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Old 11-15-2016, 08:22 AM
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2001 Larson 190 LXI 4.3GL VP SX drive paddle wheel spedo


I bought a boat in april and since then the fuel gauge has been slightly off. will read half of empty when the tank has been topped off.

it never really bothered me so i waited till winterizing and had the shop take a look at it and they found that the gauge is bad.

The problem is that i have the 2001 vintage of a VDO automotive style cluster so replacing the fuel gauge is not as simple of an issue.

So my question is, what are my options?
-ebay and great lakes skipper has an option to replace with a 3 gauge setup with 2 combo gauge seen http://www.ebay.com/itm/Larson-Boats...RWZaOU&vxp=mtr
problem is that this cuts out a lot of the gauges from my current dash which are good to have. plus i need to invest another 100-150 on a new depth sounder.. and it is still ugly. and it is still 700$

-Used Larson 230 LXI dash on Ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2004-Larson-...9UwC4G&vxp=mtr

Now this one looks nice and includes all the gauges i would want only problem is i dont know if it will work with my boat, and at the price i dont know if i can just try it and hope it does...

-final choice is to order gauges seperately, or get a set to built something like on the 230 but fit for my boat and craft a dash.

-With this homemade dash, can i make this out of wood? if so what is a way to get the grain shown and seal it properly for the marine environment still?

Im not looking to cheap out or anything but i want to get something that a actually like for the investment. and with it not being a flat panel it is not as simple as all of the solutions that i have seen while searching.

current helm for reference.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:27 AM
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Are you sure the problem is the gauge and not the sender in the tank?
Old 11-15-2016, 08:30 AM
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It was verified by the shop at winterization that the sender was good and the gauge was bad. i didnt verify it by myself tho.. it was reading low all summer and finally just stopped reading towards the end.
Old 11-15-2016, 08:39 PM
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You might contact Lauderdale Speedometer & Compass ( lspeedo.com ) or similar gauge rebuilder to see if they will repair the gauge if you send them that one gauge, or the whole gauge panel if necessary. Sending them a link to that pic above might help them understand just to what you refer .
A few years ago they repaired one of my Aetna digital tachs for $50 including shipping and 1 day turn-around. Satisfied customer !
Old 11-17-2016, 10:32 AM
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Okay ill check with them, VDO had a repair cost of 525 so hopefully it would be lower than that!

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