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    Added a temp gauge to the 2305

    Had had an autometer temp gauge laying around for a while and decided to put it on the 2305 today. I hate that Deere only installed an idiot light on this tractor. Think any previous water cooled tractor I've owned has always had a gauge. There's no good place to cut a hole in the dash or instrument cluster so I picked up a 2-1/8" cup to mount it in.

    Pulled the hex plug next to the temp sensor, it's 3/8 NPT and the adapter was included with the gauge kit. Tried to plug the hole with my finger while I swapped fittings but it wasn't necessary, it didn't really even try to leak much of anything out. After I got all done and fired it up, I realized the hex plug is located in the return hose coming back from the radiator. I'll probably pick up the correct M16 adapter and move the sender over to the big plug on the other side. That one would be in the upper radiator hose. It's metric and the only place that was open today didn't have one. Gauge works fine, still gonna let me know if it's running warmer than usual, think I'd just rather read the coolant temp as it exits the engine.
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    That is neat. Now you will know when dry and light stuff is blowing around if your rad is clogging. If I am brush hogging I stop at regular intervals and pop the hood to check because I never want to run until the idiot light pops on. This is a far better solution.
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    This is how i did it on my 2305 several years ago
    Sorry about pic orientation
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    I added an Autometer temp gauge to my 2520 a few years ago. Shame on Deere for not having one on these tractors.

    It was so nice having the gauge. I installed mine in the dash (sorry - no pics right now). But it stopped working after 1.5 years. The consensus was that the sensor went bad - found a vendor who sold just the sensor and replaced it. Gauge still doesn’t work so it must be the gauge itself that went bad.

    Still have yet to order another gauge - then I will have 3 good sensors......

    It must be the vibration that killed the gauge. Oh well - still well worth it in my opinion to have it.
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