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Old 07-26-2003, 11:55 AM   #1
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I already have the column mounted boost gauge. I'm looking to get EGT, oil temp and oil pressure gauges. But I can't figure out whether to put them in the spot where the clock is, or whether to replace the stereo with a single DIN head unit and the put the gauges there.

I've seen the latter and it looked very very clean (Omori gauges). But at the same time I'm not sure I'm willing to give up the 6-CD changer. But if I could find a head unit that was red/green it would probaly look rather awesome and maintain the stealth I'd like.

A-pillar is out - I don't like the way it looks and I don't want to attract the attention.

So - arguments for/against the DIN spot vs the clock spot would be very much appreciated Whether or not you can see them, whether the 5-0 cares, whether you really miss the clock... yada yada...

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Old 07-26-2003, 04:12 PM   #2
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imo, you need to orient the guages strategicly so that you can see related metering in one view. basically i think the boost and tach needs to be close, even better boost tach and a/f wideband if you have it.

imo, a-pillar is probably one of the best location next to the steering column even though you may not like it. clock area is imo too far right and out of view for fast activity guages unless they are fairly large. dash and center console are probably good for slower lower activity meters such as volt, intake temp, nos pressure, etc.

so i think you're limiting yourself by not using the a-pillar.
its not there just for show, actually for some.
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Old 07-26-2003, 04:38 PM   #3
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imo, you need to orient the guages strategicly so that you can see related metering in one view. basically i think the boost and tach needs to be close, even better boost tach and a/f wideband if you have it.

imo, a-pillar is probably one of the best location next to the steering column even though you may not like it. clock area is imo too far right and out of view for fast activity guages unless they are fairly large. dash and center console are probably good for slower lower activity meters such as volt, intake temp, nos pressure, etc.

so i think you're limiting yourself by not using the a-pillar.
its not there just for show, actually for some.
Hey - you make a good point. I just figured for EGT, oil temp and oil pressure, it's not something I'm going to need to see *instantly* since those things aren't as twitchy as, say, boost (correct me if I'm wrong).

I'm not saying people who put them on the A-pillar are showing off - just that I don't want them there

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Old 07-27-2003, 09:57 PM   #4
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I'd put them in the clock location using the Subaru pod. This works very well. I have my Oil temp. EGT and Oil Pressure gauges there, all Autometer Phantom.

No matter where you put the gauges, you won't be able to look at them during an autocross, that's for sure. I can't even look at the tachometer during autocross. However, on the street or even at the dragstrip it's very easy to take a glance over at the readings.

This location is convenient and IMHO looks much less " tacked on" than the a pillar location. I've yet to see a A-pillar set up that looks well integrated into the rest of the car.



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Old 07-28-2003, 03:12 AM   #5
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Hey - you make a good point. I just figured for EGT, oil temp and oil pressure, it's not something I'm going to need to see *instantly* since those things aren't as twitchy as, say, boost (correct me if I'm wrong).
-bd
Just because a reading is constantly changing doesn't mean it's more important than another. The grouping of gauges is still pretty important though. I really don't see a need to monitor boost closely. Once you have it tuned, or mbc set, that's it. Probably the only time you'll need to see it again after the initial setup would be inbetween seasons when ambient temps change significantly and you have to readjust. Oil temp you don't really need to check often, I have an oil temp gauge and after doing a few tests and reaching just around 210F maximum, I don't expect it to change much on a day-to-day basis. EGT and oil pressure I'd say are the ones you'll be looking at the most.

I have my boost and EGT on the steering column, oil temp in the cupholder near the e-brake.
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Old 08-04-2003, 06:17 PM   #6
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Hey BD,

I have the Autometer 2 gauge bezel pod (similar to what the civics have on the gauge bezel pod)


I am getting the HKS CAMP, which I have mentioned before.. It has all you need for all the guages displayed on an LCD monitor (which I will be recieving pretty soon).. it will take over the main headunit.. just look up "WRX CUSTOM MONITOR LCD" on ebay, and you'll see what I bought.

I kept all gauges near all the instrument clusters so I can keep my driving vision clear from obstructions.. best thing to get is a HUD (heads up display) if you can. But a monitor/LCD will do.


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Old 08-05-2003, 04:13 PM   #7
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I believe the best location for the boost gauge is near the tach. I use it constantly when trying to control my boost level: when the engine is still cold (keeping RPM's down as well), gas mileage, etc. I look at my Oil Press. gauge mostly in the morning. Since I don't currently have an Oil Temp gauge, I use the Oil Press to figure out when my engine is fully warmed up (pressure will settle around 30 psi @ idle and around 80 psi when cruising). After that, I just look at it occasionally. My third gauge is a Volt Meter which is probably the least important of the three as far as visual priority. All of my gauges are mounted in the center pod (52mm Omori's). I will eventually move my boost gauge to the steering column and either replace the empty spot with a clock or an Oil Temp gauge. The main reason I used the stock gauge housing/location is for subtlety and convenience.

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Old 08-05-2003, 04:23 PM   #8
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I have the stock boost gauge on the steering column so that when I look at the tach, I can see the boost relatively quickly. I am also running a Defi pod with 60mm Greddy warning gauges (boost, EGT, and oil pressure). I wanted the other boost gauge so that I can glance at it while driving and with the warning features on the gauges, I can see the lights out of the corner of my eye while driving. I also bought a 60mm corner pod from Subie Gal. I may add a fuel pressure gauge in the future and plan to stick it there.

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Old 08-05-2003, 05:25 PM   #9
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I just purchased the autometer 2 pod cluster bezel that goes inside the instrument panel. Any recomendations on what two gauges to put in? I was planing on boost gauge and EGT, the most I plan to do other than the exhaust work, is a MBC. Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2003, 06:22 PM   #10
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I have mine where the clock was, angled towards me. On the pillar messes up my peripheral vision, so that's why I avoided it.

Here's a bad pic before they were permanently mounted:

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Old 08-05-2003, 11:59 PM   #11
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Hey... thanks everyone for the advice. I think I am just going to ditch the clock and get the stock gauge pod. The 1-DIN stereo, 1-DIN gauges looks awesome and oh so stealthy but when it comes down to it I don't want to go back to a single CD player (not to mention I couldn't find one that matched the green/yellow that would be everywhere else). So I will just have to find some clock to jam next to the cupholder.

Keefe - I want to see that setup once it's done - it sounds awesome!

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Old 08-06-2003, 02:35 PM   #12
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why do you have to ditch the clock?



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