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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:02 am    Post subject: Van Cafe - Oil Pressure Kit Reply with quote

I purchased one of Van Cafe's kits and I am getting ready to install it.

http://www.van-cafe.com/home/van/page_362_263/oil_pressure_gauge_kit.html

Does anyone know if the hose is M10x1 to match the sender hole in my engine case or do I need an adapter?

If so do I need an adaptor like this:
Metric - NPT Adaptor
Male thread size M10X1
Female thread size 1/8" NPT


Lastly, is the new sender they include in the kit M10X1 or 1/8" NPT.

I do not have the kit or the van nearby, and I want to be sure I have everything I need to install the kit.

Thanks for all the help. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought this kit as well it comes with everything you need except the tools to install it. Fit perfectly into the oil sender hole, I believe it even came with a self tapping sheet metal hole to install the new sender somewhere on the vehicle.

Works great and I think they mention to NOT use teflon tape on the engine block part because it needs teh metal on metal link there to be you ground.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had mine in for a couple of years and it works great. It came with everything needed except the beer and the earplugs for my son and neighbors so they didn't have to listen to me swear(beer for me, earplugs for them) .
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:06 am    Post subject: I have this also Reply with quote

Works great and was relativly easy to install, took me a little longer than usual, I am not that great following directions..

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GWTWTLW wrote:
I've had mine in for a couple of years and it works great. It came with everything needed except the beer and the earplugs for my son and neighbors so they didn't have to listen to me swear(beer for me, earplugs for them) .

The toughest part is getting the damn tin off.

My VC oil pressure gauge kit has been installed for a couple years as well. Has worked flawlessly..

And its a relief to have the gauge since the OE warning buzzer lit up a month or so ago.. and would not stop. Finally, disabled it at the instrument cluster.
That oil pressure gauge is critical for monitoring, now. No more idiot buzzer to shock me into reaction.

As noted above, the installation requires good contact metal to metal for gound.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only thing i would like to add is that the VDO sender trips the warning light at a higher pressure (8psi vs. 5psi, iirc), so just be aware of that.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8psi still seems pretty low even at idle.

What is the "proper" pressure at idle? How about at higher revs?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Higher revs is 10 psi per 1000 revs.
Idle is nice to see 10 psi

I see 60-70 at start up of cold motor!

On real hot days on a long climb I see 20 psi at 3,000 rpm or so.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed mine as seen in the pictures below. As described in the van-cafe instructions, but I changed the position of the clamp so that I can easily unclamp the band around the sensor, and remove the tin from the engine without disturbing the sensor.

Installed since 2007 and still works great, no leaks.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hero419 wrote:
Higher revs is 10 psi per 1000 revs.
Idle is nice to see 10 psi

I see 60-70 at start up of cold motor!

On real hot days on a long climb I see 20 psi at 3,000 rpm or so.


What oil (weight) do you use ?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hero419 wrote:
Higher revs is 10 psi per 1000 revs.
Idle is nice to see 10 psi

I see 60-70 at start up of cold motor!

On real hot days on a long climb I see 20 psi at 3,000 rpm or so.


Wanted to know the answer to the initial pressure question as well, so I stfa......that pressure seems low compared to what I'm seeing with the new sender. I'm getting over 60 psi on the highway and about 22-25 at idle.
20W50 oil
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What did you guys use to tighten the extension hose to the crankcase? It's tough to get a wrench in there. I think I've got it tight enough, but it's hard to tell.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it ain't leakin'.............it's probably tight enough. I used a little copper kote on the threads and then tightened mine in (mine had an adaptor fitting as well, so the hose fitting stuck out a bit more...making it easier to tighten with a wrench)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VisPacem wrote:
hero419 wrote:
Higher revs is 10 psi per 1000 revs.
Idle is nice to see 10 psi

I see 60-70 at start up of cold motor!

On real hot days on a long climb I see 20 psi at 3,000 rpm or so.


What oil (weight) do you use ?


10-40 royal purple
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

speedtek wrote:
hero419 wrote:
Higher revs is 10 psi per 1000 revs.
Idle is nice to see 10 psi

I see 60-70 at start up of cold motor!

On real hot days on a long climb I see 20 psi at 3,000 rpm or so.


Wanted to know the answer to the initial pressure question as well, so I stfa......that pressure seems low compared to what I'm seeing with the new sender. I'm getting over 60 psi on the highway and about 22-25 at idle.
20W50 oil


I'm comfortable with what I am seeing.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hero419 wrote:
speedtek wrote:
hero419 wrote:
Higher revs is 10 psi per 1000 revs.
Idle is nice to see 10 psi

I see 60-70 at start up of cold motor!

On real hot days on a long climb I see 20 psi at 3,000 rpm or so.


Wanted to know the answer to the initial pressure question as well, so I stfa......that pressure seems low compared to what I'm seeing with the new sender. I'm getting over 60 psi on the highway and about 22-25 at idle.
20W50 oil


I'm comfortable with what I am seeing.


Using 10w40, your figures sound about what I would expect. They're good figures, but I personally wouldn't use that thin of oil.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm ging with the word of 10cent
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my kit installed and working today. My original engine is getting up there in miles, so I call this my "core charge gauge". Hopefully I will spot the oil pressure going south before anything bad happens. But, right now it looks good, 60PSI cold start, haven't driven very far yet, but it is still at 20PSI at idle after driving around town a bit. I'm using 20-50 semi synthetic.

I wish the kit came with a T fitting instead of the elbow, I added a T so I could retain the original low pressure sender. False alarms are always a little jarring.

I mounted the gauge pod on the left side of the instrument cluster. I found a nice used cover so I could keep my stock one hole-free. It's right there next to the speedo, so easy to keep an eye on. I wired it up with a four pin Molex so I can pull the cover off easily without the gauge hanging me up, and I used some speed nuts inside, just like Gunther would have done! Looks pretty good. The only downer to mounting in this spot is that the wing vent won't open all the way, but I never use it anyway.

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: Van Cafe - Oil Pressure Kit Reply with quote

Does any part of the Van-Cafe kit hang down where it could get hit by a rock? or reduce the ground clearance at all?
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