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Me too! I've seen some similar, very nice looking posts regarding using the cubby for a boost gauge. Here's mine which is only slightly different, in that it is for a 2007. The cubby is different and requires one to pull out the entire center stack. Here are some pics. <p>I started by making a plate as I couldn't find a double din piece for the 2007. John at Boston Volvo said the color would be very different from an '04. <p><IMG SRC="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp246/JohnR352photo/DSCN1189.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>I bought a cubby for $10 and then cut the top off - for two reasons. I wanted a template for the cover plate and I wanted the underlying cubby "box" to hold the gauge and my remote for the Bell radar detector. I used a piece of lexan the same thickness as the cubby surround and used a jig saw to cut the shape and a grinder and dremel to clean it up. I then used a hole saw (2") for the gauge and the jig saw for the radar remote. <p><IMG SRC="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp246/JohnR352photo/DSCN1191.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>I cut the box to fit the IPD boost gauge as it is too big (but just) to fit in the cubby itself.<p><IMG SRC="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp246/JohnR352photo/DSCN1194.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>A very close fit, as this is the gauge attached to the cover plate. There is about 2-3 mm of clearance on each side ( I broke my first try)<p><IMG SRC="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp246/JohnR352photo/DSCN1190.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Another shot of the cubby box. I used epoxy to attach two plastic white blocks to serve as mounting points for the radar remote. I found that Legos were just the right size..<p><IMG SRC="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp246/JohnR352photo/DSCN1192.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>A shot of the new cover plate, painted and the gauge attached. I couldn't use the ring IPD provided, as it made it too big, but the hole is perfectly sized and so it is tight and I used GM tape to hold it in place.<p><IMG SRC="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp246/JohnR352photo/DSCN1193.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Another shot and you can see the hole for the radar remote. <p><IMG SRC="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp246/JohnR352photo/DSCN1195.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>The plate and gauge in the cut out cubby. Not too pretty.<p><IMG SRC="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp246/JohnR352photo/DSCN1197.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Here's another angle, and it shows just how tight the fit will be once installed. <p><br>
 

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Excellent how too!! Looking forward to doing something similar except I had thoughts on wrapping the plate with black pleather material that matches the dash/steering wheel.
 

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Wrapping it would be nice. There is almost no room though from the edge of the gauge to the edge of the plastic. Meaning that the hole to fit the gauge is dead centered on the plate and there is less then about an 1/8th of an inch on either side. Maybe if the material were very thin. I am going to take my other cubby to a paint shop and have them match the color. If I can work it out close enough I'll let you know and you could have that option too.
 
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