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Old 25 February 2009, 15:21   #1
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searider teleflex gauges instalation.

I have bought some teleflex gauges for the SR on flea bay and was wondering about the installation, and what peoples thoughts on it are.
5 options so far.

option 1 just put them in the dash with the back open to the inside of the not very dry console and hope for the best with some silicone grease or vaseline on the terminals for luck..
option 2
make a boot from waterproof material to cover the back of the gauges
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install them in an IP68 rated plastic box set in the dash so its totally waterproof.
option 4
as above but with a drain hole on the box and use a cheap non waterproof box to keep the worst off.
option 5
option 1 plus attempt the impossible and make an sr navy type console waterproof.
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I honestly think you'll be OK with option 1, the gauges will be pretty waterproof with only the terminals to protect.

You could try to spray the back with a water dispersing agent, corrosion guard, or something similar once its all in place.

If you were planning on crossing the Atlantic it might be a different story.

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its the quickest too
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I'd go option 4 - keeps things neater & stops the terminal wires getting pulled off at just the wrong moment ..............
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I'd go option 4 - keeps things neater & stops the terminal wires getting pulled off at just the wrong moment ..............
But youre just paranoid about elusive electrical faults
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Option 1 will be fine.
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But youre just paranoid about elusive electrical faults
Yep ! I'm hoping the drugs stop the twitching soon & the fact I haven't slept for 2 weeks for fear of nightmares about having jump leads attached to me doesn't help !

Go to go - I'm sure the bilge pump has stopped working & I might end up with a flooded boat ......
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This idea has just popped into my head, no idea if it would work but don't see why not.

Go to your local hardware store and buy one of the lock n lock boxes (o ring seal with lock catch on each side) they are cheap as chips and perfectly watertight. Get one big enought o fit over the gauges (obviously).

Cut a hole in the lid so the gauges poke through it and then screw/seal the outside of the lid to the inside of the console around the gauges. Then you can simply take the box and lock it to the lid thus creating an easily removable, cheap and waterproof case for the gauges/electronics.

In fact thats such a good idea, i might do it myself
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Except you still need to get wires out.

I was going to make up a terminal box for trailer wiring using exactly that idea, but a) the boxes don't stay waterproof all that long, and b) wire egress is still a problem in terms of waterproofness (and longer term, wire replacement.)

For something that shouldn't change much, it would be an option. Still simpler to install the gauges into the console, and hot-glue the terminals.

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This idea has just popped into my head, no idea if it would work but don't see why not.

Go to your local hardware store and buy one of the lock n lock boxes (o ring seal with lock catch on each side) they are cheap as chips and perfectly watertight. Get one big enought o fit over the gauges (obviously).

Cut a hole in the lid so the gauges poke through it and then screw/seal the outside of the lid to the inside of the console around the gauges. Then you can simply take the box and lock it to the lid thus creating an easily removable, cheap and waterproof case for the gauges/electronics.

In fact thats such a good idea, i might do it myself

Thats exactly what i meant in my original post, could have worded it better though.
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