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      01-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question Guage placement

Now I have the dash off - it was to see if I can mount a boost gauge

The pods are not available for the Z - even the vent pods and the dash mounts look add-on

Speedhut will make a gauge all custom - dial, bezel, font, light and even a logo 2 1/16"

I will try and show the one I was thinking of.

So if I put it where the black cap is -- same size - same view through steering wheel from my sight line where the full dash picture is.

I never would stare at a boost gauge like you would look at a tach so I would glance once and a while - so
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nice!!! i love your work...... no messing and straight to it!!!
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looks good, can't wait to see the finished thing!
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Nice placement!
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      01-20-2013, 07:08 PM   #5
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Nice placement. But don't you have any hesitations in drilling into that beautiful carbon leather?
You could go with the ashtray placement. Not as ergonomic to look at, but no irreversible damage to the interior
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I get your point - however - - can't see it in the ashtray without a very expensive pod/custom mount to angle it towards the driver and you still have to turn and look down. I will cut the CF in a star shape - peel it back and drill the hole behind it and tuck it in and could replace it. However I don't intend to sell the car in the near future - I just put and additional 7 grand into it for the supercharger so a hole in the carbon fibre fake leather doesn't ruin my day -- as long as when done the install looks like it was done in Spartanburg
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It is fake leather?
Never knew that
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I don't know - I didn't even know it was leather - I will let you know when I cut it @
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Can you get that boost pressure gauge also in 15psi or even 10psi for better scale readability?
I don't think you'll ever go over 10psi
I'm still looking for a nice small -30Hg+15psi gauge, possibly in 40mm (1,5")
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If you prefer to cut into an aluminum trim I can swap mine for your carbon leather

Maybe you can put it in the center vent, that part cost way less than the CF leather trim...

Alt of E46 M3 guys have put their gauges there.
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the trim is vinyl made to look like carbon fiber, stitched to look like leather

anyway, good place for the gauge. I'd do the same, but can't ruin my $800 piano black dash
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Now I have the dash off - it was to see if I can mount a boost gauge

The pods are not available for the Z - even the vent pods and the dash mounts look add-on

Speedhut will make a gauge all custom - dial, bezel, font, light and even a logo 2 1/16"

I will try and show the one I was thinking of.

So if I put it where the black cap is -- same size - same view through steering wheel from my sight line where the full dash picture is.

I never would stare at a boost gauge like you would look at a tach so I would glance once and a while - so
Good spot.
I think a AFR gauge is more important to monitor,you can always get a boost gauge with a memory and install it down low.
What if you put the gauge on the A pillar?
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Here's where mine is:


gauge2 by M detaR, on Flickr

It's attached by a small metal L bracket that is double sided taped to the bottom of the silver gauge bezel.

It displays AFR or boost with max recall (touch screen to switch between the two). I just keep it on AFR and check my max boost every once in a while.
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Here's where mine is:


gauge2 by M detaR, on Flickr

It's attached by a small metal L bracket that is double sided taped to the bottom of the silver gauge bezel.

It displays AFR or boost with max recall (touch screen to switch between the two). I just keep it on AFR and check my max boost every once in a while.
I just got PLX gauges as well but haven't been able to install them yet, what do you think about them?
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Looks pretty good = where did you pick up the A-pillar gauge pod?
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Center Vent placement

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If you prefer to cut into an aluminum trim I can swap mine for your carbon leather

Maybe you can put it in the center vent, that part cost way less than the CF leather trim...

Alt of E46 M3 guys have put their gauges there.
I tried but they do not make the centre vent pod for the M-Coupe ??
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Lower boost pressures

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Can you get that boost pressure gauge also in 15psi or even 10psi for better scale readability?
I don't think you'll ever go over 10psi
I'm still looking for a nice small -30Hg+15psi gauge, possibly in 40mm (1,5")
They do make a boost gauge to 20 max

http://www.speedhut.com/gauge/GR-BOO...si-(w--warning)

And 15 But no vacuum so ?

http://www.speedhut.com/gauge/GR-BOO...si-(w--warning)
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even to 10psi I see:
http://www.speedhut.com/gauge/GR-BOO...8w--warning%29
But too large for me I think (i want it in the ashtray)

I also thought about something like this in the ashtray or maybe a vent:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/200469434194
But that's not as cool as a real dial imho
That plx gauge may be a nice option.

I know these guys do a small 1,5" dial in stainless
http://www.mcdanielcontrols.com/index.htm
but that's all analog, so a boost line to the dial. Maybe nice to fit in the ashtray, like a little jewel

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I just got PLX gauges as well but haven't been able to install them yet, what do you think about them?
They're pretty much crap. I have to disconnect them and reconnect them every time I start the car for the display to work right. All the connections are crap and if they're not in the "right spot", then nothing works (all the headphone style connections have to be twisted around to get them to work).
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I tried but they do not make the centre vent pod for the M-Coupe ??
DIY!!!!

Something like this:


Or make something like this:


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Looks good - not much for fabrication - I have no problem with taking apart and adding on and fitting but don't have the skills or the equipment to "make" anything out of nothing
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Good spot.
I think a AFR gauge is more important to monitor,you can always get a boost gauge with a memory and install it down low.
What if you put the gauge on the A pillar?
sleek pod, where did you get that?
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