First off, any truck with performance modifications like a chip, programmer or bigger injectors, should have a set of gauges installed. Extreme exhaust gas temperatures can lead to the early demise of any engine, hot transmission temperatures will kill any tranny and low fuel pressure could eat up your injectors. Knowing this, we got in touch with Autometer, one of the biggest names in the aftermarket gauge industry, and ordered a quad A-pillar pod and some GS Series gauges. The GS Series comes in a black face with a silver bezel and is backlit with green incandescent LED bulbs. They match the factory OEM gauge cluster perfectly, even at night. With a pyrometer, trans temperature, boost and fuel pressure gauge installed, we could not only keep an eye on critical components of the truck, but we could also see how each specific modification affects the way the truck runs.
We've done gauge install stories before and these are just the same-drill and tap your exhaust manifold and mount the pyrometer-sending unit. The trans gauge sending unit installs on the driver's side of the transmission in a factory port. Just remove the plug and install the sender. Tap into your map sensor line or the driver's side intercooler pipe for the boost gauge. And the fuel pressure-sending unit installs on the back passenger side of the factory fuel bowl. Then it's as easy as finishing the wires and mounting the pod in place.
The folks at Autometer make top-quality, well-engineered gauges with numerous styles to choose from. Wiring them up is a walk in the park, too, with color matching wires. Just about anyone could do this install in the driveway.