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The perils of buying a cheap tachometer? Anyone with experience? 2 cents welcome.

Discussion in 'ECU's, Electronics, and Tuning' started by phyregod, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Ok, shopping for a tachometer, I have decided I want an autometer 5" sport comp #3905 with shift light. Problem is, these critters are in the $200-$250 range. I can get one exactly like it only it is "Autogage" instead of "Autometer". Same company produces both tachs. The autogage is only $100-$150. So the question is, what am I getting for $100 more dollars? Is it truely just the name?

    Shopping around on ebay for tachs, I have found many half decent looking el-cheapo tachometers. I know you get what you pay for, but I also know that you pay for a name. So does anyone have any bad experiences going the cheap route?

    Can you mess up a simple insturment such as a tachometer?
     
  2. INJEN78

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    honestly the only real differance is the actual feel of durability...
    i have had autometer tachs and then a no-name ebay tach..both worked as they were supposed to..its just the autometer will feel a hell of alot more durable..
     
  3. whiterabbit06

    whiterabbit06 Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill? VIP

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    Yea the no name ones don't last as long but they all work as they should. I got one of those cheap ones at the parts store that you could change the color of the night light with a button on the face and the light went out after like 9 months.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Check this out. Its fugly, but its 70 shipped and has Water/oil press/oil temp in the face.. Could be an awesome thing if it really works... Well, other than the 11,000rpm limit on it, thats a bit silly.

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    What kind was it? My 90 hatch came with a Timex one that color changes. Works pretty good. It's been in that car for a long time too.
     
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    whiterabbit06 Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill? VIP

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    I really hope your kidding, that just screams "i'm a ricer" or "im stuck in the 90's" cheaping buying as stock cluster that comes with a tach.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    I am a ricer. Hard core.
     
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    Korax New Member

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    This coming from the guy with "digital camo armrest accents"....
     
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    the stock honda tachs are not even close to being accurate.
     
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    i like the one with the 3 guages in it... i also wonder what the quality of it is
     
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    phyre i was actually going to buy that same tach like 2.5 years ago when its was $120 shipped lol..
    i ended up not having the money and forgot about it...
    looks to be a good tach though
     
  13. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    They have another one that has digital mini gauges... Someone buy one and let me know how bad it sucks! lol
     
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    yea because i didnt want to be like everyone else and put the type-R Red inserts instead. whoops i forgot its different so obviously it must not be cool.
     
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    you sure about that? my stock tach is less than 100 rpms off of my VAFC-2 digital tach. So...:confused:
     
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    you running to the same source?
     
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