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what's the cheapest and best way to install guages into my car for the features most other cars have, but VW left off?
i saw a screen mounted in a radio device cubby-hole. but i want something cheaper, and more simplistic.
 

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i was thinking along those lines, but i have an airbag there. i would like for it to stay there. or does the Apillar go over that, without disrupting the AB mechanism?
 

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i was thinking along those lines, but i have an airbag there. i would like for it to stay there. or does the Apillar go over that, without disrupting the AB mechanism?
Depends which gauge pod you buy, and whether you make the mistake of drilling holes through the airbag assembly during installation. In any event, it's probably a good idea to use epoxy to help hold the pod in place, to greatly increase the amount of force needed to pop the pod off the airbag cover in a crash. The airbag will still work; it comes out from the side of the pillar closer to the door than the windshield, thereby smashing the pod into the windshield instead of your face.
 

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cool. that's good to know.

is there a way to install it without drilling holes through my AB assembly?
 

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This will cost some money, but I am thinking the only truly satisfactory option is to replace my single-DIN Monsoon head unit and my single-DIN in-dash CD player with a single-DIN combined radio/CD head unit, which would then free up one DIN for a triple gauge set (oil temperature, oil pressure, boost). The other option is to replace the in-dash CD player with a wayback-mounted CD changer.
 

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This will cost some money, but I am thinking the only truly satisfactory option is to replace my single-DIN Monsoon head unit and my single-DIN in-dash CD player with a single-DIN combined radio/CD head unit, which would then free up one DIN for a triple gauge set (oil temperature, oil pressure, boost). The other option is to replace the in-dash CD player with a wayback-mounted CD changer.
you could dump the in dash player for an MP3 device and an AUX input, freeing up a DIN spot also.
just as...not free as the changer, but another option.
 

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what's the cheapest and best way to install guages into my car for the features most other cars have, but VW left off?
i saw a screen mounted in a radio device cubby-hole. but i want something cheaper, and more simplistic.
search for gauges. i was looking through them and found an electronic multi gauge posted. i'd find it but i don't care to look again, and it wasn't cheap :p

BUT, depending on what you're looking to monitor, it may be an end all solution for you. :thumbup:
 

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Someone (ABD?) made a boost gauge that replaces the headlight switch.
But then you have to put that switch somewhere...
Also - isn't there a "pod" that mounts on the steering column?
But that obscures the drivers display - and I think those are 1 or 2 gauge.
 

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I'm very pleased w/ my dual steering column pod. Contrary to the photos below, the only part of the instrument panel that's significantly blocked is the clock on the left.

Patrick.



 

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Thanks for the repost of your pictures, Patrick. I had forgotten about your setup, and it does indeed appear satisfactory. Who was your parts supplier, and did you happen to compile a list of needed parts, such as a T-fitting for the oil pressure sender?
 

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denied. :lol:

you could dump the in dash player for an MP3 device and an AUX input, freeing up a DIN spot also.
just as...not free as the changer, but another option.
actually, i think that might be an interesting idea to have. would sure as hell look awesome.

i had seen a picture of this somewhere where the guy replaced the middle din with an LCD retractable screen device.
as for the MP3 setup you suggested, i already have my sony psp as the dominant music device, via a casette adapter with the wires crammed under the dash.

i suppose... if i were to toss the cd player, and get that LCD display, i could likely get one with dual functionality for screen and audo play....
move the monsoon down one Din, (if it can be done so) and place the screen in the top slot...
hmmm...


that, or i just go steal the audi nav system. heh.
 

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ok, say (hypothetically) i were to go out and buythe APillar like that, righ now.
i get it home.
then how would i install it?
where would the sensor wires go?
 
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