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I know boost gauge installations are nothing new to the members of SS, and this is certainly not as pretty as the A-pillar gauge pods that were posted earlier, but it works for me.<p>Originally I was going to block off an air vent with the plastic, but my wife told me that it would be too hot for her (I think she's right...). I began lookling at alternate locations, and decided removing the pocket next to the radio would be best.<p>I started with a 1/4" thick 12"-square sheet of ABS from McMaster Carr (shown below).<p><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/12/web/2424000-2424999/2424631_5_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>You'll also see my first attempt next to the cut sheet. I was trying to recreate the beveled edge of the factory piece with my Dremel and gouged the plastic in one spot.<p>I then tried to cut the face plate from the On-Call phone pad (the dealer left the unit on the floor of the car after removing it), but it still looked like I just shoved a gauge where it didn't belong.<p>I then cut another piece with the Dremel and hand-shaped/sanded it to what you see below. The color match is better in real life than in the pictures (I used a dash coating metallic from far away to recreate the factory "sparkle"). I gave up on bevelling the edges because I don't have the tools to do that here. I think it looks pretty good, but let me know what you think.<p>I also painted the plate surrounding the shifter and colored the numbers in with a sharpie like another member (can't remember the name now, but I think it's R-Rated).<p><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/12/web/2424000-2424999/2424631_1_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/12/web/2424000-2424999/2424631_2_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/12/web/2424000-2424999/2424631_3_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/12/web/2424000-2424999/2424631_4_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (Edogg218)

Looks good!<p>I believe that you now owe Xenophobic $10 for copyright infringement for his "red numbers" mod! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (needsdecaf)

You could use fiber instead of plastic.You could give very near match for the edges.<br>After forming,paint it and ready!<p>If you liked your mod,go on <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (xenophobic)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>xenophobic</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You could use fiber instead of plastic.You could give very near match for the edges.<br>After forming,paint it and ready!<p>If you liked your mod,go on <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Would I use a carbon fiber or fiberglass? My experience with those materials is limited to exterior body work for the glass and none on the carbon.<p>On another forum I belong to the consensus is that I should add an oil pressure/temp gauge below in a new panel. Maybe I will try a different material.
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (Edogg218)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Edogg218</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Would I use a carbon fiber or fiberglass? My experience with those materials is limited to exterior body work for the glass and none on the carbon.<p>.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Yes,MDF is also possible.Here is some pictures of the gauge pod I made by fiber.<br><A HREF="http://imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/6479/p7170811zn4.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/540/p7170808vw1.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br>
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (Edogg218)

Sweet! BTW, where did you run the vacuum hose through the firewall?<p>TIA,<p>Derek
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (bb vign)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bb vign</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sweet! BTW, where did you run the vacuum hose through the firewall?<p>TIA,<p>Derek</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That part was difficult.<p>I cut a tiny slit in the grommet for the hood release and snuck it through there. You can find it by kneeling outside the driver's-side footwell and reaching up under the dash near the hood release. The casing around the hood release cable is white,so it's easy to find.<p>The Autometer gauge didn't come with hose clamps, but make sure that you zip-tie or clamp all connections. Don't ask how I know this. And no, the CEL didn't come on when the intake manifold had a leak <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (Edogg218)

Update:<p>Here is the new, two-gauge pod that I created a few weeks ago. I'm reasonably happy with it, although down-the-road I would love to add some blue Blitz gauges...<p><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/12/web/2424000-2424999/2424631_7_full.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (Edogg218)

now try to get the back plate of the r guages and trans plant it in the back of the guages you just put in.<p><br>what two are the best guages to put in, i know boost but what else i was thinking a/f but that might be difficult<br>
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (xenophobic)

Are you planning on marketing your setup. I would like to order a single pod if possible.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cloaked</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Are you planning on marketing your setup. I would like to order a single pod if possible. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ditto. Looks good! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: "Custom" Boost Gauge Installation (darylkaiser30)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>darylkaiser30</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Ditto. Looks good! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Edogg,<br>2x ditto that, if you do decide to offer these for sale I'd buy a single hole, I'm thinking that is the best place for guauges and a bluetooth in this car.
 

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If you need a boost gauge that is totally unobtrusive, I remember seeing one at sct (scandinavian car tuning - can't remember the site name exactly though) that was essentially a message in the little dislpay that gives you info about gas and dstc and so on and it was just a part of the loop. I thought it was cool. Now if you want the really high tech look there is some japanese company that does a boost gauge that projects the info like the head up displays on the new bmw's. This one I didnt particularly like for the R', thought it was a bit ricer (ricey? - not sure about this word!)
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>acg69</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If you need a boost gauge that is totally unobtrusive, I remember seeing one at sct (scandinavian car tuning - can't remember the site name exactly though) that was essentially a message in the little dislpay that gives you info about gas and dstc and so on and it was just a part of the loop. I thought it was cool. Now if you want the really high tech look there is some japanese company that does a boost gauge that projects the info like the head up displays on the new bmw's. This one I didnt particularly like for the R', thought it was a bit ricer (ricey? - not sure about this word!)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks for the reply, I think they pulled that one from the market since it was draining the car battery and the company couldn't get it fixed, too bad since it would have been the ultimate stealth set IMO
 

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Xeno's puts mine to shame! I don't have near his talent for fabrication, but I wanted to use the empty space in the dash for something more useful (to me). Thanks for the kind words!<p>I put in a voltage gauge below the Boost gauge as a placeholder--I'd like to add oil pressure/temp at some point, or possibly A/F, but not at this time. Perhaps after I chip and mist the car in the spring.<p>I used silver-faced Autometer gauges because they were cheap, but ideally I would have installed some Defi or Blitz blue-background gauges. Maybe someday...<p>I don't think I could produce something like this at a low enough cost for folks to purchase. The materials were cheap ($12 shipped for a sheet that could yield at least 5 plates) enough, but I need to find a new way to cut the bevel around the outer-edge. The other issue is that I'm too anal to sell something that isn't perfect, and I'm afraid it just wouldn't be. I'd be more than willing to try to help local folks out with making one.<p>Edit: I'll try to make one this weekend as a labor-of-love, and if it comes out ok I'll figure out what to do with it. Anyone live close to Southern NH?
 

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I hate to resurrect old threads from the dead, but I want to do this. I have an auto-meter ultralite gauge that i want to put here, but I'm wondering, how did you affix the plastic peice in place of the cubby?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Edogg218</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Xeno's puts mine to shame! I don't have near his talent for fabrication, but I wanted to use the empty space in the dash for something more useful (to me). </TD></TR></TABLE><p>the hole is perfect for a pack of cigarettes and a lighter. no space for a boost gauge there.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>YK-GTR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I hate to resurrect old threads from the dead, but I want to do this. I have an auto-meter ultralite gauge that i want to put here, but I'm wondering, how did you affix the plastic peice in place of the cubby?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>With some felt tape around the edge that touches the console, it fits in nice and snug without any 3M-securement.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mpdbrown</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>the hole is perfect for a pack of cigarettes and a lighter. no space for a boost gauge there.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I keep my pipe in the console, so I had enough room.
 
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