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Boost gauge centre vent install?

voteforpedro Jun 16, 2009

  1. voteforpedro

    voteforpedro Member

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    I've bought a 52mm boost gauge which I planned on fitting in the centre or driver-side vent tomorrow. However... stupid question time... what is stopping the installed gauge from rocking up and down as the vent pivots? :hubbahubba:
     
  2. docurley

    docurley Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    It should be quite tight and I never had an issue with my old vent gauge.
     
  3. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    I've recently installed an oil pressure guage, and found that the guage was deep enough to reach quite far back into the apature meaning it would only move a few mm's up and down.

    I put some sticky foam pads above and below the housing to hold it tight so it doesnt move at all now.

    I did have to remove the flap that controls the airflow though, as the guage hits it. So i put duck tape over the rear of the housing so the air wouldnt blow past the guage constantly.
     
  4. voteforpedro

    voteforpedro Member

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    I forgot to mention that it's a universal gauge and I'm going to "modify" the existing vent.
     
  5. docurley

    docurley Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Thats what I did.
     
  6. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    same!
     
  7. Blue_Thunder

    Blue_Thunder Well-Known Member

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    I ziptied the wires going into the back of the gauge to the vent housing. That keeps it pretty secure.

    I did fit one of those in-vent Ambi-Pur air fresheners a while ago which was quite heavy. Just got a small piece of black cardboard, folded it and wedged it in on the underside of the vent which holds it solid.
     
  8. Geeman

    Geeman Low Life

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    This is my next mod too... going to retro-fit the boost gauge I have in the centre vent.
     
  9. voteforpedro

    voteforpedro Member

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    My boost gauge came but I have a question! I heard the fusebox is the best place to wire it up but they gave me a very generous wire length of around 0.25m so there's no way it will reach from the centre vents.

    Rather than extending the wire, where else can I splice into? The three wires go to:

    - 12v ignition switch
    - Vehicle ground
    - 12v dash lighting
     
  10. Blue_Thunder

    Blue_Thunder Well-Known Member

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    Do you not have any other wire lying about? I had to extend the wiring that came on mine to reach the dash terminals (switched live).
     

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