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Old 03-31-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default MonkeyBone Racing & Solid Modification Vent Gauge Pod

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***I apologize in advance if I started a thread in the wrong section, please relocate if necessary***

I just wanted to share some products I recently installed. The reason for this post; I have had the pleasure of running a few set ups and this recent set up has managed to suppress my OCD tendencies. I know there are many people out there who share the same curse, so before you start dropping money read this and maybe it help will answer any lingering questions you may have. Also I should mentioned I do not endorse any of these companies; I just wanted to share my experiences with other members, saving time and money is the goal.


1st set up: SMY cluster

-This product is fantastically made. The quality is amazing, the material matches OEM 100%. The fitment is also spot on with not visible issues. IMO, this gauge cluster is on the higher end of pricing, but you get what you pay for which is a top notch product. I ran this set up for a month until I decided it just wasn't for me. It is hard to explain but the interior felt cluttered and I also felt it did not flow well.

2nd set up:

Solid Modification vent gauge pod-

The guys over at SM really outdid themselves with this product. The fitment is amazing and quality is also on the same level. For being a aftermarket product it matches very well with the rest of the interior. Install is straight forward and takes less than 15 min.

MonkeyBone Racing vent gauge pod-

This vent gauge pod has been on my radar for a long time and I just never pulled the trigger. There are not many reviews of this product online which is what enforced my hesitation. After selling my SMY cluster I decided to buy the MB Racing product. The quality of this product is top notch. Surprisingly the color matched the OEM interior 100% and fitment was spot on. The color is a matte wrinkle black which blends well with the interior. Let me just say this this is not just some flimsy plastic piece, it's extremely durable and light. There are vent holes that are actually functional; while the air flow is not comparable to the stock piece, it was a welcomed sacrifice I was willing to embrace.

http://monkeyboneracing.com/product/vent-pods/


-Bellow are some horrible quality cell phone pictures (I will update with better quality photos at a later time).

-The gauges I decided to go with where Prosport EVO gauges. People have different opinions regarding these gauges, but personally they suit my needs. I could not justify spending 600-1k on gauges. Surprisingly the quality and functionality of these gauges are impressive. Maybe some time in the future I will install some other gauges.









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Old 04-02-2014, 01:14 PM   #2
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Wow nice I have been wondering it something like this existed. Now I know! Looks great.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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I was also looking into the MB Racing vent pod.

How was the install of it?
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:35 PM   #4
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I'm a dealer for the MBR Products and have helped him in a few things, the man is great, he knows what was needed in the gauge mounting solution industry and developed this great piece (the triple clock pod that's on his car fits and looks better than any on the market), at a great price and the install is awesome!

Looking good guys! Just wait and see what's in store for this year!

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Old 04-03-2014, 12:25 AM   #5
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I was also looking into the MB Racing vent pod.

How was the install of it?

It was the easiest install for my car to date....it so simple there is no need for explanation. When you get the piece you "will" know how to install it!

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It was the easiest install for my car to date....it so simple there is no need for explanation. When you get the piece you "will" know how to install it!
Got ya. ok cool thanks!

I just installed the Vent pod also and love the fit.

Gauges look good!
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Got ya. ok cool thanks!

I just installed the Vent pod also and love the fit.

Gauges look good!
thanks!! they look even better at night!!!
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The ones on the center vent look pimp, how is the air flow threw them? Is it straight out? Or pointed at driver/passenger?
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The ones on the center vent look pimp, how is the air flow threw them? Is it straight out? Or pointed at driver/passenger?
the air flow is straight. Honestly the airflow is sufecient enough.
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^ I was proposed the same question, told him to sit in the Monekybone STI while it was here for some maint. to the air ride and lubes. We did an A/C service a couple weeks before and changed out the compressor seal (since it leaked) so the air coming was rather frigged...he said a simple "I'll take one" and went about his day haha.

We just did an install on another one along with an SMY one. Kept the warning gauges at the bottom (SUPER bright LED in them, he sort of made them I guess?) and it turned out to be a very cool setup...then the guy added a vent pod (to the left) and it was over with, to many gauges.

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