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Old 02-28-2002, 03:00 AM   #1
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Thumbs up VDO 52mm Boost Gauge

Great product, especially at the price. Easy to install, accurate readings, and the right color backlighting. I've been very happy with its performance while using it.

There are two phases to this install:

- engine compartment
- cab

The install has been covered fairly thoroughly in numerous threads, so I'll just include some hints/tips/ideas/cautions to smooth out the bumps in the standard install instructions.

- take your time; things can break, get scratched, and ruined if you rush even this simple install

- the clear plastic tubing that comes with the VDO kit prefers warm temperatures, so try to accomodate it while installing; you'll reduce the possibility of seriously kinkin and/or breaking the tubing

- the engine should be warm at the most when you work around it; it's not fun and even potentially dangerous to wok on a hot engine

- run the tubing along OEM tubing, tucking it into the already supplied clips; this will keep the install neat, more OEM looking, and reduce the number of zip-ties that you'll use and have to vut off if you have to remove the tubing for whatever reason

NOTE: pics will be attached as soon as that option becomes available again
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Old 02-28-2002, 02:04 PM   #2
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thanks, cant wait for pics to be uploaded
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Old 03-03-2002, 03:01 AM   #3
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I second this. The VDO is a great deal, I got the gauge, pod and the rest of the stuff needed for the install for less than $60.

I decided to put the gauge on the a-pillar and it turned out great IMHO.





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Old 03-05-2002, 01:14 AM   #4
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Nice pics uwrx

OK, now for my install pics.

First is the location of the T where the gauge gets its pressure. This is the spot for the OEM gauge T fitting.
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:15 AM   #5
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This is where I routed the vacuum piping through. Once again, the OEM instructions also use this plug.
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:17 AM   #6
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Now for the lower column cover - 1 screw is all it takes.
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:19 AM   #7
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To remove the lower cover after the screw is removed, it works best to lower the steering wheel height adjustment, then raise the column, and then carefully lower the loose cover over the adjusting handle
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:24 AM   #8
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Before you tackle removing the top column cover, you really should remove the gauge bezel. This will give you more room to work on the top cover and keep the bezel from getting scratched up. First, lower the steerig column (after removing the bottom cover). Second, remove two screws that hold the bezel in place. Third, pulling gently on the bottom/sides of the bezel, pop it out of the dash. Fourth, lift out the bezel by pulling it towards the steering wheel while tilting the bezel over the steering wheel to that you have plenty of room; you should be able to do this without the bezel even touching the wheel.
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:25 AM   #9
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The top cover is held in by two somewhat hidden screws
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:26 AM   #10
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...and here is #2
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:32 AM   #11
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...and now for the tricky part of the top column cover removal. I recommend doing this very carefully, in warm ambient temperatures (plastic is more flexible when warm). First, lower the steering column. Second, lift the cover up and towards the wheel. Third, CAREFULLY bend one of the little "legs" of the cover (one at a time) so that it doesn't hang up on the column. Take your time - you don't want to snap one of these off and then play around trying to glue it all back together.
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:35 AM   #12
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When mounting the cup I found that I needed to drill a hole in the tab that attaches the cup to the mounting surface to run the tubing and wiring through. I found it cosmetically ideal to drill only one hole in the back of the top cover to attach the cup to; I also had to hammer flat and paint the L-shaped tab that cam with the cup.
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Old 03-05-2002, 01:39 AM   #13
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...and another shot, this time a composite.

BTW, if these posts are full of spelling mistakes it's because it's late, I've had a very long day, and I can barely see the screen at this point
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Old 03-05-2002, 03:39 PM   #14
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Good idea mounting to the back of the steering column cover. I mounted mine to the top of the column and get a bit of vibration, so I'll consider your method.
Might want to post in scoobymods.com.

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Old 03-05-2002, 05:07 PM   #15
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Thanks gdog

I did get some minor vibration at times, but nothing significant.

Hmm, I just might start doing the scoobymods thing...
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Old 05-18-2002, 12:17 AM   #16
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how well do you like this gauge, do you feel it is "cheap" like the price might imply (not all good things are expensive though, i got a sawbelt harness for about 130 shiped from racer holesale, and it feels good and secure(hukd on fonix woked fo mie ). .

also, thanks for the pictures and instructions!
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Old 05-20-2002, 04:44 PM   #17
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The gauge was great and served its purpose very well. I needed the peak-hold and warning functions, so I had to get something else, but if it wasn't for those two things, I would have kept the VDO.

VDO supplies many OEM gauges, including (I think) Porsche, VW, Audi, etc.
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Old 05-23-2002, 07:18 AM   #18
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does the gauge ever rattle in that position? i'd like to try this, but i'm worried about how close the gauge cup is to the steering column cover. when i had my gauge mounted on top of the steering column cover, it vibrated like crazy. but it didn't rattle because it was far away from touching anything.
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Old 05-31-2002, 02:27 PM   #19
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I picked up some Duplicolor "Silver Sand" spray paint at the local Kragen's.... a pretty darn close match IMO. I painted just the rim...the body is still black. It's mounted directly to the column by two holes I drilled in the cup.



Under the hood install....not the prettiest....

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Nice install. You get any vibrations or anything? Also, what's the part number for the boost gauge, hose kit, and mounting cup? Thanks.
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Old 06-09-2002, 01:17 PM   #21
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At summit racing.com...

VDO-150851D
VDO-150121
VDO-240016

...for the gauge, cup, and tubing kit. It came out to about $60 with S&H. The tubing kit doesn't come with anything to make the "T". I got the brass one in the picture at Kragen and the fittings to go from the rubber to the nylon tubing at Orchard (OSH). You'll also need some wire and connectors for the electrical. The gauge has two flat metal tabs sticking out the back (spade connectors?) and the connector behind the radio has the female equivilant.... about 1/4" I would guess.

I didn't get any vibrations at first, but now I'm getting a little. I didn't tighten things up too much for worry of cracking something. I'll probably end up taking it off and putting a sliver of electrical tape between the column and the cup as padding and then put some locktite on the screws to keep it snug.

All-in-all, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm new to turbo charged cars, so I don't have a feel for how accurate it is.

Hope this helps,
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What type of mounting cup is that?
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VDO cup & custom base. Richard
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Would you recommend using the nylon tubing or getting some vaccuum tubing like most people are doing for the autometer gauge? Also, SuperRuWRX how exactly did you make that little base. Thanks.

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