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eventerke 11-25-2007 12:28 PM

Weekend gauge project
 
Here's what I got done over the holiday weekend.

Getting ready for the next track day - wanted real OP/OT/WT guages, a shift light, and a low OP warning light that goes off before imminent engine grenading.

Other requirements were to not block my sightline, not require cutting my dash, and not looking too ricey [;)]

Got an extra gauge bezel - and constructed this:

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f.../gaugepod2.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f.../gaugepod1.jpg

Top light is a 10mm blue LED for a shift light, bottom is a 5mm red that I'll hook up to a low OP warning switch.

Lessons learned:

a) minimize the complex curves if you want it to look good
b) black shows every imperfection you thought was gone
c) Bondo sucks - see a) + b)

At some point I'll pull it and clean up some more, and give it a repaint. It is definitely prettier at 5ft than 5in [:D]

Right now the wires are all bundled to a single plug - I still have to do all the under-the hood wiring. Cool thing is I can remove 2 screws and put the stock bezel right back in.

Mr.Bergner 11-25-2007 12:49 PM

Oooo, man I really want to see this but I can't see the pictures again. Is it my computer, cause I couldn't see the pictures of your pedals on the other thread.
Again, sounds cool!

eventerke 11-25-2007 01:31 PM

Bump - pics fixed

zx360 11-25-2007 01:40 PM

it looks kinda cool, im diggin it

isaac_in_tx 11-25-2007 01:51 PM

looks good, kinda looks like gauges on a plane :)

Mr.Bergner 11-25-2007 02:20 PM

Oh yeah, that's sweet. How's the visibility?

Klondike 11-25-2007 02:35 PM

damn that a great idea, and it turned out well, excellent job dude!!

eventerke 11-25-2007 02:36 PM

Quote:

Oh yeah, that's sweet. How's the visibility?
Pretty good - the oil temp gauge is blocked the most by my hand, but the needle will be visible in its operating range. The LEDs are aimed directly at me in my AX/track seating position, and they are *bright*.

macdiesel 12-11-2007 08:28 PM

Dude, that is awesome!

killer ZETEC 12-12-2007 12:18 PM

a brilliant idea, however could the pod maybe be a little shorter? it looks like shes sticking out a bit, lol.


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