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Differential Temp gauge install
#1
For this installation you will need a differential cover like this one: For Dana 44 equiped Frontiers....

http://mag-hytec.com/store/index.php?main_...031efbaf03241bd

Or have your cover drilled and tapped 1/8 .

Yes, this install was on a Titan but the basic wiring/install would still apply.

Here is the Auto meter kit I used.

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Start by installing the temp sending unit into your differential cover.

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Use anti-seize on the threads of the sender.

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Two wires go from the differential to the gauge. The sender wire and a good ground near the sender.

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Route these wires along the frame and into the cab. I used the same access hole under the driver seat as I did for my AMP power steps.

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Remove 4x4 switch plate...4x4 trucks will have to find another mounting option. Frontiers even another. Autometer offers many mounting options/brackets/pods.

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Once these 2 wires are in the cab they need to be routed to the dash.

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Now remove dash bezel.. I did not document this part sorry….

The gauge requires the following:
Ground wire from near sender
Sender wire
Positive power for gauge
Positive power for illumination
Ground for illumination

For the power for the gauge I tapped into the passenger side acc plug (switched)
For the ground for illumination I tapped into the ground wire on the passenger side acc plug.


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For the positive illumination power I tapped into the red/blue running (parking) light power

It is recommended that a 3 amp fuse be put in the gauge power line

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The backing bracket for the gauge is too narrow for the mounting hole so you have to bend the arms out.

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Put gauge in hole, put mounting bracket on the back mounting studs, put on lock washers and use the mounting nuts and tighten down good making sure gauge is at the angle you want it. I suggest testing the gauge before putting your dash back together.

Done. A very good match in my opinion.

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Did I need this gauge? Maybe, I do A LOT of towing. Did I want it? Yes. Why did I do it? Because I can, and it gave me a reason to turn a wrench, etc.... 165 163
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#2
As usual, another great photo writeup. You are da man.
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#3
COOOOOOL!!!!

Now I need to go shopping once they make a nice dif. cover for us bastardize dana44 guys 172
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#4
Thanks guys! I love doing $hit to my truck as much as posting it. I finally got the diff to crack 110 degrees today! Ambient temp outside was 82. 25 miles on the freeway and 2 burnouts = 115 +/- degrees! Gauge starts to regrister at 100*. Going to work 4.5 miles she just makes 100* by the time I get there. If you have a Dana 44........DO IT! 163
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#5
wicked writeup, makes 70x easier.

How much was the gauge?
06 NISMO - 2" PRG spacer/deaver - Banks Power - Cooper STT's on Pathfinder wheels - PIAA's
06 Titan - 2" PRG spacer/blocks - Banks Power - Volant - 33" Toyos - Carriage works grille - Bully dog tuner
91 Hardbody SEV6 Auto 4x4. 95 frame. 2" suspension lift ARB springs Calmini UCA/shackles SwayAway T-bars. 2" body lift. Custom exhaust with magnaflow. 33x12.5R15 DC MC Tires on 15x10 Ultra 50/51 aluminum wheels. Custom bed, sliders, and bumpers coming soon!
66 Patrol.... it's orange...

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#6
eglaisi Wrote:wicked writeup, makes 70x easier.

How much was the gauge?

Here you go eglaisi.... 163

http://www.thepartsbin.com/sitemap/auto ... parts.html
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#7
I wrapped up a coupla loose ends on this project today...

The temp sending and ground unit before...

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Now after.. I put heat shrink stuff around the connections...

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Some torch video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO0EplOFhZE&

The hottest I have been able to get my rear diff (without towing) was 125 degrees. This going to Alpine elevation 2k ft and 11 miles east of me. I did not trust the sender/gauge so I put a thermometer down the fill hole and took the temp. Gauge was right on. Here is the thermometer I used. 163

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Did I mention I LOVE MY TRUCK?! 222
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#8
Cool mod. That fit perfect into the stock 4X4 selector location. Don't forget to wipe the thermometer off before you grill again.
06 nismo CC 4X4: SOLD and replaced with 2017 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon; Teraflex 3" lift, 315/70-17 Cooper STT PRO tires on Fuel Trophy wheels, JCR bumpers front and rear w/Warn 9.5cti winch in front, Ace sliders, GraBars, Weathertech window deflectors and floor liners
98 Jeep Wrangler in the garage, 2" lift, 33X12.50 BFG MTs on 15X8 MT Classic Locks, Pioneer/MTX/RF P3 Sound, Borla Header w/Flowmaster
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