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Old 10-16-2005, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default Where to get power for gauges?

I'm looking to install my gauges finally and I was wondering where I could tap power from for constant 12v with the ignition, and constant 12v with the illumination on the stock gauges? Can anyone help?
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Old 10-16-2005, 11:21 AM   #2
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That depends on where you want to install them... A pillar? Gauge cluster? Clock pod?
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:09 PM   #3
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I tapped into the clock pod. It's the easiest place to access power, and all of the wires going into the clock are labeled on the female part of the plug (the part attached to the back of the clock). That was the case for my '04 STI at least.

If you do this, removing the clock pod can be a pain. It requires a ton of force. I thought I was going to break mine. Also, what kind of gauges are you installing?
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:29 PM   #4
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Im installing autometer oil pressure, air/fuel (Yes I know a wideband is better), and boost gauges on the A-Pillar. The reason I ask is on every other car I worked on the fuse box always had a few empty connection ports so it was easy to rob power right from the fuse box. I tried but that didnt work too good... I know I can get constant 12V from the clock but where would I get 12v that would go on with the illumination on the gauge cluster?
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:52 PM   #5
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There are 4 wires going into your clock; accessory, illumination, power, and ground. The accessory wire turns the clock on when the key is in the ACC position. The power wire allows it to go on when the car is on and I'm assuming it allows it to keep time when the car is off (correct me if I'm wrong). The illumination wire dims the clock when the headlights come on, but in turn will turn the backlight on in your gauges when you hook them up to it. You should be able to do all of your wiring from there. I installed my Defi Link gauges using these wires. I got all the needed information for the DIY from jsalicru's write-up. Here's the link:

http://homepage.mac.com/jsalicru/GaugesHowTo.html
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Old 10-16-2005, 02:22 PM   #6
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clock wires!!!!!
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:23 PM   #7
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There is also a set of unused connections behind the radio, sorry "Stereo", that you can use as well. That way, if you still have the clock and want to keep it, you don't have to touch those wires but you will probably have to remove the stereo to get at the connectors.

There are a couple of threads floating around in this particular forum on how to remove the stereo. It even has lots of pictures. I like pictures!
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:30 AM   #8
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I may have forgotten to mention this...I just spliced into the clock wires, therefore I didn't have to eliminate the clock. Also, I mounted my gauges on an A-pillar.

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Old 10-17-2005, 09:24 AM   #9
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ok, I'm going to give it a shot this weekend. Thanks for your help!!
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