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Old 11-27-2007, 10:38 AM   #41
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More often then not they break when pulled out, Just a FYI.
Mines been pulled once before when I had my alarm installed. I just dont want to risk pulling it because I dont know where the clips on it are. Besides, im not gonna do the mickey mouse ears.
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Old 11-27-2007, 10:56 AM   #42
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who has the lowest price on a 3 pod a-pillar mount?
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Old 11-27-2007, 11:03 AM   #43
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I'm all for A-pillars. There are already state inspection and registration stickers blocking that view so throwing gauges right there can't hurt anymore.
Hmm. This is a good point, if you can get the gauge pod far enough down.
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Old 11-27-2007, 11:05 AM   #44
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Nothing says rice, or pull me over more then a-pillar gauges.
what about a 7" tach, crowned with shift light mounted on the dash?

I've used Apillar gauge pods in race cars because they're easy to view and don't block line of sight. I've got a single boost gauge there in my street car. The other gauges sit in the center console DDM piece powder coated a textured (crinkle) black.
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:44 PM   #45
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I've had mine above my stereo for years now, and I love them there. It's pretty damned stealth, looks nearly factory. I have an NB which makes this much more attractive, they are near the top of the dash. It's a piece similar to what goodwin sells, but I think I paid 20 for it. I'm in the process of taking my old tape-deck face and making a magnetically mounted cover for the guages, so cops and would be theives only see the tape-deck and main deck swapped vertically, not guages proclaiming heavy mods.
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http://abefm.smugmug.com/gallery/1158944#54094640

This also leaves lots of room for cables, lines, etc. Also, I did a slick remounting of the link AFR guage into the steering collumn:
http://abefm.smugmug.com/gallery/1158718#54082978

Not great unless you know what each light means. Though I have seen reflections of the lights on the dash, I imagine a carefully constructed digital read out would show, if bright enough, between the tach and the speedo at night.
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http://www.miata.net/garage/cdrl/e11-plug.jpg

I had this great idea today. I didnt want to tap wires that are floating around, and I didnt want to drag more wires from the engine back then I had too. So I had this great idea.

Can I use the DRL plug next to the steering column for my gauges 12 volt and ground?
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I've had mine above my stereo for years now, and I love them there. It's pretty damned stealth, looks nearly factory. I have an NB which makes this much more attractive, they are near the top of the dash. It's a piece similar to what goodwin sells, but I think I paid 20 for it. I'm in the process of taking my old tape-deck face and making a magnetically mounted cover for the guages, so cops and would be theives only see the tape-deck and main deck swapped vertically, not guages proclaiming heavy mods.
Pic Gallery:
http://abefm.smugmug.com/gallery/1158944#54094640

This also leaves lots of room for cables, lines, etc. Also, I did a slick remounting of the link AFR guage into the steering collumn:
http://abefm.smugmug.com/gallery/1158718#54082978

Not great unless you know what each light means. Though I have seen reflections of the lights on the dash, I imagine a carefully constructed digital read out would show, if bright enough, between the tach and the speedo at night.
Nice. I like that a lot. What brand guages are those, how much, etc? That's what I want to do for guages one day, but it looks expensive.
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Just kind of a offbeat question here is it a big problem to take the tach & the speedo so I can place the tach in the middle & the speedo to the left?
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Nice. I like that a lot. What brand guages are those, how much, etc? That's what I want to do for guages one day, but it looks expensive.
Westach, they used to make all of FM's guages. They are really cheap, those duals cost less than 1 autometer. The EGT is a SLOW guage. The boost guage I absolutley love. The oil pressure is fine, except it shorts out a lot - but I think that's because I used left over ethernet cable for my signal. For a while, I thought it was the pressure sender, and having convinced them, they sent me another, free of charge.

The little light condoms are a pain in the ***, but still, overall I love the whole set up. It saves a lot of space and even passes for a conversation starter. I'd recommend them fairly highly - only their website is a PITA as well.

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Just kind of a offbeat question here is it a big problem to take the tach & the speedo so I can place the tach in the middle & the speedo to the left?
I always wanted to pull the fake factory oil pressure guage, and make a little slit thing with fix of six OH **** lights. It looked kinda hard to get out..... I have moded the water temp guage and I'm really happy with it, so I can say setting up nice guages will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
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I called on westach gauges at one time. They're a good solution to save space. The only thing that is expensive is the oil pressure sending unit. None of us need a different OPG anyway, the stock one when modded works great.
I modded my coolant gauge but messed it up some how. Need to redo that.
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I called on westach gauges at one time. They're a good solution to save space. The only thing that is expensive is the oil pressure sending unit. None of us need a different OPG anyway, the stock one when modded works great.
I modded my coolant gauge but messed it up some how. Need to redo that.
I never put my pics up of my guage mod - but I ended up using pots instead of resistors, one essentially did slope, one essentially did intercept, though there was a bit of mucking with it to get it to not cross talk.

Then I set it so my thermo temp was at the edge of the little wavy symbol, the thermo mark in the middle was my fan temp, getting "warm" was the far side of the wavy lines, and the two marks on the end of the swing were "back the hell off", and "shut it off and probably call the machinist", respectively.

If you're bored, check this out, it's my patented ring-only leakdown tester adapter.
http://abefm.smugmug.com/photos/126429980-L.jpg
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Do you happen to have those pictures of your gauge mod? I've gone over mine three times since i did the mod. At this point, when i turn the car on, the gauge goes to the middle and stays, never moves a mm.
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If I knew when I did it, it would be easy. Trouble is, I've got... 25,000 pictures or so to sort through. :-)

I'll dig, but all it'll do is keep me up late.
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Wow, a little detective work, and I found it.

http://abefm.smugmug.com/gallery/3923107#227732516

There's really precious little information there about values, but you can certainly get a feel for what goes where, which way to face the diodes, etc etc.

Google miata temp sensor and wally or wallyman and you should get reasonable values. I liked that better than pulling the temp sensor and boiling it - plus it's hard to get temps over 215 on the stove, and really, who cares below there?
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boost, oil temp, afr go in the ddm panel, and egt on the steering column.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:01 AM   #56
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Got a Zoom eng console thing on mine.






The PLX-R500 (under the Stereo) has 6 inputs, i'm using
Speed
RPM (Both for datalogging)
AFR (Wideband)
Boost
EGT
G-Sensors x 2 (X&Y Axis)

On the Zoom console thing i've got
Engine oil Temp
Engine oil pressure (soon to be swapped for tranny oil temp)
Aquamist DDS3 Flow gauge.

On the steering column i've got me TurboXS KnockLite mounted.

That's pretty much everything i recon i need as far as gauges go.
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Where did you get the new center console, I would seriously consider that. Do they make one for 94 - 97?
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less intrusive than it looks, as my head's higher than the camera in this shot
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less intrusive than it looks, as my head's higher than the camera in this shot
Looks good but takes up a bit to much room with the pod. I am anticipating that with gauge cups it will look a little better.
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