Gauges give a vehicle a certain look. They make a cabin of a Jeep feel a lot more like a cockpit. Their purpose in a vehicle goes way deeper than the aesthetic appeal though. Gauges are a way you can see how the operating systems of the Jeep are performing at any point and allow you to pinpoint or identify issues within.
Oil Pressure: An oil pressure gauge is used to give you a reading of the pressure of the oil as it flows through the engine of your Jeep. Monitoring oil pressure is important as it tells you that the engine is receiving appropriate lubrication.
Too low of a reading and too high will tell you something is wrong within. Fluctuations in oil pressure can indicate the fill level is too low or some sort of mechanical failure has occurred. Without the gauge, you can go on without realizing the oil isn’t doing its job which can result in the destruction of the engine.
Water Temp: One of the worst things you can do to your engine is overheating it. Motoring the water temperature in your vehicle is how you can ensure you keep yourself from running into the range of overheating your vehicle.
When water temperature spikes, it can indicate a leak or other issue is present in the cooling system. Seeing as the Jeep will be subjected to all sorts of abuse that can cause issues like this to occur, it’s a good idea to have one present.
Volts: The battery may be responsible for getting an engine going but the charging system is what keeps it going. An Ammeter will tap into the charging system and tell you whether or not the alternator is doing its job. With all the auxiliary accessories you will be running on your Jeep for the trails, you will want an ammeter aboard to tell you whether or not the alternator can keep up.
Trans Temperature: Just like the engine, the transmission is a component that you never want to run too hot. With the abuse you are throwing at a Wrangler while blasting around off-road, you will want to keep an eye on the temperature to ensure you aren’t overheating the transmission and potentially damaging it.
Boost: Unless you have a JL fitted with turbos, your stock Wrangler won’t have a need for you to monitor boost. If you have fitted, or are going to fit, your Wrangler with a turbocharger or supercharger you will want a boost gauge to let you know that the units are operating correctly and within an acceptable range for the engine.