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Old 03-21-2018, 10:39 PM
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Faria Gauges on older boat?

We are doing some TLC on our 1986 and our gauges need ALOT of TLC. Our speedos (old Airguide) aren't working well, if at all even with new hoses, compensators and pitots. Almost all the guages the internal paint is flaking off. Not even sure if I am getting anything accurate on any of them.

I have heard good things about the Faria line of marine gauges and thinking about replacing them all, and maybe even using GPS speedo instead.

Anyone had any issues changing out the gauges on an older Mastercraft to newer ones? I would assume, the senders and such on the engine would work with the new ones too... don't think much of that has changed over the years.

Thanks for any advice...

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Old 03-22-2018, 10:31 AM
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You shouldn't have any issues as long as your senders are still good. I had to update mine a few years ago because some the tach was reading way off, and the speedometer as reading erratically. Not to mention everything doesn't look as dated with a cluster of newer modern looking gauges. I did use Faria gauges on the swap.
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:40 AM
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Here is the before and after. I installed an identical looking depth gauge a year later.
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Old 03-22-2018, 11:55 AM
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the previous owner put a faria tach into our 94, and mid last season i put a matching speedo in as well - along with new pitots (those semi-universal ones you trim the base of to get to match your bolt pattern)

i think it came out looking pretty good and matches the overall aesthetic of the older dash. not too modern. plus a lot cleaner (and functional!) than the original speedo

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Old 03-27-2018, 10:00 PM
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Thanks for all the info... I am definately leaning towards Faria. Might get a bit radical and switch out the dual speedos and tach with one GPS Speedo, one TACH with Hourmeter, and one 4 in one Gauge... and take all the others out or fill them in. If I go GPS Speedo, don't need two so this way I have 3 identical sized gauges in the middle of dash.
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