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DGAFxxx
01-04-2007, 06:24 PM
well I want my car to look as stock as possible. I definately don't like the pillar pod's, and not sure if I like the center vent mod either. I've seen articles for DIY installs of LED lights into the guage cluster, but not sure if I want to go that route. Has anyone ever tried removing the volt/power guage on the bottom right of the cluster and retrofitting a small gauge such as the omori 45mm? I know they make ones that match the lighting of the gauge cluster. I plan on taking my gauge cluster apart this weekend to see if that is even possible.

http://www.omorimeter.com/45mm_boost_gauges.htm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/dc2spdrcr/cluster.jpg

AudiRacerS4
01-04-2007, 06:32 PM
that would be sick

DGAFxxx
01-04-2007, 06:37 PM
well I have a 45mm boost guage and I put a red led in it. It matches the red in the audi almost exactly. The 45 mm guage is just barely bigger than the volt gauge (which I find usless compared to a boost gauge). My brother is an electrical engineer and is going to help me try and do this this weekend. I haven't seen the back of the cluster yet to see how it will fit, but by brother is fairly sure he can make this work one way or another without affecting anything else on the cluster. If all goes as plans I'll take some pics and do a write up.

SurferForever
01-04-2007, 08:39 PM
post pics when yer done and take lots of pics while your doing it, maybe a new DIY for us to try

1 ate T
01-05-2007, 04:59 AM
Put it on the left vent... No one notices mine until they're in the front passenger seat... I can see it great, and it's SUPER easy to hook up being that it's right next to the fuse box. I cut up the vent myself and altogether was $40 with about 45 minutes of work. MUCH Better than AWE's $250 kit. Here's some pics:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y65/virtualD/11502_DSC00723-1.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y65/virtualD/11502_DSC00724-1.jpg

nizmosx
01-05-2007, 08:10 AM
you may have to trim around the volt gauge but either way it should look good. If you mess up you can get an aluminum plate or some carbon fibre and overlay it above the gauges to cover imperfections of your cuts and or sanding. It may look strange if the gauge is a little too big for the area. Also you may want to try to remove the bezel around the gauge itself so that when you place it behind the plastic cover its flush.....

ive tooled around with this idea before but i like big gauges so i decided to make my own custom pod and mount it on the dash.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/nizmosx/IMG_4199.jpg

i may be selling this gauge to get a black one soon. if anyone is interested pm me.

sean1.8t
01-05-2007, 08:22 AM
i've definately got my eye on this

RippleChip
01-05-2007, 08:29 AM
I put mine in the center vents, looks very stock and isn't noticeable. Get the VDO and it matches perfectly.

I like the idea of having it in the guage cluster, it would be just like Saab does which looks really good.

DGAFxxx
01-05-2007, 09:06 AM
well I'm going to attempt it this weekend. I'm pretty sure I can make this sit flush behind the black plastic on the gauge panel so I dont have to do any trimming. I won't know till I take everything apart. But I'll post lots of pictures if this works.

hey4
01-05-2007, 09:42 AM
I put mine in the center vents, looks very stock and isn't noticeable. Get the VDO and it matches perfectly.

I like the idea of having it in the guage cluster, it would be just like Saab does which looks really good.

yup, vdo is the way to go if you want stock look. All of the non-car people that ride in my car think it's stock. With the red Led it's 95% perfect match. I have mine with the pod that matches the interior, not cutout centersvents. Those can be made to look good but it's a major pita if you screw up.

4ringAR
01-05-2007, 10:49 AM
i like that idea for voltometer removal. it is cool to have one, but honestly not very useful, especially on an everyday basis.

that idea kind of reminds me of the boost gauge they had on some old volvo 850's:
http://img307.imageshack.us/img307/7302/volvoboostgaugeen6.jpg

not at all precise, but built in and kind of cool.

BeeFiveQuattro
01-05-2007, 03:22 PM
I know where you are coming from (and don't like the vent pods).

I honestly do like your idea... & would especially like to have the oil temp on the right; and have the integrated boost gauge next to the tach.
-that is what I am really looking for (the tach and boost as close as possible.. ideally like some porsche clusters that have an integrated boost gauge).

Alternitively: I am looking into this:
-Should be ready for the B5 this spring.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/rich/PackageOmoriBlack_2.jpg

http://www.podi.ca/Products.aspx

One step better with that one would be to have it angled over the tach (and not the speedo).. Podi claims that would require the pod to be 10mm higher though.

SurferForever
01-05-2007, 03:26 PM
Only problem with that one is that it blocks part of the speedo. If they do it to the other side it blocks part of the tach. IN the middle, blocks the screen

BeeFiveQuattro
01-05-2007, 03:44 PM
Only problem with that one is that it blocks part of the speedo. If they do it to the other side it blocks part of the tach. IN the middle, blocks the screen


I'd ideally want it overlaying (not blocking) the tach. (Because the boost is correlated to the engine speed).
-I have my wheel tele'd all the way out; and tilted all the way down. I don't think it will block much.

DGAFxxx
01-05-2007, 03:57 PM
well when I take apart the cluster I will see about moving the oil temp to the right side, and putting the boost guage on the left. not sure how much work that will take. I'm pretty sure its possible, I'm guessing I will probably just have to extend the length of the wire clip for the oil pressure to make it fit on the right side. I took the plastic cover off my omori boost guage, so it will fit flush behind the black plastic piece of the guage cluster. I don't think I will have to do any trimming or cutting of anything. I'm pretty confident I can make this look just like a stock guage.

BeeFiveQuattro
01-05-2007, 04:08 PM
I'm really interested how this turns out [up]



well when I take apart the cluster I will see about moving the oil temp to the right side, and putting the boost guage on the left. not sure how much work that will take. I'm pretty sure its possible, I'm guessing I will probably just have to extend the length of the wire clip for the oil pressure to make it fit on the right side. I took the plastic cover off my omori boost guage, so it will fit flush behind the black plastic piece of the guage cluster. I don't think I will have to do any trimming or cutting of anything. I'm pretty confident I can make this look just like a stock guage.

werksmini
01-05-2007, 04:21 PM
If you think about it, its only going to block the redline RPM's or very low speed MPH.

SurferForever
01-05-2007, 04:26 PM
well when I take apart the cluster I will see about moving the oil temp to the right side, and putting the boost guage on the left. not sure how much work that will take. I'm pretty sure its possible, I'm guessing I will probably just have to extend the length of the wire clip for the oil pressure to make it fit on the right side. I took the plastic cover off my omori boost guage, so it will fit flush behind the black plastic piece of the guage cluster. I don't think I will have to do any trimming or cutting of anything. I'm pretty confident I can make this look just like a stock guage.

one interesting idea, would be to put it where the oil temp is so its next to the tach, then put the oil temp next to the water temp to put the two tems together, then put the gas gauge where the voltmeter would be. Just a thought to move some stuff around. As long as your gonna be takin it all apart anyway might as well go all out

sean1.8t
01-05-2007, 05:26 PM
Only problem with that one is that it blocks part of the speedo. If they do it to the other side it blocks part of the tach. IN the middle, blocks the screen

MCHammered's pod only blocks the first 15ish mph of your speedometer.. when do you ever look at your speedo at those speeds? i've got the center one now and im switching over to the right off centered one when it comes out..

or im doing this if it works well

Mawhitey
01-06-2007, 05:46 AM
I am watching with interest !!

I was going to get one of those units that allows you to use the DIS for displaing boost etc, but this may be just the ticket

SoFresh
04-16-2007, 10:38 AM
Hey does anyone on here have a left over black OEM dash vent willing to part with or sale? I need one!!! PM me if you do!!!

NyteEscape
04-16-2007, 10:47 AM
this sounds amazing to me...def. looking forward to the outcome of this...

MikeWasHere05
04-16-2007, 11:45 AM
This is old, update? Definitely interested.

BeeFiveQuattro
04-16-2007, 11:58 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/rich/EFU-CAN.jpg
http://www.techreaction.com/efu.htm

wafballa54
04-16-2007, 12:13 PM
that is sweet how'd u get that?

MikeWasHere05
04-16-2007, 12:19 PM
Still doesn't help us pre-facelifts =(

AWDios
04-16-2007, 01:55 PM
For Audi model manufactured before 99 to July 2001*

A4Shizzle
04-16-2007, 04:03 PM
Looks like it'd work for 99.5s... Now all I need is that little box and a new gauge cluster and I'll have a $500 boost gauge.

1 ate T
04-16-2007, 05:01 PM
this is from January folks

P3RryaudiA4
10-16-2007, 03:43 PM
yo that looks nice man wat did u use to trim the vent and how does it stay in

hit me back pz

audiFUEGO
10-16-2007, 04:03 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/nizmosx/IMG_4199.jpg

i may be selling this gauge to get a black one soon. if anyone is interested pm me.

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t1demont1
10-16-2007, 04:17 PM
It looks funny but still very clean... thread revivers ftw