Spotlight: Drill and Tap Kits

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One accessory that can make a big difference in your gauge readings when installing a diesel pyrometer gauge is GlowShift’s Drill and Tap Kit. Drilling and tapping into your exhaust manifold isn’t necessary for installing any EGT gauge, but if you’re looking for optimal gauge readings directly from the source then using a drill and tap kit is the way to go. This drill and tap kit includes a size R drill bit used to drill the hole for your boost sensor and/or EGT probe and also includes a 1/8-27 NPT tap that allows you to thread your sensor or probe into the drilled hole.

Before you even start the drilling process, it is important that you use a center punch to mark the location where you’ll drill the pilot hole. To install an EGT probe to the exhaust manifold, you will want to drill into the EGT’s turbo flange. As I mentioned above, a size R drill bit is used, but it is recommended start with a 1/8 drill bit and gradually step up in drill bit size until you reach the included size R drill bit. Once you have completed the drilling process, it is important that you remove all metal shavings from the exhaust manifold with a shop vacuum and magnet pen to prepare to tap the hole. Slowly tap the hole to 1/8-27 NPT using the included tap and when you’ve completed this step, remove the metal shavings once more and you’re set! Check out the video below to see the drill and tap kit in action!

Protecting Your Transmission When Snow Plowing

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As a large portion of the country is buried in snow, a countless number of emergency vehicles worked long, tireless hours to get the roads clear for everyone’s daily commute. Plowing thousands of tons of snow over a long period of time can take a toll on your 4×4 vehicle, especially the transmission. It is extremely important to be aware of your vehicle’s normal transmission fluid temperature levels so you can know when your vehicle hits the danger zone of the mid to high 200° Fahrenheit. If you reach and/or exceed these levels, it is imperative that you let your vehicle idle to allow time for the transmission cooler to cool the transmission fluid so you can resume your work. Ignoring these rising temperature levels and continuing to put stress on your vehicle could lead to catastrophic damage.

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One way GlowShift can help you keep a close eye on your transmission’s temperature is by installing a transmission temperature gauge. GlowShift’s Transmission Temperature Gauges feature an electronic temperature sensor that produces unrivaled accuracy as well as stepper motor technology that drives the needle of each gauge for smooth movement. One innovative feature with our Black and White Elite Series Trans Temp Gauges that’s extremely useful is the programmable high and low warnings that will alert you visually and/or audibly when you reach the set temperatures. GlowShift includes all necessary sending units, mounting hardware, installation instructions, free lifetime technical support and a one year limited warranty with each trans temp gauge purchased.

3in1 Gauges for Gas Vehicles are In!

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GlowShift Gauges is proud to introduce all new 3in1 Combination Gauges that were designed specifically for gas applications! Our new 3in1 gauges feature your choice of a black or white face analog boost/vacuum reading from -30 inHg to 30 PSI, as well as featuring two blue digital readings which include both pressure and temperature readings from 0 to 150 PSI and 68 to 302 degrees Fahrenheit. The included electronic pressure sensor can be installed to measure either your oil or fuel pressure statistics and the electronic temperature sensor can measure either your oil, water or transmission temperatures with unrivaled accuracy directly from each source. The boost/vacuum sensor allows you to tap into your boost and vacuum lines and precisely measures your vehicle’s compression levels. What really makes this gauge unique is the 10 Color through dial lighting that allows you to select from 10 different colors to match your vehicle’s factory dash or to add a unique, aftermarket style to your car. Modular connectors make installing and connecting wiring to the back of the gauge extremely easy and the 3in1 combo gauge can even be installed to your dashboard with the included 60mm mounting cup! You can also mount the 3in1 gas gauge directly to the A-pillar for easier visibility with one of GlowShift’s vehicle specific 60mm pods. Also available is a black face metric version that features an analog boost reading from -1.0 to 2.0 BAR PSI with two blue digital pressure and temperature readings from 0 to 10.0 BAR PSI and 20 to 150 degrees Celsius. GlowShift includes all necessary mounting hardware, installation instructions, free lifetime technical support and a one year limited warranty with each 3in1 gauge purchased.

New 7 Color Series Diesel Gauge Sets Have Arrived!

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Just added to GlowShift’s inventory are new diesel gauge sets that are ready to be installed to your diesel truck! Our new gauge sets feature three diesel gauges that monitor three vital components of your truck which include a 60 PSI Boost Gauge, 2400° F Exhaust Gas Temperature Gauge and your choice of either a Transmission Temperature or 30 PSI Fuel Pressure Gauge. These new diesel gauge sets are available in our Tinted 7 Color, Black 7 Color and White 7 Color Gauge Series that feature GlowShift’s 7 Color through dial lighting and allows you to select from 7 different colors to match your factory dash lights or by adding a custom style to the interior of your truck. Each diesel gauge set can be mounted directly to your truck’s A-pillar by installing one of GlowShift’s Vehicle Specific Pillar Pods or you can even mount the gauges directly onto your dashboard using a dash pod! Whichever way you plan to install the three diesel gauges, GlowShift has the solution for you!

60 PSI Boost Gauge:

GlowShift’s 60 PSI Diesel Boost Pressure Gauge reads from 0-60 PSI and installs directly to your truck’s intake manifold with the included brass compression fittings and 9ft. of boost hose that connects to the back of the gauge. To drill and tap your intake manifold, you will need to use one of GlowShift’s Drill and Tap Kits that comes with a size R drill bit and a 1/8-27 NPT tap that will allow you to thread the brass compression fitting into the source.

2400° F Exhaust Gas Temperature Gauge:

GlowShift’s 2400° Pyrometer EGT Gauge reads from 0-2400 degrees Fahrenheit and comes standard with a Type K Thermocouple Probe that features 6ft. of stainless steel braided cable. You can install the EGT probe to your exhaust manifold by drilling and tapping at the pre-turbo location for optimal temperature results, or you can use one of GlowShift’s Exhaust Temperature Brackets that connects to the exhaust pipe, eliminating the need to tap the manifold.

Transmission Temperature Gauge:

GlowShift’s Transmission Temperature Gauge reads from 100-300 degrees Fahrenheit with the included 1/8 NPT temperature sensor. You can install this temperature sensor at the transmission test port location, but if you’re installing this Transmission Temperature Gauge to a 1994-2007.5 Dodge Ram, GlowShift’s Transmission Test Port Sender Extender is required to complete the installation. Another location to install the temperature sensor is at the stock sensor location of your truck.

30 PSI Fuel Pressure Gauge:

GlowShift’s 30 PSI Fuel Pressure Gauge reads from 0-30 PSI with the included fuel pressure sensor and 6ft. sensor harness that can be installed directly to your fuel filter housing, fuel rail or lift pump for extremely accurate statistics. GlowShift’s Banjo Bolt Adapter was designed specifically for the 1998.5 – 2010 Dodge Ram with a 24v Cummins motor and will replace the stock banjo bolt, allowing you to easily install the Snubber Valve and fuel pressure sensor to the fuel filter housing. Using a Snubber Valve eliminates fuel pressure spikes present throughout the fuel system during the initial start up of the diesel engine through the use of a regulator. High pressure fuel system spikes are extremely harmful and may cause unexpected failure to fuel pressure sensors for fuel pressure indication devices and gauges.

GlowShift’s Custom Gauge Package: The Total Package

Are you looking to monitor your vehicle’s vital components to ensure they are running at their peak performance? GlowShift’s Build Your Own Custom Gauge Package is the perfect solution as you can select three different gauges to monitor three vital components, displaying critical values that can help prevent premature breakdown. This Custom Gauge Package also allows you to add a vehicle specific triple pillar pod to mount the three 52mm gauges to your stock A-pillar.

Gauges:

As I mentioned above, you have the option to select three different gauges from one of GlowShift’s 7 Color Gauge Series which include the Black 7 Color, Tinted 7 Color or White 7 Color Gauge Series. You can choose from a collection of gauges that can be installed into virtually any car or diesel truck such as Boost Gauges, Narrowband Air / Fuel Ratio Gauges, Wideband Air / Fuel Ratio Gauges, Oil Pressure Gauges, Water Temperature Gauges, Pyrometer EGT Gauges, Oil Temperature Gauges, Fuel Pressure Gauges, Transmission Temperature Gauges and many more! Each gauge comes included with all necessary mounting hardware, sensors, installation instructions, free lifetime technical support and a one year limited warranty.

A-Pillar Gauge Pods:

GlowShift Gauges includes a vehicle specific A-pillar pod with each gauge package purchased, giving you a complete set that you can install to your vehicle without having to purchase any additional components. You can select from a wide variety of pillar pods for numerous makes and models such as Acura Pods, Chevrolet Pods, Dodge Pods, Ford Pods, Honda Pods, Mazda Pods, Mitsubishi Pods, Nissan Pods, Subaru Pods and much more! If a pillar pod is not listed for your specific vehicle, we also offer Universal Pillar Pods that can be mounted to any vehicle! Each pillar pod comes standard with a color specific pillar kit that includes screws, screw caps, installation instructions, and a one year limited warranty.

Holiday Gift Ideas from GlowShift Gauges

With the start of the holiday season fast approaching, GlowShift Gauges is here to help you pick out that perfect gift before the pressure of the holiday rush is at its peak. Not only is our Pre Holiday Sale taking place right now where you can shop early and save on all items storewide (Use Coupon Code at Checkout: 10EverythingPH), we are gearing up for our Black Friday (Starting Thanksgiving Day 11/28/2013) as well as our Cyber Monday Sales (Starting Sunday 12/01/2013) where you and your wallet will really enjoy the great savings. Below are a few holiday gift ideas that will be sure to bring joy to any automotive enthusiast.


Gauge Pods

MaxTow Double Vision Gauge Series

Custom Diesel Gauge Package

Custom Triple Pillar Gauge Package

Oil Filter Sandwich Adapter


Digital Tachs and Shift Lights

Honda Banjo Bolts Have Arrived!

GlowShift’s Honda Banjo Bolt Adapter is essential for anyone installing a Fuel Pressure Gauge to their Honda vehicle. Using this accessory makes installing the fuel pressure sensor to the fuel filter housing extremely easy as you’ll remove the stock banjo bolt and thread the new banjo bolt into the spot with one of the two crush washers at the base of the banjo bolt. Next you’ll place the banjo bolt through the fuel line, slide the other crush washer over the fuel line and thread the banjo bolt into the fuel filter. Then you will take the included 90 degree brass elbow and thread the fuel psi sensor into the female end. It is imperative to use Teflon tape on the sensor threads to ensure a tight seal. Now that the fuel pressure sender is connected to the 90 degree brass elbow, thread the brass elbow into the female end of the banjo bolt and you’re set! It’s that easy! This banjo bolt is compatible with the following vehicles: 88-91 Honda Civic / CRX, 92-95 Honda Civic, 96-00 Honda Civic, 93-97 Honda Del Sol, 92-96 Honda Prelude, 00-03 Honda S2000, as well as 90-93 Acura Integra, 94-01 Acura Integra, 91-00 Acura NSX and any fuel filter that is compatible with M12 x 1.25” Banjo Bolt.

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6.7L Cummins Boost Bolt Adapter Now Available

Looking to install a boost gauge to your 6.7L Cummins diesel engine? Just added to GlowShift’s inventory is an accessory that makes installing a boost gauge to a Cummins diesel engine extremely easy, the 6.7L Cummins Boost Bolt Adapter! Using this boost bolt replaces the passenger side factory bolt on the intake manifold horn and allows you to install a boost pressure sensor or hose directly to the manifold for accurate readings directly from the source. Using a boost bolt adapter also allows you to avoid the process of drilling and tapping your intake manifold to 1/8-27 NPT for the included boost sensor or compression fittings for your particular boost gauge. Check out the video below that will walk you through the process of using the boost bolt adapter and installing a 60 PSI Diesel Boost Gauge. GlowShift includes a one year limited warranty and free lifetime technical support with each boost bolt adapter purchased.

Power Stroke Boost Sensor T-Fitting Adapter Now Available!

Just added to GlowShift’s product lineup is an installation accessory that will dramatically cut down the time it takes to install a boost gauge sensor. That installation accessory is our Boost T-Fitting Adapter! Installing this boost t-fitting adapter is extremely easy as you’ll simply cut your vehicle’s MAP line, insert the fitting into the two cut ends of the MAP line and tighten the hose around the t-fitting by using the two included hose clamps. You’ll then thread your 1/8-27 NPT boost pressure sensor or brass compression fittings into the open port of the t-fitting and you’re set! It’s that easy!

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Using this boost t-fitting adapter allows you to avoid the process of drilling and tapping into your vehicle’s intake manifold. The t-fitting adapter can be installed to any vehicle with a 3/16” MAP line, but is mainly used for 1999-2002 7.3L Ford Power Stroke and/or 2003-2007 6.0L Ford Power Stroke Engines. GlowShift includes a one year limited warranty with each boost t-fitting adapter purchased, as well as including installation instructions and free lifetime technical support.

EGT Probe Location: Pre-Turbo or Post-Turbo?

The most important step of installing GlowShift’s Exhaust Gas Temperature Gauge to your vehicle is selecting the location of the EGT probe. To receive optimal statistics from your Pyrometer Gauge, it is recommended to install the EGT probe at the pre-turbo location of your exhaust manifold. Many users may tend to install the EGT probe at 12 inches past the location of the turbo which results in misleading temperature statistics. To show the difference between the two EGT probe locations, we installed two EGT probes to our test vehicle, 2006 Dodge Ram 5.9L 24 Valve Cummins with a 5 inch exhaust pipe. The EGT probe that was installed 12 inches past the turbo read about 300° – 500° F cooler than the EGT probe that was installed at the pre-turbo location, which read about 800° F. This is an extreme difference in the temperature being displayed on your gauge which is inaccurate from the actual performance of the EGT. If your EGT is running too hot and you are unaware, it can lead to major engine break down including burning oil which leads to coking and melting internal components such as the pistons and crack heads.