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Left guage is oil temperature and right is oil pressure. I've heard they're calculated values though, not actually taken from sensors or anything.
 

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Dont get into heavy boost until the left gauge is to the first notch, the far right one will be pegged to the right as well until the car is warmed (cold oil = extra pressure.) Also, if you notice the right gauge in the red or suddenly drops towards it, shut your car off right away, something not good probably just happened. Oil pressure is typically a good thing, lack of it means your oil left the building
 

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Also stay out the boost, unless you are over 3,000 rpm as a good rule.
 

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In warm weather, oil temp generally settles just below half way (like it is in your photo). If you're really whipping ass in the heat, it might occasionally scoot slightly above the half way mark but it will drop back down when you let it cool off a bit.

Oil pressure will be high on a cold start and then settle down once things have circulated.
 

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Thank you all for the help I wanted to make sure I knew what they were and did lol! I realized since it’s still all stock that I don’t get boost until I really lay into the gas pedal and I go above like 2800-3200 rpm
 

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Like everyone else said, just make sure your oil temp is at the first notch before hitting boost (if you can help it) and as long as your oil pressure doesn't suddenly drop you have nothing to worry about.

Side note, these are the kinds of questions these gauges got remove from dashboards because people didn't know what they were looking at haha. But good for you for asking the question, the more knowledgeable you can be, the longer your car will last and the happier you'll be with it.
 

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Like everyone else said, just make sure your oil temp is at the first notch before hitting boost (if you can help it) and as long as your oil pressure doesn't suddenly drop you have nothing to worry about.

Side note, these are the kinds of questions these gauges got remove from dashboards because people didn't know what they were looking at haha. But good for you for asking the question, the more knowledgeable you can be, the longer your car will last and the happier you'll be with it.
Yes I always like to know the ins and outs of a car and what comes with having a turbo and what not. I wanna make this baby last so I don’t wanna mod the **** outta it but some internal upgrades to make it last longer would be nice any suggestions?
 

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Yes I always like to know the ins and outs of a car and what comes with having a turbo and what not. I wanna make this baby last so I don’t wanna mod the **** outta it but some internal upgrades to make it last longer would be nice any suggestions?
I think overall just basic maintenance and running the car correctly will lead to longevity. I think your more likely to lower your car's lifespan by forgetting maintenance and running it hard in poor conditions than adding bolt-ons and tuning. Sure, after-market parts and getting tuners involved CAN increase the likelihood that you have an issue, but most of the people that blow their motors and whatnot and blame the tuners are also the people driving poorly and not taking care of their car. I know multiple owners with high mileage, fully modded, tuned for years with no issues.

My suggestions for a long lasting healthy car are: Let the oil warm up to min 150-160 before getting into Boost or driving hard, stay off boost for a couple mins before shutting off your car to let the oil clear your turbo, keep up to date with oil changes and check your plugs frequently (I think the OEM ones are crap, I'd get NGK 6509 which run the same temp as OEM and ensure the gap is correct, about .028-.030 for non-tuned). I always run premium grade fuel and recommend the same even if you're not tuned.
There's plenty of videos and threads on the "best" oil, mods, etc and info is easily available. I have a handful of bolt-ons but don't drive my car all that hard just because my commute is short and I don't have a radar detector haha. Any mod you want to do, just do as much research you can, compare pricing/products, and see what others say. You may really like one mod that I don't, or one may work better for you than for me, so using this platform and local groups is a great resource. There are tons of FB/IG groups in Florida, I'd encourage you to search for some.

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Stay away from no-name gas stations. Only weirdness with my car comes from finickiness about fuel. Thought I was losing another purge valve because the idle was rough and I was getting misses in 6th under 3500 with a very light load, but it turned out to be a couple bad tanks of gas from a Shell station. I should have known as it's done that before (emergency fuel required and no other place open but a generic place). If you have 93 available, use that. Even in winter on long highway cruise runs, I find using lower octane to be false economy as, not only is there a noticeable drop in power, but the mileage is worse. I wouldn't even attempt it in the summer.

No internal mods to do, especially if you're not doing anything to make more power.
 

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Stay away from no-name gas stations. Only weirdness with my car comes from finickiness about fuel. Thought I was losing another purge valve because the idle was rough and I was getting misses in 6th under 3500 with a very light load, but it turned out to be a couple bad tanks of gas from a Shell station. I should have known as it's done that before (emergency fuel required and no other place open but a generic place). If you have 93 available, use that. Even in winter on long highway cruise runs, I find using lower octane to be false economy as, not only is there a noticeable drop in power, but the mileage is worse. I wouldn't even attempt it in the summer.

No internal mods to do, especially if you're not doing anything to make more power.
THIS. Both tuners I have used discourage Shell gas specifically. I've always used 76/Costco/Chevron living out west and haven't had any issues at all with them. Even when I first used Costco gas, although they're top tier, I was still anxiously watching my ignition corrections but never saw any knocks. And I've seen some scary ones with Shell. And yeah, lower octane doesn't really help in any way, it's simply more likely to give you knock and your car might not drive quite as well as it had before.
 

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THIS. Both tuners I have used discourage Shell gas specifically. I've always used 76/Costco/Chevron living out west and haven't had any issues at all with them. Even when I first used Costco gas, although they're top tier, I was still anxiously watching my ignition corrections but never saw any knocks. And I've seen some scary ones with Shell. And yeah, lower octane doesn't really help in any way, it's simply more likely to give you knock and your car might not drive quite as well as it had before.
Yeah, I don't know what it is that Shell does, but it's terrible. I held my nose the first time I used Cumberland Farms, but have never had a problem using them many times since.
 

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I think overall just basic maintenance and running the car correctly will lead to longevity. I think your more likely to lower your car's lifespan by forgetting maintenance and running it hard in poor conditions than adding bolt-ons and tuning. Sure, after-market parts and getting tuners involved CAN increase the likelihood that you have an issue, but most of the people that blow their motors and whatnot and blame the tuners are also the people driving poorly and not taking care of their car. I know multiple owners with high mileage, fully modded, tuned for years with no issues.

My suggestions for a long lasting healthy car are: Let the oil warm up to min 150-160 before getting into Boost or driving hard, stay off boost for a couple mins before shutting off your car to let the oil clear your turbo, keep up to date with oil changes and check your plugs frequently (I think the OEM ones are crap, I'd get NGK 6509 which run the same temp as OEM and ensure the gap is correct, about .028-.030 for non-tuned). I always run premium grade fuel and recommend the same even if you're not tuned.
There's plenty of videos and threads on the "best" oil, mods, etc and info is easily available. I have a handful of bolt-ons but don't drive my car all that hard just because my commute is short and I don't have a radar detector haha. Any mod you want to do, just do as much research you can, compare pricing/products, and see what others say. You may really like one mod that I don't, or one may work better for you than for me, so using this platform and local groups is a great resource. There are tons of FB/IG groups in Florida, I'd encourage you to search for some.

Welcome to the community!
This. Almost 159k miles and currently have all of the standard bolt ons. Ran Cobb OTS tunes for a good while and currently have a custom tune. Maintenance is a big part (and also not driving like you think you are Ken Block bouncing off the rev limiter and trying to drive full tilt) in helping these cars last for a long time. Learning about LSPI and how to avoid it is another big part.

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