Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Friday November 16, 2018
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Technical > Custom Fabrication, Welding & Tools

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-05-2018, 11:28 AM   #1
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 214167
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Default Custom stealth triple gauge pod for 02-07 Impreza


This is my first post outside of selling parts.
I've had some interest in more details on my custom hidden gauge pod and figured I would share what I can.
I made this gauge pod 6-plus years ago when I had more spare time on my hands (single and no kids) so my original build pictures are gone.
Below are the pictures before I sold it just to give an idea of how it was made.

At a high level: (very simplified)
1. I cut three pieces of 2" PVC (the inside diameter is equal to the same size as 52mm gauges)
2. I scuffed each of the PVC pieces and epoxied them in a row
3. I took a factory clock pod, cut the clock portion out and made two cuts longitudinally to allow me to push the floor of the clock pod down and open it to allow visibility to the gauges.
4. I began contouring the pod with fiberglass filler then automotive filler to get s smooth finish.
5. On the back of the pod I made two blocks of plastic and tapped them for #8 (maybe #6) screws and epoxied them to the pod.
6. I next made a matching set of blocks that were drilled through to pass the #8 screw. Then I epoxied those blocks to either side of the PVC assembly from #2 above.
7. Next I bought a piece of tinted plexiglass and cut it to fit between the gauges and the pod.
8. Finally I took the clock and cut everything off except the connector area. I also painted everything but the opening to the gauges black so all you see through the plexiglass are two tinted holes that match to the PVC assembly.
9. I then wired to the positive and negative 12volt terminals of the clock and filled that with epoxy. The end result was a connector with wire that I could plug into the vehicle clock connector. This allowed me to have a way to connect power to the gauges without cutting into the factory wiring.
10. I then painted the entire pod to match (forget the paint by I can look it up if others want to know).

The great thing about this method is there is no drilling required to install into the vehicle, just snap it back in place as you would the clock pod.

You can find my for sale posting here to see the pictures now:

I'll post other pictures soon. Just have to get them uploaded.

Let me know if you have any questions.

* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
02SilverSubaruWagon is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 10-06-2018, 09:23 PM   #2
NASIOC Supporter
Member#: 30669
Join Date: Dec 2002
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: USA, North NJ, 07456
1998 Legacy 2.5GT
Silver Sleeper BK, 5MT


Your link didn't work for me, let me try..... https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2885325

I found it by searching your threads you started.

Looks cool, nice idea.
Charlie-III is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2018, 04:32 PM   #3
Homemade WRX
Scooby Guru
Member#: 33782
Join Date: Mar 2003
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Mooresville, NC
96 3MI Racing LLC
search FIRST, then PM!!!


That is a cute little set up.

I kind of wish I had a stock clock cluster to see about printing a cluster holder to bond to the clock piece. I have the tall rice boy cluster holder now.
Homemade WRX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2018, 08:22 AM   #4
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 214167
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD

That is a good point. At the time I built this 3D printing wasn't as readily available. Printing a bezel would be a great idea.
02SilverSubaruWagon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2018, 08:59 PM   #5
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 480356
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Denver Colorado
2003 WRX Wagon
Sonic Yellow


If you happen to have any info you've found on the paint you used to finish I'd be interested since from the pictures at least it looks to blend very well with the factory finish. I'll likely model and 3D print the requisite parts for the gauge portion of it since I've got everything needed readily available to do that. Your work looks great!
PandaWagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Yesterday, 02:50 AM   #6
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 438620
Join Date: Jan 2016
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Des Moines, IA
2006 WRX Sedan


If anyone cares/is interested, I purchased this from 02SilverSubaruWagon. I have to say its super slick, I have yet to install it on my car but if anyone cares for pictures I can snap some for this thread. I may try and modify my stock pod in the same fashion that he did and see what happens. I really like this design and idea because it keeps the dash looking clean and OEMish with out the 3 big humps of other gauges pods. Props!
Zmanwrx23 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:57 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2018 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2017, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.