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Old 10-07-2003, 01:08 PM   #1
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Hi,

As far as I can tell the only gauges that will fit without modifications in the OEM 3 gauge housing that replaces the clock are Omori, is this correct? They are not selling directly to the US now so it seems like a pain and expensive to get them

I would like gauges for my WRX but I want them clean and stock looking so any other suggestions?

I think the Oem ones might be the best bet for me.

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Old 10-07-2003, 01:59 PM   #2
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Hi, As far as I can tell the only gauges that will fit without modifications in the OEM 3 gauge housing that replaces the clock are Omori, is this correct? They are not selling directly to the US now so it seems like a pain and expensive to get them

I would like gauges for my WRX but I want them clean and stock looking so any other suggestions?

I think the Oem ones might be the best bet for me.

thanks
Jeff
I believe any 45mm gauge will fit without modifying the housing. Personally, I went with 52mm Omoris with a face plate I made out of 1/8" aluminum. I had to shave arches into the housing to make them fit flush.



btw, Omori is distributing to the U.S. again thru vendors such as J-Spec Tuning and Gruppe-S. J-Spec is a registered vendor on this website and Thaison has been quite helpful from what I can tell. Check out their website:

http://www.j-spectuning.com/omorimain.htm

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Old 10-07-2003, 02:23 PM   #3
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I believe any 45mm gauge will fit without modifying the housing. Personally, I went with 52mm Omoris with a face plate I made out of 1/8" aluminum. I had to shave arches into the housing to make them fit flush.



btw, Omori is distributing to the U.S. again thru vendors such as J-Spec Tuning and Gruppe-S. J-Spec is a registered vendor on this website and Thaison has been quite helpful from what I can tell. Check out their website:

http://www.j-spectuning.com/omorimain.htm

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thanks for the info, your gauges looks good

why did you decided on the 52mm? Increase visibility?

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Old 10-07-2003, 03:31 PM   #4
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thanks for the info, your gauges looks good

why did you decided on the 52mm? Increase visibility?

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Thanks for the compliment. Increased visibility was one of the reasons, but I also wanted the "warning light" feature (not on the 45's). That pic was when I was fitting them into place. In the final installation I took them out and rearranged them so they were more user friendly (boost, oil press, & volts). I want to move the boost gauge next to the tach for more convinience. I just have to find a set-up that doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.

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Old 10-08-2003, 01:31 AM   #5
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Kean - I have to tell you that so many people have seen your setup and have tried to replicate it. It is a very nice setup but how did you dremel the pod so smoothly. I have two customers that tried to replicate it and screwed their pod up because frankly, its just not easy.

So how'd you do it? Any hints.

For folks thinking about this, the Subaru pod opening is 50mm. The gauges Kean has in there is 52mm.

Hence the handy mod job.
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Kean - I have to tell you that so many people have seen your setup and have tried to replicate it. It is a very nice setup but how did you dremel the pod so smoothly. I have two customers that tried to replicate it and screwed their pod up because frankly, its just not easy.

So how'd you do it? Any hints.

For folks thinking about this, the Subaru pod opening is 50mm. The gauges Kean has in there is 52mm.

Hence the handy mod job.
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Thanks Thaison. I had no template to follow so most of it was done "freehand" with a Dremel. Once I had the arches roughly "Dremeled", I used a piece of wood (wrapped in sand paper) that was the same diameter of the gauge (the outer lip / widest part). This produced a close fit and allowed the gauges to sit flush against the face plate. I'm considering a new aluminum faceplate......one that will fit a bit better to get rid of the gaps you see above the two bolts in the top corners. I would have liked a cleaner look without the bolts, but I wanted a secure, tight fitting set-up that wouldn't rattle. I know that I could get a tighter fit/look if I had it to do all over again. As with any project of this type, I'm always finding ways that I "could have done it better" (you know how it goes). I appreciate your compliments Thaison.

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Ahhh, that's the trick, a piece of cylindrical shaped wood wrapped in sandpaper...thanks for the tip Kean.
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