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I'm a relative newbie to this forum and have searched the archives. I've found some wonderful guides to locating the vacuum hose necessary for installing the boost gauge. I haven't seen any much advice on how to wire the electrical portion of the install. Can anyone give me a little guidance. I have 3 wires, black, red and orange. Orange goes to 12v lighting, red goes to 12v ignition and black goes to ground. Anyone able to walk me through how to do this, or am I better off paying the local tuner $200 for the install?<p>Here's a link to a pic of the gauge (I got the blue one of course). <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thanks in advance to whomever can help! <p><br>
 

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Re: Boost Gauge Install (ezwilling)

Here's the link I referenced but forgot to post previsouly:<br><A HREF="http://www.machv.com/prboga.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.machv.com/prboga.html</A>
 

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a good place to get eletricity is the cigarette lighter. I use the panel to the left of the steering wheel where you turn thi lights on and off but either will work fine.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdogg16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">best place for a gauge it to pull power from the light switch so it is controlled via the dimmer if you want. On the older volvos it's always been the pink wire on the back of the switch.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Unfortunately, the later CanBUS cars are different
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Elmoworld</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">what are your plans for mounting? A Pillar?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>No, I'm concerned about side curtain airbag interference. I took it to the local tuner (check them out at Speedsouth.com) and they are going to install on the top of the steering column using an autometer pod. They will probably add material to the column to make it level and then mount the pod in the center so it won't interfere with any important gauges. We discussed mounting it next to the radio in the empty storage bay, but I don't want to have to look down that far to check it out.<p>Now I'm thinking about the following mods from iPd to follow in the next couple of weeks: TME Springs, Track kit sway bars, top engine mount bushing (unless I go with Evovle bushing here) and stabilizer bar bushings, braided steel brake lines and VST strut tower brace.<p>Any input from others about the value of these proposed mods would be appreciated. At this point, the biggest hurdle has been surmounted--spousal approval. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Elmoworld</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">what are your plans for mounting? A Pillar?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Here it is installed:<p><IMG SRC="http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n20/ezwilling/DSC_0004.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ezwilling</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Here it is installed:<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>How did you install the wires and where you connected them into? I have a boost gauge installed couple months ago, but didn't get to hook up the backlight. Couldn't see anything at night <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Scott from ipd advised that the illumination light for the hazard flasher has 12v feed, but haven't tested them yet. I wonder if you used the same spot, no?
 

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Could you post pics of the actual mounting location? I was going to do this same install using a VW steering column mount, and modifying it to the existing pece on our steering columns. It would be great to see your solution. Thanks!<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>djeremya</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>How did you install the wires and where you connected them into? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I had it done at Speedsouth as I had all the same questions you do. It took them 6 hours to complete it and they said it was a royal pain to install. They intended to run through the dimmer so I could dim it with the other gauge displays, but were unable to. My gauge came with 3 wires, one is attached to the starter, one is attached to a 15v power supply, but I don't know where they connected that--I know they had to find a wiring diagram online to figure out where to hook it up-- and the third is a ground wire. Sorry I can't be of more help . . .
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>S60Driven</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Could you post pics of the actual mounting location? <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>It is on the ledge in front of the gauge's above the steering column and is mounted with velcro. If you chose this location, you have to be careful not to pinch the vacuum connection between the ledge and stock gauge face--they installed some foam spacers to prevent pinching it off. The Velcro works very well and there is no vibration or rattle and doesn't mar the interior . . . It only blocks the high beam indicator light and the exclamation point light that comes on when you have a message.
 

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i was thinking about doing this exact location as a boost gauge install point..except my plan was to buy one of those single pod generic mounts...and then cutting into the top half of the steering wheel shroud, and then using epoxy or other type of bonding agent...and then mold them together, and paint it...<p>shouldn't be too hard to make a custom gauge pod...i just wasnt' sure if i'd do it dead center like you did, or off to the side.<p>i like how when it's centered, it prettymuch fits in between the gauges. only thing you block is the red warning light....<p>i've taken off the top half of the steering wheel shroud, and there actually is a little bit of space under there..maybe 1/4 of an inch..so i think if you did it right, you could recess the gauge a bit into the steering wheel shroud..and if you install it forward enough, the gauge/pod won't interfere with the up/down adjustment of the steering wheel..<p>ili ke that blue blitz gauge that blot has...that gauge, on the steering wheel mount, in a custom pod...would look sweet. almost OEM
 
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