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Old 03-10-2005, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Replaced my stock clock with a thermometer

Hey,
It's bugged me ever since I've owned the car that it didn't have an external thermometer - I always like knowing how warm (er, cold in Michigan) it is out. So I went out to RadioShack and bought a car thermometer which has three functions - inside/outside temperatures, volt meter and clock, and you can have them in any combination you want, since there's two seperate displays. Has lots of neat little functions like an alarm when it's below freezing. $20.



When I got to thinking about where to put it, I came up with an idea - since my aftermarket stereo has a clock on it, and the stock clock looks like it belongs in a bathroom in 1986, I should put it where the stock clock is. When I saw that it lit up green I thought it was an even better idea. And once I found out that when plugged into a cigarette lighter it lit up green all the time, I was convinced.
So I bought a used clock pod, armed myself with a Dremel, and made it from this:



Into this:





Finished result:





And a dark picture:



It's wired to the stock clock harness and comes on with the ignition, just like the stock clock. The green backlight is on all the time, isn't too bright, and matches the stock gauges very well. I ran the sensor through the firewall plug and mounted it in the bumper:



Unfortunately it does pick up a little bit of engine heat when the car is running and standing still, but as soon as you get moving it seems extremely accurate.
As for mounting, there are a great many ways I'm sure it could be done. I originally used duct tape, which works for a while but eventually loses its strength due to the heat of the dash and the heater itself.
After realizing this, I switched over to this:



I bought it at Napa auto parts. Easy and fast to use, and extremely strong. Has worked great for me, and I'd imagine similar adhesives would work just as well.
Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and now I have a clock for my bathroom
Just thought I'd share.

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Old 03-10-2005, 06:08 PM   #2
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Very well done!
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:15 PM   #3
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Wow thats a cool ideal. My last car had an outside temp gauge on it. I really missed it.
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:11 PM   #4
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damn thats hot!
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:26 PM   #5
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nice job. Looks good!
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:33 PM   #6
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Nicely done!

[hijack]I have a version 7 gauge cluster with the ability to read outside temperature... how do I get it to work?[/hijack]
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:45 PM   #7
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Quote:
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[hijack]I have a version 7 gauge cluster with the ability to read outside temperature... how do I get it to work?[/hijack]
Have a look HERE
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Old 03-10-2005, 07:40 PM   #8
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Have a look HERE
looks great, i'll definitely have to check that out.
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:08 PM   #9
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Very nice!

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Old 03-10-2005, 10:47 PM   #10
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i love it, gonna do it too if that's alright
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:54 PM   #11
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Good job on the install. Here's mine (not as fancy but it works great for me ):





Sensor underneath the driver's side mirror:



This unit can be puchased here:

http://www.ekitchengadgets.com/diincarthwii.html

http://store.yahoo.com/graveyard/diincarth.html <--- cheaper here

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Old 03-11-2005, 10:39 AM   #12
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I don't suppose you have a part number for this piece?

Thanks
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:28 AM   #13
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I don't suppose you have a part number for this piece?

Thanks
Yeah, a RadioShack part number would be VERY helpful. tia!

Edited... found the part...

http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...t%5Fid=63-1039
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:35 AM   #14
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that's awesome!! i'm doing this too!!!!
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:54 AM   #15
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very clean install......best $10 mod evar!!!
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:51 PM   #16
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DUDE that's nice. Can you post more detailed instructions
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:34 PM   #17
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Im going to have to do this too, VERY nice find to the original thread starter. I never would have thought of this unless i had actually been looking to do it and knew radio shack would have what i needed.

All I need is a little more info on where and how you routed the exterior temp sensor if you dont mind, maybe a few pics of a little better description. Thats the only part i forsee as a problem for me. Ive never been very good with "firewall" inclusive projects. (edit: figure it out, but had to jack teh car up to work underneath)

Thanks.

Oh and to anyone else that wants to do this, i suggest you hit your local radio shack soon, they only had 2 left at the store i went to, paid 9.99 but the sign there said 14.99 still, so im assuming its been discontinued for a new model or something to come in the near future. Unless im wrong and its just not a very popular item yet since nasioc hasnt found out about it until now.


EDIT: Just completed this mod, took just under 3 hours with taking my time dremeling the trim since i dont have an extra one. Heres some pics of the final product in my SRR 04 WRX Sedan. Enjoy!












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Old 03-12-2005, 07:09 PM   #18
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Cool

I just finished mine also, took me five hours because my dremel is a ****ing toy. I had the most trouble getting the thermometer to hold to the clock pod, I stays in place with the help of flexible plastic and much super glue. Also getting the thermo couple through the firewall was a major bitch. The funniest thing is that it's getting dark and snowing pretty hard and there I am an idiot lying on ground trying to get the thermo couple through. Jackie thanks for the great idea.
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:15 PM   #19
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Im gonna sticky this for awhile, I like it when members contribute cool ideas like these.
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:43 PM   #20
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Going to Radio Shack in the morning. Damn, don't think theyr'e open on Sunday.
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Old 03-12-2005, 10:04 PM   #21
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Nice. I'm adding that to my to-do list...
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:44 PM   #22
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do you have quick write up on the wiring to the clock harness? Thanks..Sweet Mod. I bought this temperature gauge before but I returned because I couldnt find a place to mount it. Great Idea!
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Old 03-13-2005, 10:00 AM   #23
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Ill chime in for the wiring part.

there are 4 wires on the plug to the clock, on teh back of the stock clock thing, you will see what each of the 4 wires is. Use this as reference when looking at the 4 wires on the harness.

in this order:

1) Battery
2) Ground
3) Lighter
4) Accessory

If you want to hardwire this to light up when you turn the key on, then cut the lighter plug off the end of the dc wire, trim back some insulation from the 2 wires, and split them about 1/2 inch or so into rabbit ears.

There is one wire with a blatantly obvious white stripe, this is your "hot" wire. You ned to mash this one into the receptacle on the plug for #4 Accessory.

The other wire may or may not have a thin grey stripe, this is your ground. You need to mash this one into the receptacle on the plug for #2 Ground.

Feel free to tape it up so the wires dont come loose, but i wouldnt worry about soldering or wiretapping for this project, the insulation was thick enough to hold snug in the plug on my install, should be for yours too.

Test if it works, turn your key to accessory or on, and if wored right, youll see the bright green light pop up.

Oh and dont forget to install a pair of AAA batteries so your clock doesnt reset each time you turn your car off.....


Also: as far as mounting it, i used industrial grade double sided tape (the kind that has a clear red backer and comes on a roll like masking tape) rand a thin doubled up line of it around the opening and stuck the clock straight to that, then for added measure ran some extra tape around the clock vertically to hold it tight (anyone doing this should understand this comment)


WOO HOO for the sticky, this ones definitely a keeper.
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Old 03-14-2005, 11:06 PM   #24
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Very nice and professional work Jackie. I've been looking for a replacement clock since I am installing gauges and an OEM gauge pod to the factory clock housing. Not sure where I'll install this exactly and when, but it may go in the silver area next to the cup holder. Do you guys think it'll fit there? Thanks,
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:25 AM   #25
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Hey,
Thanks for the kind words everyone.
Great work G3! Looks cleaner than mine

Oh, and I have to ask, why are some of you on the ground, LOL? It only took me ~ 5-10 minutes to get the sensor from the thermometer to the grille - all standing on my feet.
My method for guiding the wires was one I learned from doing something similar in my Z - all you need is some tape and something long, skinny and hard (har har - but seriously). Just tape the sensor to whatever you're using and stick it from near the clock pod to under the steering wheel, grab it, untape the sensor and remove the stick. Do the same to get it through the firewall. I simply left the sensor taped to the long stick I used after getting it through the firewall and angled it upwards, leaving it only a few inches into the engine bay. Then I simply snaked my hand in behind the intercooler and grabbed it, pulled it through and untaped it. Very easy.
Here's where I mounted my sensor:



Wiring through the firewall plug (the blue wire is from my amp):



To attatch it to the clock pod, I simply used good old fashioned duct tape. As ghetto as it sounds, it works well because its removable, strong and adjustable. I was originally planning on fabricating a bracket, but after test fitting it with duct tape, I just decided to leave it.
I must admit, I stole the idea from, well, myself I mounted a turbo timer in the stock clock location of my Z:



I'd imagine this turbo timer (HKS) would fit similarly in the clock pod of a WRX (among others), though it lights up blue instead of green.
Anywho, thanks much for the sticky
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