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Gauge pods for gutted interiors

Posted by v8s_are_slow, Nov 25, 2007

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  1. v8s_are_slow

    v8s_are_slow Proven Member

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    If you have a gutted interior, what are you doing for your gauges? I'd like to put mine on the A-pillar but don't want a bunch of hoses and wires just hanging out. I'd like it to at least look clean. Ideas? Pics? Thanks.
     

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  2. tsiboosted

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    v8s_are_ slow - where as I do not have a 1G, I don't think it would actually matter. When I first got my 2G it did not hve the factory plastic A Pilar, I had to order one. I already had the 2 Gauge pod for my A Pilar and I just put it up to see what it was going to fit like. You should be able to fashion it where it will be able to fit there as it normally would. Even if you have to put in some sort of supports maybe, I still don't see you having much of an issue. I stripped my interior already but plan to redo a few things this week before the next round of my racing series. I will snap off some pics and show you. I hope some of this helps.
     

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  3. v8s_are_slow

    v8s_are_slow Proven Member

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    Yeah man, pics would be nice. Thanks.
     

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  4. tsiboosted

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    Yeah man no problem. I'll be starting tomorrow night and I will post some pics up for everyone to see.
     

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  5. thekellbeast

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    Keep in mind that you guys are running different generation cars. I guess it wouldn't really matter too much with stripped interiors though. I guess the best choice would be to run a sheet metal dash, and drill holes to mount gauges right in it.
     
  6. 1glaserturbo

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    If you're worried about wires hanging loosely grab yourself some wire loom from Autozone or whatever and have a field day :)
     

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  7. v8s_are_slow

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    Wire looms??? I don't want it looking ghetto. And that I'm afraid would probably do just that.
     

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  8. snowborder714

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    How would wire loom make it look ghetto? I think it makes for a very clean and stealthy install - and like it came from the factory. I just redid a lot of wiring in my car and I think it looks a lot cleaner than it did originally. You'll just have to get some various sizes so that the wires fit nicely inside without much extra space.
     

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  9. v8s_are_slow

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    Nevermind. I dunno why I was thinking zipties when you said wireloom.
     

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  10. tsiboosted

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    I actually use the combination of both zip ties and wire loom on every wire in the car if I can. Not only does it look clean, it is very protective and avoids wires flapping around where they can become stripped and short out.
     

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    Haha, that makes sense. That would be kind of ghetto (especially if you used colored zip ties).

    Zip ties and wire loom do make for a very neat and clean install.
     

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  12. laserspeeddemon

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    You could mount it to the dash. Thats where I have my fuel pressure gauge mounted. I took the smallest sized worm clamp and tightened it to where I could just slide the gauge in and out of the clamp. Then I tac welded it to the U-clip that came with the gauge. And used double sided tape to hold it the the dash. You could say it looks ghetto, but it's very effective. I'll get pics later.
     

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  13. v8s_are_slow

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    I'm sure that wire looms and zipties would be okay. But just zipties like I was thinkin would look kinda crappy. I don't want them on the dash. Would rather have it in my natural line of sight if I'm flying down the road and fighting torque steer, ya know? But all pics and ideas appreciated,
     

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  14. viprez586

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    HVAC area, unless you ripped that out too.
     
  15. v8s_are_slow

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    No but I like having heat during the winter. Keeping all vents.
     

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    You could use it as is, or my idea is turn it up side down make a box for the back so you cant see the wires and mount it on some part of the dash. Or the bar that runs behind the dash depending on how far its gutted. (Just take out the gauges and replace with yours)
     
  17. v8s_are_slow

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    Thanks but for me, I want em on the A-pillar.
     

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    Ok here are some pics of what I did for you. Pardon the roughness of some, I forgot my camera at home and used my phone to take these. Also, you will notice some double sided tape here and there because I pulled it off to show you what I had done. So here are the pics. I hope these give you some idea of what I did and help you out some. And as you can see, no wires can be seen once it is all put together.

    Ok, this shot is of the double A Pilar gauge pod lining up with the factory A Pilar. Even if you strip your interior like I have, it might be a good idea to go ahead and keep the factory A Pilar there.
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    Another shot of the dual pod gauge holder and factory A Pilar.
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    Then I put double sided tape where I needed the dual gauge pod to contact the factory A Pilar.
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    Then go ahead a push the dual gauge pod against the factory A Pilar and make sure all the double sided tape has attached to the factory A Pilar.
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    Here is another shot of what it looks like fully attached and ready to go.
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    Now thats a custom BOV location! :thumb:
     

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  21. tsiboosted

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    almostquick - That is where I will be putting mine in the off-season. Just not in the vents, I have been working on an aluminum dash insert there to take the place of all of that. To have my switches, ignition etc. to put on there as well. Looks good though.

    Funny !!!!
     

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    Does the air tickle your thighs between shifts?ROFL
     
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  24. v8s_are_slow

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    I no longer have the factory A-pillar trim piece. Wondering if I bought the A-pillar gauge pod and put on there without the stock piece behind it, if it'd fit okay or not.
     

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  25. laserspeeddemon

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    Got pics.

    First is how I have it mounted. Never mind the mess in the vent, a 2 gauge vent pod in the works with an electric oil pressure gauge.

    2nd picture shows O-M-G my roof collapsed on my car!!!!! Well at least you can see how the A-pillar gauge pods and the fuel pump gauge are at the same height, both are perfectly in my vision and easily noticeable from my peripheral vision
     

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