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Old 09-25-2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Gauging Interest: 02-07 Custom Dash Pod keeping stock clock

I made this a while ago and was looking at interest in possibly getting a cleaner version into production:




You can check out the full thread here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1715228

I met with someone local who could help me get something into actual production but it's a bit expensive. It would need to be direct injection molded to keep it from melting in the car.

I tried getting some interest a little while ago but I think I went about it a bit wrong. I did a small project helping a friend and it kinda gave me second wind to try this.

I was pretty much going to make a V2 prototype of the above gauge pod. It will look pretty much the same but the pod/clock part will be moved forward about a half an inch. The angle of the pods will be decreased a bit and it will be shortened at the back with the goal of getting the entire thing to fit within the stock pod location. I'm also thinking of making a flat top (instead of the three cylinders). There would also be an optional bracket to fit 02/05 clocks (since they are different than the 06/07 ones)

There are two actual production gauge pods that use the stock clock but both are several hundred dollars. I'm looking to keep the price much, much lower than those.

It would take a bit of time to get the new prototype done since it would pretty much be a weekend project but I'd definitely keep everyone updated.

A question for you guys. Is getting the entire thing to sit within the clock pod location (with no overhang at the back) important to you?

So what do you guys think? Any input is appreciated.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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Might be a little better if it have some sort of covers to it so the sun isn't directly shining in the gauge. Their kind of hard to see in the second picture.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:37 PM   #3
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I think you should go for it, and it's an excellent idea. I wish you the best of luck.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:44 PM   #4
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Ethan, it's just a really bad pic, there are no problems seeing the gauges during the day or at night. It was more just to get an idea of how it looked/location from the driver's seat
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:56 PM   #5
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I'd be interested. I personally like the round backing and the driver side angle as it gives it more character than just a flat top and straight gauges. The front lip that hangs over the clock looks a bit wavy though, but it might just be the pic.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:00 PM   #6
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I think it's an optical illusion, but it will be different in the next version anyway. I was planning on keeping it angled slightly towards the driver.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:22 PM   #7
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I deffinitely like it.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:11 PM   #8
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looks good, but this already exists.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:16 PM   #9
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looks good, but this already exists.
Where at a decent price? The ones I've seen are 200-300 bucks +
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:56 PM   #10
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I would definitely be interested if the price is right. I will probably make my own before too long.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:16 PM   #11
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All about price! Make it cheaper than the competition and it will sell.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:01 PM   #12
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they need to do this for the 08+.... I'm currently trying to decide between a SMY and A-Pillar... if this was available i'd most likely get this. But as it's not.. i'm most likely going to be getting a SMY cluster

I'd angle them towards the driver for sure. To get the correct angle this is what I could do:

tape a string to the center of the top of clock pod... then tie the other end around the headrest on the drivers seat and measure angle.

I'd also make it as flush at rear as possible... most people want things that look as OEM as possible.

Next.. i'd make it fit my 11....lol

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:12 PM   #13
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can you make one for a 5 inch tach too?? lol just messing with ya, i like the idea and props for doing it yourself man!
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:30 PM   #14
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What price range are you guys looking at? I have an idea (and it's waaaaaaaay cheaper than the other similar ones).

I'm probably gonna get started soon and I'll definitely keep this thread updated.

Also, is it important to you guys for something to be made in the US? If I can get a solid prototype I can get them made here or in China, for much much less. I can see why all production is going to China
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:07 AM   #15
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What is a safe gauge depth to accommodate?

I know the autometer stuff but I'm not sure how long other brand gauges are.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:44 AM   #16
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That is the common R&D things you should probably try to do on your own and its what makes up for alot of the cost for similar pods. Im all for your development and production but just my 2 cents
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:52 AM   #17
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I for one don't mind if there is or isn't a overhang at the back or if it does or doesn't sit directly over the stock clock pod. But as a consumer, I do mind the ease of installation, quality and the MSRP of the product. So whatever that will reduce overall costs for us consumers I will support it, even if it means production to be in China. The price range I'm looking at is $50.00 (Yes, I know I'm cheap) but at that price or less; these will no doubt sell like hotcakes.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:38 PM   #18
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So, I spoke with 1 company about getting it into production using injection molding and they said it would be about $35000-50000, closer to 50
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:02 AM   #19
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So, I spoke with 1 company about getting it into production using injection molding and they said it would be about $35000-50000, closer to 50
did u try Kamanari? I know they do body kits and what not but i hear they do everything in house within the US and that they also use injection. maybe its something they can do cheaply...

"For over 30 years, Kaminari's quality and innovation has been tops in the re-styling industry. All Kaminari BODY KITS are meticulously constructed from hand-laid fiberglass(with integrated flexible gelcoats and resins) ,UV stable carbon Fiber or high-pressure injection molded Polyurethane, all are guaranteed to fit right every time. Because we manage all operations from initial concept to final shipment, you can be assured of receiving the best money can buy.We manufacture directly for you the end user.NO dealers involved.WE DO NOT COUNTERFEIT. Call us at 1-800-BUY-KITT!"

PS: +1 on making one with a hood like the Defi Clock Cluster
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try and get a hold of them
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:46 PM   #21
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I would be interested in these if they were angled toward driver a bit. It would look nice in a STI with defy red nom nom nom.

Also in the first pic, does the rear actually sit flush or is that an illusion?
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:34 PM   #22
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It goes over the lip in the back (it's about an inch longer than the stock clock), but I curved it so it matched the contour of the dash.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:47 AM   #23
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did u ever contact Kamanari? if so, whatd they say?
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:25 AM   #24
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Hey, I haven't had a chance. Been super busy lately. Everything's breaking

When I get a chance I'm going to try and get a hold of them.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:39 PM   #25
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Can you make the gauges look at the driver staggered for quick easy viweing ?
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