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Old 10-07-2002, 12:26 AM   #1
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I purchased an Omori 52mm boost gauge w/ one of their pods. Had to hack up the pod but got the results I wanted. Black face, yellow needle, green backlit and in psi, all mounted on the steering column.



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Old 10-07-2002, 01:12 AM   #2
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Looks good ... nice selection!

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Old 10-07-2002, 01:34 AM   #3
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Looks terrific! Where'd you get the gauge from? (esp. with the yellow needle?)
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Old 10-07-2002, 10:43 AM   #4
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I got it here:

http://www.kastleskorner.com/store/

He's the same guy that helped setup scoobymods.com. Excellent service, everything in stock, tracking #'s and followup emails.
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Old 10-07-2002, 11:57 AM   #5
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very very nice.

although, is it ever a problem (or just annoying) that you cant see your tach under 2k?
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Old 10-07-2002, 12:57 PM   #6
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very very nice.

although, is it ever a problem (or just annoying) that you cant see your tach under 2k?
My tach is never under 2,000 except when the key is off .
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Old 10-07-2002, 01:33 PM   #7
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How close of a match is the needle in color to the stock needles? The stock ones aren't quite yellow, but have an orange tint to them; I was wondering if the Omori needles matched this.

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Old 10-07-2002, 02:00 PM   #8
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Pretty close- probably not exact, but very close.
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Old 10-07-2002, 03:04 PM   #9
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I bought the Omori 45mm gauge and replaced the column mounted OEM one.

I just shoved the Omori one into the rubber cup. Its about 100000 times better.
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Old 10-07-2002, 04:11 PM   #10
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SoloOne - I had the intention of doing the EXACT same thing -- did it fit??

Did it require running new lines/wires for it, or could you just use the existing ones??
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Old 10-07-2002, 04:15 PM   #11
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SoloOne - I had the intention of doing the EXACT same thing -- did it fit??

Did it require running new lines/wires for it, or could you just use the existing ones??
What he said.
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Old 10-07-2002, 05:49 PM   #12
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bitchtastic!

does the mount stick onto the column with double stick tape or am i missin sompin?
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Old 10-07-2002, 06:28 PM   #13
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That looks awesome.. nice job. Does the 45mm guage show mroe of the tach.? Thats the only thing i dislike..
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Old 10-07-2002, 06:36 PM   #14
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the OEM one fits perfectly between teh 2 and 9K on the TACH. I think ill be adding a EGT using exactly what BIGSKY did on the opposite side of the column.

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Old 10-07-2002, 08:13 PM   #15
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SoloOne - I had the intention of doing the EXACT same thing -- did it fit??

Did it require running new lines/wires for it, or could you just use the existing ones??
Yep it fits perfectly.

All you have to do is splice the wires on the Omori gauge to the OEM ones (for the backlight).

You use the same rubber hose.

I'll try to get pics of it.
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Old 10-07-2002, 08:24 PM   #16
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Yep it fits perfectly.

All you have to do is splice the wires on the Omori gauge to the OEM ones (for the backlight).

You use the same rubber hose.

I'll try to get pics of it.
O ..that is sweet! I want to see that gauge. Can you post a pic? If I can just replace the factory column gauge. I'm about to go shopping.

thanks for any info

would the wiring and hose work for just about any gauge?
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Old 10-07-2002, 08:32 PM   #17
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Thanks Solo - You have me sold too!

I was conisdering Greddy gauges, but I really liked the look of the Omori's - and a buddy of mine who has an S4 says that's all those guys use, and they have a good track record, so I was going to go with the add'l 3 gauges in the gauge pod up top.

I'd love to see pics, but the fact that it's 2 less wires and 1 less hose to run make it seem much more worthwhile - that stock gauge is CRAP!
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Old 10-07-2002, 08:33 PM   #18
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Nice install!

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Old 10-07-2002, 09:24 PM   #19
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I bugged and bugged Omori about a 45mm pod w/ no luck. I bugged SOA about just getting the dash mount pod w/ no luck either. I definitely wasn't going to spend a bunch of $ just to get the hood. Finally I said the heck w/ it and got this from Omori:





I ended hacking the bottom portion off (the arm part) and ended up w/ basically a tube just like the oe one.
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Old 10-07-2002, 10:05 PM   #20
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I want to see that gauge. Would the wiring and hose work for just about any gauge?
Here is a picture of the 45mm Omori with the yellow needle kit - Alamoautosports has them for $96.75 and Kastleskorner has them for $95. (I would check with the latter vendor to make sure it has the yellow needle - the standard Omori is white)

Wiring-wise, with a mechanical gauge the only power needed is for the backlight (so you probably only have two wires - the variable/dimmed +12v and ground) so you should be fine. (as an aside, if you are doing the install from scratch, there is a two wire connector off of the radio harness which has the aforementioned leads, too)
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Old 10-07-2002, 10:22 PM   #21
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kastles's come w/ the yellow needle (even though his web site shows white needles). The one advantage of the mechanical one is it can dim- the electronic one comes w/ a seperate lead for lighting (as well as a lead for power and ground) thus no way to dim it (unless somone has some ideas).
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Old 10-08-2002, 12:32 AM   #22
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The one advantage of the mechanical one is it can dim- the electronic one comes w/ a seperate lead for lighting (as well as a lead for power and ground) thus no way to dim it
So I am unclear what you mean here - coming from the meter you have +12V switched, ground #1, ground #2, and the light circuit (+12V) - if you use a switched 12v for the gauge, a body ground for one of the grounds, and the 2 pin connector from the radio (the cd-illumination connector which is used for the factory boost gauge) for the other ground and the small light circuit, you should have power to the gauge whenever the car is on, and lights which turn on with the interior lights and are dimmed with the interior lights - is the electronic gauge different for some reason? (I have a 52mm Omori electronic boost gauge waiting to be installed, so I haven't seen if it works or not)
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Old 10-08-2002, 01:12 AM   #23
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I found a post (needed to help me wire it) that said it wouldn't work as it had a seperate light wire. The instructions showed a red wire that need to be hooked to a 12v ignition, a black (actually two) to a ground, and a white for the light, brown don't use. I went to the clock and put red-> yellow w/ stripe white to pink w/ stripe and black to black.

If you get it it do dim, would you please post here.

Thanks

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Old 10-08-2002, 07:28 PM   #24
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I found a post (needed to help me wire it) that said it wouldn't work as it had a seperate light wire. The instructions showed a red wire that need to be hooked to a 12v ignition, a black (actually two) to a ground, and a white for the light, brown don't use. I went to the clock and put red-> yellow w/ stripe white to pink w/ stripe and black to black.
One potential problem - go turn on your lights, then switch the dimmer up and down - notice how the clock doesn't change? The lead going to the clock probably just tells it that the headlights are on, reduce down to the night time brightness level.

There is a set of two leads which are on the backside of the radio harness which you can use - see the attached pic from the Subaru mechanical gauge install instructions (so these leads would only be used for the light) - I would connect one of the black wires and the white wire to that and see how it goes.

Did you set the warning light? I was thinking I would set mine for 14psi, so that I know when I am at full boost!
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Old 10-08-2002, 07:35 PM   #25
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Other than the dimming issue (and the price), what is the real difference between the mechanical and electrical gauges?

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