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Ultimate Guide: All About Truck Gauges

Truck gauges as a standard and integral part of every truck cockpit is a piece of interior every truck driver is looking at every few seconds and for that reason it is irreplaceable part of interior equipment.


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All of us that live in trucking world are aware what kind of crucial data those gauges display and show to us but did ever some of you wanted to go deeper and find out how everything started, where it is now and where the future of trucks and truck gauges is? Over the next lines I would like to share with all of you my research how the situation will evolve.

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History of Truck Gauges

The US tracking history is pretty interesting. As for the truck gauges, everything started pretty much at the same time as trucking industry started developing and producing trucks. It expanded quickly in the 1920’s when the trucking industries become more and more strong and when the number of produced trucks increased dramatically. So it would be correct to say that the industry of truck gauges followed the industry and development of the entire trucking industry and entire eco-system.

As the time passed truck gauges started to become more and more sophisticated and capable to collect and display all kind of different data. At the very first phase the only data you were able to see was speed; but later on, one by one, more information become available.

With this improvement of truck gauges it becomes easier to drive trucks and have a complete control over them. Benefits were huge and allowed drivers to be less mechanics and to focus only on driving; witch improved the overall picture of traffic safety recording to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA.

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It allowed also trips to become more and longer and more and more efficient because truck down time due to often stops to check the status of the truck exhaust, the engine, Webasto, air brakes and all the other systems was reduced to minimum. Of course the progress here explained didn’t happen overnight, it took around 50 years to achieve that stage of the truck gauges.

We would be definitely right if we say that a lot of truck drivers over history had a rough time driving trucks and the initiative for this improvement came from them as simply there was a huge need for this.

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Standard Truck Gauges

But today truck gauges are pretty much standard part of any truck cabin interior and I especially mean on Class A trucks where all of them have a lot of different truck gauges. I can’t even think that there could be a truck on today’s market without truck gauges but if I’m wrong feel free to correct me in the bottom comments. Maybe that could be the case in some special purpose custom trucks designed for rough environment were durability is top priority and truck gauges are left out.

So as a standard truck gauges, trucking industry considers truck gauges that come as standard equipment installed in the cockpit of the new purchased truck. Those truck gauges are designed to display all the crucial information necessary for today’s modern truck driver and depending of the truck make and model we could definitely find all kind of different models.

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Some of them display only basic info and some of them posses quite advanced information and in this field thought are divided on to truck drivers that like when the cockpit is packed with a lot of gauges and on the other hand you can find drivers that like simple and clean cockpit with little or less truck gauges.


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I leave to you guys to decide which cockpit suits you better but I will just mention what would be the standard truck gauges that come with most of the trucks today:

  • Engine Temperature Gauge
  • Engine Oil Pressure Gauge
  • Pyrometer Gauge
  • Transmission Temperature Gauge
  • Rear Axle and Forward Rear Axle Temperature Gauge
  • Tachometer
  • Speedometer
  • Odometer
  • Throttle
  • Fuel Gauge
  • Additional Warning Lights

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As some of you probably noticed the list could also be a lot bigger and there must have been some things left out but to be honest the industry is making giant steps and advancing year over year in adding standard equipment and whatever, so the list we create now  will definitely be out dated over the next few years.

This is just a basic approach to get idea what are the truck gauges included in today’s cockpit and what are the information driver is receiving in real time while driving his class 8 beast on the high ways across our great country.

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Additional Truck Gauges

Additional truck gauges are part of the aftermarket products and represent the gauges that are not part of standard cockpit equipment of today’s modern trucks. We could definitely say that those parts of aftermarket equipment are located in the custom and enthusiast area where each individual trucks and trucking industry lover can buy extra truck gauges and install them inside of the truck cockpit.

On today aftermarket for trucks and truck equipment you can literally find thousands of all different kinds of equipment. Did you visit one of the trucking industry events? Do you see any of the tracking shows lately? If you did, then you probably sew all those truck gauges on the monster trucks.

This day of age online shopping is a must. Within few seconds you can search the web and find whatever you want and get it delivered to your home within few days. Most of those additional truck gauges come with installation manual and are designed very simply so that anyone can install it on their own in less than an hour.

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  • Air Pressure
  • Boost/Turbo/Vacuum
  • Clock
  • Cluster
  • Cylinder Head Temperature
  • Direct Mount Pressure
  • Fuel
  • Instrument Kit
  • Multifunction
  • Oil Pressure
  • Oil Temperature
  • Outside Temperature
  • Preconfigured Tachometers
  • Programmable Tachometers
  • Programmable Tachometers with LCD Hour meter
  • Pyrometer
  • Speedometer
  • Performance Tachometers
  • Transmission/Gear Pressure
  • Transmission/Gear Temperature
  • Turbo
  • Water Temperature
  • Voltmeter

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Most of the truck enthusiast besides the additional information that this custom truck gauges provide will also look for design and it is very important to have a great look. On today’s market you can find around 10 really high quality manufacturers that are making really cool and good looking truck gauges but that are at the same time affordable.



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