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Old 06-03-2006, 12:34 AM   #1
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Ebay Whitefaced Gauges (Tachless)

Note to anyone thinking about buying them. I bought a set of tachless whitefaced gauges for my '03 Sedan off of one of the en masse sellers on Ebay for a cheapy price (I think it was around $15-30) .. and .. as the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for." After about 3 months of satisfaction, I noticed some issues:

- The gauges themselves bubble after a period of time.
- No instructions on installation.
- The wiring eventually died.. I'm awaiting new gauges right now, but as it stands, I'm guessing my speed because the gauges no longer light up.
- The fitment was bad quality.
- The toggle for the gauges was difficult to place and the adhesive quickly wore off.


So.. Ebay gauges in my book = nono. I'm not saying they're all bad, but I've had my bad experience and that's all I need.. Thanks to Tyler at S&H Autotrends.. I'm awaiting my new QUALITY red-faced gauges now. :)



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Old 06-03-2006, 01:23 AM   #2
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Yup, by any chance were these the 'EL GLOW' ones? I installed a couple sets of these for a few 'customers' you could say. Yup, shit, plain old shit. Not good. They don't fade blue to green either, more a bright to brighter thing. I'm guessing they had (or the ones I installed) had 4 separate wiring connections for some reason, took a while to figure out.

Personally I'd go with either SPEEDHUT or S&H Autotrends as I've been hearing nothing but good from Tyler's products......
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Old 06-03-2006, 01:37 AM   #3
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They could've been.. I just remember thinking that I could get a quality set of gauges for under $20 and finding those... those.. things on Ebay.

They were bright as bright could be to begin with, I really had no problem with them at all until they bubbled and then just completely died. It's not good to come out after work and be forced to drive with one hand under your steering wheel thrusting at an on/off switch in hopes that you might be able to see your gauges.

Not a fun experience. =/




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Old 06-03-2006, 02:29 AM   #4
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i know a lot of people complain about those ebay gauges but i'm pretty happy with mine in all actuallity...... granted they are not perfect, it's true they're cheaply priced for a reason. But with a little extra work they actually look and work very well. Mine did not come with instructions but i'm pretty good with wiring so i was able to wire them up with the stock switch/knob. And i did know that the anti-glare film on them would start to bubble eventually (especially with heat in the summer) so i actually carefuly peeled it off the gauges. And it actually ended up being just a little bit brighter with it off. And ofcourse i took my time placing them and sticking the back of them with no fitment issues. it's been at least a good year now if not more and they are working great... still reading acurate, still nice bright glow, and looks great. Like i said it takes a little bit more work than speedhut gauges but hey, like everyone said you get what you pay for.....
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Are you guys talking about the reverse EL gauges. like the ones in this already ended auction?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=43952

I bought a set and i just installed them and so far im happy i just had to pry the needles out a little to make up for the extra thickness. but i must have done something to upset my temp gauge it reads like 210- 220 now. did i twist the needle on the shaft?
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^^ those are the ones I've installed in a couple 'friends' cars and yeah, they are crappy.

As for the temp gauge, let the car run for 20 minutes or so (go for a drive) and then push the needle back on in the middle of the range, it'll be 'close enough'........
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