How much does the restoration cost?
*****As of Sept 1st 2018 we are going to flat-rate $75 pricing on most outboard gauges!!!****Yamaha 6Y5 gauges, Yamaha 6Y8 (Command link round and square), Mercury SmartCraft SC1000, Suzuki, Honda, and Tohatsu gauges are only $75, and that includes Gauge Covers (round only). We are experimenting with doing other gauges as well and prices vary depending on effort involved, but we have been Successful with Raytheon, Raymarine, Volvo, assorted VHF’s and Chartplotters as well. “Restoration” typically involves re-polarization of the LCD, but on many Yamaha gauges the lenses can be polished. On Mercury SmartCraft gauges the inner lenses can be removed if yellowed, but I am also working on having these lenses reproduced! i expect prototypes 4th quarter 2018…
Whats the turnaround time?
Turnaround time is mostly dependent on how many gauges I have to restore at that time, and when I receive them. The restoration process isn’t a fast one, as each gauge takes sometimes up to 2 hours to restore. As of May 2019, we’re averaging between 2 and 3 weeks turnaround. Your boat will run fine without gauges, but it’s always best to send your gauges in when you have some down time or the fish aren’t biting. We now have 4 technicians restoring gauges to try and decrease turnaround times. I wasn’t expecting quite this much response, and business has been great!
How do I remove my gauges?
Most Yamaha Gauges are held in with brackets from the Backside. 7mm nuts and washers hold it tight. The wiring harness has bullet connectors and plastic plugs to make for easy removal with no cutting of wires needed (in most cases). Later Yamaha and Mercury Smartcraft Gauges can be held in with threaded collars.
How do I get you my gauges?
Ship the gauges (with piece of paper with your contact information) to:
378 Cedar Creek Rd
Palatka, FL 32177
Can you restore or repair Mercury Smartcraft Gauges
Depending on the gauge, yes. If the LCD on your Mercury Smartcraft Gauge is burnt or faded, I might be able to restore the LCD. Check the gallery for a before/after picture. As of Sept1st 2018, the cost of SmartCraft gauges has dropped from $100 to only $75! WE ALSO HAVE REPLACEMENT LENSES FOR THESE GAUGES NOW. A GAUGESAVER EXCLUSIVE!!! I can sell lenses only if you’d like to DIY. Check ebay as well.
Can you restore other LCD gauges or instruments?
Polarization Film replacement can resolve faded LCD problems on many gauges or instruments. If the LCD can be removed and reinstalled without destroying the integrity of the case, there is a good chance that the repair will bring back the clarity. If you’re not sure, send a picture over, or send the device to me. Again, IF I CAN’T FIX IT, THERE’S NO CHARGE!
What happens if my gauge isn’t fixable?
Many older Gauges have LCD Leaks. The symptom of this is a dark black ‘INKY’ spot at the bottom of the LCD Screen (sometimes accompanied with missing segments on the screen when powered up). Restoration will not fix this. Also, there are some inherent risks with this procedure. These are delicate electronic instruments, and I’m not always able to tell if the gauge is ‘good’ just by bench testing. Sometimes I need to disassemble the gauge and remove the polarized films to determine if the LCD is intact. The entire restoration could be performed only to discover that the Gauge doesn’t power up. I have spare parts gauges and will use everything at my disposal to repair any gauge that comes through my door. IF I CAN’T FIX IT, THERES’ NO CHARGE! I will send you your gauge back, or buy it from you for parts.
What payment methods do you take?
I typically send a PayPal invoice when the restoration is complete. If you don’t use Paypal, you can pay with credit card as a ‘guest’ via paypal invoice. If pre-paying, please include return shipping with your payment.
Do you buy junk gauges?
Heck yes I do! I don’t care if they are burnt, sunk, in pieces, etc. I will buy them to keep in my parts lot. Parts from your gauge can be used to keep others going!
Do you sell Gauge Covers to keep the sun off?
We now include complimentary gauge covers on all restorations (round gauges only!) I also sell them for $5 each, free shipping. Check ebay as well.
Do you perform Repairs on gauges?
Yes, I can perform some repairs on gauges depending on parts I have available. Most of the parts for these gauges can not be purchased so I have to rely on parts gauges I pick up. Typical repairs that can be done include Speed Gauge water pressure nipple/barb replacement, wiring harnesses extended or new bullet connectors added, replacement of gauge internals, or gauge cases, etc. I typically do not replace bad LCD’s because I use good spare LCD’s to make parts gauges complete again for customer availability.
Do you provide a WARRANTY on your repairs
Yes, we offer a 90 day warranty on parts and materials used in LCD Restorations. If your gauge should fade, or the LCD film starts to curl or burn, we will re-film the LCD free of charge. We’ll also re-seal your gauge case should it come apart. See ‘Warranty’ page for details.
If you have any questions, please email me at UncleBob@GaugeSaver.com