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Anyone else wanting to add gauges? (Boost, oil pressure, etc?)

I'm getting a few ideas together on mounting points and the only desirable spot I can find is above the radio (below the clock). Someone has done a replacement for the clock to add gauges but I don't want to remove my clock and airbag indicator...



What about replacing the radio face with an aftermarket and then adding gauge pods into that?
 

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I have mine mounted on the back side of the steering wheel in the middle of the factory gauges. Were pretty limited on where we can mount. I wanted a place where I could hide the wires as much as possible and this seemed to be the best for now.
 

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I was thinking about mounting the AutoMeter 3 gauge pod under the heat/ac controls. I would like a boost gauge, a dual needle air temperature gauge (reads temp. before and after the intercooler), and I'm undecided on the third gauge.
 

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This is something i think about every time i get in the car. I'd like to design something I just can;t figure where to put it that will make it easy and affordable to make!

I haven;t thought about under the A/C controls yet, but looking that far down wouldn't be ideal....
 

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Being old and from a drag racing past, having your gauges mounted high up is best. Only place that looks good to me is the A pillar or above the left vent. The dash has such a unique shape it'll be hard to fit anything "flat" on it.
 

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Being old and from a drag racing past, having your gauges mounted high up is best. Only place that looks good to me is the A pillar or above the left vent. The dash has such a unique shape it'll be hard to fit anything "flat" on it.
I agree.

When I get time, I'd like to remove the panel where the clock is and have it scanned. I could easily add a pod configuration on top of it. Getting that manufactured easily and cheap would be a whole 'nother thing though lol.
 

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Yeah, someone on ForteForums.com or whatever the site is has done that. I just don't want to give up any of my oem pieces, ie. clock, airbag indicator, etc.

This is what I was thinking:
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that's what i was thinking. I'd like it to be all one piece though.

If i can get the OEM plastic panel 3D scanned, I can model a 3 gauge pod into it, then get it injection molded.
I have no idea how to do fiberglass work lol
 

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I thought about this as well, just not sure how well it would flow. I've only seen it in trucks before.

I'm going to order the gauge pod and see how it looks above the clock. That area is sort of angled so it faces the driver as opposed to straight back. Then there's the issue of wires and tubing. I really don't want to go the A pillar route.
 

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personally im probably gonna go with a column mounted gauge like an Apexi of some sorts... to get an autometer style and then a pod it seems bulky, but if you get a gauge with a somewhat integrated mount like Apexi... then its not so bad
 

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I played around with how to mount a boost gauge and be in a practical place without covering anything and not having to destroy my dash with holes. Pillar mount is out of the question since mine has 5000 airbags and the pillar holds one.
So here is a couple of pic of what I have so far, and I am trying to use the top corner of the vent for the wires
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Just need to finish the mounting and I will update picture out of car and mounted with correct guage.
That's pretty good! Can you get some closer pictures? How is it mounted to the dash?
 

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Agreed. I like that a lot.
 

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Just toying with the idea of one of those mini ODB2 WiFi / Bluetooth adapter things, combined with something like the DashCommand app on my old iPhone 3GS. You can use their DashXL (think that's the name) programme to create a custom dash that is displayed in their DashCommand app, so you could probably create a very nice looking gauge (I'd try and match the stock gauges as closely as possible), or have a few other items whacked on there too, perhaps whatever you can pull from ODB2. As the thing would be WiFi / BT, you could mount the phone wherever you want.

not totally sure what value you'd get from the ODB2 though, MAP would be likely, and so I'm not convinced you could reliably convert to PSI, or even if you could, how representative that would be of the true PSI we'd see from a real gauge.
 

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Just to clarify, you CAN put the fuse cover panel back on and THEN plug the adapter back in, or you cannot have the adapter plugged in and fuse panel cover on at the same time? I had a look last night and it seemed there was very little to no clearance on the OBD2 port once the cover is on.
 
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