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Dash Gauge fixing

by argonaut » 04 Nov 2019, 18:44

I have bought a new 5" round Gauge for my boat ....

It has 2 threaded upstands at back to go through a mounting bracket ..... The issue is it does not come with a mounting bracket, and the manufacturer of said gauge does not supply them.

Does anybody know a supplier? ... or even the proper name for these.

Have seen 2 types .... the neat type as on Fariah Gauges ... which is a round nylon basket affair that gives 360 degrees clamping of the gauge/dial onto the dash.

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Or the cheaper type I saw on old Smiths gauges for cars ... basically a C shaped bracket of flat bet metal .... only clamps at 2 points.

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by shibbs » 04 Nov 2019, 20:54

I can’t help with a supplier but if it was me.. I would be using a piece of aluminium of sufficient thickness and making one myself. It’ll be out of sight so only needs to be functional and not pretty..? Literally a 10 minute job.
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by argonaut » 05 Nov 2019, 09:55

It's just the Alluminium 'C' brackets don't hold gauge as well as the 'basket type that presses down on full 360 ... and this is a big gauge.
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by ian h » 05 Nov 2019, 21:06

Looking on other other boat forums the best idea is to email Faria direct - not sure who makes your dial

Just re-read post and looks like you already tried that route

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by argonaut » 06 Nov 2019, 22:10

Yep no luck
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by Ianfs » 07 Nov 2019, 11:55

Depending upon how much room you have around the gauge on the inside of the dash, what about good old fashioned 5mm plywood cut in a circle approx. 6" dia with a 5" hole cut into it. Fit two small angled brackets to the ply circle to take a [ shape bracket to fit the gauge?
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by argonaut » 07 Nov 2019, 15:55

agree I could resort to woodwork ... just seems a Faff when there should be a simple bracket ..... bit annoying manufacturer just says go find own bracket
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by shibbs » 07 Nov 2019, 20:14

I completely get what you mean about the C brackets now by the size of the gauge.
Ian’s suggestion would be the route I would go down I think, but then as he’s already highlighted it depends on how much space you have to play with.
But, as you have said, you’d think that a professional ready made mount would be available from the manufacturer, odd that it’s not.
Good luck with whatever solution you choose though.
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by argonaut » 21 Jan 2020, 23:15

Update ...
Gauge looked to big and changed to 3.5” version .... that came with fixing bracket/cage.
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by shibbs » 21 Jan 2020, 23:56

Result! 8-)
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