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Old 12-31-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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3-Gauge pillar pod+Equus...nice.

It took a while.....about six weeks. But finally I got everything together. It's just sitting there right now, checking the fit, which is great. The pod is from Massive for my '06......the gauges from O'Riley.

I may use some other gauges later on, but I'll have to look at these for a while to make up my mind. As far as the A/F gauge is concerned....if you know what you're looking at, the LEDs are plenty to tell if/how the O2 sensors are doing. The boost gauge.....using it as a vacuum gauge.

Anyway....the pod goes over the stock pillar cover, but isn't quite as long as stock. I'll probably paint the RS pillar cover black to the same length as this pillar pod. The Equus gauges have a plastic ring that holds the gauge tight to the pod....but they don't tighten down all the way with this pod. The pod is a tight fit. But it still holds tight. I'll put up some night shots when the wiring is hooked up.

So far so good....






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is that a wideband or narrowband?
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It's narrow.....measures #1 and #2 O2 sensors independently. One LED = .1V.
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Looks awesome man. I was thinking about doing a dual pod with either oil pressure and a/f or volts and a/f.
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I was worried about the looks also.....but after seeing it in the car, I'm pleased. The colors blend in well. My instrument cluster is stock with a black face, but these white-face gauges don't clash at all. The lighting for the gauges can be changed through four different colors using little covers over the bulbs....but I like the white look.

I'm wondering how to attach this pod. It comes with screws to attach to the existing pod. I'm not sure I want to do that. You certainly want to attach it securely enough so it couldn't be easily ripped out....but I also worry about maintenance, changing stuff around, etc.

And the wiring is another problem.....there's very little room there to sneak any wires to the gauges. More fun.......
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About 2/3 done now. I've got the gauge lights hooked up, the volt-meter, and the boost/vacuum gauge. Using the green covers for the light bulbs, the gauge lighting is a good match to the Ford cluster lighting.



Couple of things here.....these things are a major distraction to driving. I imagine I'll get used to them quickly, and won't be watching them so much. That vacuum gauge is really nice....you can literally see your MPG drop when you hit the gas.

I think the upper gauge is a little too close to your eyes. In an accident that didn't set off the air-bag, you might hit it. I think a two-pod setup would be safer...just speculation. Over-all I like the setup. I'll like it better when the center gauge is hooked up.

If anybody is interested, I took a few photos of the wire/vacuum line routing. Didn't have to cut any holes.....
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you should get the led replacement bulbs they are a ton better. other than that looks great
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i got a 2 gauge pod if you wanna trade lol it looks good
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I've got the A/F gauge working. I'm now monitoring O2 sensors #2 and #3. I tried O2 sensor #1, but found the voltage cycled too quickly to be readable. The sensors seen to be working normal. Here it is when you first turn on the ignition when cold...



It takes a minute or so for the sensors to warm up enough to give readings. Here it is on the highway cruising along....about 43F outside. It's sort of hard to get photos with the lights as you want. Normally there are two greens and one yellow lighted at cruising speeds.



The gauge readings are not always the same on both banks.... The third O2 sensor is more stable, not surprising since this is the after-cat sensor. When you decelerate, the readings go red (lean), with #2 O2 reacting more quickly.



It'll take me a while to establish a normal pattern of operation....and it should read slightly different in warmer weather. But right now I'd say the system is operating as it should. This gauge is a little too bright at night....IMO. I might dim the LEDs down a little.....daytime is ok, very readable.
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