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JimStinksAtDorifto
04-15-2003, 03:33 AM
I installed Defi Link Oil Pressure and Temp gauges this weekend.

http://www.team140.net/~jimmy/pics/defi-oil-pres.jpg

Brass adapter doesn't come with the kit. A pack of 5 gauge adapters can be had at most auto stores for $5.


http://www.team140.net/~jimmy/pics/defi-oil-pres-in-car.jpg

Defi sender replacing stock sender on motor. Don't forget the teflon tape!


http://www.team140.net/~jimmy/pics/defi-oil-temp.jpg

http://www.team140.net/~jimmy/pics/defi-oil-temp-in-pan.jpg

Lucky for us, Trust has a spot pretapped for temp probe. Threads right in. Again, use teflon tape.

http://www.team140.net/~jimmy/pics/gauges-all.jpg

On the A pillar. 60mm Greddy a/f and 60mm Defi Link Boost. Below the radio, 52mm Defi Link water temp, oil temp, and oil pressure. I fiberglassed in the stock hole and made holes for the gauges.

The PFC commander is velcro'd to an L-shaped aluminum bracket I made. It mounts to a stock bolt hole. That way, no residue on the dash, the pfc is in clear view to read and tune, and it's only velcro'd so you can stuff it under the seat to hide it.

Oh yeh, see how Mr. T air freshener protects my ride.
He pities fools who do not run Defi Link.

Results..
Oil Pressure: 12-15 psi at idle when warm, 60 psi at 3k, 90psi at 5k+
Oil temps: man does the Trust pan rule. With boost and heavy traffic I saw temps of only 85-88C or 185-190F. With regular cruising around I had temps of 75-80C or 167-176F.

Rownan
04-15-2003, 11:30 AM
Is that ***** of a place for the oil sender or what? Heh Almost a necessity to remove the oil filter on the KA.

I installed oil pressure and water temp over the weekend, a friend of mine said teflon is useless on oil fittings. Plus he said pipe thread is tapered to seal properly.

I used teflon on my water temp probe though.



Tim
www.projectaspec.com (http://www.projectaspec.com)

asad
04-15-2003, 11:35 AM
Plus he said pipe thread is tapered to seal properly.



Despite the taper, most pipe fittings DO need teflon tape to seal properly.

NPTF (aka Dryseal) are designed to seal without tape.

NPT require some sort of sealant

NPTF and NPT are both physically compatible (same thread pitch/dia/taper/etc) but you'll only get the virtues of NPTF if you use ALL NPTF fittings.

Asad

Rownan
04-15-2003, 01:42 PM
Plus he said pipe thread is tapered to seal properly.



Despite the taper, most pipe fittings DO need teflon tape to seal properly.

NPTF (aka Dryseal) are designed to seal without tape.

NPT require some sort of sealant

NPTF and NPT are both physically compatible (same thread pitch/dia/taper/etc) but you'll only get the virtues of NPTF if you use ALL NPTF fittings.

Asad



Damn I knew I should have taped it. Ah well.

Guess I can remove the fittings without too much hassle. I put them in though with the oil filter out, probably gonna be a pain...

JimStinksAtDorifto
04-15-2003, 04:27 PM
Yeh, the way I saw it..the teflon tape won't hurt anything, only help. Plus, I would think it would help keep the fitting from rattling out.

KASilviaAR
04-15-2003, 04:46 PM
Loctite 567 is da schiznit! That stuff will seal anything! Works for fuel and oil sealing applications too.

Rownan
04-15-2003, 04:54 PM
Crossthread is as good as locktite

NOSTALGIC_HERO
04-15-2003, 04:57 PM
nice nice nice!!! DEFI OWNS !!! i love mine too.. wish more people could have them


nice install and pics!

Maeda
04-15-2003, 05:04 PM
where under car is that pressure sensor? o.O

(sorry im doing it this weekend but need just a tiny buit more info)

ive looked twice and i cant seem to see it?

drifts_14
04-15-2003, 05:09 PM
lookin good, i like the setupp, one question, need some more info on that adapter. i know i could take my oem pressure sensor in, but sense you already did that. Also how much clearance was in there for the intake manifold support... because my sending unit is slightly larger than the defi one i believe... anyways any info would be great

JimStinksAtDorifto
04-15-2003, 05:58 PM
drift: Go to autozone/pep boys/whatever and near their gauges they will have a bag of adapters made by sunpro or autometer. It comes with like 5 adapters to be used on any import car. One of them will be it. just test thread each in, only 2 are close, iirc. You have a good bit of clearance to that support. I just took that support out as it gets in the way for filter changes and really isn't needed.

godzira: thanks, I fig'd you'd like as you and I are bigtime Defi proponents.

maeda: pressure sensor is just to the left of the filter. On the Ka it's to the right, iirc(was on my sohc). Look for the wire going to the base of the oil filter, that will be it's local.