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    Gen3 revlimiter Gauges

    This is a post Ive wanted to write for the last three years since I learned about the tech Im now using. Im SUPER excited to finally be in this place with my business that I can unveil this.

    Generation 3 revlimiter Gauges now exist!!!



    This is what Ive been doing with myself for the past month or longer. My blogging and online posting has suffered. Ive gone weeks without much instagram presence. Ive not been around much at home either. But it was for a good cause.

    Gen3 gauges!!!

    So what the heck does Gen3 mean?

    My 3rd Generation revlimiter Gauges are made in a completely different way than the thousands of Gen2 and Gen2.5 gauges made between 2012 and 2017 (or the handful of Gen1 gauges made in 2011). The previous gauges were a composite material cut by a flat bed cutting robot. I changed materials a few times over the years, but the production was always pretty similar. The gauges were quite delicate and very vivid colors were never possible.

    Gen3 gauges are laser cut from aerospace polymer and digitally screen printed to create a dial face that exceeds OEM quality. Using spot color printing, the gauges feature extremely vivid red zones and translucent black warning light areas. Theyre also extremely tough and can be cleaned with water or chemicals. They should be pretty world-proof, but time will tell on that one.

    Digital screen printing means small changes to the artwork can be done on a special-order basis instead of being locked into an existing physical silkscreen that cant be easily changed. Sure, a true screen-printed gauge will have a slight edge in quality, but Id rather be able to do special orders than lock myself into a huge archive of screen prints.

    Im confident when I say these are the best gauges being produced in the world today.


    Gen2 above



    These are the JNC gauges that Sharka has been wearing for over the past year. Theyre quite good and are one of my favorite designs. They feel very harmonious behind the wheel. Im not in a hurry to change them to a new design.

    So since I liked the design so much, it seemed like a no-brainer to do a direct apples-to-apples comparison between the Gen2 and Gen3 gauges.

    I tried my best to have the same lighting and same exposure between the swapping gauges in my cluster.


    Gen 3 above.



    Its not immediately obvious what the differences are. Ill try to sum up.

    Gen 2 true matte surface. No translucent blacks. No white inks. Blade cut on a machine after being printed. About 2mm radius possible error. Required hand finishing.

    Gen 3 OEM textured semi-gloss surface. Translucent spot colors. White ink. Laser cut prior to printing. About .3mm radius possible error. No hand finishing needed.

    But a better comparison can be done by laying the gauges next to each other.





    You can see whats going on here a lot more easily.

    The Gen 2 gauges look rather dull in comparison. Ive made thousands of them. Im very proud of them and they were always the best gauges I could produce. But with my new machinery

    Gen 3 has much better colors, materials, and accuracy. They actually exceed OEM gauge quality.

    Im really proud, you guys.



    Gen2 lighting


    Gen3 lighting

    The best and brightest lighting I was ever able to achieve was with my Gen2 gauges. The Gen2.5 used a tougher material that showed a bit better colors and was a little more resilient to moisture, but it didnt allow quite as much light through.

    The Gen3 material allows MORE light through than the Gen2!

    As I said above, Im SO happy to finally be able to use this tech and make these gauges. Ive dreamed of this for at least three years.



    Let me try to think of a few questions and answer them

    Yes NC gauges are coming. I needed these tools and the knowledge and experience in their use before I could produce NC gauges. I expect to have some in my store in less than a month.

    Yes NA and NB gauges are here. Anything ordered in the past week or so has been filled with a Gen3 gauge. I have to update ALL of the photos and pages in my store to reflect this. Ive done a handful of NA gauge pages at the time of this writing.

    No Civic/Suburban/Supra gauges are not out. But they might be in the near future. Im hoping to be able to expand and fill more clusters besides just Miatas soon.

    . and thats all I can think of.

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    Wow that does look much better, and I actually like the textured finish! Its more OEM+

    Once I get the car sorted out in the move ill have to order a set for my Miata. Excellent work Adam!

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    I'll update this thread as I get updated artwork in the store.

    If you order gauges from today forward, you will probably receive Gen3 gauges! I've got about half of the designs already ported over to the new printer. I just haven't had a chance to update the pix on my site yet. I'm working on the more complex designs like Fallen and DOGE right now. Once I have those working, I'll have the NA and NB pretty much sorted.


    Prototipo NA
    Designed to work with a smaller than stock steering wheel. These work well for anything from 330mm to about 300mm. If you've got a 280mm or smaller wheel, you'd probably benefit from doing a special order and rotating the scales a bit more.











    Stirling NA
    Inspired by the 40s and 50s racing cars, especially one driven by a Sir Stirling Moss.











    Warbird NA
    Modeled after the cockpits of WWI planes.








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    Amazing! I love it when people always try to improve and move forward rather than settle on what they already have achieved.

    Do you think these would justify a new order, even when someone has a set of fully functional set of your previous gauges?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatmiata View Post
    Wow that does look much better, and I actually like the textured finish! Its more OEM+

    Once I get the car sorted out in the move ill have to order a set for my Miata. Excellent work Adam!

    The textured finish really pops and matches the gauges seen in the NB and later clusters. They really glow when installed.

    and thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustRat View Post
    Do you think these would justify a new order, even when someone has a set of fully functional set of your previous gauges?
    Totally up to each owner. Of course, I'd love to make new gauges for everyone who already has a set. But the earlier gauges should still work fine.

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    The side by side comparison really shows how the Gen3 shines. Great job Adam! It is definitely awesome to see you progress and succeed!
    I've got a lot less horsepower - luckily they are Japanese horses - usually in better shape and more motivated.

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    So glad I haven't got a set for Misfire yet! Super excited! Congrats, Adam!

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    Are you able to re-print custom gauges you've made in the past Adam??

    Just curious, but you can see where I'd be going with this if you could
    You want a good car. I want a good miata.

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    This looks absolutely fantastic Adam! Well worth the effort. Maybe I'll have to upgrade at some point to let your artwork shine.

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    Wow what a difference! Incredible work as always Adam

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    Omg. Those Gen 3 Stirlings make mine look....bad. Wow. Great work Adam. Now to budget for new faces!

    Prices for gen 3 still the same?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RotorNutFD3S View Post
    The side by side comparison really shows how the Gen3 shines. Great job Adam! It is definitely awesome to see you progress and succeed!
    Thank you sir!!! And yeah, I'm really proud of the side by side comparison. I need to dig out some Gen1 gauges and do a torture test on some old Gen2/2.5/3s to show how each holds up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Greasemonkey2000 View Post
    So glad I haven't got a set for Misfire yet! Super excited! Congrats, Adam!
    Thank you!!! Yeah, I'm glad you held off too. And NB HVAC will be coming shortly.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarylSibcy View Post
    Are you able to re-print custom gauges you've made in the past Adam??

    Just curious, but you can see where I'd be going with this if you could
    I can in some cases. The colors are vastly different on the new printer. For example, I've been working on my Fallen gauge set for over a week now and still have not recreated the colors to my liking.

    I could probably re-create some custom gauges from the past but the cost might be enormous.

    Quote Originally Posted by Corifto View Post
    This looks absolutely fantastic Adam! Well worth the effort. Maybe I'll have to upgrade at some point to let your artwork shine.

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    I donno... yours are one of the finest sets I ever made. You COULD upgrade that beautiful set, but I'd not be after you to do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoodedreeper View Post
    Wow what a difference! Incredible work as always Adam
    Thanks! And the Starship are ready whenever you are.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B View Post
    Omg. Those Gen 3 Stirlings make mine look....bad. Wow. Great work Adam. Now to budget for new faces!

    Prices for gen 3 still the same?
    Yup! Prices for everything remain the same. The material cost is similar, so I don't need to raise prices on the gauges.

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    Awesome! And the NB HVAC news make me happy, as I was just about to order a set from RS Products (which I will not). Is it possible to have "ghost" high-beam indicator in a creme tacho?

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