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Old 09-11-2013, 10:18 PM   #576
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Excellent post.

I am going to install a defi turbo boost gauge in my spec b. Did the gauges work well with lighting during day and night. Does it dim with the dimmer switch?

Assume Red wire for constant to the door lock, orange to the IG2 and White to the illumination/dimmer.

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Old 09-12-2013, 06:30 AM   #577
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Looks great! I might have to pick one up myself.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:27 AM   #578
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67 degrees where your at? Looks nice.
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #579
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Do the Defis dim with the lights? Or are they full blast all the time?

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Old 09-14-2013, 05:28 PM   #580
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Do the Defis dim with the lights? Or are they full blast all the time?

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they do NOT dim with the dash / interior lights. they are slightly dimmer.

you can get them to match almost perfectly by dimming your interior one notch or two (for some people 2 or 3).

i'll try to dig up a pic or just look back further in this thread.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:43 PM   #581
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looks great!!!
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:08 PM   #582
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they do NOT dim with the dash / interior lights. they are slightly dimmer.

you can get them to match almost perfectly by dimming your interior one notch or two (for some people 2 or 3).

i'll try to dig up a pic or just look back further in this thread.
Thanks! Would love to see what they look like. Is it possible to get them to dim?
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #583
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Thanks! Would love to see what they look like. Is it possible to get them to dim?
I did mine last year (check earlier posts on this thread) and i think someone posted about adding a resistor???? i'll let someone more saavy answer that.

again, all you have to do is turn down your OEM dimmer down to your flavor / taste profile.

ROFL. not sure why, they look good almost match the OEM brightness perfect for me.

i had the SPT mechanical boost gauge originally and that one DOES dim w/ the interior, but you have to wire it to the clock and head unit. it was a PITA. plus it was annoying, as most mechanical gauges are because they bounce...
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:27 PM   #584
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ETA: i'm out of bandwith on photo bucket so i can't even repost pics. time for a troll account.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:39 PM   #585
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@Bill_S:

Yes, fuse taps on my '13 wrx go to:
- Red=DoorLocks
- Orange=IG2
- White=Illumination
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:44 PM   #586
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67 degrees where your at? Looks nice.
Thanks ATranz, I'm located in North Cali.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:48 PM   #587
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they do NOT dim with the dash / interior lights. they are slightly dimmer.

you can get them to match almost perfectly by dimming your interior one notch or two (for some people 2 or 3).

i'll try to dig up a pic or just look back further in this thread.
Yep, they dim initially with switching on the headlights. On MY13 they match perfect dimming the dash 1 click down. Personally, I like to keep the dash at full and let the gauge be slightly dimmer, as I mounted the gauge on top of my cluster hood - never distracts me when I'm driving and still looks classy. Although after initial install I was staring at it while at WOT

My post @ bottom of pg 23 has 3 final product pics. Caption on the top one is w/ headlights off, second one is with headlights on. In fact the top one appears more yellow, but iPhone cameras don't capture bright light well, it's actually just brighter than the second one. Defi does not allow for more than 2 variables: Bright and dimmed.

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Old 09-26-2013, 09:52 AM   #588
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Good job !
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:25 PM   #589
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Why did you use 3 amp fuses in the fuse taps. Power in the glass fuse is only 0.3 amp. Also what amperage fuse taps did you use? Going to do the install and my roommate who wires cop cars says a 3 amp is too big. I don't know what this dude is talking about.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:36 AM   #590
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Why did you use 3 amp fuses in the fuse taps. Power in the glass fuse is only 0.3 amp. Also what amperage fuse taps did you use? Going to do the install and my roommate who wires cop cars says a 3 amp is too big. I don't know what this dude is talking about.
3 amp fuses are fine. I would think that you should be fine to use a 5, 10 or 15 amp fuse as well. The point of the fuse is to protect both the car wiring and the fused product (the gauge in this case) from a short circuit. It really comes down to the sensitivity of the product and the size (diameter) of the wires in question, but long story short, 3 amp is not too big.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:17 AM   #591
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very nice setup, exactly what i want on my car but unfortunately SMY don't make rhd versions
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:10 AM   #592
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3 amp fuses are fine. I would think that you should be fine to use a 5, 10 or 15 amp fuse as well. The point of the fuse is to protect both the car wiring and the fused product (the gauge in this case) from a short circuit. It really comes down to the sensitivity of the product and the size (diameter) of the wires in question, but long story short, 3 amp is not too big.
How ever 15 amp is too big for the fuse tap. 10 amps is the max on those, they have a problem catching fire if used for more. There was a zo6 that used one for a fuel pump and it burned his car down, its one of the first one after I googled "30amp fuse tap" since what I was doing required me to tap into that.
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How ever 15 amp is too big for the fuse tap. 10 amps is the max on those, they have a problem catching fire if used for more. There was a zo6 that used one for a fuel pump and it burned his car down, its one of the first one after I googled "30amp fuse tap" since what I was doing required me to tap into that.
So what is the solution? I'm having trouble finding taps larger than 10 amp
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:40 PM   #595
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How ever 15 amp is too big for the fuse tap. 10 amps is the max on those, they have a problem catching fire if used for more. There was a zo6 that used one for a fuel pump and it burned his car down, its one of the first one after I googled "30amp fuse tap" since what I was doing required me to tap into that.
Youre an idiot if you use a fuse tap to power a fuel pump.
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Youre an idiot if you use a fuse tap to power a fuel pump.
It was an example of what I found while seeing if there was an option out there for larger then 10 amps. Cause well I think your a idiot if you don't read the box and see the limit is 10 amp. And it caught on fire because the wires in those taps are too small of gauge. It was located under the dash (you know, where the fuse box is) not by the fuel cell, so that fact that it was for a fuel pump is irrelevant to the point I was making.
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So what is the solution? I'm having trouble finding taps larger than 10 amp
I couldn't find one either. Ever though I didn't want to (why I was trying to see if I could find a larger fuse tap) I wired another fuse into a blank space, I was doing something completely different, I would just hate to see someone car burn down cause I didn't want to explain what I found during my research for my project. If you find one let me know.

I guess another option is that they just make plane jumpers off of a fuse, just make sure you wire in an online fuse with it... I didn't like that option either.
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It was an example of what I found while seeing if there was an option out there for larger then 10 amps. Cause well I think your a idiot if you don't read the box and see the limit is 10 amp. And it caught on fire because the wires in those taps are too small of gauge. It was located under the dash (you know, where the fuse box is) not by the fuel cell, so that fact that it was for a fuel pump is irrelevant to the point I was making.
I wasnt calling you an idiot. I was stating a point.

The correct way to do it would be to run a fused 10 gauge line from the battery to a relay next to the fuel pump, triggered by an add-a-circuit.
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I wasnt calling you an idiot. I was stating a point.

The correct way to do it would be to run a fused 10 gauge line from the battery to a relay next to the fuel pump, triggered by an add-a-circuit.
OK then I got way too aggressive and defensive my apologies. As for a fuel pump I would have no idea how to run it the correct way.
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The link I posted just prior to the fuel pump discussion will take you to where to get 15 amp fuse taps.
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