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    XB voltmeter with a twist!

    As Buellers, we can agree that Xb's should have come with a voltmeter or at least battery light. The mod is simple and been done enough times to not re-hash it here.

    But I'm going to anyway

    The process is the same, take apart the dash, dremel clearance, install gauge...
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    BUT a long time ago on e-bay I found these:
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    a Temp gauge!

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    Its actually a voltmeter:
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    an illuminated clock, so you can still have your fuel or trip meter showing:
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    a timer:
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    AND a temp meter, with a handy probe so you can use it for ambient temp, intake temp, and it's just long enough to zip tie or wedge into the oil cooler for oil temp
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    I mounted the clock/set buttons flush to the side of the housing, and this little thing with either automatically rotate through temp, clock, voltage, or you can set it on one thing and use the buttons to change the readout.

    The only bummer is the readout uses C* like the rest of the educated world
    Maybe I could find a Farenheight one if I went far enough down the e-bay wormhole, but this will do for now

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    O.k., I got it, took me awhile because I was dizzy from looking at it upside down, COOL job !

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    Ok TPEHAK, how about posting up a link? And a pic of the side buttons.

    The Celsius reading is not an big deal, as I will just use it for reference to tell how hot things are overall. Because when the manual calls out a temp, where are they actually taking that reading from??
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    Link please!!!

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    A link for what?

    and I'll get side pics when I'm damn well ready!!

    I would think the engine gets its temp signal from the TEMPERATURE SENSOR in the cylinder head Of course unless I AM WRONG!!!! and someone will be by shortly to CORRECT ME BY YELLING out of context and off-point.

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    The temp sensor is just a switch that grounds out. Iirc you can ground that wire and the ecm will kick the fan on.


    Wow, I did that all in caps and the forum converted it to mixed case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooter View Post
    A link for what?
    Where you got gauge. All the ones I’ve found are way too big.

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    NO! WRONG!

    (still funny!)

    The temp sensor reads actual engine temp from the cylinder head sensor to tell the engine how hot it is for everything from cold start, fan on/off temp to 'parade mode'. Thats why you can set a different temp digitally for the fan to turn on or off inside the ECM under ECM parameters. It's the ECM that sends the (-) signal to the fan relay and incidentally also why the fan is the only thing that runs when you hook up your Wal-mart battery and hook it up backwards







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    Ahh! a link to the gauge... I get it now. Duh, sorry.

    I don't have that. I got these a long time ago and if I go down that wormhole, I'll just get a (*F) gauge.

    But since you asked, I have an extra one. I ship it to ya for free, PM your address



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