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    Homemade A-pillar boost guage pod.

    After finding a suitable boost guage, 60mm Swoosh backlit red, on good old ebay, I set about finding somewhere to mount it. A lot of people chop em into the vents, but don't always like to follow the masses, plus a 60mm was a tight squeeze anyway, I decided to see if I could knock summit up for the A-pillar, and I reckon it turned out pretty bob on!

    Thought I'd post up a few pics to give people an idea of what I did, pretty simple really in the end.

    Bought this with the guage.



    Chopped it up to fit like this.



    Then stretched some old t-shirt cloth over it to form nice natural curves.




    Then coat with fibre glass resin from Halfords, then once dry and hard trimmed it up.




    Then a quick wipe over with some filler to smooth out any imperfections




    Blasted a bit of spare primer over it to tidy it up, waiting for some black headlining to arrive to recover the whole pillar for a nice OEM look, but wanted it in and fitted to see the result.




    Looks pretty good at night too, a good match.



    There we go, done! Hope you all like, I'll put the covered pic up when it's done.
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    Looks good i keep meaning to do that with mine, i have all the stuff bar the inspiration to do it...
    maybe this will spring it !!

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    where do you buy the matching headling from mate?

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    that's a good job, just need some headlinning
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    Quote Originally Posted by sun and kath View Post
    where do you buy the matching headling from mate?
    My good man ^Chris^ sorted me some out from a scrapped S3, after a long search! Cheers bud
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    Cool, i need some headlining for a normal A4, i so need to do this now, thanks for the final inspiration matey

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    Looks great, wish I was that capable.

    Pretty amazing what you can do with your hands and a bit of 'can do' attitude.

    I'm good with my hands too, just in rather different areas

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    I like it!!!!!

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    Very nice job there looks awesome great bit of work
    A4 Avant project now started ! see this thread ! http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a4-s4-forum-b5-chassis/43296-bit-project-going.html
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    plenty of time to make a new gauge but not enought time to top up your water bottle

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    There's always someone isn't there! I think I've got a leak in the washer bottle, never really use it yet it needs filling up every week! So can't be arsed with it anymore!
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    Your headlight washer pump will be cracked. Cost you about 25 to get a new one and it can be replaced in 15 mins by taking the wheel arch liner out.

    Did my tits in when mine had gone as you always get the warning beep every time you start the car.

    How much did the gauge cost?
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    Gauge cost me 29 plus a little postage. Got it from here:

    http://www.autodials.co.uk/

    They sell all sorts of gauges, the silver fighter are the red backlit ones, not just boost in there, plenty of other options, accessories too.

    The only difference between the Omori/AWE/VDO ones that most people use is that the needle isn't lit white, but the price difference is quite a bit.
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    Nice work looks good.
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    nice work mate, i really like what you done there!

    also nice site i just spent 87 2 gauges, a twin a pillar pod, and some more hose.










    shame i cant hit the pay now button!! ill just have to stick with my normal bar reading boost gauge!!
    Last edited by ALPINE; 2nd June 2008 at 16:11.

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    Finally finished this off, covered with black roof lining. Was a pain in the arse getting it stretched round all the curves, had to do it in 2 pieces, but turned out really well, pretty pleased.

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    looks nice and neat - good job

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    Very nice end result
    A4 Avant project now started ! see this thread ! http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=43296
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    I was going to cut my guage into th ecentre heater vent but after seeing this I think I'll buy myself a pair of those pods and do a twin pod for my A pillar.

    Excellent work fella

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oranoco View Post
    I was going to cut my guage into th ecentre heater vent but after seeing this I think I'll buy myself a pair of those pods and do a twin pod for my A pillar.

    Excellent work fella
    you can get a twin pod. I have one ready to go, just ordered some light grey felt to cover it

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    Will have a butchers through my Demon Tweeks catalogues etc.

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    My pod turned up today, watch this space

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    did you have to buy the hosing and t-piece too or did they come with the swoosh gauge?

    cheers

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    The swoosh gauge came with eveything you need to plumb it straight in no worries.
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    cool and where did you get the headlining from in the end?

    ta

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    A guy on here found one in a scrappy near him and sent me some.
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    The swoosh guages match our red very well. I have the oil pressure and the boost the boost is spot on but the oil one is on its 3rd sender unit, they keep going faulty.

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    good old halfords...... i got the plasma gauge with color change.... matches the dash perfect!!! cant rtemember the make atm and i cant be arsed to go out side in the rain to look!!

    Now to many mods to list! Lots of power, torque and Leather!

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    prob from autogauge
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    ^^^thats the one my man!!!^^^

    Now to many mods to list! Lots of power, torque and Leather!

 

 

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