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ok, i got the console gauges in my car right, im goin to get the autometer plate that allows you to bolt in 4 pod gauges in the stock console like this


i was wondering if when i wire up the new gauges, could i use the existing power,ground,and lighting wires from the stock harness? just extend them ya know. im jus double checking before i get into a mess:cool:
 

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Sure, you could use the power, ground, and lighting wires from your stock harness... but I would suggest you run a dedicated ground wire for your gauges instead of tapping into the stock harness. Gauges need a good ground to the engine block to make sure the sending units work properly. Follow the wiring instructions that came with your gauges.
 

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Sure, you could use the power, ground, and lighting wires from your stock harness... but I would suggest you run a dedicated ground wire for your gauges instead of tapping into the stock harness. Gauges need a good ground to the engine block to make sure the sending units work properly. Follow the wiring instructions that came with your gauges.
yeah i was planning on doin that anyway considering they are all gonna be electric gauges anyway, idk where ima ground em though?, aluminum intake,heads. correct me if im wrong but aluminum is not a grounding source right?
 

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yeah i was planning on doin that anyway considering they are all gonna be electric gauges anyway, idk where ima ground em though?, aluminum intake,heads. correct me if im wrong but aluminum is not a grounding source right?
Aluminum works fine. I've never had a problem. If aluminum were a bad ground, your senders would never work. Millions of temp senders are installed in aluminum intakes. :yes:

FWIW - I always use a star washer between the ground point and the ring terminal to make sure the ground has a good "bite" into bare metal.
 

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Aluminum works fine. I've never had a problem. If aluminum were a bad ground, your senders would never work. Millions of temp senders are installed in aluminum intakes. :yes:

FWIW - I always use a star washer between the ground point and the ring terminal to make sure the ground has a good "bite" into bare metal.
ok cool, so now my grounding options are more open nw lol, thanx man, when i start this engine build ill be sure put up pics and videos of my 383 LT1! gotta love them LT1's!!
 

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You might also want to add or reuse the stock disconnect plug this way if you have to remove the console and gauges it will be easier. If you are adding a disconnect plug put the female end on the car side and the male side on the gauge/console side this way if it's unplugged it's harder to short out the female plug.

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You might also want to add or reuse the stock disconnect plug this way if you have to remove the console and gauges it will be easier. If you are adding a disconnect plug put the female end on the car side and the male side on the gauge/console side this way if it's unplugged it's harder to short out the female plug.

Jim
yeah that had crossed my mind as well, i beleive ill put a new one in maybe
 
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