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Why do people tunr their gauges sideways?

I'm just curious if there is a reason for this or is it just because you can?

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Is this a trick question ?

Apparently, during cornering in a swift setting, track days for instance - the dials are obscured by the wheel. You want a clear sight of the red line between gears.
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Some aftermarket steering wheels hide the important numbers on the gauges. Turning them makes it easier to read at a glance.
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I rotated the tach so that redline is at 12 o'clock. Especially on the track it was easier to glance at the tach and see how close it was to vertical- I didn't have to try and read the numbers.
I rotated the speedometer so that 50-80mph were easily visible as my steering wheel blocks out some portions of the speedometer.
Those were my reasons, their probably are some others as well.
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Usually to have all of them point one way (up) for normal conditions. Race cars are set up this way so the driver only needs a quick glance to see that all systems are well.
Looks like 12:00 is just before redline.
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Some people like to have all of the gauge needles pointed a certain direction when they are at their normal reading, for example all of them facing up, or all of them exactly horizontal, when the readings are where they should be. In the case of a tach, most want the needle pointing up at the shift point. That way, they can better read the gauge needle positions using their peripheral vision. Anything that is abnormal is easier to spot. Sometimes, they are moved because the steering wheel blocks the view of a certain portion of the guage.

Sadly, there are also wanna-bes that do it because they see it done on race cars.

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Because you have a bent neck......

either that or you drive your car on the track.
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ok, I thought that the reason was because the steering wheel blocked parts of the gauge but i wasn't sure.
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Some aftermarket steering wheels hide the important numbers on the gauges. Turning them makes it easier to read at a glance.
Exactly. The picture below doesn't quite show it (the camera was closer than my eye view), but my steering wheel obscures the all-important 60 - 90 mph sweep, meaning I had no idea what my speed was while driving on the highway. So I rotated it about 30 degrees. I also rotated my tach the same...partly to match the speedo but also to keep the "sweet range" at the top of the gauge.



Edit: I can't find a recent picture with the change...sorry.
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I'm thinking I might rotate mine too because it is difficult to see the 60-90 MPH range
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I am thinking are we all sitting to far from the wheel as compared to what Porsche intended ?

Seems the first corrections a lot of track newbies need to do is to move closer to the wheel. Its easy to adopt a laid back, comfy, one hand on the wheel style..
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Back in The Day, I understand that I lot of the formula.Indy car guys would rotate their gauges (pressures, temps, tach) so that when all was optimum, the gauges all pointed up or straight ahead. That way a glimpse was all you needed to know how things were doing.
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easier to see then when you're eating that taco.
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Historical factoid.....

early 911 steering wheels were bigger ( 420 mm) than the later ones like the mid 80's ( 380mm or 15"). This smaller size obscured portions of the gauges. Plus, to compensate, the "stock" Porsche steering wheel is mounted off-center.....sitting "high" in the straight-ahead position. Same reason. Those who go smaller ( 350 mm) get the double whammy of obscuring more of the gauges AND having the wheel attach normally...NOT sitting high in the straight ahead position.

All that leads to the ( IMHO) kludge fix of rotating gauges. A more "factory" approach ( although $$) is to have folks like North Hollywood Speedometer recalibrate and re-face the gauges to do the same thing as "rotating", but with the numbers correctly oriented. Then...even your turn signal arrows point ( as intended) left and right..instead of up and down !!!

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Is it possible to adjust the height of the steering column? Raising or lowering it to match a driver's height?

(possible, meaning reasonable without carving, welding, etc.)
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Eric, I don't know of any good way to raise the height of the steering column without a fair bit of work. However, if you use an extended-hub steering wheel, or spacer to move it closer to you, you'll raise it a little, relative to the seat.

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Momo offers an offset adaptor...does the same thing....but only a little.

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Wil, which 911 had a 420mm wheel? My '66 is only 400.

The reason you rotate the gauge is to signal subsequent owners of the car that you autocrossed the living snot out of it. If you rotate the gauge back they can still tell because the butter knife you used to loosen the gauge left a bunch of nicks in the rim.
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My mother was driving my dad's 356 once, and was stopped for speeding. She explained to the cop that she was busy trying to keep all the needles (tach, speedo, etc.) pointing in the same direction. I guess the cop didn't know what to make of it, so he let her off.

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