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#1 revlimiter

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 07:58 PM

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

Generation 3 revlimiter Gauges now exist!!!

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This is what I’ve been doing with myself for the past month or longer. My blogging and online posting has suffered. I’ve gone weeks without much instagram presence. I’ve 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. They’re 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 can’t be easily changed. Sure, a true screen-printed gauge will have a slight edge in quality, but I’d rather be able to do special orders than lock myself into a huge archive of screen prints.

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

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Gen2 above

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These are the JNC gauges that Sharka has been wearing for over the past year. They’re quite good and are one of my favorite designs. They feel very harmonious behind the wheel. I’m 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.

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Gen 3 above.

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It’s not immediately obvious what the differences are. I’ll 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.

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You can see what’s going on here a lot more easily.

The Gen 2 gauges look rather dull in comparison. I’ve made thousands of them. I’m 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.

I’m really proud, you guys.


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Gen2 lighting

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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 didn’t allow quite as much light through.

The Gen3 material allows MORE light through than the Gen2!

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

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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. I’ve 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. I’m hoping to be able to expand and fill more clusters besides just Miatas soon.

…. and that’s all I can think of.


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:07 PM

They look great.Does the new technology apply to the coloured gauges etc also.I need a set but need to check my gauges as I have set someone built already so not exactly sure on the version .From mk2 rs 1998 but I want to fit to mk2.5 2001 loom/dash (fitted in mk1 car)!!


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We deliver weekly to Uk and Europe incl Parcel Motel, Paisley Freight, DB Schenker (for Europe) and beyond

We have good clean used parts and include nuts/bolts etc if necessary. Most our cars are clean Imports and some ex UK ones (but they tend to be rusty ). We have few excellent bare or rolling shells from time to time, particularly NA models .Transport is not problem.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:09 PM

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.

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

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Warbird NA
Modeled after the cockpits of WWI planes.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:10 PM

They look great.Does the new technology apply to the coloured gauges etc also.I need a set but need to check my gauges as I have set someone built already so not exactly sure on the version .From mk2 rs 1998 but I want to fit to mk2.5 2001 loom/dash (fitted in mk1 car)!!

 

Yup. Every gauge I make moving forward will be Gen3. I made some special order colored ones last night that blew my mind.


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:13 PM

Ok whats your email address and I can send some pics of my gauges.PM me please as I dont always check each post, thanks


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We deliver weekly to Uk and Europe incl Parcel Motel, Paisley Freight, DB Schenker (for Europe) and beyond

We have good clean used parts and include nuts/bolts etc if necessary. Most our cars are clean Imports and some ex UK ones (but they tend to be rusty ). We have few excellent bare or rolling shells from time to time, particularly NA models .Transport is not problem.

We are car enthuaists and have few Bug eye Corolla G6,s ,1 Mariner blue mk1 but mk2.5 vvt conversion with Torsen 3.9, 6 speed gearbox, Rays alloys, Lots of goodies. 1 X mk1 BBR turbo1991 ex UK car, 1 X BRG import 1.6 V spec with only 130k kms genuine kms with BBS alloys etc. Mk1 Mondeo 2.5 Jap import with only 74KMS,

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 08:12 AM

You can directly do so through a form at http://revlimiter.net/blog/order/

 

These look amazing; what is more amazing is how awesome the Gen2 ones already were. So tempted to re-order...


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 03:52 PM

Ok whats your email address and I can send some pics of my gauges.PM me please as I dont always check each post, thanks

 

Please use the order form that Harry linked (thanks Harry!!).  Filling out that form is required to place a custom order.


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 05:06 PM

Here's this morning's batch!  Got my first Gen3 NB gauge photos up.


Sunstorm NB
Because yellow tachs aren't just for Italian cars. And asymmetry is beautiful.

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Here's the new indicator lights in action. They're black when off and nicely bright when lit.

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The NB cluster has such fantastic even lighting. So pretty when lit. Wish the NA was so even...



Revolver NA
One of the original three sets I designed when I started my store.

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Spyder NA
My first attempt at designing white gauges.

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I've redesigned this set three times. This is the latest version. It has a better redline style and outer scale.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 05:15 PM

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MK2 RS White, HKS turbo, Koni sports, Watanabe's

MK2 VS White, HKS turbo, Miester Rs, 949 ULs


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 08:07 PM

2 more today!

JNC NA
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Sunstorm NA
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man... this is gonna take a long time to update all of the gauge pix.


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 09:52 PM

They look fantastic. I know from multiple failed attempts how difficult it is to produce good custom gauges. In the end I gave up, if I ever get my car finished a customised set of NB JNC will be my reward :)
The fact that you've continued to strive to improve the quality of what we're already regarded as an excellent product is really great to see.
I'm fascinated by the idea of 'digital screen' printing, are you able to expand on the process or equipment?

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My Mk2 build thread: http://www.mx5nutz.c...howtopic=263802

 


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 11:01 PM

These look great I loved them before but they look even better now one day I'll have enough money to buy some keep having to fix things first


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:00 PM

... it takes forever to photograph the gauges, process the pix, and update each store page. ugh.

5 more sets today.


Starship NA
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Delta NA
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Warbird NB
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JNC NB
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Zen NB
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And I also updated ALL of the backlighting pix on that page. I've made at least one of every lighting combination. Took ages...

Gen3 Backlighting Pix!
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:21 PM

*waves*

 

Hello! Future customer checking in :) These gen3 are beautiful, feel inexplicably drawn to the warbird stuff. 

 

Will the heater control faces get the same treatment or are they different to start with?


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 10:39 PM

You should definitely do so! HVAC designs (previous gen ones) are listed here:

 

http://revlimiter.net/store/hvac.php


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 02:37 AM

Yes, the NA HVAC will be made on the same machinery. I've already made a few Gen3 HVAC plates.  That process is finished and in place.

 

I need to liquidate my existing Gen2 HVAC stock. Just not had a chance to post a sale thread.

 

ugh. I probably have to take new NA HVAC pix. :(

 

And NB HVAC will be coming in a few months after I get the NC gauges up.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 06:29 PM

More updated pix and store pages, including my first NEW Gen3 product.  The color richness and saturation allows me to make a very-close LE red. So...

Spyder LE
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other updated artwork includes...

FC NA
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Circuit NA
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Rossa NA
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Fighter NA
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Revolver NB
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More tomorrow!


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:22 PM

(HVAC clearance sale is over!)


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:34 AM

I can vouch for the HVAC panels being great I have a roadster one and it's ace


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:01 PM

Oh no - I sense another assault on my bank balance  :dance:

 


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