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« on: April 06, 2004, 12:23:40 PM »
There are some of us looking to install a Boost Gauge, so here is a link to the install instructions on ClubB5.com

http://www.clubb5.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=42832

I think this is pretty easy, the hard part is for those of us with airbag in the A pillar, finding a place to mount the gauge.  I also think there is a better way to power the gauge than the instructions suggest.

After some thought and suggestions (Matt - Black A4) I am going to place mine n the drivers side air vent.  I am hoping to power the gauge with the wires that run to the vent's lighting.  Once I have completed the process I will post how to adapt the air vent to hold the gauge.
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2004, 12:29:27 PM »
Drop me a line if you need help.  I also did mine in the vent.
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2004, 12:29:27 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2004, 12:38:44 PM »
Quote from: "Denver Pat"
Drop me a line if you need help.  I also did mine in the vent.


Were you able to power the gauge with the lighting wire's or did you run alturnate power?
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2004, 01:06:25 PM »
I tapped the vent open/close light power.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2004, 01:18:53 PM »
Thanks - that is my plan too.

Well I guess I know what I am doing tonight. :)
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2004, 06:39:02 PM »
Also, Randy, be sure to tap into the vaccum line at the right place.  It's the smallest hose on top of the engine in the back.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2004, 06:43:01 PM »
Thanks.

Now I got some line and fittings with the gauge, it looks like good stuff, but should I use a silicone hose or the parts that came with the gauge?

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2004, 07:03:05 PM »
Are you talking about the place where you tap in?  If so, then replace it before you tap into or do both at the same time.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2004, 07:09:44 PM »
I am going to replace the vasue hose on the engine for sure.  I am asking about the line from the vacume hose to the back of the boost gauge.  THe line that came with the gague looks like nylon tubing - should I use that??
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2004, 07:15:12 PM »
Mine is electronic, so I didn't have to run one, but if yours is mechanical, which it sounds like it is, then I would run it all the way.
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2004, 07:57:05 PM »
Quote from: "kraut-sled"
THe line that came with the gague looks like nylon tubing - should I use that??


I've read that the nylon tubing has a tendency to kink and cause problems.  If you've got some better hosing and can get it thru all the tight spots between the engine and the gauge, you'll probably be better off.
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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2004, 08:01:28 PM »
I have some nice red silicone hose that I might run if I can get it to fit.  Otherwise I will be using the nylon.

BTW - This is post 303 for me....  Just like the area code of my phone.   Now finishing out the rest of the number might be hard. :cool:
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2004, 02:45:54 PM »
Come over to my house his afternoon, I'm going mod crazy to day wth Jon...guages and everything...but then, you probably have to work this afternoon like most people. :P
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2004, 03:19:26 PM »
JR - Call me 303-905-1915 and let me know who long you are going to be there.  I am able to take off a little early if I need to or if you are working into the evening I can bring some beer and join you later.

Thanks man :)
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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2004, 10:09:55 AM »
Sorry Randy, I posted and never checked again...I know how to do it now...at least for the a-pillar, wiring and all. So if you have any q's, lemme know. I didn't get the snub or fogs done though and I ran in a little problem with the oil temp guage... :x Stripped bolt where I need to put the sender :mad: Need some vise grips or something... :mad:  :x  :mad:  :x  :x  :mad:
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« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2004, 10:15:17 AM »
D'oh...that does not sound good, not at all.  Is the car drivable?

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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2004, 10:18:35 AM »
Car's very drivable. I went out and got a 5mm last night...well yeah, see above post :mad:
Anyway...I really need to get that front end off an check my timing belt...it's making more noise I think.
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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2004, 12:12:29 PM »
No worries, JR.  I got back to the office after lunch and was slammed, soI would not have been able to make it.

I did some work on my gauge lastnight and I have is mounted in the vent now, and it looks pretty good.  I have the wiring done, and I just need to get the right color lightbulb and a connector for the vacume line.  I how to have it all done tonight. :)
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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2004, 09:20:54 PM »
I would really recommend 42dd's t-fitting w/restrictor if you have a mechanical gauge...there's no buzzing at all with mine and it works great...I have the blue LED's from 42dd as well.
Now if I can just get that bolt out...for my sender
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2004, 01:13:22 PM »
Got it done!!

I ran the hose and wired the gauge up last night.  I have it placed in the drives side left hand vent.  It was not the easiest placement, but I am happy with the results.  I mounted the gauge at a slight angle, facing the driver, so it is very easy to see.

I did not change the bulb or the face (white) becasue I plan on changin all the gauges to white from black.  Someday...  so now I guess I am comitted.
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