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Old 04-05-2013, 01:46 PM   #74
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: DeKalb-ish, IL
06 WRX Ltd


Between family events, I was at very least able to work on one car realted project on Easter weekend. I have been meaning to get the AEM UEGO installed in the center console so I am ready come engine upgrade time. At first I wanted to graft it into the existing ashtray assembly and retain a useable lid. Hoping to cover the UEGO up when I get tired of the dumb flashing lights. I sort of looked at it and said PITA, so I ordered a SUBTLE plate. So it fits pretty good but I need to get the power socket back in there, the UEGO, maybe an AUX port, then get that powdercoated. In the end there is no lid over the UEGO. Ehhh, I waste a good deal of time, money, and frustration while I figure this stuff out.

So that weekend I figured what the heck, let's dremel the existing ashtray assembly and see what I can turn out. Eventhough I only have it roughed in there, it fits in there better than I expected. The lid still functions and looks non-modified when up. The UEGO does tilt slightly to the right due to the surfaces in the ashtray section. I could live with it since I'll mainly use it for datalogging but I may try to get it centered or tilted to the left. Compromise may win out out though. Now I just have to figure out what to fill in around the UEGO with. Some thin textured ABS panel maybe??? I was suggested to leave it as-is and may very well do just that. I'll graft the UEGO power into the same circuit my other meters are connected to.

I used the silver bezel during the fitting, will switch to the black bezel for final assembly.

Also dropped off some parts for powdercoating. I contacted 4 places, got 1 no response, and 1 absurd price quote. I tried a place closer to home to do some wrinkle red and some texture black. I was hoping the red was going to be a little darker to match better. We'll see what turns out. Honestly I'm having thoughts again about building an oven and doing this in-house from now on. Although I really want to avoid that option.
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Last edited by JarHarms; 05-23-2013 at 01:25 PM.
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