Help! Goofy fuel guage

I installed an elec. fuel gauge (0-30) in march, everything was fine. average fuel pre. was 12 at idle, 18 crusing at 1750 rpm, and would clime as high as 24 with wot. coming home a week ago, I was accelerating onto the
interstate, when the fuel pressure jumped to 28psi egt was 680, boost was 15. the fuel came back down to it "normal" range. the next morning I was heading to town, fuel pressure climes to 27.4 after about 2 miles it shot up to 33 before the gauge went into error mode. it has been that way since. when I crank it up in the morning fuel pressure is 26.x, any increase in rpm causes the gauge to top out.
I removed the sending unit from its mount on the fender and installed my fuel injection test gauge, Bounce! the needle looked like a fan blade, up to 40psi down to 15psi, I also noticed the fuel line was throbbing. I am thinking of replacing the fuel gauge with a manual gauge, but all that needle sweep has me nervous.
Suggestion, Advice, & Commits requested.
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Well, that depends on what you consider "normal". Cummins says 8-24psi at idle, 28-36psi at 2,000RPM/no load.

Yeah - it's a little high. I would replace the spring in your overflow valve. Oh, and replace the gauge with a 0-60psi gauge, as >30psi is acceptable and normal on a 12V.

Yep. As with most diesel fuel systems, you need a "snubber" - something to damp the pressure spikes. Most guys just use a needle valve in-line, and just open it enough to register pressure on the gauge. On my gauge, I feed the sending unit with about 3 feet of 1/8" OD tubing - the ID is small enough that the pressure spikes are attenuated.

I'm a fan of electric gauges inside the cab - the only mechanical gauge I have is a boost gauge, because a little air never hurt anyone. A continuous stream of diesel, on the other hand.... isolators are one solution, but I spent too much time jerking around with mine, futzing with the diaphragms, replacing lost coolant, etc. - my Autometer electric fuel pressure gauge has served me well for 18 months.
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"normal" was 12 - 18 psi that is what I have been reading since I installed the gauges. maybe the spring was sticking in the open position and now it is stuck closed. how hard is it to replace?
my "conundrum" is the manual will run me $150 with a isolator and the elec is $250.
I bought this truck in July of 05 and have spent about 7 large on "enhancements", very little of this was related to the motor. I am in fear of my wife finding my maintenance log. :)
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uh maybe you should run two logs? *grin*
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