DIALED IN

AN IN­SIDE LOOK AT THE AUTO ME­TER MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING FA­CIL­ITY

Lowrider - - LOWRIDER - STORY & PHO­TOS BY JOE RAY

A few months back Lowrider was in­vited to take a spe­cial tour of Auto Me­ter Prod­ucts, and it was noth­ing short of in­cred­i­ble. Taken back by the in­vi­ta­tion, it was un­real, to say the least. To walk the grounds of their nearly 100,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity was truly an honor—and ex­haust­ing both men­tally and phys­i­cally.

Walk­ing the fa­cil­ity gave us a first­hand glimpse into man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­cel­lence. From one man­u­fac­tur­ing cell to the next, we got to ex­pe­ri­ence how their prod­ucts come to life. At one sta­tion we’d watch as each gauge face was screened by hand, and at an­other cir­cuit boards were be­ing dropped in, uti­liz­ing a laser-guided au­toma­tion sys­tem. To be hon­est it was hard to fo­cus on any sin­gle ma­chine be­cause off in the short dis­tance was yet an­other ma­chine do­ing a com­pletely dif­fer­ent job.

By now, the Auto Me­ter brand has be­come a house­hold name for cus­tom car builders, which should come as no sur­prise. The undis­puted leader for in­stru­men­ta­tion for mo­tor­sports and cus­tom builds, Auto Me­ter’s top­shelf in­stru­men­ta­tion so­lu­tions have been the an­swer to our prob­lems and the key in­gre­di­ents to cre­at­ing a fash­ion­able yet func­tional gauge clus­ter.

But their high stan­dards in de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing are a ne­ces­sity not an op­tion. As an ISO/TS

16949:2009 cer­ti­fied man­u­fac­turer, Auto Me­ter meets one of the most strin­gent stan­dards for man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­cel­lence in the world. In fact, Auto Me­ter is the only ISO/TS cer­ti­fied man­u­fac­turer of the mi­cro air core that drives gauges any­where in the U.S. This al­lows them to be a first tier sup­plier to the ma­jor au­tomak­ers and many other high-tech OEM cus­tomers.

It is Auto Me­ter’s in­nate abil­ity to cre­ate stun­ning gauges that per­form as well as they look. The aes­thet­ics of their gauges eas­ily dec­i­mate the com­pe­ti­tion and their at­ten­tion to de­tail is what gives pe­riod-cor­rect feel­ings, de­pend­ing on which line you choose. Ev­ery unit built at the Auto Me­ter fa­cil­ity is con­structed to their high­est stan­dards and as­sem­bled by skilled tech­ni­cians in the heart of down­town Sy­camore, Illi­nois. Throw in their leg­endary com­mit­ment to cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion (and their out­stand­ing war­ranty) and what you have are all the main in­gre­di­ents for one sweet dash.

From their cus­tom-wound me­ter move­ments to the un­ri­valed pre­ci­sion of their send­ing units, Auto

Me­ter is sim­ply the best. Dur­ing our ex­clu­sive tour, we walked aisle af­ter aisle and as we made our way through each and ev­ery de­part­ment we were im­pressed by their ca­pa­bil­i­ties as well as their in-house prod­uct val­i­da­tion test­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

As our tour con­tin­ued we were soon ac­quainted with their “Cus­tom Shop,” which is lo­cated in­side their fa­cil­ity. This spe­cial di­vi­sion is ded­i­cated to cus­tom com­mis­sions that are done by per­sonal re­quest. The de­vel­op­ment of this di­vi­sion is their an­swer to in­creased re­quests to cre­ate "one-off " gauges and cus­tom gauge clus­ters. But don’t think for one minute that they’re not tuned in with the car cul­ture; Auto Me­ter gets it—and they get it in a big way. From en­grav­ing to ’strip­ing, mu­rals to cus­tom paint, their “Cus­tom Shop” can pro­vide ev­ery­thing you need to get your own per­son­al­ized gauge cre­ations. They can break down the de­sired gauges of your choice, send them over to you for your own choice of cus­tomiza­tion, you re­turn the parts when ready for pre­cise assem­bly, and Auto Me­ter ships them right back so that you can have your own ex­clu­sive dash dialed in. Re­mem­ber, noth­ing can com­plete an in­te­rior like the right set of qual­ity in­stru­ment gauges. Now, let’s get back to the tour…

Auto Me­ter www.au­tome­ter.com

Each Auto Me­ter gauge is hand as­sem­bled here and built by car en­thu­si­asts, tested to top lev­els of spec­i­fi­ca­tions and hand­crafted with care so that the at­ten­tion to de­tail shines through the per­for­mance of each gauge.

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