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alan posted 07-17-2001 11:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for alan   Send Email to alan  
"the gauge itself is mounted on a spring which keeps it in contact with the pry-out. Check to see if the gauge does, in fact, spring back when you depress it with you finger." Tom, what year outrages have this spring? After reading your response I had to go back and check my guage. I have a '82 18'6" Outrage and the guage seems to be fixed permanently to the top of the tank. This appears to me as factory original and doesn't look like it has been changed. I have had the boat for three years and have been restoring it, the previous ownner did little/none as far as changes to the original/factory installs. Should I have a spring? It sure would be nice to have the guage right under the plate.
Tom W Clark posted 07-18-2001 02:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

On my '83 18 OR there were actually two springs. The gauge itself has two screws on either side of it that attach it to the base which is mounted on the tank. The gauge itself is free to float on the shanks of these screws. Springs are mounted over the screw shanks and force the gauge up against the underside of the pryout.

The needle part of the gauge is moved by a magnet inside the tank which rotates as the float slides up or down the spiral shaft it rides on. There is no direct connection between the gauge and the inside of the tank, thus it remains nearly leak-proof. This also allows the gauge to rise up and down on the screw shanks and springs and make contact with the pryout. If the gauge does not make contact it will be nearly impossible to read it due to condensation or just scuffs and scratches on the pryout. It's kind of like a window that's fogged up a bit. Stand back and you can't see through it at all, but get your face right up to it and you begin to see.

I don't know what year Outrages have this set up. I always presumed this was pretty standard among the Outrages but I could be wrong. The tanks were made by, I believe, "Florida Tanks" or something like that. I'm pulling all of this out of my memory so if somebody out there with a boat it hand wants to run out and look at their's and let us know, that would be great.

vdbgroup posted 07-19-2001 11:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for vdbgroup  Send Email to vdbgroup     
I have an 89 18outrage, and I am switching guages to one with terminals on it so I can connect to Yamaha multimeter. The Rochester guage has 2 springs..

I don't know that they are there for just making contact with the pry-out deck plate window for better viewing. I think it has to do with shock absorption.

Anyways, I lost one spring in making switch. Would appreciate a tip onwhere to get replacement stainless spring? Also, Whaler dealer in Kemah said that springs really did not matter, and he did not know purpose.

Tom W Clark posted 07-20-2001 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Well now you know what they are for. They have nothing to do with shock absorption, and everything to do with automatically adjusting for variances in the distance between the fuel tank and deck as well as deflection of the pryout itself.

A real hardware store might have something suitable, and you will almost certainly find what you need from the McMaster-Carr Supply Co.

You have one spring to use as a reference so measure it up and order two or three so you'll have a spare or a spare pair.

Tom W Clark posted 07-22-2001 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
vdbgroup, or anybody else for that matter,

I have found some stainless springs in my boat stuff that might be suitable for the gauge.

They are 1.125" long and have a slight taper to them. The O.D. at the "fat" end is 5/16" and the O.D. at the "skinny" end is 1/4"

I have four of them I would be happy to donate to anybody who needs one or two.

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