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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Re: Trying to find an accurate tyre pressure gauge

    From https://winters.com/engineering/gauge-accuracy/
    "Accuracy can be expressed as percent of span or percent of indicated reading. Percent of span is the most common method with percent of indicated reading being generally limited to precision test gauges or high resolution digital gauges. Accuracy as a percent of span means that a 100 psi gauge with a 2% accuracy is accurate to within 2 psi whether the gauge is reading 1 psi or 100 psi. Accuracy as a percent of indicated reading means that a gauge with 0.1 % accuracy displaying 100 psi is accurate to 0.1 psi while the same gauge displaying 50 psi is accurate to 0.05 psi—twice as accurate."
    My working career was pretty much oil & gas, primarily pipelines, so I'm guessing that the gauges I ran into were probably percent of indicated reading - which is not applicable outside of some pretty narrow bounds. Doug

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    Re: Trying to find an accurate tyre pressure gauge

    Further down the above web-page:

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    Re: Trying to find an accurate tyre pressure gauge

    From https://www.instrumart.com/pages/539...ccuracy-grades
    "Accuracy can be expressed as percent of span or percent of indicated reading. Percent of span is the most common method with percent of indicated reading being generally limited to precision test gauges or high resolution digital gauges. Accuracy as a percent of span means that a 100 psi gauge with a 2% accuracy is accurate to within 2 psi whether the gauge is reading 1 psi or 100 psi. Accuracy as a percent of indicated reading means that a gauge with 0.1 % accuracy displaying 100 psi is accurate to 0.1 psi while the same gauge displaying 50 psi is accurate to 0.05 psiótwice as accurate."
    I worked mostly in the oil and gas industry, so may have been exposed to the 'percent of indicated reading', which sure doesn't apply to tyre gauges!

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    Re: Trying to find an accurate tyre pressure gauge

    (Sorry guys - I seem to have managed to duplicate several posts. Dang)

    If I have a 60 psi dial tyre gauge built to ASME B40.1, accuracy 'B (commercial gauges)', then I have 2% of the span (1.2 psi) over the 15 to 45 psi range. Unless the packaging specifies the accuracy range, then I've got a pretty good chance that it is 'D (commercial gauges)' and has a +/-5% accuracy (+/-3 psi) over the entire range; 6 psi, in other words.
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    Re: Trying to find an accurate tyre pressure gauge

    I've just skimmed through the Amazon/Rhino site and - hooray!!! - all questions are answered.
    "Q: Your product states ASME B40.1 accurate. What grade accuracy has this been certified to B, A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A?"
    "A: Hi Sabrina, sorry about the delayed response we have been very busy with Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions. Our Gorilla Gauges are certified to A Grade which is +-1%. "
    This is an industrial standard, and provides 1% accuracy from 25 to 45 psi on a 60 psi gauge. Doug

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