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Postby CMS-GT4 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:41 pm

Anyone have any info or feedback on Koso gauges? I have read good things on their motorcycle gauges, but have not found anything on the car ones yet.

It seems they might be an affordable alternative to for high end gauges (from what I read) if the reviews are as good for the auto brand.

http://www.kosonorthamerica.com/
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Postby redGT4 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:19 pm

The Gt Autosound drift car here in oz uses one of the koso scooter gauges, the gp style one from the looks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYfyIcYeFPU&feature=related

around 0:35 and 1:00 mark.

Looks damn good, and for US$350, a good price.
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:44 pm

I think that setup is meant for a bike, but its interesting that it can be converted to a full car setup.

I was looking at egt, fuel pressure, and boost all for under $200 usd. All stepper motored, with its own ecu control unit.

All the reviews I have read seem to put them in the middle of the rung on quality. The few I have seen with problems have been fixed with no problem with returns from the company.

I need more instruments, and considering the price, they seem like a decent setup. The only real car feedback I could find were on the subaru forums.

Now I just got to sell my front calipers to have the budget for them.
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Postby cozmic512 » Thu May 07, 2009 5:14 pm

I am in the market for gauges, I think I need 4 or 5
IC water temp, boost (greddy doesnt make the green one anymore),
egt, oil temp, oil pressure, engine water temp? A/F
I have to say I like the koso gauges.
but how are they in comparison to say
the stri, or revolution gauges? look cool but low quality?
and what about to auto meter?
the hks gauges are ugly IMO
then you have to ask, are the sard, greddy, aem gauges worth the price
and you really want the control units?
there are so many, but I think I need a dial for everything but the A/F ratio
I just like to look at a gauge. not a black circle.
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Postby redGT4 » Sat May 09, 2009 11:23 am

Autometer is no 1 in my book. Huge range and top quality American made. I've got the CF series. best value for money as well.
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Postby RedCelicaTRD » Sun May 10, 2009 1:49 am

The best thing about AutoMeter is some of their lines have every gauge option you could ever think of. The quality has also gotten better over the past few years since they have been redesigning the inner workings of their gauges. However, that doesn't mean other gauges are good also. My opinion is find a gauge that looks good to you, fits where you need it and also has all the gauge options you need. Nothing worse then having multiple style gauges in one car, imo.
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Postby cozmic512 » Mon May 11, 2009 3:19 pm

RedCelicaTRD wrote:The best thing about AutoMeter is some of their lines have every gauge option you could ever think of. The quality has also gotten better over the past few years since they have been redesigning the inner workings of their gauges. However, that doesn't mean other gauges are good also. My opinion is find a gauge that looks good to you, fits where you need it and also has all the gauge options you need. Nothing worse then having multiple style gauges in one car, imo.


I agree. theres nothing worse than having all diff gauges. I bought a greddy boost gauge years ago because it lit up green and now its useless because they dont make them anymore. autometer def has the most options far as style goes.
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Tue May 12, 2009 5:21 pm

I have autometer right now. I had one fail on me, but it was after it sat in the car for 5 years. I like the Z series because it matches the look of the oem gauges better than most. I have never been a fan of bright neon odd colored gauges. I like a sense of unity in design of my cockpit.
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Postby cozmic512 » Wed May 13, 2009 6:18 pm

I agree with the z series autometer. but they dont have certain ones in electrical which I think is weird. maybe its thought of as a entry level or something.
I think I am going to try the koso gauges. I like the style and they are similar to the hks, greddy, sard ones with their electronics, stepper motors etc.
They have all 6 meters I think we need, boost, egt, water and oil temp, oil pressure and a/f ratio. even though I already have an innovate gauge for that. Ill wait to get that one or go with the digital one. for some reason that is only gauge I think need to be digital.
anyway, Ill let you know how they are when they get here.
2 at a time probably... ;)
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Wed May 13, 2009 6:26 pm

If you try Koso go to ebay. There is a seller in canada who has them for cheap. I was able to get egt, boost, and fuel pressure all for under 200 usd. He has good feedback but not a lot of sale yet.
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Postby cozmic512 » Thu May 14, 2009 2:49 pm

did you order from him yet?
they are brand new, and complete.
so I actually just did.
I got boost, egt and water temp (for I/C) for $180 plus 20 ship.

he's sending them out today.
hope they are the quality I expect.
Ill let you know how it goes when they get here.
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Postby cozmic512 » Thu May 14, 2009 2:51 pm

btw, if you did get them, what do you think??
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Thu May 14, 2009 3:21 pm

I did not get them yet. I am sort of waiting because I might be either puting that money into brakes, restoration parts or gauges. I was not in much of a hurry till I get my car back. Do you have a boost gauge already? I was wanting to hook it side to side with my autometer gauge to see how accurate the Koso is.
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Postby cozmic512 » Thu May 14, 2009 3:51 pm

I do. I have a greddy boost gauge, not in psi of course.
but I can run them both and see what if any differences.

although, I am still a few weeks away from running the car.
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Thu May 14, 2009 4:22 pm

If you have a mac you can download a widget for the dashboard to convert bar to psi. If you have a PC there are tons of sites out there you can google for an accurate conversion.

Take pics if you do not mind. If you have any problems let Koso know right away. The few problems I have seen Koso has resolved.
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