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Boost Gauge Question

NineNails Sep 14, 2011

  1. NineNails

    NineNails Proud sponsor of the snack food industry

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    Evenin all
    Ok so I finally got round to fitting the boost gauge (not done oil pressure yet) but I'm not sure if it works ok or if there's a problem with the motor. The gauge reads just off the bottom of the dial at idle and off throttle at 30 inHG and goes up to about 11 psi when I boot it in 3rd but the needle waggles about between 9 to 11 psi whilst being booted. I think I'm missing a couple of psi but the gauge may not be that accurate I suppose. Is the vac reading ok or should it not be as much as this?
    Thanks for any info ;)
    Si.
     
  2. Jason.s

    Jason.s Active Member

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    11 sounds about right for a non mapped 180bhp engine to be honest on peak boost. Vac a lot of peoples seem to vary to be honest.
     
  3. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    to cure the wiggling you can try putting a restrictor in the feed line to the gauge.
     
  4. Oranoco

    Oranoco Well-Known Member

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    ^ What he said.
     
  5. Bradderz_1988

    Bradderz_1988 Dont replace it, Upgrade it !!

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    On idle mine sits at 20inhg on overrun it's at 22inhg, and will boost to around 14psi but some times due to load will see 10-12psi and mine sticks at 10 with a tiny bit of needle wobble but doesn't go to nine unless I'm really running out of revs, and my t-piece has the brass restrictor on it to you may have a tiny leak if your vac is on 30inhg but as Jason says many peoples vary.
     
  6. NineNails

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    Thanks for the replies. It has a restrictor in the tee piece but I might try putting one in closer to the gauge. Bradderz, I don't think I have any leaks to the gauge but if I did surely it would read less as I would be loosing vac?? It's a shame it has such high vac pressure as it makes the gauge look a bit pants sat there with it's needle off the bottom of the dial. I was just seeing anyone else had this or if maybe the gauge was faulty but as it seems to read boost correctly then I suppose I must assume it works ok... Oh well
    Cheers
     

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