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Old 10-23-2012, 02:56 PM   #301
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:06 PM   #302
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i got my Defi oil pressure gauge today.

everything looks good and i'm fairly confident in tackling this install.

my only questions is regarding the 3amp fuses.

1. The orange and red lines have inline fuzes on then. Do I use these IN ADDITION TO the 3amp mini-blade fuses at the fuse-taps? or use ONE of the two?

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:28 PM   #303
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okay, so it appears you do need the 2nd fuse on the fuse taps.

i wired it just like the instructions in the OP. the interior wasn't difficult because i already had my SPT boost gauge in the SMY cowl.

from under the hood, i did just like the OP. i removed the alternator and the intercooler to run the wire from the oil pressure sending unit. *again, i'd already ran my boost vacum line through one of the plugs, so this one was actually easier because you didn't need a coat hanger.

if i could do it again, i would have just ONE of the two plugs to run both the vaccum line and wire for both gauges. i could see this being a LOT easier to just use Defi Gauges and going through the firewall vs. the fender well. YMMV.

another thing, i like the little fake limiter bezel ring that the Defi Gauge came with, i'm going to try and find one for the SPT to run it for "target" boost...

sorry for the crappy phone pics...

Left side plug: vacum line


right side plug: oil pressure sender wires / line


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Old 10-25-2012, 05:36 PM   #304
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Fender well was easier than firewall
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:43 PM   #305
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:51 PM   #306
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looks good
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:24 AM   #307
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freaking gauges gave me a run for my money. i have then half installed now.


once again, followed the instructions in the OP. not without pain. Joy and Pain, DJ Rob Base and EZ Rock.

i'll finish it later.




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Old 11-07-2012, 04:25 AM   #308
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:28 AM   #309
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:45 AM   #310
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:49 PM   #311
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How hard is it to get into the radio harness for the constant, keyed and illumination? I'm considering changing the stock head unit and when I do I can wire up nice and neat into the "middle man" harness between the stock radio harness plug and the plug for the head unit.

I may delay getting the head unit for a little bit, so in the meantime i'd probably hook into the fusebox... I'm just not a fan of it. I'd rather run into the radio area and pick up there. Is this path not ideal? Is there any reason nobody wired their gauges this way?
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:26 AM   #312
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Duck, The radio would be fine from an electrical point of view. I think most people either don't know about the radio harness or they want a nice new clean path for the power (not that the gauges draw much). New fuses are also better from a troubleshooting point of view, if something happens later (i.e. a fuse blows) and you have things on separate circuits then it is a lot easier to figure out what area needs attention.
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Duck, The radio would be fine from an electrical point of view. I think most people either don't know about the radio harness or they want a nice new clean path for the power (not that the gauges draw much). New fuses are also better from a troubleshooting point of view, if something happens later (i.e. a fuse blows) and you have things on separate circuits then it is a lot easier to figure out what area needs attention.
new fuses? or the add a fuse/circuit that kind of piggybacks onto another fuse?

I'm not too sure how the add a fuses work, are there two slots, one for existing fuse slot and the other for the new circuit?
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:46 AM   #314
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Its just easier to tap the fuse box. I have a breakout harness hooked up for my sound processor and amp so the head unit was not an option for me.
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new fuses? or the add a fuse/circuit that kind of piggybacks onto another fuse?

I'm not too sure how the add a fuses work, are there two slots, one for existing fuse slot and the other for the new circuit?
Duck, The two slots on top of the fuse tap are two different circuits. The power going into the hot prong gets split out to form a new circuit. Here is a quick picture I threw together in MS Paint. If you have any more questions please let me know.

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:11 PM   #316
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I installed my Defi gauge last Friday and I knew going in that everyone said it was a great match. I did plenty of research and decided on this gauge for a few reasons, the match being one of the bigger reasons. It really does fit well! If only that needle was white

I left the other side of my SMY plugged with a silver trimmed plug for the time being, I'll likely put oil pressure in it at a later date. I'm undecided but knew the boost was priority before further modification!
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:29 PM   #317
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I cant find the fuse taps! How do you get them where you can attach wires to them

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:29 AM   #318
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Looks good and def factory
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I cant find the fuse taps! How do you get them where you can attach wires to them
autozone carries them, along with plenty of other stores I'm sure.
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Where is xkubens thread on alternator removal?
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Its just easier to tap the fuse box. I have a breakout harness hooked up for my sound processor and amp so the head unit was not an option for me.
Are you saying the gauges can get their power directly from the fuse panel in the dash?
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:07 PM   #322
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Where is xkubens thread on alternator removal?
I don't think I have one...
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Where is xkubens thread on alternator removal?
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=2012+WRX+Alternator+removal#seen



Its pretty cut and dry. Look at the op in this thread too
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Are you saying the gauges can get their power directly from the fuse panel in the dash?
Yes. The OP in this thread has excellent pictures. You tap the fuses to get power and illumination for the gauges.

Or you can tap the radio - the fuses are easy and safe.
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Yes. The OP in this thread has excellent pictures. You tap the fuses to get power and illumination for the gauges.

Or you can tap the radio - the fuses are easy and safe.
Thank you for making the already clear info, crystal clear. I want to be sure I have no questions before I rip my brand new car apart
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