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Old 16 December 2006, 18:43   #1
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What Gauges?

New E-TEC going on the Searider this week. Obviously have to have a system check tach.

What other gauges, if any?
Volts? Water Temp? Water Pressure?

rying to decide if I want to glass over all the holes in the console but for the tach.
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Old 16 December 2006, 18:59   #2
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i think you get a tach, and trim gage as standard. i find an hour meter usefull, but details are all stored on its computer so when its pluged in the dealer can tell you.

did you go for the 75 or 90?
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New E-TEC going on the Searider this week. Obviously have to have a system check tach.

What other gauges, if any?
Volts? Water Temp? Water Pressure?

rying to decide if I want to glass over all the holes in the console but for the tach.
revs, volts, trim,taco...dont bother with speed they never work correct
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dont forget

hi, dont forget the most important...... Depth gauge!!!!
15 degree down bubble, Aye Captain,,, she will no take it,,,
Give it holly!!! as we say in Ireland.

Let us know how you get on with etec, I have heard both good and less than good, but not bad it must be said
Reminds me of triumph Cub 350 Motor bike, Would she burn oil????
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Old 16 December 2006, 21:20   #5
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i think you get a tach, and trim gage as standard. i find an hour meter usefull, but details are all stored on its computer so when its pluged in the dealer can tell you.

did you go for the 75 or 90?
Standard? Nothing's standard! Hell, the tach is $163.

Ah! Hours, I'd forgotten about that one. Probably be more useful than the rest I'd guess, since I don't imagine I'd drag it down to the dealer just to check the hours!

Bought a trim gauge for the Merc, not realizing that it didn't have a sender. Maybe I'll leave it mounted and see it it gets hooked up. Don't really think it's too much use though, Trim is about the feel of the boat. The question was what to fill that hole with.

Wife doesn't know yet, but I'm planning on the 90. Still sort of having 2nd thoughts, as one of the techs pointed out that the old 80 hp was more like a 65 hp measured at the propshaft like new engines vs. the flywheel. The 75 is actually a small bump in output. I'm rationalizing just a tad to justify the 90. It's only $800 more. But to the wife, it's just $800 more. Funny how it's so different depending on how you say it! I suspect she thinks a 40 or 50 would be enough
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I have a water pressure guage fitted - mainly because I have a transom jack but it is very reassuring to be able to check on such a vital part of your engine - much better than waiting for it to overheat first!!!
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I have a water pressure guage fitted - mainly because I have a transom jack but it is very reassuring to be able to check on such a vital part of your engine - much better than waiting for it to overheat first!!!
I'd go along with that. It'd be nice not to have to crane my neck to look for the telltale.
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I've got: trim and tilt - speed - system check and tacho - water pressure - depth - fuel usage.
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Tacho
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Agree with water pressure tho', good idea.
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Is a water pressure gauge any better than water temp? They'll both tell you if the engine is overheating when the alarm goes off.
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I tend to go for the basics:
Tacho
Fuel
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Trim
Water pressure ( gives early warning than temp. gauge or alarm)

By the way Aiden, the Triumph Cub was a 200 not 350: the 350 was the Twenty One.
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But a water pressure gauge will only give you an early warning if you're looking at it all the time, as will a temp.

Unless you're saying that if you have issues with the impellor then an early warning sign might read in a low water pressure at startup.
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Hi Hightower

Yes, I agree with you. You certainly need a high temp alarm, however you may not hear it at WOT and I think that pressure gauge is more useful, particularly when running engine on muffs and because the tell tale will not start until the thermostats open. ( on a Merc. anyway)

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This topic started on an Evinrude engine and an Evinrude will give an alarm signal at overheating.
In my case the water pressure gauge is in front of me so I have a glance at it all the time.
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I must admit that a water pressure gauge is probably going to get fitted anyway, I was playing around with console layout and can get the Trim/Tilt, Fuel, Volts, Water pressure and another gauge on there.

What else might be needed? I was thinking a clock?
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When looking for guages on an etec you might consider the nmea 2000 devices. It looks like Evinrude will change over to this system with lcd digital displays as soon as october this year
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Is a water pressure gauge any better than water temp? They'll both tell you if the engine is overheating when the alarm goes off.
We use water pressure gauges on the race boat because we have a lifter - they are also on the Merc Smartcraft gauges - they will not tell you if the engine is overheating, but they will tell you that water pressure has dropped before the engine overheats, in other words if you have a partial blockage, a sick impeller etc the this will show up - worth fitting then!
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I have a water pressure guage fitted and find it very reassuring. Does it measure the pressure of water going into the engine or what is actually circulating around the block?
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So this water pressure gauge, does it have a transducer or a tube running from engine to gauge?
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Tube running from engine to gauge. On a Mercury anyway.
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