some more pics later it got late and work comes early.

Where the heck is the oil sender on the 3.4? Looks as if I will have to install a threaded 'T' block to mount the oil line as well as the sender for the idiot light. thanks more as its available
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Ok so help bring this thread up to date, I had issues with the mechanical gauges from Sunpro I installed and even had one of them get super-heated from where I had to route them and it became brittle and broke. I was able to use the brass 'T' fittings I had installed but after purchasing new electical/digital gauges I removed the adapters from the T-blocks so that the new gauge sensors would screw directly into them. I ended up installing the new gauges the same way as the mechanical ones in the console, but the transmission electrical lines were routed through the firewal on the right side. Still considering drilling new hole and installing a rubber grommet to facilitate the original install. More on that but I have posted a ne thread on the Coolant temperature install.
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