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Where to put three guages? (Air/Fuel, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure)

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#1 normality

  • Joined:27-September 09
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:S13 - SR20DE

Posted 17 November 2011 - 12:04 PM

Hey guys,

Looking to install some new gauges into my S13, but not sure where to mount them. I know most people put them on the dash, but mine is mint and would rather not put holes in it. Also, I am looking to keep the interior as clean looking as possible which is something to consider ...

Very open to installing anywhere listed in the poll - would have no problem tearing out center vent etc.

Thoughts?

#2 blingcommander

  • Joined:05-October 06
  • Location:Japan
  • Car:Scooty-Puff Jr.

Posted 17 November 2011 - 12:23 PM

double sided tape

#3 Yippykiyay

  • Joined:08-May 11
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:Silvia S15 SpecR JDM

Posted 17 November 2011 - 12:38 PM

DIN.

#4 LOLspec

  • Joined:25-January 10
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:2001 s15 ADM

Posted 17 November 2011 - 12:49 PM

under or above your headunit?

#5 Yippykiyay

  • Joined:08-May 11
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:Silvia S15 SpecR JDM

Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:10 PM

Doesnt really matter, personal choice. I've always like below

#6 Dre_S13

  • Joined:05-November 05
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:S13 SR20DET Blacktop

Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:23 PM

The GR 3 Gauge Meter Panel (Cluster) are pretty neat. I just prefer the better viewing angle really. But if you are looking for the cleanest. I'd have to say DIN

#7 R32GTRS

  • Joined:24-August 09
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:RB25 R32gtst

Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:41 PM

the tape idea works well if you have a quality tape and clean the surface well but i voted lower DIN if you have the room there.

#8 Yippykiyay

  • Joined:08-May 11
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:Silvia S15 SpecR JDM

Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:45 PM

And yes...get the 3 gauge holder...looks much cleaner... can get them anywhere.

like this. I've always run with this in all my sports cars. Water temp, boost, volts/oil pressure. Sorted.

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#9 blingcommander

  • Joined:05-October 06
  • Location:Japan
  • Car:Scooty-Puff Jr.

Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:53 PM

:lol: volts...

anyway i believe you should be easily able to read them at a glance. down near the cd player sucks for that

#10 harvey-n

  • Joined:19-October 09
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:55 PM

I put my boost gauge on the steering column with double sided tape. Im sure it would work on the dash with double sided tape also.

#11 Yippykiyay

  • Joined:08-May 11
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:Silvia S15 SpecR JDM

Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:00 PM

View Postblingcommander, on 17 November 2011 - 01:53 PM, said:

:lol: volts... anyway i believe you should be easily able to read them at a glance. down near the cd player sucks for that
I did have the volts/oil pressure to be fair... :D

Also reading at a glance..I've never found it particuarly labour intensive to view while on the DIN.

I love the clean finish install as well as the fact it's relatively 'out of sight' from a quick glance into the cabin from passersby and the authorities etc.

Still, each to their own eh?

Edited by Yippykiyay, 17 November 2011 - 02:02 PM.


#12 SKIDKID

  • Joined:02-April 10
  • Location:Australia TAS
  • Car:96 s14a 200sx

Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:20 PM

I found that my A pillar mounted gauges have a reflection on the windscreen at night, it can make a nice blind spot when making right hand turns at night :( But A Pillar covers are easy to get and cheap, So if you don't like them you can just get a new cover :)
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#13 Strewth01

  • Joined:02-February 08
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:180sx

Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:26 PM

View Postblingcommander, on 17 November 2011 - 12:23 PM, said:

double sided tape
^^^This on the dash I recon. Twin pillar will get you defected quicker than dash.

#14 blingcommander

  • Joined:05-October 06
  • Location:Japan
  • Car:Scooty-Puff Jr.

Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:32 PM

also f**k gauges.

haters gonna hate

http://www.nissansil...ttach_id=316390

#15 S13-1VIA

  • Joined:14-July 09
  • Location:Australia TAS
  • Car:S13 Onevia

Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:47 PM

Be a fully hektic *milkshake*, And put them on the bonnet :shades:

#16 Suspop

  • Joined:15-July 09
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:S15 / Megane RS 250

Posted 17 November 2011 - 05:38 PM

Hate the pilot look of gauges everywhere.

Aftermarket gauges everywhere + supra = nightmare/awful as f**k

#17 Gurglar

  • Joined:24-December 06
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:S15

Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:19 PM

DIN looks the best and if you need to look at them its not hard when your driving on the street quick glance at the lights or cruising along.

#18 Datsun240z

  • Joined:05-November 10
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:240z

Posted 17 November 2011 - 08:01 PM

Gauges not really necessary but din if you really feel the need.

#19 azza_turbo

  • Joined:18-August 10
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:s13

Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:40 PM

yeah 3 on the bonnet commo spec it! ohh and chrome cups so people can get blinded by your awesomeness...




nahh but really if you dont use the ac/heater vent thats the best place for it. if its down low and out of you sight you wont see it and you'll just forget about it, i mean theres a reason why the cluster is right in your line of sight

#20 greens14

  • Joined:28-July 08
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 18 November 2011 - 05:28 AM

Ive got my two guages (oil press, Oil Temp) mounted down near my left knee. Out of sight, but easy to see with a quick glance. You dont need to be staring at them all day. Im not a fan of pillar or dash mounted guages. Too many looks crappola!

#21 Phoenix Silvia

  • Joined:02-July 11
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:N/A 180sx

Posted 18 November 2011 - 06:48 AM

I do have a Dual A Pillar Mount but im convinced to make it a single mount, Too many gauges are pretty whack on a street car, but I vote single A Pillar gauge.

#22 klv180sx

  • Joined:08-July 07
  • Car:1995 Nissan 180sx

Posted 19 November 2011 - 10:34 AM

I had the same problem with my 180. Its in such great condition i didn't want to drill any holes PLUS i don't particularly like the look of gauges. I wanted a boost gauge for practical reasons. I mounted it in the glove box. I agree its not the best place, but i don't need to see it everyday, only occasionally, and it works perfectly there. I can close the glove box and my 180 look nice and neat again.

But its really just personal preference i suppose.

Good Luck

EDIT:Totally changed my mind on this, need to be able to see the boost gauge in my line of sight, have moved it. Stick it on the windscreen right next to the A-Pillar - Much better!

Edited by klv180sx, 18 May 2012 - 01:57 PM.


#23 Gurglar

  • Joined:24-December 06
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:S15

Posted 19 November 2011 - 12:36 PM

^^^ no offence but that is probably the dumbest place i've heard of someone putting a guage especially boost :lol:

Edited by Gurglar, 19 November 2011 - 12:37 PM.


#24 ru55kj

  • Joined:21-January 06
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:S15

Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:02 PM

Looking at a gauge on the dash is much quicker/easier than looking at din...

When I drive on road I normally cover my gauges with baseball cap :)

#25 The Panda

  • Joined:07-September 09
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:Fluttermatic 180

Posted 22 November 2011 - 08:30 AM

Centre ac vent for the win.

Anywhere else is just aids except for pillar.

#26 millerman

  • Joined:14-October 09
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:180sx

Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:22 AM

Any one got pics of centre aircon vent with gauges?

#27 The Panda

  • Joined:07-September 09
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:Fluttermatic 180

Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:48 AM

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#28 Varvs

  • Joined:21-December 07
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:97 180sx Type X

Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:56 AM

Single Pillar. down waaaay low.

I cut the tail off my pillar mount thing so it sits prety much flush with the dash.

#29 normality

  • Joined:27-September 09
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:S13 - SR20DE

Posted 22 November 2011 - 01:10 PM

View Postmillerman, on 22 November 2011 - 09:22 AM, said:

Any one got pics of centre aircon vent with gauges?

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#30 Singstar

  • Joined:18-February 07
  • Car:200sx

Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:12 PM

Damn! Beat me to it. I used to go ON the dash, but yeah, AC vents I think work better.

Old setup:
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New setup:
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My dash was f**ked anyway, so I used a mat to cover everything. The benefit of having the cups is that its easier to point to wherever yoyu decide to sit. I made that AC vent bracket, next design is going to try to point the gauges at the driver. BUT if one day you decide to move your seat, or you get a lower seat or whatever, then it'll be pointing in the wrong direction (yes, I am that anal about things that don't matter)





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