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Old 07-19-2007, 09:54 AM
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Default westech fuel gages

ok, so now i have read from a variety of sources that my $250 PROBES are not reliable

Makes me very unhappy!

What fuel probes/gauges are reliable?

Or should I say, what IP remote gauges are? so i don't get a bunch of vance sight gauge replies, which i will get anyway
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:25 AM
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ok, so now i have read from a variety of sources that my $250 PROBES are not reliable

Makes me very unhappy!

What fuel probes/gauges are reliable?

Or should I say, what IP remote gauges are? so i don't get a bunch of vance sight gauge replies, which i will get anyway
Junk, the Westtech probes and the instrument are Junk. For an aircraft eng. look hard at the VM 1000 from Vision micro sys. with the optional dual fuel gauge. not the 1000c it does not have seperate computer box that can be mounted in the back and the probe wires need to go all the way to the instrument panel
http://www.visionmicrosystems.com/product/vm1000.html
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:45 PM
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Default Re: westech fuel gages

Lynn is correct, they are junk. I have replaced 3 different senders and they work about 1/10 of the time. When they do work, you can be never sure they are telling you what is left in the tanks. Junk I rely on the VM 1000 fuel burn indicator and a stick + time.

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Old 07-19-2007, 11:00 PM
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Lynn is correct, they are junk. I have replaced 3 different senders and they work about 1/10 of the time. When they do work, you can be never sure they are telling you what is left in the tanks. Junk I rely on the VM 1000 fuel burn indicator and a stick + time.

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if you have the VM1000 you could add the dual fuel gauge and make a threaded adapter for the vision probes that will bolt on to the westech mount thats what I did and the vision gauge is always dead on. the gauge is calibrated to the shape of the tank and is accurate from top to bottom.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:48 AM
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Thanks Lynn. I'll check into that at OSH, see if I can pick up there.

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Old 07-20-2007, 09:59 AM
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Well, early next year I'll be in the market for instruments and will need more feedback then.

The RV builder that ripped out the blue mountain speaks highly of advanced flight systems

Any feedback on their reliability.

I'll have to go to the blue mountain forum and sell the westechs that i have , that is what they spec'd
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:07 AM
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Lynn, what do you think about the Princeton sending units?
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:06 AM
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Lynn, what do you think about the Princeton sending units?
I don't know that one. the sender on the vision is very well built and is made for aircraft and the computer maps the tank shape. it is best to have a seperate unit for fuel so when the glass cockpit fails (and so far they all do) and you loose engine readouts you don't also loose fuel quantity. the engine will run without instruments but not without fuel.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:10 AM
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but then is not the vision a "glass cockpit"
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:34 AM
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but then is not the vision a "glass cockpit"
I believe the problem exists with the sending unit Dust, not necessarily the gauge / display itself.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:32 PM
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but then is not the vision a "glass cockpit"
the vision VM 1000 is a glass panel for the engine and the fuel gages are a seperate LCD display with a seperate power supply.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:59 PM
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Default Re: westech fuel gages

Lynn, Jack, folks, those in the know. What sending units/probes are reliable, and would work with a glass panel MFD/engine/system monitoring such as the O.P Tech panels or GRT? I will be asking the recommendations from O.P/GRT at Osh next week, but am wondering what you think?
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