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Old 05-26-2010, 05:18 PM   #21
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im doing something similar too. not sure when im actually going to get to it though
I dont know when you will either but post up pics, I may want to buy it when you part out your car again.
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Someone needs to make something!
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I will.

I'm thiking brush alum now. and fuel gauge can go in the glove box to keep it cleaner
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Am I the only one that thinks I could have a mocked up piece within an hour or two? Cardboard, HD aluminum, steel, anything. Especially if I had a few gauges lying around already. Stock tach would be perfect, although I don't know how easily it would separate from the gauge cluster.

When I had an idea to take all the electronics on my bike from the side to under the seat, I had a crappy looking one mocked up in a hour or two. Let's see it boyz.
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What about something like this?


Using VEI dual readout gauges?
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What about something like this?


Using VEI dual readout gauges?


Nice, but I really like the center tach idea.
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The easy part is fabbing the gauge panel - two hours with a set of calipers, CAD and a couple test prints and your there on the cheap - have it laser or water jet cut for 20-30 bucks out of aluminum or ABS. You could even buy some pre-ano'd black aluminum off McMaster for extra bling.


The hard part IMO is mucking with your harness now that you've rendered a large portion of it unnecessary.


I really like Stack set up because it would allow one to consolidate all their gauges into the cluster. I've never cared for gauges on the center console. Hell, I'd even squeeze a wideband in the cluster if I had room though I'd put a switch inline so it didn't become a distraction in day to day driving.

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I'm thinkin I may just have the wideband ran to the MS and no gauge. Don't really need it unless I'm logging.

The main problem here is I can't use CAD. So it would be a "measure 100 times, hole saw once" kinda thing.
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Just FYI:
$25 ABS plastic at advanced autosports:

buy here

$50 Aluminum at Iron Canyon Motorsports:

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I'm thinkin I may just have the wideband ran to the MS and no gauge. Don't really need it unless I'm logging.

The main problem here is I can't use CAD. So it would be a "measure 100 times, hole saw once" kinda thing.
Just out of curiosity, why would you choose to not have a wideband gauge over anything else? That is one that I really cant live without, its helped me a lot.
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I'm thinkin I may just have the wideband ran to the MS and no gauge. Don't really need it unless I'm logging.

The main problem here is I can't use CAD. So it would be a "measure 100 times, hole saw once" kinda thing.
After seeing how cheap some of those cluster blanks are it's really not worth it anyhow - especially if a hole saw can do the trick.

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I dont know when you will either but post up pics, I may want to buy it when you part out your car again.
again, im not parting it out - im going to sell the car as a whole
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FYI, there's room for 5 2-1/16" gauges across the inside of the gauge cluster, so you won't be able to arrange them like your original photo. You'll want to look into SPA Designs gauges to combine a couple of the gauge, use a smaller tach, and even then you may need to switch to a low oil pressure light and relocate the fuel gauge to the glovebox.
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That's not a bad idea. I like the low oil press light. A light is more likely to grab your attention than reading a sweeping gauge.

If I get rid of oil pressure and fuel gauge I think I may be able to fit the rest a long with some LED's for warning lights and "high beam" "e-brake" etc.
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Try to find some info on "www.miatagauges.com" clusters. The site seems to be down (maybe they're no longer in business..) but I was looking at them at one point and they were very close to what you're describing, looked pretty nice too.
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Just out of curiosity, why would you choose to not have a wideband gauge over anything else? That is one that I really cant live without, its helped me a lot.

Me too.

The only guages I bother with are WB02 and boost, with boost plumbed off the vac signal to the FPR. I will have some sort of knock wanring light as well, and thats about it beyond what the factory gave me.


Edit: Heh heh. I was just remembering how I mounted my PLX WB02 gauge in my Laser. I got a vato-zone hose clamp and tightened it around the gauge. I used an oversized one, so I had a awesome strip of metal protruding out. I then cut a small inscision into the gauge cluster bezel, and slipped that strip in there. I worked ******* awesome, plus I could pull it in 5 seconds and hide the gauge. Which is good when you have wierd squirely white guys/gang bangers/illegals/sociopathic frat people all in the same area. The pics were on my hard drive which ate itself.

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Widebands are useless from day to day and only good for logging or if you're actually watching it. When was the last time you were going full tilt around a track and literally WATCHING your WB02? Last time I checked I don't even look at boost because I'm too busy driving.

IMO if you have a compitent tuner tune your car there should be no reason to have a wideband. OEM turbocharged cars dont have them so why should I?
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When was the last time you were going full tilt around a track and literally WATCHING your WB02?
2 weeks ago? I spend a lot of time looking at my wideband on track. It's saved my motor at least once, when the fuel pump slipped off the hangar and fuel pressure was limited to 50psi (14:1 in boost, felt normal).
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Ok I don't think anyone said they'd be staring at the WB around the track. It's saved me once or twice. Fortunately one time was a wastegate that fell off so it was running 14.7 exactly as I wasn't making any boost (stock ecu with bandaids), but another time was a dying fuel pump. Tuners can't tune that out.
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