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Ok, well I ordered both...<p>Blitz DCII Digital from No Limit Motorsport:<br>Boost Meter - $208 Live Unit - $113 <br>Total plus shipping: $341<p>RActive from SFX Performance:<br>Boost Meter - $55 Meter Pod - $16 <br>Total plus shipping: $87<p>Here is what they look like: <p><IMG SRC="http://img485.imageshack.us/img485/723/1005373small9hy.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Blitz is a better match, although it isn't exact. At night blitz will look much better though, because everything on RActive that is ligher color turns bright. On the box was the first place I'd seen an RActive lit.<p>Also, although Blitz is a bigger gauge, because is sits lower (selfcontained, no need for a pod) it doesn't block anymore than RActive would.<p>Here are two options for Blitz placement.<p><IMG SRC="http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/3343/1005378small8nd.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/3631/1005380small0kp.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>In the center it will block the little square warning light below the triangle light, but I don't even know what that says when lit up. Is that the Check Engine? Anyone know? <p>Also, I like how horizontal line just above plane of steering wheel is where the boost range starts. <p>Also, the RActive wasn't the highest quality, as someone else reported. Although mine wasn't showing vacuum, if you looked up at an angle (not visible straight on), gauge looked like this.<p><IMG SRC="http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/4364/1005377small9gt.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>So, is looking better and having digital functionality worth the extra $254?<p>Is knowing how much boost is being produced worth $341?
 

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Re: Blitz versus RActive boost gauge ("R" Kelly)

um ... yes, yes, and told you so <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>That Blitz gauge is hot! Can't wait to see the many insuing photos that are sure to follow <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> . This is definetly a mod I will be watching closely <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> .
 

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Mmmm the blitz is extremely nice (of course the price reflects that). <p>Another set of gauges that are reallly cool are the Defi-Ds but those dont have a matching color combo nor are they any less expensive than the Blitz gauges. <p>But is it worth $350? If you have the $$$ then sure why not. If you're borderline then I'd say its not worth it...get a mechanical gauge <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Blitz versus RActive boost gauge ("R" Kelly)

There was one dude on here who mounted two different gauges on the steering column I think. Looked pretty darn cool.
 

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Re: Blitz versus RActive boost gauge (frankhoffy)

Dude or person?<p>I guess Greg was right about the quality of the RActive gauge. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Blitz versus RActive boost gauge (Johann)

I was wondering when someone would say something about that. <p>The thing is, you can't see the "defect" at all when looking straight on, but you can't spend $55 and expect it to compare to another gauge that costs over $300. <p>The key is, when posting, it helps if you give a reason why you think something...
 

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the blitz gauge is awesome. if/when I do gauges, those are the ones I'm getting.<p>i'm not sure i like how it looks mounted on the steering column...blots setup looks good, but to me, it looks too "tacked on".<p>if you could do the blitch gauge, in a pod - it would look sweet. maybe we need a group buy and get something custom made.<p>the top half of our steering wheel cover shroud comes off...someone could make a custom unit..<p>i looked into it but it's too $$ to do just one.
 

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Mount it in the center. The BLITZ is HOT! Let us know how long it took to install, and a fully detailed instruction manual to boot!
 

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Well R, I tried and failed with the Ractive gauge, ..guess I should go to Autozone\Pep Boyz more often to know junk names when I see them.<br>It however, should not take a $300 gauge to get the job done, IMO.<p>I'm past that, but I still can't accept the difference with Blitz and actual R gauges so I'm working with a shop to have custom fabricated matching gauges built. <br>(Complete w/matching bezel rings)<br>More later on that I suppose when it develops.<p>For now, I have ordered a new pod which I hope will be the answer to mounting of gauges. Here's the link. <A HREF="http://vividracing.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/5055?osCsid=45ee064bafd7a814f7eff28cbb67253c" TARGET="_blank">http://vividracing.com/catalog...7253c</A><p>Now I'm in Germany and it may have arrived but I won't know if it will fit, if it's another POS or what for another couple weeks.<br>(Perhaps someone more familiar with pod/crap eqpt can chime in?)<br>If this doesn't work, I'm going to have custom made pod done as well.<br>I guess that's what it'll take to get it done right. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Geez, you'd think fellas with the juice to have R's would have had someone doing this by now. <p>IPD?? <p>WTF??<p>'Leader' in performance tuning for Volvo.. R, is the 'Performance' car of Volvo line... Two years ago <B>'Started'</B> working on a boost gauge.. <B>FAR AND AWAY,</B> one of the most important pieces to have on a turbocharged auto and yet there is <B>BUTKUS; ZILCH, NADA,</B> for a boost gauge for these cars.<p>Damn shame IMO. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Dzljet-<p>IPD has quite a few other products, its not like the R is a huge market, and it is even a smaller one for people that want to install boost gauges.<p>If you are serious about doing a custom one, I have NO problem forking out $200+ for a mechanical that matches perfectly.
 

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Do a search and look for Kai's Defi setup with the pod mounted overhead near the sunroof control. That was the nicest one, IMHO.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Dzljet-<p>IPD has quite a few other products, its not like the R is a huge market, and it is even a smaller one for people that want to install boost gauges.<p>If you are serious about doing a custom one, I have NO problem forking out $200+ for a mechanical that matches perfectly.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>No problem, When it' done, I'll let you know.. but just for GP, I dropped $500 for them to 'start' work on it. <br>(That's the good buddy price!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> ) <br>Of course when it's done, I'll own the rights to it. <br>(Whatever that'll be worth <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> )<p>Not a fly by night org. ...absolute top notch. <br>These guy's do custom work on $200K or more cars, all the time. <p>When it's done, it won't be cheap, ..but it'll be right. <p>I know R is a tiny 'gemeinshaft' stadt within another, that being Volvo.. but the fact remains, <I>If you are into performance on a turbocharged car, it <B>STARTS</B> with a boost gauge</I> And don't think I don't curse Volvo everytime I look at the dash. It's backward asz at best!! <br>But I know why they do it. With the failure rates of control solenoids among other components, and warranty length, they want to make sure that little drop in performance is hard as hell to detect until the sorry asz owner is well beyond Volvo coverage. A boost gauge is a dead giveaway to turbo system not working properly and a damn site harder for techs to say, 'sytsem working to factory specs' when you know damn well it ain't.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Dzljet at 1:41 PM 4-21-2006</i>
 

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Kelly, please do a complete write-up of the install (if you keep the blitz), i already know you like to take a lot of pictures. I plan on getting the Blitz and want to do the install myself, but i'd like to get an idea on where and how to put the live box and such...
 

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Re: Blitz versus RActive boost gauge ("R" Kelly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>In the center it will block the little square warning light below the triangle light, but I don't even know what that says when lit up. Is that the Check Engine? Anyone know? <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's the high beam light.<p>Btw, did your manual come in japanese or english?
 

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Re: Blitz versus RActive boost gauge (blot)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>blot</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That's the high beam light.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><IMG SRC="http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_12_13.gif" BORDER="0">DOH, that's right... <p>May not want to block that, since I have VERY bright high beams. Of course, someone would probably let me know if they were on... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>blot</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Btw, did your manual come in japanese or english?</TD></TR></TABLE><p><IMG SRC="http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/15/15_9_13.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Blitz versus RActive boost gauge ("R" Kelly)

I hope u can read japanese. I had a hard time finding the buttons to dim the gauges..let me know if you need help.
 

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Re: Blitz versus RActive boost gauge (blot)

I may send it back... haven't decided. If I want to keep it, going to NEED help... although I have a friend who is married to a Japanese woman...
 
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