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Old 12-06-2009, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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vacuum gauge installed

Well, got the vacuum gauge installed today on the ford. Searched on the forum on how to use it and found some good info. I have seen them in cars before and I have seen my dad use them to trouble shoot before but never drove with one. Found out I was shifting WAY too early. Was under the impression the quicker I got through the gears without lugging, the better mpg but guess I was wrong there! Now I'm real curious on how much my mileage will improve when I master the vacuum gauge info.

Why is a Vacuum/boost gauge cheaper then a plain old simple vacuum guage? The vacuum/boost gauges where 27 bucks. Everyone quoted me 45-60 bucks for just a simple vacuum gauge and would have to order it. Finally bought one at Harbor Freight for 20 bucks. Way cheaper then anyone else in town. Not a high quality one but seems to work well and is lighted.

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Old 12-06-2009, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I love my vacuum gauge and think it was one of my best MPG mods.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why is a Vacuum/boost gauge cheaper then a plain old simple vacuum guage? The vacuum/boost gauges where 27 bucks. Everyone quoted me 45-60 bucks for just a simple vacuum gauge and would have to order it. Finally bought one at Harbor Freight for 20 bucks. Way cheaper then anyone else in town. Not a high quality one but seems to work well and is lighted.
Had a similar issue with the Clunker. It was about the same price for a complete fartcan catback system for my car as it was just for the resonator/midpipe I ended up buying. (Muffler was good. Cat was good. Pipe between them was broken.) Ricers buy a lot of expensive junk, creating a market for cheap junk.
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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never thought about ricers...yeah they will buy all sorts of cheap junk
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My vac gauge is off a mityvac vacuum pump, sadly it isn't lighted but the needle has a nice sweep. and I already had it.

I dont like the ricer boost/vac gauges either

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