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Imported Gauges From Ebay

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by samned, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Dec 7, 2019

    samned Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Has anyone else used the imported gauge sets that you find on eBay for $60.00 or less. I put a set on my M38A1 and was taking to a parade today and the temperature gauge spiked just as i was pulling into the lineup lot. So I turned around and headed back home only to see the gauge quickly went down to 150. I got home and have left the jeep idling for about 30 minuted no and the motor has shown no signs of overheating and the gauge is sitting steady at 160. I suspect the gauge is the problem and I am kicking myself for buying this set. I already can't use the speedometer due to the cable not working, and now the temp gauge is suspect. I am kicking myself for buying this set and should have known better.
  2. Dec 7, 2019

    NCRenII yellow fever

    Far Nor Cal
    Sep 22, 2017
    I can imagine that they may have simply copied other manufacturers offerings cutting corners where they could.
    I find it difficult to buy many products not made offshore and have found that buying from name brands does not insure good quality. BUT, it does mean they will stand behind the product. I think many name brands offshore yet do have adequate qc and contract compliance checks that the overall quality is better.
    The competitive spirit of domestic manufacturing is a thing of the past. Robot like lemmings assembling products with parts of dubious quality seem to be the new norm. Keep the investors happy while the customer thinks wth.
  3. Dec 7, 2019

    jackdog Member 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    Finger Lakes NY
    Jul 16, 2013
    I also bought a set of these from India. The only good thing I can say is that they looked OK. They were very cheaply made and the speedometer was geared wrong. I also had problems with the mechanical temp gauge. I ended up junking them all.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2019
  4. Dec 8, 2019

    compostwerks Sponsor

    Canterbury, NH
    Jan 1, 2011
    I had a set that came along in a box with a project I bought a couple of years ago and am using only the temp gauge at this point. Oil gauge registered at 40 at idle when warmed up and spiked when cold. Fuel gauge never worked. Speedo worked for a couple of weeks an broke internally. Ammeter fried. I would not bother with these at all.
  5. Dec 9, 2019

    Vanguard Chief Cook and Bottlewasher Staff Member

    Brighton, MI USA
    Aug 30, 2006
    I had good luck with a Crown unit.
  6. Dec 9, 2019
    58 willys

    58 willys Sponsor

    Millsboro, Delaware
    Jul 2, 2010
    I bought a set from Speedhut out of Utah 9 years ago they weren't cheap but the quality was great have worked every time no issues and have a lifetime warranty. Granted they are not for the purist they look just like orginal except for speedo has digital odometer and oil & volt gauge are full sweep. Speedo has no cable to worry about and I can put whatever size tire I choose and it will be accurate as its GPS driven.
    Stano316, dozerjim and 65CJ5 SRD like this.
  7. Dec 10, 2019

    fhoehle Sponsor

    Harford Township, PA
    Apr 11, 2012
    I have been finding more and more that the cheap deals on ebay are just plain junk. I recently bought an oddfire hei distributor, new, for about 75 bucks! I got what I paid for from Southwest Performance. Junk! I swapped back to my reliable old delco reman with Pertronix in it.
  8. Dec 14, 2019

    kenb Member

    Jan 22, 2019
    Thanks for mentioning Speedhut. It looks like they might be the source I've been seeking for a fuel gauge that will work on my M38A1.
  9. Dec 14, 2019

    Alan28 Well-Known Member 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    Ch√Ętillon en...
    Oct 21, 2012
    This is the problem with direct sales. I buy from a shop which repairs Jeep. They use the stuff for themselves so it is a sort of guarantee. And there is a guarantee.
  10. Dec 14, 2019

    mickeykelley Well-Known Member

    Republic of Texas
    Oct 10, 2015
    There was a guy on eBay who bought a bunch in Vietnam that were NOS. LIKE $200 each but it worked. I got one and loved it, then bought a backup as I heard horror stories on the new junk. I believe his eBay name was bluemoonscooter11 so you could contact him and see if he has any more. At one time he had a ton of them.
  11. Dec 14, 2019

    Keys5a Sponsor

    Florida Keys
    Jan 23, 2014
    Bluemoon's were the later large speedometers, were the A1 uses smaller and individual gauges. Stewart Warner still makes a speedo that fits the dash insert, and the rest of the gauges are regular 2 1/16 size.
  12. Dec 14, 2019

    mickeykelley Well-Known Member

    Republic of Texas
    Oct 10, 2015
    I missed the M38A1 part. I'm gonna classify that miss as old age selective blindness.
    Twin2 likes this.
  13. Dec 22, 2019

    wasillashack Member

    Wasilla, Alaska
    Mar 17, 2008
    After the passing of NAFTA/GATT there is very little quality in anything, especially imported, I used all Stewart Warner 2-5/8" diameter gauges with 3-3/8" Speedo and tach. I was not concerned with originality, Stewart Warner also makes gauges in 2-1/16 " diameters. Likewise the inexpensive HEI distributors, if you buy the inexpensive one from eBay, just buy a Delco Remy module for it for when it fails, this goes for odd fire V6 and AMC V8 HEI's. If you have an original AMC V8 points distributor, I'd use the drive gear off it also, if possible. Snap On is now importing some items from China..........beware! Almost all consumer electronics have off shore parts within. Good luck!

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