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Which guages to get?

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Not which brands so much as what to monitor with guages- here is what I am thinking as possibility. Which ones are crucial to monitoring the car's health? Which ones are nice?

Oil Pressure
A/F Ratio

Any others??
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jbhebert said:
On a stock engine, EGT and A/F are useless. Arguably, A/F is useless all the time, since most people have found that it bounces around too much to be useful. EGT will not get dangerous until you are running more boost or more compression.
I'd have to agree and then disagree with most people on this. A/F is only useless if you use a narrow-band O2 sensor which comes on most cars. Narrow-band O2 sensors are cheap because they aren't very accurate and they only operate well around stoichimetric A/F ratios. Modern cars are run near stoichiometric because of the limited operating range of the catalytic converter. For catalysts to be effective (assume stoichiometric A/F is 14.6:1 for gasonline) they need to run with A/F between 14 - 15.

However, if you really wanted to get a good grip of the engine operating characteristics, you should use a wide-band O2 sensor. This will tell you exactly where you are in the A/F map, and it's a great way to tune an engine's fuel map. The only caveat is these things cost about $1400 for the sensor and readout box.

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