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Old 05-05-2008, 08:36 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

We just finished developing this integrated vent gauge kit for the 01-04 and 05-07 Subarus.

Here's a picture of it in a 01-04 Subaru that we installed it on a couple of months ago.







I also recently just did this install on a 06 WRX (His SN on here is Spooky).

I am used to working on European cars, mainly BMWs, and I found that it was extremely easy to work on a Subaru, for what I was doing with it. I had to take the center consol apart and run/tap the power/vacuum lines, to run to the gauge. I think if I had to do it again, it'd probably take me 15-30 minutes tops to do the install.

Either way, I am very curious to see what you guys think of our new gauge set up. We tried to come up with something that a lot of people would be interested in and that would flow with the stock interior the best.

Let me know what you guys think.

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Old 05-05-2008, 11:48 PM   #2
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Hey Don... I've been busy lately.. I'll try and get some pics of mine and a awesome review for you buddy..

I have an 07 , not an 06... hehe...but same ole car.. haha
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:11 AM   #3
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i would try to put something together that goes into the round vent to the left of the steering wheel
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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i would try to put something together that goes into the round vent to the left of the steering wheel

I always thought that this mounting location would be best. Especially if you run other gauges around that area, you can just glance over there and see everything at once.

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Old 05-06-2008, 10:48 PM   #5
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i would try to put something together that goes into the round vent to the left of the steering wheel
ya but thats been done already...and most gauges that have been fitted into that vent cover the hole vent anyhow...not allowing any air to vent thru if you have your AC on.. hahaha





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Old 05-07-2008, 12:56 AM   #6
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if the gauge is shallow enough i'm sure some air will get through... besides you ahve the other one right next to it. it think it's a good design... better than the left vent by leaps and bounds.
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:19 AM   #7
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if the gauge is shallow enough i'm sure some air will get through... besides you ahve the other one right next to it. it think it's a good design... better than the left vent by leaps and bounds.
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:01 AM   #8
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my buddy had this on his audi, i thought it was kinda neat lol
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:38 PM   #9
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if the gauge is shallow enough i'm sure some air will get through... besides you ahve the other one right next to it. it think it's a good design... better than the left vent by leaps and bounds.
Yea, air gets through just fine, almost as if the gauge isn't even there. There is the same amount of air flowing out of the vents with the gauge in there, just as it was before without it.

BTW, thanks for the pictures Chris! Even though I thought your name was Curtis at first, since that's what your shirt said.
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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Price, availability and size of gauge?
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:46 PM   #11
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MSRP is $199, but we have an intro price of $149 for them right now, plus $10 for shipping.

The gauge is around 37mm. The pod was made to specifically fit our gauges, since anything bigger would interfere with the whole thing fitting properly.

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Old 05-07-2008, 10:32 PM   #12
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How is the air ventilation after the gauge has been installed?

Will there be any troubles with it during the winter when the heat is on high?

IMHO, it seems a bit out of place for a gauge. It may require someone to take their sights off the road to read and then might take a few more seconds to focus and read it due to its small size.

However, it is a very interesting way to install the gauge.

Just my .02...
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:57 PM   #13
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The amount of air that is coming out is actually going to be the same as before. The gauge does very little to affect the amount of air coming out. Obviously, the air will have to go around the gauge slightly, but it is nothing that will be very noticeable.

We tested this out in the cars that we had installed the gauges in. Air flow was almost exactly the same, between the non-gauge vent and the vent with the gauge in it.

Realistically, any gauge is going to require you to take your eyes off the road, unless it was somehow integrated into a HUD system.

The placement is actually fairly convenient and subtle (OEM looking), compared to many other gauge pods out there. Most likely you aren't going to be trying to read the boost gauge every couple of seconds, while you are driving.

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Old 05-11-2008, 01:54 AM   #14
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Yea, air gets through just fine, almost as if the gauge isn't even there. There is the same amount of air flowing out of the vents with the gauge in there, just as it was before without it.

BTW, thanks for the pictures Chris! Even though I thought your name was Curtis at first, since that's what your shirt said.
haha... our uniform people lagged on supplying me 5 shirts for the week so I had to borrow a shirt from my coworker haha
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:15 PM   #15
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Will there be any troubles with the wiring and any of the plastic parts during the winter when the heat is on high?

I have a friend which might be interested...
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:00 PM   #16
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No problems with that at all. It will not affect the plastic. If it did, I think your OEM vents would have melted by now as well
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:31 PM   #17
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Thanks for your help, I'll let my friend know about it.

Are they ready for shipping?
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Yeap, we have everything in stock at our warehouse, and they usually ship out same day or the next day, after orders are placed.

They are shipped via USPS priority.

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Old 05-19-2008, 03:28 PM   #19
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PMs replied to.

Some people have asked if it is possible to change out the LED inside the gauge. I wouldn't recommend it, but I am sure it is possible. I would try to go with one of the options that we currently have available.

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Old 05-27-2008, 10:58 PM   #20
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Just test fitted our 08 STI prototype, and it is looking good, hopefully we will have those in production soon as well.

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Old 05-30-2008, 02:52 PM   #21
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What do you guys think. Would you rather have the gauge facing directly at the driver, or slightly towards the back of the car, so that it looks more OEM, and has a cleaner fit appearance?

-Don
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:23 PM   #22
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I really like this. A lot. I would want a different gauge there though, not boost. But that's because I already am running a boost gauge in center hood pod.

Do you have any pictures of what it would look like tilted towards the driver? IMO that would be better than having it angled towards the back of the car, especially since the gauge is so tiny.
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:10 PM   #23
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I don't know how I would be able to take pictures of it tilted towards the driver, since it is an actual piece. Changes on it can't be readily made.

It is not really angled towards the back of the car, it was maybe an exageration. I was just trying to describe a general direction for it.

With the angle it is at right now, you can easily see all of the numbers at a glance. The only thing that a small part of the 0 line is covered from view. Not a big deal, imo, considering you will probably be reading it when it isn't at that position anyways.

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Old 05-31-2008, 01:31 AM   #24
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nice... do you sell just the kit to mount without the boost gauge to allow for other gauges of the same size to be fitted? i have a n/a so no boost here but id like oil temp/press or a nice place to put my AFR gauge.
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Old 06-01-2008, 08:25 PM   #25
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The gauge was made to fit the gauge that we have.

However, if you can find another gauge that is around 40mm or so, then it could fit in our pod. If you give me the measurements, I can always check.

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