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Mechanical water temp gauge?

Has anyone installed a mechanical water temp gauge in your Teryx. I have a 2" Autometer I have had kicking around here for quite a while that was for another project, but didn't get used. I much prefer mechanical gauges over electrical. Is there a hose adapter that will work for the longer capillary probe? I checked Summit's site but didn't find anything. Thanks for any help
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I picked up a 28mm adaptor with 1/8" NPT for the temp gauge off of Ebay. It was made by TDH Racing. The 28mm will work in the 1" ID radiator hose we have. Haven't hooked mine up yet tho. Hope that helps.
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I picked up a 28mm adaptor with 1/8" NPT for the temp gauge off of Ebay. It was made by TDH Racing. The 28mm will work in the 1" ID radiator hose we have. Haven't hooked mine up yet tho. Hope that helps.
1/8" NPT is too small for the mechanical probe. They take a 1/2" NPT. I think you are referring to the electric sender.
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You are right, I was thinking of the electric. Haven't seen one (adaptor) that has the 1/2" NPT and that is likely because of the added adaptor size/weight for 1/2" threading.
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Yea, they may not even be available. Not sure what other guys are doing, but after a bit more searching, I found a guy that made his own. Not sure what vehicle it is....

edit: after going back and checking out the article, he made no mention that he made this adapter, and it is a CanAm Commander.


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Hmmm, that might be a lot of weight to be hanging off that hose to stress the radiator inlet, especially in rough riding. Maybe he made a hanger of sorts.
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It's really kind of ugly, but I guess it works. I would definitely brace it somehow. I guess its the old hot rod guy in me that likes the full sweep mechanical type. Here is the gauge console on his Commander....


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That does look sharp!
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Well, I gave up trying to find a suitable way to mount a mechanical probe, so ordered the next best thing, a full sweep electric gauge. I checked them at Summit and other outlets, but at $160+ was a bunch more than I wanted to spend on one. But I found a nice used one on ebay for just over $80 shipped, then bought a 28mm adapter that you mentioned off ebay as well. The Autometer 4355 looks just like the full sweep mechanical version. Can't wait to see what temps it runs at. Now I gotta figure out where to mount it. It looks identical to the one in the pics above except goes to 260 instead of 280 with 180 degrees being straight up.
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Today I got the Autometer full sweep electric water temp gauge installed. It works very well. I did a quick 2 or 3 mile jaunt here in the high desert behind my house, and it stayed between 180-190 degrees in around 90 degree heat. I'm a happy camper as it drives me crazy guessing what the engine temps are. It puts out so much heat in the cockpit and the fan came on so much, I really thought it was over 200 degrees. Oh, and the fan was coming on just under 180. Here is a quick pic of it installed.......

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