In 2006 I purchased one of the SW dgital "Ultra Shift Lights" and was very pleased with the operation of it.It filled the bill and was competitively priced.
2009 the digital display started having problems with the segments in the LED display starting to drop out. Dash board heat or vibration probably.
I started looking for repair service or parts in 2013.
Now you cannot find support for any of those SW performance products any where.
The new 2014 SW Catalog makes no mention of them nor does their website.
No support or information on these now"legacy" products.
The old SW-performance website
Has been vacated and has an "under construction sign on it. That was a year ago.
SW Canada website
still lists instructions for these products but no support or new offerings of the same type.
Some of the old NOS SW product is still for sale by gauge vendors and Ebay sellers but it is all clearance sale stuff ,and in some instances,at way reduced prices.
The problem I have with Summit and other big house vendors is that they do not clearly state that some of the SW product (or any other manufacturer's stuff) they currently offer is limited to stock on hand because it is no longer produced or supported by the manufacturer. It should be clearly stated that the stuff is NOS with no manufacturer's warranty or support.Price should be drasticly reduced to reflect that condition as well.
The newer SW line is scaled way back form 9 years ago with the emphasis on their commercial & fleet/OEMlook instruments and some nostalgia hotrod dashboard stuff but that is about it.
So much for the world's most trusted name in guages.
The parent company that currently owns the rights to produce the SW gauge line was called "MAXIMA Tecchnologies"
And is appearently headquartered in Pa.
They are just trading on the old SW name.
Here is the latest Business Week news on Maxima
If you read down you see where they again closed a production facility in the USA and have moved production to Juarez Mexico.
So much for creating jobs here at home.
And now the parent company has once again changed its name but is still trading on the SW name.
They have 3 guage brands
Or whatever label they happen to be slapping on their canned corn this week.
Stewart-Warner-Southwind heat exchanger division is a separate business entity.It has no business affiliations with MAXIMATECC and because they want no association with any Maximatecc shenanigans they have changed the company name to Meggit Cotrol Systems.
For many years Stewart Warner used to be the "Go To" for gauges and related stuff.
The company was originally based out of Chicago with production facilities there and 700 employees.
Then in the early 1970s SW literally fell off the face of the earth.
You could no longer readily find their products at local parts houses unless it was N.O.S. or possibly "special ordered".
Sometime after that SW was only sold commercially to fleet maintenance markets or OEMs.
In 2004 SW tried to make a splash to re-enter into the retail high performance gauge market again.
The SW offerings looked very promising but now not so much so.
Guess it was just that a big splash.
The whole sordid story is explained here, kind of.