Gauges, Monitors, and Data Loggers for Your Diesel - Basic Training Photo Gallery
Jason Sands –
May 18, 2015
Photo 1/18 | Gauges Instead Of Radio | Racers like to keep tabs on nearly everything, and their vehicles are usually fitted with a host of gauges, as well as a data-logging unit, to notify the driver of any immediate problems.
Photo 2/18 | A Pillar Gauges | Whether you’re using an analog gauge set or a monitor, having a warning feature can be tremendously helpful in preventing engine damage. These cool Auto Meter gauges have a peak recall feature and can be set up to flash a bright warning light (in this case, red) if a user-defined limit is exceeded. They can also be used to trigger other systems such as nitrous or water-injection at predefined levels.
Photo 3/18 | Factory Gauge Cluster | Factory gauges do a good job of monitoring the engine’s basic parameters, including coolant temperature, engine speed, road speed, battery voltage, and other essentials. Even if you decide to just go with the factory dash instruments, there’s always the option of juicing them up a bit with an aftermarket cluster or chrome trim package.
Photo 4/18 | A Pillar Analog Gauges | The next-most popular option for gauges (next to monitors) are A-pillar-mount analog gauges, usually boost and pyrometer (EGT). Since the A-pillar is typically a natural blind spot, it’s the perfect place to mount gauges.
Photo 5/18 | Egt Probe | Whether you’re installing a monitor or traditional analog gauges, an EGT probe will often have to be placed inside the exhaust manifold (above) to get a good temperature reading. The easiest trick to drilling and tapping the manifold is to do it while the engine is running, so the engine’s exhaust gases will blow any metal chips outward into the engine bay, rather than sending them through the engine.
Photo 6/18 | Sct Livewire | Programmer/monitor combinations are good solutions for those who have electronically programmed diesels and want a little more power as well as extra monitoring capabilities. Notice that this SCT Livewire TS (above) monitors engine oil temperature and throttle position, which shows how flexible these type of monitors really are.
Photo 7/18 | Triple A Pillar Gauges | Another take on A-pillar gauges is a three-gauge pod (left) that can be useful for additional monitoring. Note that the boost gauge reads up to 100 psi and the pyrometer goes to 2,000 degrees, which indicates this is probably a vehicle that sees some racing.
Photo 8/18 | Banks Iq Tuner | The Banks Power iQ is another example of a monitor that’s much more than just a simple OBD-II reader. The iQ allows users to read and clear trouble codes, measure performance, and even play videos, right on the monitor.
Photo 9/18 | Gauges Instead Of Radio | Racers like to keep tabs on nearly everything, and their vehicles are usually fitted with a host of gauges, as well as a data-logging unit, to notify the driver of any immediate problems.
Photo 10/18 | Banks Iq Tuner | The Banks Power iQ is another example of a monitor that’s much more than just a simple OBD-II reader. The iQ allows users to read and clear trouble codes, measure performance, and even play videos, right on the monitor.
Photo 11/18 | Efilive Tuner | EFILive is a very powerful tuning tool that’s available for many newer Ram and GM models, and it can be connected to a laptop to display virtually every engine parameter.
Photo 12/18 | Snow Performance Controller | If you’re in the market for a water-methanol injection system, Snow Performance makes a programmer that activates its water injection system and doubles as a boost and EGT monitor.
Photo 13/18 | Trans Temp Gauge | One of the most overlooked gauges is a transmission temperature gauge. Keeping an automatic’s fluid on the cool side can extend its life immensely.
Photo 14/18 | Led Shift Light | A lot of gas vehicles use shift lights, but we’ve seen them used for diesels, too. With a little ingenuity, nearly anything that’s designed for a gas rig can be adapted to diesel vehicles.
Photo 15/18 | Edge Cts Tuner | Perhaps the most popular aftermarket solution for engine monitoring is a device like the Edge CTS, which can be used for data logging or as a backup camera, in addition to recording engine functions. Although monitors are more popular on newer rides, they can also be used on older mechanical models.
Photo 16/18 | Hellwig Sir Pressure Gauge | Don’t forget that all gauges aren’t necessarily engine related. Air-suspension systems, compressors, or even auxiliary fuel tanks can all benefit from some sort of gauge system.
Photo 17/18 | Steering Column Gauge Mount | Alternate mounting locations (such as this gauge pod on the steering column) are perfect for such instruments as these Isspro units, which are designed to complement the styling of the factory Dodge gauges.
Photo 18/18 | Gauges Mounted On Cowl Hood | Creativity for mounting gauges is very common in engine swaps, where body accessories such as cowl hoods can provide plenty of room for gauges or monitors.