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Ford Performance Water Temp Gauge (79-20 All)

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Features & Details

  • Ford Racing Logo
  • Black Face with White Marking
  • 2 1/16" (52.4mm)
  • Range 100-250 Deg. F
  • Electric
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Fits All 1979-2020 Mustangs
Functional Style. The Auto Meter "Ford Racing" Water Temperature Gauge not only looks great in any Mustang, but is also a crucial part of monitoring critical engine systems to prevent over heating.

Made in the U.S.A. All Auto Meter products are proudly made in the USA to the highest standards from the highest quality materials and components to assure a long, trouble free life.

Water Temperature. This Auto Meter Water Temperature Gauge is the popular 2-1/16" short sweep style gauge that accurately measures your system from 100 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Recommended Upgrade for S197 Mustangs. If you have a 2005-2014 Mustang, check out the ordering options above to add a high quality Roush Vent Gauge Pod. This pod will give you optimal viewing of your new gauge. Be sure to select the proper year range for your Mustang.

Technical Notes. Air-Core meter movement. Includes 1/8" NPT Sender, 3/8" NPT adapter/fitting and 1/2" NPT adapter/fitting.

Fitment: Details

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What's in the Box
  • (1) Guage
  • (2) Nuts
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Boss 302 - 12, 13
  • Bullitt - 01, 08, 09, 19, 20
  • Cobra - 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 01, 03, 04
  • Cobra R - 93, 95, 00
  • EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
  • GT - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
  • GT350 - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
  • GT350R - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
  • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20
  • LX - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
  • Mach 1 - 03, 04
  • Other - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86
  • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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      5 Top Rated Questions

      Is there any chance that this will fit in the dash space of the old gauge and use the OEM wiring? I have a 1996 Mustang 3.8

      • The Ford Performance Water Temp Gauge will need to be used with the included sender and will not work off the OEM wiring. The stock gauge is not removable, and this will be unable to replace it.

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      What other parts will I need that are not supplied? Thanks in advance!

      • The Ford Performance Water Temp Gauge would only require wiring and Teflon tape to seal the sender.

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      How accurate is this gauge? My sct says inferred temp is 196-ish and the highest I've seen this gauge read is ~180. I can definitely tell when the tstat opens so I know it's reading.

      • The Ford Performance Water Temp Gauge is fairly accurate, however depending on where the temperature sender is installed, you may see a difference between what this gauge reads and what the factory ECT reads.

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      Will this gauge come with a temperature sending unit?

      • Yes, this gauge is going to come with the required sending unit.

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      Lighting for the Ford Racing gauge I have blue LEDs in my dash gauges, does anyone know if the bulbs in this line of gauges can be replaced with colored LEDs? Thank you

      • Yes, you have the capability of changing the back lighting on the Ford Performance Water Temp Gauge (79-14 All)

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      When these gauges (water, oil) are connected will the stock instrument gauges be dis abled or will they still work? 3 answers

        Customer Reviews (14) Write a Review

        Overall Rating 4.6

        out of 5 stars

        Installation Time:Afternoon

        Installation Cost:$100-$250

        • Fit 4.75 4.8
        • Appearance 4.916667 4.9
        • Bang For Your Buck 4.75 4.8

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Shop Install

          Installation Cost: $250-$500

          June 24, 2019

          Love it!!!

          Don't get any other brand then ford Racing! Love then the lights go on so as the gauges.


          Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

          Helpful (0)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Shop Install

          Installation Cost: 0-$100

          February 10, 2018

          Ford racing water temp gauge

          They look awesome, The wiring colors didn't match the directions. The tech had to test each wire to properly install it.


          Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

          Helpful (5)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          December 22, 2017

          Awesome gauge!

          This gauge is awesome, the gauge came quick and was very simple to install with some additional adapters! looks awesome on my 2006 GT especially in between my powersport evo series gauges!


          Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

          Helpful (5)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          October 06, 2017


          If you are adding this water temperature gauge in a 3.7L Mustang, it will require separately purchasing an AutoMeter Radiator Hose Adapter 2283, made of aluminum and developed for mechanical and electronic gauge coolant temperature sending units with 1-1/2" inside diameter radiator hoses. This kit also supplies two clamps, wiring and other fittings. I ordered this adapter from one of several sources as AM does not carry it. My mechanic installed the new AutoMeter hose adapter in my 3.7L engine, and here are the steps I observed, although I highly recommend having a skilled mechanic make this change rather than a novice like me. First, be sure to have old towels available and plastic cups to catch any spilled antifreeze. Let the engine cool before slowly releasing the hot radiator cap's pressure a little at a time. Drain the upper coolant overflow tank by mechanically siphoning the hot antifreeze into a clean spare bottle. The hose that the new adapter goes into on the 3.7L is the forward upper 1-1/2" radiator hose. Loosen its spring clamp where the hose attaches to the block and pull back. Place towels in the engine area under this and have a plastic cup ready. Try to clamp or squeeze the hose about a foot away from where it attaches to the block if possible to minimize spillage. Then pull the hose away from the block and catch the residual antifreeze. The new sensor will go in the middle of this loosened hose. Cut the hose about 8" back from where it goes into the block in the middle of a straight section. Remove a piece of the hose that was just cut about the width of the center section of the new adapter. Then install the adapter in the middle of the heater hose ends with the two clamps in the kit. Reinstall the hose back onto the block using the OEM spring clamp. Connect the ground wire from the new gauge to the upper intake bracket on the cylinder head to make the gauge work. Connect the signal wire to the top of the sensor. Then refill the original antifreeze into the overflow tank. Run the engine to check for leaks and be sure the gauge works. We found a small antifreeze leak in the center of my adapter and used teflon tape inside one bolt and screw fitting. We tested again, and everything was dry and the new gauge operated properly as my antifreeze heated up. My '14 Mustang now has three great looking Ford Racing gauges on the left side of my interior. They light up at night and create a nice effect in my interior, but their lights are off during the day yet still readable. If you want to add an excellent looking racing touch to your Mustang, then adding these Autometer gauges are highly recommended!


          Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

          Helpful (8)

        • 5/5

          September 07, 2016

          Rocket fuels heating cooling

          Love it easy installation works great with my mustang I recommend it to anyone thank you American muscle


          Year: 1989 Submodel: GT

          Helpful (7)

        • 1/5

          March 27, 2016

          No sensor

          Now I'm trying to find this out from what I understand this item comes with sensor not only this I didn't get it for a bout a week and the ford packaging looked like it was in a fight club the night before I'm surprised about this I drop a lot of cash with this company I don't expect this maybe it's a one off now my installer has to order sensor and harness


          Year: 2006 Submodel: V6

          Helpful (8)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Full Day

          May 15, 2015

          worth it

          This gauge does what it needs to do. It may require some extra parts, but a quick run down to your local auto parts store and you'll be all set.


          Year: 2013 Submodel: GT California

          Helpful (8)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          August 30, 2014

          Great Gauge

          I have several Ford Racing Gauges installed. They look great and do a good job. If you are mounting in dash get the Roush pods when you order the gauge. On this install I had to use a heater hose adapter since I couldn't find a threaded port to use. Install it in the by-pass hose for the heater. This is a 5/8 adapter. I suggest AM start offering this piece so everything can be ordered at once.


          Year: 2008 Submodel: V6 yelm, WA

          Helpful (7)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          August 12, 2014

          Ford Racing Gauges

          Looks sweet! love the back lighting! great gauges! very happy with them!


          Year: 2000 Submodel: GT PA

          Helpful (9)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          February 26, 2014

          Great Product!

          This Ford Racing water temp gauge is a great product! Installation took a couple of hours, which included installing two other gauges. The hardest part of installing it was getting it through the vents. The gauge helps give the interior of the Mustang a different look and provides you with an accurate reading of the water temp. It is just bright enough at night so that it does not distract you from driving. This gauge fits perfectly in the CDC triple gauge dash pod that AM also carries. The price for the gauge is well worth it. Ford Racing makes top quality products all around. If you're thinking about getting this gauge, I highly recommend it! Thanks AM for another great product!


          Year: 2005 Submodel: GT Indianapolis, IN

          Helpful (8)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          March 22, 2013

          Great product!

          I purchased this gauge because it was the one I needed at the right price, came in packaged great with most Of the necessary parts, a quick trip to the parts store solved the rest for me, it took me about a hour or so only because I already had most of the stuff ready, overall great product and it looks super sweet at night all lite up in the car!! Enjoy


          Year: 2008 Submodel: GT Tx

          Helpful (7)

        • 3/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          December 23, 2012

          Ford Racing Water Temp Gauge (79-13 All)

          First unit sent had to be returned (gauge didn't work). Second one received sticks (need to tap gauge to get needle to read correctly).


          Year: 2008 Submodel: GT NJ

          Helpful (7)

          • Response from AmericanMuscle

            We haven't had any issues with this gauge in the past and apologize for the string of bad luck with the two you've received. We'll gladly set up another replacement with a label to ship back the defective gauge. Please contact us at your earliest convenience so we can make sure you receive a perfectly functioning unit!

            Lisa, Customer Care

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          December 22, 2012

          Perfect for water temp

          I had this part installed and it fits great with a dual pod on my 99 conv. GT. It reads accurately and does its job now i am ready to bolt up some more performance parts to my engine. reads between 0 and 250. If you know how to hook it up right the dashboard and the gauge should work together at the same time. Totally recommend this product for superchargers and turbo charged engines.


          Year: 1999 Submodel: GT Laredo, TX, USA

          Helpful (8)

        • 5/5

          May 08, 2011


          Awesome! so much better then the stock guage because it shows u numbers not just a range. L.E.D lighting is sick! yet another great american muscle product!! fit right into the pillar i got from AM as well


          Year: 2003 Submodel: Mach 1

          Helpful (8)

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