Product Spotlight: 2012-2015 Ford Focus Triple Pillar Pod

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Newly added to GlowShift’s Pillar Pod lineup is our 2012-2015 Ford Focus Triple Pillar Pod! This Focus Triple A-Pillar Pod will secure three 2 1/16th inch (52mm) GlowShift Gauges to monitor, as well as add a completely custom look to your Ford Focus! This pillar pod is manufactured from high quality ABS plastic to withstand cracking, fading, and warping. This pillar pod is only available in black, but can easily be painted to your preferred color with ABS plastic paint. Every GlowShift 12-15 Ford Focus Triple Pillar Pod includes all the necessary mounting hardware, installation instructions, as well as a one year limited warranty and lifetime technical support.

The Importance of an EGT/Pyrometer Gauge

When looking to add gauges to your diesel truck, a Pyrometer EGT gauge should be at the top of the list. A pyrometer EGT gauge can be one of the most important gauges for monitoring a diesel truck’s engine. Not many things will damage a diesel turbo engine faster than excessive exhaust gas temperature, which is why having a pyrometer gauge to monitor your truck’s EGT is so crucial.

A pyrometer gauge is a temperature gauge designed to measure a truck’s exhaust gas temperature. The EGT gauge is electronically driven and will read the exhaust gas temperature with the type K thermocouple EGT probe. An EGT gauge can warn the driver of dangerous conditions which can result in serious engine damage. Without an exhaust gas temperature gauge there is no other way to tell of such dangerous situations other than performance of the truck, which in most cases means the damage to the engine has already been done. Excessive exhaust gas temperatures can lead to engine and turbocharger damage, and even damage to the pistons by melting or cracking under the extreme temperatures.

When mounting an EGT probe, it is recommended to do so in the exhaust manifold where it can read the temperatures of the heat that gets forced out of the engine during the exhaust-stroke. Generally it is suggested to do this 2-4inches from the cylinder head. Many experts will suggest installing the EGT probe in the exhaust manifold before the turbo. To install the EGT probe to the manifest we recommend using the 1/8th NPT drill and tap kit.

1) The farther the probe is away from the manifold, the greater the lag time will be to vigorous changes in temperature.

2) Exhaust gas cools as it travels away from the manifold, which will result in a 200-500°F difference.

3) The turbo can act as a restriction depending on the setup. Exhaust gas can build up additional heat before the turbo while post-turbo exhaust gas temperatures can be lower because of reduced exhaust flow causing faster cooling. This can result in higher temperatures between the motor and turbo.

EGT is an indication of how hot the combustion process is in the cylinders along with being related to the air/fuel ratio. Higher exhaust temperatures, typically above 1,600°F are the result of excessive fueling, high intake of hot air temperature, air restrictions, wind resistance, and lugging the engine. Anything that restricts the airflow intake or intake air density will limit the air mass that gets to the cylinders. This could be caused by a dirty/restrictive air cleaner, high outside air temperature, high altitudes, restricted or partially blocked air intake to or through the radiator or intercooler, and a high water temperature. Although a water temperature gauge will warn the driver of a cooling system problem, a pyrometer gauge reacts more quickly so the driver can spot a problem sooner to avoid damage.

For all diesel vehicles we recommend the installation of an EGT/Pyrometer Gauge. The gauge is an inexpensive upgrade that allows the driver to monitor the engine and be a guide for optimum fuel economy. GlowShift offers a variety of options and styles of Pyrometer EGT Gauges for any vehicle that has a turbo or supercharger installed or any diesel truck towing heavy loads. GlowShift’s EGT Gauges include 1500°F Pyrometer for diesel trucks, 2200°F and 2400°F Exhaust Gas Temperature models, which all come standard with a 1/8th NPT type K thermocouple EGT probe that can be installed either to the exhaust manifold or exhaust pipe using an EGT bracket. Every GlowShift Gauge purchase includes all sensors, mounting hardware, installation instructions, free lifetime technical support, and a one year limited warranty.

Product Spotlight: GlowShift’s 2013-2015 Subaru BRZ Triple Pillar Pod

Subaru-BRZ-pod-photoJust added to GlowShift’s Pillar Pod lineup is our 2013-2015 Subaru BRZ Triple Pillar Pod! This BRZ triple A-pillar pod will securely hold three 2 1/16th inch (52mm) GlowShift Gauges to monitor, while also adding a custom look to your Subaru BRZ! GlowShifts 13-15 Subaru BRZ pod is manufactured from the highest quality ABS plastic that allows the pod to withstand cracking, fading and warping over time. This pod is only available in the color black, but can be easily painted using ABS plastic paint for your preferred pillar pod color! Every GlowShift triple A-pillar pod comes included with all necessary mounting hardware, installation instructions, as well as free lifetime technical support and a one year limited warranty.

7 Color Series Fuel Pressure Gauges Now Feature New Style Sensor

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GlowShift Gauges recently updated all 7 Color Series Fuel Pressure Gauges to be driven by a new style fuel pressure sensor that is twice as small as the previous model and produces unrivaled fuel pressure accuracy. This style fuel pressure sensor was previously being used in GlowShift’s Elite & White Elite 10 Color Series Gauges and the performance results have been so remarkable that adding this sensor to the 7 Color Series 30psi and 100psi Fuel Pressure Gauges was a no brainer. The new 1/8-NPT fuel pressure sensor can be installed to your fuel filter housing, fuel pump or fuel rail, while offering plug and play connectivity with the included 6.5ft wire harness. GlowShift stands behind all gauges, sensors and other accessories with a one year limited warranty.

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