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Old 03-21-2009, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default 09 WRX DYI A-Pillar Gauge Pod

So I was bored today an desided to try out making my own a pillar gauge pod.
Make sure you are ready to prep and paint the other a pillar to match.
I had my old gauge pod from my 2004 miata.



I took out the a pillar.
FYI the air bag deployes between the apillar and the rubber trim.



Nice area to run my wire for the AFR and boost gauge.





Its a close fit but needs work.


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Old 03-21-2009, 02:40 PM   #2
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Start by sanding the inside of the pod and the area on the apillar the pod will be glued to.




I used 5 min epoxy on the inside of the gauge pod. Work fast before it gets gummy. Use 15 min expoxy if you have never used this stuff.
After I put the pod on the Apillar, I tacked the whole thing together with foam friendly thin CA and kicker. ( it will flex more than reg. CA.) You can get both of the glues from a local hobby shop. I also think i saw some at hobby lobby.





Before we start puttying and fiberglassing, do a test fit.



off to go mix and spread bondo. Next set of pics soon.
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Old 03-21-2009, 04:12 PM   #3
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nice idea! cant wait to see how it turns out
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Old 03-21-2009, 04:28 PM   #4
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Putty time!





Sanding the rough shape. You can see how it will blend in.




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Old 03-21-2009, 04:32 PM   #5
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And more Putty time. This layer will fill the first layer and smooth it all out.






And after sanding the putty. You can see the final blend. Hopefully this will be the last time for the putty.





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Old 03-21-2009, 06:36 PM   #6
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looking good cant wait to see it finished
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:44 PM   #7
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Ok so to see any cracks or scratches I shot a thick coat of primer. I then wet sanded it down.




Now I used .75 fiber glass cloth. Mixed 5 min epoxy with denatured Alcohol. This it to thin the epoxy. Then I applied the cloth to the edges of the pod. This is to prevent the cracking between the plastic and the bondo.




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Old 03-21-2009, 08:07 PM   #8
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All most done.
Im using filler primer to fill any scratches. Im also using it to give the apillar the smooth finish. I will do this to the other apillar as well.

This is a long process of spraying and wet sanding. The more you do it the smoother it will be.

The next update will be the finished part. So far not bad for a day of work.




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Old 03-21-2009, 08:18 PM   #9
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wow looks good. Have you done all this today?
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:22 PM   #10
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Damn that looks incredible wish I had skills like that.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:50 PM   #11
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Great work! Look forward to seeing the finished product!
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:55 PM   #12
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Ok Finished.
Its not perfect. But it works .

I used Graphite Grey Metalic and also painted the other apillar. I did not sand and smooth the other side. Just wanted to see if i needed to. Maybe next weekend I will do it along with the B and C pillars.








Inside shots. Its crapy pics but you get the idea.



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Old 03-21-2009, 09:59 PM   #13
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wow looks good. Have you done all this today?
Yeap started at around 11 am and just finished 8pm. All while watching 12hrs of Sebring.

This has been a fun project. Once the paint fully cures, I will get in car shots.

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Old 03-21-2009, 10:01 PM   #14
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that looks sick good job man!!
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Dedication and patience is the key here. Great results Chris! U also picked a nice weekend to work on this project. Beautiful weather all day long.

Keep the pictures coming man, it's looking superb.
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good effort anyway
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:34 PM   #17
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looks great bro! i like that color of the pillars

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nice job

do work!
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looks good blends well pretty good
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Nice work mate,

Haha not when are you going to make me one...
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What happens if the A pillar air bags go off?
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i wish someone offers an A pillar pod, or a clock pod, or any pod for that matter for '08s

I have a set of defis and i want them to go on clean

i wish i was good to try and make my own

props on what u did
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i wish someone offers an A pillar pod, or a clock pod, or any pod for that matter for '08s

I have a set of defis and i want them to go on clean

i wish i was good to try and make my own

props on what u did
Perrin has the $100 double pod that goes over your steering wheel base. personally i
a: hate the location
2: cant believe how overly priced that piece of plastic is
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What happens if the A pillar air bags go off?
The airbag depolys between the apillar cover and the rubber seal. The apillar does not move. In the first few pics you can see the ridged plastic mount for the airbags. This mount dirrects the bags downward.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoOpqiU4ics

Notice in the video, The a pillar trim does not come off the a pillar.

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