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Old 07-18-2003, 12:55 AM   #1
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Default Love those Defi BF gauges

Just got the Defi gauges installed and had to share.....



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Old 07-18-2003, 03:09 AM   #2
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Jack, those look nuts, I love those Defi's. Which three guages are those? Also, what brand of paint(maybe color code too?) did you use for the guage pod? Oh yah, where did you end up sticking the link box?

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Old 07-18-2003, 08:16 AM   #3
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Very nice, if I had the money, those would be my choice.
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Old 07-18-2003, 10:20 AM   #4
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Jack, those look nuts, I love those Defi's. Which three guages are those? Also, what brand of paint(maybe color code too?) did you use for the guage pod? Oh yah, where did you end up sticking the link box?

-STiLL
Thanks, the Defi gauges really are fantastic, IMHO -- very readable and great programming features. I've currently got boost, oil temp and oil pressure. The paint for the pod was created by my body shop -- I believe the process involved starting with some Mercedes exterior color code and then doing some custom mixing/blending to match the central trim pieces around the AC/Radio area. The Control Unit II is located in the glove box and wired to the clock harness, which provides power, illumination, dimming, etc. I can take no credit for the install, as it was a joint effort by my stereo guy and dealer tech.

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Old 07-18-2003, 10:30 AM   #5
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Thanks, the Defi gauges really are fantastic, IMHO -- very readable and great programming features. I've currently got boost, oil temp and oil pressure. The paint for the pod was created by my body shop -- I believe the process involved starting with some Mercedes exterior color code and then doing some custom mixing/blending to match the central trim pieces around the AC/Radio area. The Control Unit II is located in the glove box and wired to the clock harness, which provides power, illumination, dimming, etc. I can take no credit for the install, as it was a joint effort by my stereo guy and dealer tech.

Very clean install job by your stereo guy and dealer tech.

How did they fasten the control module in the glovebox?

I'm pretty sure that's where I'm going to mount mine now, I like the stealth look to it.

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Old 07-18-2003, 10:37 AM   #6
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Good way to hide that huge hood scoop from your view!
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Old 07-18-2003, 10:50 AM   #7
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I agree with Nick, I was also considering putting it in my glovebox too but didnt know if it would work out. Nice too see how it looks tucked up inside there, very clean and still a very functional location which is exactly my style. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I assume its some sort of heavy duty 2-sided adhesive(like 3M) they used to mount the box? How did they end up wiring your oil temp and pressure gauges? Was there a sandwich piece installed between your oil filter and the block that they tapped lines from? I don't know if it's just me, I just dont feel confortable running some sort of physical fluid line into the cabin...I'd much prefer things to be ALL electrical(even if it means purchasing a supplementary physical-to-electrical adapter kit) as far as sensors go for my gauges..got any clue as to what they did for your oil read outs?

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Old 07-18-2003, 11:40 AM   #8
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I have the this setup as well...I have a aluminum take off sandwiched between the oil filter and the oil cooler. It has three take off points, one for pressure, one for temp and a 3rd really big one for god knows what.

The defi gauges use electrical inputs for pressure and temp.
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Old 07-18-2003, 11:45 AM   #9
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Same here but I have the control unit under my Pioneer deck. I would not like it in the glove box as it would be a hassle to get to it as I frequently do to check out peak values, reset the memory, etc.
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Old 07-18-2003, 12:14 PM   #10
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StiLL WILL: STi&LT1 summed it up well. GReddy block adapter part #12002801 is the one to get and was the only part we needed that was not included with the Defi gauges. BTW, that third large port is threaded for M12 sized sensor -- the other two ports are 1/8PT. The Defi oil pressure and temp gauges come with 1/8PT threaded sensors, harness connectors and long enough shielded cables (but you've got to be precise with your cable route) to reach from the oil filter location to inside the car using the grommet on the passenger side engine firewall. The way the Defi wiring/hookup from the sensors to the control unit works is very clean. I'm sure the other quality gauge manufacturers put together great packages as well.

Nick: Velcro strips/two sided tape is the recommended attachment method.
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Old 07-18-2003, 01:37 PM   #11
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Those are beautiful. They look like they were installed by FHI that's exactly what i'm looking for. That is definitely what i'll be buying for gauges.
What are the 3 most important types of gauges to have?
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:26 PM   #12
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StiLL WILL: STi&LT1 summed it up well. GReddy block adapter part #12002801 is the one to get and was the only part we needed that was not included with the Defi gauges. BTW, that third large port is threaded for M12 sized sensor -- the other two ports are 1/8PT. The Defi oil pressure and temp gauges come with 1/8PT threaded sensors, harness connectors and long enough shielded cables (but you've got to be precise with your cable route) to reach from the oil filter location to inside the car using the grommet on the passenger side engine firewall. The way the Defi wiring/hookup from the sensors to the control unit works is very clean. I'm sure the other quality gauge manufacturers put together great packages as well.

Nick: Velcro strips/two sided tape is the recommended attachment method.
That's what I figured.. I might need something more permanent and more resistant to heat... living in South FL has it's distinct disadvantages.

Could you take a few shots of where they ran the sensor lines from the probe to the firewall. I'm just curious where they put them and what they attachment them too. Basically I'm just being lazy and I'd rather have a plan where to run them before I try a few different things on my own!

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-18-2003, 02:42 PM   #13
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Holy ! you are lazy. Should I just stop by and run the lines for you? I'll be in Orlando from Monday to Thursday (j/k about the running lines part - it's too hot/humid down there).
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:53 PM   #14
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Very nice install. Where did you get the gages?
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Old 07-18-2003, 09:13 PM   #15
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Holy ! you are lazy. Should I just stop by and run the lines for you? I'll be in Orlando from Monday to Thursday (j/k about the running lines part - it's too hot/humid down there).
hehe... yeah the worst part is entering my garage and sweating before I've even started to do anything. I regularly soak a baseball cap straight through to the end of the brim when I'm working on the car. Work on the car in Florida without A/C BLOWS!!!

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