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Old 08-17-2009, 06:46 AM   #1
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Possible New Gauge Pod Option Pics - Looking For Feedback

Hey All,

I have a shop I work closely with that we are building a Twin Turbo setup for and they have come up with a gauge mounting option. It immitates the factory speedo and tach cluster in a small version.

Let me know what you think both good and bad. Thanks.

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Old 08-17-2009, 06:53 AM   #2
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It is a good thought....but why is everybody afraid of working with the 4 pack of gauges that is already there? Replace the volt-meter with a boost gauge and you will sell a bunch!
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:57 AM   #3
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Don't take this the wrong way, but it reminds me of the Geico money 'eyes', just a first impression. Please keep us posted
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:07 AM   #4
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Is that spot normally used for something? What are we losing by placing the gauges there. If that is the spot for the gauges, I would love to have something that's stealth. Push the front of it and the pod comes up like a cd tray.

The pod itself looks like it matches the dash and will be well constructed, but kinda looks out of place because the shape doesn't flow.
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I think it's fine just needs to be angled towards the driver,or at least design it so that the gauges will be,And as for replacing the factory Quad gauges down low is NOT a good idea,If your gonna be running any kind of power adder it needs to be monitored at eye level,I'm getting ready to do a Turbo setup myself,So I would definately be interested in one.............
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:57 AM   #6
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It is a good thought....but why is everybody afraid of working with the 4 pack of gauges that is already there? Replace the volt-meter with a boost gauge and you will sell a bunch!
I think the problem is location ... for something like boost it would be nice to be able to see this without taking your eyes off the road.

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Is that spot normally used for something? What are we losing by placing the gauges there. If that is the spot for the gauges, I would love to have something that's stealth. Push the front of it and the pod comes up like a cd tray.

The pod itself looks like it matches the dash and will be well constructed, but kinda looks out of place because the shape doesn't flow.
I think that is a center speaker location .. I could be wrong though ..

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Old 08-17-2009, 07:59 AM   #8
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Not everyone has the 4 gauge pods.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:05 PM   #9
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The pod looks good...like others, I'm concerned with the mounting location. Something in the driver's line-of-sight would be perfect.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:48 PM   #10
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Looks good but the pod looks upside down in contrast to the main dash cluster.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:57 PM   #11
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Johnny 5! haha... anyways, doesn't look that bad at all. And seeing that it's pretty far back in the dash, close to windshield, your eyes wouldn't be taken off the road that much.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:19 PM   #12
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I'm not so sure I like it covering the center speaker....

I'd rather have it centered on the wheel somewhere...

But I'm thinking it's a nice option... I'd like to see guages in it...

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Old 08-17-2009, 09:35 PM   #13
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i like it i think it could be blended in a lot better in a more subtle way but my concern would be visibility, i dont think i can spare any more loss when it comes to windshield space, its cool though good job
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:38 PM   #14
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I think it's fine just needs to be angled towards the driver,or at least design it so that the gauges will be,And as for replacing the factory Quad gauges down low is NOT a good idea,If your gonna be running any kind of power adder it needs to be monitored at eye level,I'm getting ready to do a Turbo setup myself,So I would definately be interested in one.............
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I think the problem is location ... for something like boost it would be nice to be able to see this without taking your eyes off the road.

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Exactly why I don't like the rally gauges.. on the center console, how can you see those? Go for it! I was thinking heads up display is possible, but have not looked into it much yet.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:38 PM   #15
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I like it! Now use this gauges:

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Old 08-17-2009, 09:50 PM   #16
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Its in the bluetooth speaker spot
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:16 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the opinions guys. Yes, it is the center speaker are and it is designed to still allow for the sounds to travel out of the speaker still. The gauges will be angled more to the drivers side for better viewing.

I was initially hoping for a "rounded & flat" version, but they said it did not flow well at all with the dash. I think this will work for most folks and I know it will not please everyone. We just are trying to at least bring a viable mounting option out for folks.

This will be going on the custom twin turbo we are putting together and the customer likes it quite a bit.

The 4 gauge cluster is a cool idea, but the shape will make it hard to read normally much less at speed.

I do not want to mount it up on the dash in front of the driver as I feel that, though it is a perfect spot to see, it would grab your attention during normal driving and could be a distraction and potentially dangerous. For an in front of the driver gauge, HUD is the only way to go IMO.

Keep the comments coming and I should have some pricing next week.

Thanks again everyone.

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Old 08-21-2009, 10:45 AM   #18
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You know, I don't think it looks too bad at all. I'm not really feeling the contour along the top, but then again, a plain, flat top would probably just be boring. Is visability affected much?

I'm more of an A-pillar gauge person. I had a three-pod with Cobalts on my '02, and loved it. It's not original, however, I had all of my gauges (oil temp., coolant temp., and tranny temp.) easily visable and it didn't get in the way of anything. It made it a pain the clean the inside of the windshield, but it was a 4th. Gen, so that's hard enough to start with.

You know - I think it's kinda' cool the passenger can look at them a little too. I'd love to see the boost need swing toward 20 psi as my eyeballs get pushed into the back of my cranium, lol.

More cleare pics' please It's looking really good
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:18 AM   #20
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I think that placement is a bad idea. The front field of vision is already crappy with the 10" of windshield and 4" mirror. Those will just add to the issue. I think something off to the drivers side, or better yet find a way to get it to feed into the readout between the speed and RPMs.

Just my thoughts.
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