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Possible Gauge Pod Idea


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359500 posted 07/15/06 04:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I'm not sure if this idea has ever come up but I ran a search on the different gauge bezel ideas and nothing like this came up. Driving 100 miles a day gives me lots of time to think and I get ideas. So I was looking at my stock gauge bezel and got this idea from the 2g gauge bezels. Here is a crude example of where I think the gauges would be good.



There is plenty of area on the stock gauge bezel to integrate gauges and in the top left and right locations they wouldn't be blocking anything. As for the bottom center, the low gas light would probably be blocked. I dint even think there is much of a need for the lower one since there is already a gauge bezel for the top of the steering column which serves the same purpose. I think with the right gauges, this would be a much cleaner look than the A-pillar mounts and would add to the sleeper aspect. Any ideas or suggestions?

-Tim



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359509 posted 07/15/06 05:45 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I tried to do something like this. I ran into problems mounting the gauges into the pods. I ended up having to cut out a lot of the cluster and was having problems making it look good (I am a perfectionist). So I just ended up stopping it for a while. Here are some pics that I have of the progress that I made. BTW it took about 5 hours of work just to get this far... right now it is in primer, but I think that if I finish it I will have to go back with more filler.









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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359512 posted 07/15/06 05:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
RayH has an HKS boost gauge that he integrated into the instrument cluster itself. It sits flush with the tach and speedo. I believe it is on the top of the cluster directly above where the center one is in your pic. I know you were thinking more along the lines of a gauge "pod" but this is something else to consider.

John



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359521 posted 07/15/06 06:46 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Looks great, nice cougar!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359527 posted 07/15/06 07:15 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The car was only a few years old when I started hacking into the instrument panel. The drawback is mine's not backlit and it only goes up to 20psi. I've been thinking about getting a hooded LED mounted at 90 degrees on a standoff to light it from the front but it's sort of low on the list of priorities right now.


Edited by RayH (07/15/06 07:17 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359549 posted 07/15/06 09:15 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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A little of topic but is that an RX-7 in the background? Ray, that cluster looks nice BTW

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359552 posted 07/15/06 09:32 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Yes, that is my CYM FD in the garage. It's my "project" car. LS1 is in its future.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359701 posted 07/16/06 07:56 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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A little of topic but is that an RX-7 in the background? Ray, that cluster looks nice BTW




Not to be a dick, but isn't it XR7, instead of rx7 ? great pod ideas BTW. I specially like the one with the boost gauge in the middle. It looks like alot of work and can't really apreciate it right now, good luck with it though.






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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359702 posted 07/16/06 07:59 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Not the Cougar right in front of the GVR4, the Mazda in the garage.

John



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359709 posted 07/16/06 08:17 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
INSERT DUMB ASS PICTURE HERE
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 359740 posted 07/16/06 10:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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Not the Cougar right in front of the GVR4, the Mazda in the garage.

John




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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 619854 posted 03/10/08 09:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Well I know it has been awhile but I figured I'd bump my own thread rather than starting a new one. I followed a similar method as the one above but I used 2" diameter PVC instead of cans and a dremel. In total it has cost me around $25 including the bondo, paint, sand paper, and a second bezel from the junkyard. Overall I'm happy with how it has come out. I'll have some pics up when its mounted in the car with gauges.

Pics:






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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 619857 posted 03/10/08 09:53 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That came out looking realy good Definetly want to see how it looks installed.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 619900 posted 03/10/08 11:16 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
+1, the pics of it installed aren't loading



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 620135 posted 03/11/08 12:24 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That looks very nice. A lot better than the one that I made, good work! Did you end up cutting the bezel completely apart or did you cut the pvc to fit the bezel?



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Edited by spartan (03/11/08 12:25 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 620203 posted 03/11/08 01:29 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
All we need now are pics of your setup installed and "lit" up at night with pics of the gauges you used...good job y'all!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 620268 posted 03/11/08 02:19 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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That looks very nice. A lot better than the one that I made, good work! Did you end up cutting the bezel completely apart or did you cut the pvc to fit the bezel?




I traced a rough outline of the PVC onto the bezel and just started dremeling until it fit in the area I wanted it. I chose this route since any gaps would be filled in with Bondo anyway. I'll probably try to wire it up today. I want to get a few more coats of paint on before I install it but I'll try to get some pics of it in the car while it is dry.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 620401 posted 03/11/08 05:03 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      

Wow thats really nice! The rough pic with the bondo and shit is really deceiving. I was not expecting to scroll down and see a beautiful finished piece.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 620702 posted 03/12/08 01:46 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Nice work... very creative. I am doing something similar. I bought a single pillar pod and dual pillar pod. i am molding them together and molding that to the stock pillar to make it a full tripple pillar. Should take a few days and some decent time to get it all smooth. I like your idea and may have to steal it. I like how the 2 pods are up in the corners... not so much the one in the middle. I may give it a try. What did you use for material as far as the gauge cups? 2" PVC pipe bored out to 2 1/16" ???



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 627494 posted 03/27/08 12:10 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Finally got some gauges in there. Won't be my final setup but I just wanted to get some in so I could see what it looks like.






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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 627504 posted 03/27/08 12:28 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That turned out great. Nice work.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 627507 posted 03/27/08 12:33 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
could you do the but angle it towards the driver more.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 627514 posted 03/27/08 12:57 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
When your steering wheel is in the up most right position it blocks the gauges doesn't it?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 627534 posted 03/27/08 02:07 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I'm 6'4" and I tend to sit completely upright so I dont really have any problem seeing any of the gauges. The angle on them isn't ideal but it gets the job done. I haven't actually driven the car yet, as it is down for a complete overhall, so I'll have to wait and see whether or not visability becomes an issue.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 627553 posted 03/27/08 04:35 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Lol, never seen separate Vacuum and Boost gauges set up like that; must be kinda funny to watch it switch over from one to the other. Very nice install though.

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