Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 1, 2004
Photos By: Michael Johnson

Horse Sense:
There are a multitude of gauge types available from UPR, including white, stainless, reverse glow, and more. Each type of gauge has its own installation intricacies. The reverse-glow and EL-Glow models require electrical connections, while the standard white-face-style requires removal and calibration of the gauge needles. If you aren't comfortable with certain steps of the installation, have a pro install the gauges for you.

If you're like me, you'd love to have a new Mustang (or at least a newer one), but the payments would topple your small financial mountain of responsibilities (read: mortgage, utilities, kids, and wife's car payment). Also like me, you add a little of this and a little of that to your Mustang when some spare cash comes along. You probably even use the same reasoning I do-"Honey, it's cheaper than a monthly car payment." Those little updates here and there-such as a fresh carpet set, new weatherstripping, adding newer model wheels or seats, and so on-add life to your elder Pony, bringing it closer to feeling like a newer Mustang. Am I right? You know I am.

Parts manufacturers are smart. They realize there are thousands of people out there like you and me who want the newer model's features but don't want to be saddled with the payment. Take for example the plethora of companies offering various designs of white-face gauge kits. When the Mustang Cobra first began getting these white gauges from the factory, everyone wanted them, thus the market was born. Of course, the companies that serve that market didn't simply make the '94-'98 faces; they made white-face kits for just about every year Mustang available. You can even get gauges in colors, and in reverse lighting versions as well. It's the perfect solution, really. You get the white-face gauge look without having to shell out the big bucks for a whole new ride.

Associate Editor Johnson is also feeling the financial hit of growing up, and his '89 notch, which is built from spare parts, is a good example of putting together a car with the "newer" options. You couldn't get a Chrome Yellow Fox Mustang (except for the rare '93 Feature Car), but Johnson's notch is just that color, without having to buy a newer Mustang to get it. He also likes the white-face gauges in the Cobra-even better, the EL-Glow style offered in the '03-'04 Cobra and Lightning trucks. We were able to find the perfect answer to Johnson's request from the folks at UPR products-a set of Fox white-face gauges that also feature the EL-Glow. All we had to do was install them for him (he's not too good in the electrical department), and he'd leave us alone. Check it out.

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