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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Vacuum guage to check dirty filter

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i had this idea floating around in my head now for a while. Has anyone ever tried installing a vacuum guage after the air filter to monitor the vacuum?
my thoughts would be that once a filter hit a certain point of being dirty, a guy can mark the guage to warn him/her to check the filter. I got rid of that crappy factory filter and got a k&n filter. seals so much better and seemed to quiet the sound some on my HDX. i will be checking the filter regular anyway but as we all have girlfriends, wives, kids, friends drive our rigs... i thought this would be a welcome addition (If it works).
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Not a bad thought! I don't think a vacuum gage would not give any readings, a HVAC Manometer would do the trick, it is what I've used on HVAC equipment to monitor the filters, same principal, but gage is measuring air flow, not vacuum

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i am thinking i may have to try this manometer and somehow plumb it into the dash. I will have to do some investigating on these units. they are exactly what i need but im worried they wont take the vibrations or shock.
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Some of the duct work really vibrate ! Grainger Supply, or any HVAC supply shop should be able to outfit you. Welcome to the forum, and keep us posted!

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i am thinking i may have to try this manometer and somehow plumb it into the dash. I will have to do some investigating on these units. they are exactly what i need but im worried they wont take the vibrations or shock.
Welcome to the best prowler forum..........I have a 2004 chevy 2500 HD and it has somewhat of a gauge on the air box that lets you know when the filter is getting dirty.....................on your [email protected] filter just make sure you oil it properly they are a great filter if you keep them clean and oiled correctly.

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I found several on ebay that can be remote mounted, some are liquid filled for vibration. Prices start at 20 dollars and up.

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Ok im a little lost i have to admit. I think i have found what i want but the range has me baffled.
I believe i am looking for an operating range of .5 with a max of around 1 wc. I am finding gauges up to 1 wc but others up to 10. with a UTV filter what should i be looking at for a maximum for the gauge?
here is one i kinda like because of the needles you can set for range or warnings.
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I would think .5 to 1.0 would be up to the task, keep in mind you are measuring movement/air volume and not pressure. The gage looks good! I found another one on ebay for 9.00 dollars! Let us know how this is going!

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different perspective here

why use those dollars and time when ya still need to check the filter visually and also to make sure it's sealed . it's not that hard to lift the cover . and if it is more than you want to deal with then add tubes and move it to a more accessible place , not to mention cleaner air location ..

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different perspective here

why use those dollars and time when ya still need to check the filter visually and also to make sure it's sealed . it's not that hard to lift the cover . and if it is more than you want to deal with then add tubes and move it to a more accessible place , not to mention cleaner air location ..

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This is true but i am not running a stock filter. I upgraded to a K&N filter. it has a rubber outside edge with sealing grease to insure everything is tightly sealed. With this i believe a guage would be useful. I ususally check my filter every 200 miles or so. there was a day on a run that it was very dusty. it plugged up my filter in one ride. If i had a guage i would feel a little more reassured that the filter was still up to task or that it needed to be checked earlier than expected.
here is what i bought.
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