Not exactly cheap, I feel autometer stuff is good product for the buck and my expernce with there Customer service has been nothing less than exceptional.
I'm having to return a tach after owning it for 3 years that light is not as bright as there other stuff, they are doing a straight up exchange as they found this particular model had a lighting problem, so even though 3 years old no charge. Don't find that everyday.
If you do decide you go with auto meter phantoms, PM I have a speedo with 3k thats perfect that I'll give you deal on.
There's an old saying "You can do it right, or you can do it twice". This is definately true with gauges. I bought some cheap gauges from Harbor Freight. The price was right and they looked good. I've never found a way to hook up the temp gauge into a SBF aluminum intake, and the ammeter gauge lasted about 2 weeks before it died.
Ditto on the Autometer. I had my wife call for hook up instuctions for a tach since the PU has electronic ignition. They explained to her which wire to splice, where it was and how it worked. They couldn't have been nicer!