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RolinkHaus
post May 15 2019, 05:35 PM
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Looking to create an Audi style dash gauge pod. Has anyone tried this? Did a Google search with no luck. Not a fan of pillar mounted gauges. Probably going with Battery / Oil Temp / maybe a clock...or Cylinder Head Temp. VDO gauges, of course. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/piratenanner.gif)

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post May 15 2019, 06:42 PM
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I'll bite. Why?

With ready availability of the center console that works and looks great I don't suspect you'll find what you're looking for for the 914 though you could certainly make one.

Simple Path: You can make a custom face for console and fit many more than the stock 3 gauges (clock, oil temp, voltmeter).

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post May 15 2019, 06:43 PM
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I'll bite. Why?

With ready availability of the center console that works and looks great I don't suspect you'll find what you're looking for for the 914 though you could certainly make one.

Simple Path: You can make a custom face for console and fit many more than the stock 3 gauges (clock, oil temp, voltmeter).

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post May 15 2019, 07:05 PM
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There is a gauge plate that covers the stock radio location on the market that holds 3 two inch gauges. I have oil temp, head temp, and oil pressure there.

Clock and volt meter are on the A pillar in the pods.

I don’t run the center console as my feet get stuck on it. I like the extra space without it.

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post May 15 2019, 07:26 PM
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VDO stopped making the CHT.... so if you're going for pretty, they won't match. I like the "deposit box" the 3 gauge thing wastes so much space. So I bought 2 VDO type 2 hole "L" brackets and put them under the dash and at the top of the deposit box. Very functional. A/F OT OP CHT

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post May 15 2019, 07:27 PM
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QUOTE(VaccaRabite @ May 15 2019, 09:05 PM) *

There is a gauge plate that covers the stock radio location on the market that holds 3 two inch gauges. I have oil temp, head temp, and oil pressure there.

Clock and volt meter are on the A pillar in the pods.

I don’t run the center console as my feet get stuck on it. I like the extra space without it.

Zach


I like it, but then what do you do for tunes. If you have a six then I understand . . . That is the best music!
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post May 15 2019, 07:52 PM
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QUOTE(malcolm2 @ May 15 2019, 09:26 PM) *

VDO stopped making the CHT.... so if you're going for pretty, they won't match. I like the "deposit box" the 3 gauge thing wastes so much space. So I bought 2 VDO type 2 hole "L" brackets and put them under the dash and at the top of the deposit box. Very functional. A/F OT OP CHT



VDO probably stopped making their CHT because there’s a far better option out there.

Zach, a simple reconstruction of the back of the center console opens up a world of extra room; I’m a size 11 and no longer have any issues with my foot getting stuck. That said, I like the look of the no console.

But where would I put all the gauges? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/happy11.gif)
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post May 16 2019, 12:58 AM
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A friend wanted to add three gauges that would be in his field of view, not down below the dash. He did the basic aluminum shape and I did the welding and wiring. It has VDO oil pressure, oil temp and voltage gauges and also a USB port. It appears to be mounted a little low, but when in the driver's seat you can see the entire range of each gauge.

And yes, he has a sense of humor.

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post May 16 2019, 02:20 AM
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Not a fan of the center console myself. I will do some experimentation, posting pics. In the mean time, added a side mirror. Some will like it, others will not.

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post May 16 2019, 02:35 AM
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Love the Vitaloni Sebring mirrors, but in order to see behind, placement is key. Still experimenting.
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QUOTE(Superhawk996 @ May 15 2019, 09:27 PM) *

I like it, but then what do you do for tunes. If you have a six then I understand . . . That is the best music!


70 watt amp hidden under the dash, with a hardwired minijack run to the center armrest compartment that I can plug my iphone into. Easy! Volume control is all done through the iPhone.

At least that was what I did until I pulled it all out when I realized I wasn't using it. I tend not to listen to music in my 914.

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FWIW I ran the 3-gauge VDO radio slot setup for a few years and it did look nice and function fine, but I found it undesirable to divert attention to look at them. I went to the quad-gauge in the standard dash location; a triple gauge would've been fine/better in hindsight. (Voltmeter is pretty useless.)
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post May 16 2019, 09:25 AM
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QUOTE(VaccaRabite @ May 15 2019, 06:05 PM) *

There is a gauge plate that covers the stock radio location on the market that holds 3 two inch gauges. I have oil temp, head temp, and oil pressure there.

Clock and volt meter are on the A pillar in the pods.

I don’t run the center console as my feet get stuck on it. I like the extra space without it.

Zach


I want to rid myself of the center console too. Where can I find this gauge plate that covers the radio location?
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post May 16 2019, 09:29 AM
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reminds me of the old amco console, Jeff bowlesby may have a picture of one installed. Has an armrest and a guage pod that sort of looks like the Audi pictured


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Looking to create an Audi style dash gauge pod. Has anyone tried this? Did a Google search with no luck. Not a fan of pillar mounted gauges. Probably going with Battery / Oil Temp / maybe a clock...or Cylinder Head Temp. VDO gauges, of course. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/piratenanner.gif)

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Not installed, but you get the idea. I would love to find one of these.... I have 4 gauges tho. Don't remember seeing one with the rectangle gadget with the LCD. Wonder what that is. Plus are the rocker switches usually used for seat heaters or power windows?

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post May 16 2019, 09:55 AM
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Cant remember who has it
But id toss all those guages and just get the
Fuel guage that has a huge red oil light.
Size of entire guage i think

Do you really need more then that .

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I did the dash....Ferrari 250 GTO style

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QUOTE(thelogo @ May 16 2019, 10:55 AM) *

Cant remember who has it
But id toss all those gauges and just get the
Fuel gauge that has a huge red oil light.
Size of entire gauge i think

Do you really need more then that .


CHT and OT has caused me to check around. A full size paper towel had been sucked into the fan and was covering 1/3 or 1/2 of the fins. OT went up to 260 on a 80* day. I knew something was wrong. CHT needle does not move as far for a 20* increase, but I noticed a change.

another time, my ALT light came on on a 3 hour interstate trip. The voltage gauge assisted in how close I could get to home before shutting it down..... 8.5 volts as I pulled into a Cracker Barrel parking place.... 45 minutes from home.

For some people they are nice to have, some look nice, and I enjoy the feedback. To each his own.... like brands of oil, tires, etc....
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I want to rid myself of the center console too. Where can I find this gauge plate that covers the radio location?


I got mine a few years back from RennMetal ( I think). But its just a flat sheet of steel with three 2 1/16th inch holes in it. You could make one yourself in just a few minutes with a 2 inch hole saw and some 18 or 16 ga stock steel from your local hardware store. Super simple design.

Zach
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