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    Went boating after rebuilding the ram caps.....NOW that Tach is dead---that and my drive gauge has not worked for a couple of years... 02 25 Baja.........Soo time for new gauges...I have Gaffrigg gauges now and my buddy changed his old Faria gauges (96 Baja) with new Gaffrigg and has some fogging problems.......????? What are you guys putting in??? Hardin Marine....Auto-Meter....Gaffrigg????? OR something other!!!!!! ALSO any re-done dash plate photos would be great...I might as well do the dash plate over if I have to change the gauges !!!! Any thoughts or photos will be great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Livorsi makes nice stuff. Have them in my velocity. My fountain is not ready for new yet

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    I don't have any experience with them but I've heard AutoMeter is making nice stuff Mike. My old Gaffrigg's are still doing their thing, knock wood.
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    The new Livorsi vantage view are my go to for newer CANbus enabled engines. But I had old school Autometer Marine in my Warlock and loved em.

    10yrs later, still going strong.

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    Thanks guys----My Gaffrigg, I was told way back when, were top of the line.......They have lasted a long time (15 years) My buddy bought a whole set last year and is having a lot of trouble----we have since heard Gaffrigg and Livorsi today are made in China or Mexico ????? I don't know.....!!!! Hardin Marine claims their gauges are made in the USA BUT I heard those Autometer,lil pricey are probably the way to go........I hate to pull the dash apart, change the gauges, and have problems.......Haha That's why my buddy hasen't pulled his dash apart again to fix/change/fight with Gaffrigg......!!!!!

    Mike--Tampa Bay !!!! ANYONE HAVE PHOTOS OF A 25 OUTLAW DASH THAT THEY REPAINTED/RE-DONE/FIXED UP......PLEASE SEND THEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I'm thinking when you get that dash panel off you're going to find a birds nest. Also have heard all the connectors will have to be changed too. Your dread may be well founded. Bigger job than "you" think. Good luck.

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    HaHa Hook-em------when we changed my buddies gauges from Faria to Gaffrigg--we had to photo each gauge wiring set up---change the connectors---paint the dash panel---YES a huge job and I'm not looking forward to do all that----Sooooo I'm still thinking of going back to Gaffrigg and deal with the fuel gauge fogging (u can still see the needle) and his water/engine temp reads to cold????? At least the gauges should hook up with out me throwing tools on the ground !!!!! hahaha============Thanks !!!!
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    I used Livorsi when I did our dash. I used the Vantage View as they plugged directly into the smartcraft backbone. Having done this, I would get a smartcraft to NMEA 2000 converter and then run only the NMEA network.

    Livorsi is evidently not the same company since Mike sold it a few years (8?) back. Mine fog significantly. From everything I read Autometer is now making the best gauges for marine use.

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    Autometer
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    All gauges are pretty equal color code is important I'm due got 17 years out of mine Livorsi marine Only regret on white more glare but cooler original was blackGood luck
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    what ever brand you get, buy their sending units if you want them to read correctly
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    While at the PRI show yesterday I hit up an engineer at Autometer about their latest marine offerings. Specifically plug and play CANbus options out there. Cause why spend an extra grand on sensors and wiring to double duty what's all ready available on the engines.

    For now, they only offer the data acquisition IP67 or IP65 environment rated displays. Including The 8,000 RPM Single Range MFDL, and 10,500 RPM Dual Range MFDL, and the IP65 rated LCD Competition Dash. All 3 setups start at 2k and up per engine. However, he stated that they could pretty easily modify the LCD Competition Dash to display dual engines on one screen. Possibly making this $2500 unit a bit more boater budget friendly. Cause at that price point, a Garmin 721 is a steal for getting all your engine gauges onto the dash in the same size display.

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    Since there is only one analog dial CANbus friendly "marine rated" option out there, We agreed to get together next week on what could be done about that issue...
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    Sic 'em Ken.

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    wow----Nice set up but way to rich for me------Haha I just want to re-do my dash gauges close to stock........Thanks for the info though!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The newer boats with smart craft or what ever it's called adapt better to wireless gauges correct?Or are there kits to fit older set ups?Nice stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stoutlaw View Post
    wow----Nice set up but way to rich for me------Haha I just want to re-do my dash gauges close to stock........Thanks for the info though!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yeah the digital RACE stuff is still a bit pricey compared to top shelf analog gauges. But I did see a couple steering wheel setups straight outa F1 that would make ya wanta drop 3k just to see how bad ass it looks in a boat. LOl


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    The newer boats with smart craft or what ever it's called adapt better to wireless gauges correct?Or are there kits to fit older set ups?Nice stuff
    If it's fuel injected, then likely you have some sort of digital output that can can be converted to any modern marine displays or CANbus gauges for under $300. If its non-EFI, then you have to do analog to digital conversion for each engine sensor. Not counting new sensors, the A/D adapters run about the same price. NoLand Engineering

    The biggest advantage to going digital is output and display options, with an ability to set alarms, log data, or view it on your cell phone if ya want. But I sill prefer a big set of 5-6" tach's behind the wheel.
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