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    Defi Boost Gauge Install

    Ever since Eurocompulsion release the Defi boost gauge, I've been lusting after it. I currently have the ATM gauge and while it works it's just not as pleasing to the eye as I would like. During the day, the blue led read out is easy to see, but the rest of the gauge is washed out. At night it's the opposite. The gauge looks fine, but the blue led might as well be a micro headlight in your eyes.

    Installing this unit requires destroying your stock gauge. I was able to scoop one up for cheap in the classifieds; I wanted to be able to go back to stock one day. I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here, I'd just like to share how I decided to mount my gauge.

    If you take a look at the instructions - http://eurocompulsion.net/boostgaugeinstructions.htm - you will notice that you are basically slip fitting the gauge into the dremeled out stock pod. I was actually quite surprised at my dremeling precision, even without the use of the included adhesive felt it was a fairly tight compression fit. I decided to take it a step further.

    All that will be required is a drill, an SAE 36 hose clamp, a pair of pliers, a pair of tin snips, a small 3/4" long bolt and two matching nylock nuts. (the bolt was either an M4 or M5, I used what I had laying around)

    I cut a solid section of the hose clamp and bent the two ends flat to make a little loop bracket to anchor the bolt to. The hardest part was drilling the two end holes so that they line up. It was a miracle I did it on the first try. As you can see, it's not exactly the prettiest thing in the world but it's functional. There was just enough room for the bolt head, so before I attached the clamp to the gauge I secured it with a nylock nut.





    The back of the dremeled out, stock gauge pod has a perfectly centered stand off that you can run a drill bit through. When I previously fitted the clamp to the gauge I ran the drill bit through the back and into the clamp just enough to mark the center bolt hole position.





    Insert the gauge into the pod and secure it with the second nylock nut. You don't need to crank down on this, just snug it up.





    Finally, the finished product! I have a completed, secured gauge assembly that is read to be installed into the stock location! I'll add more photos once I finish the install. For now I'm simply staring at it's lifeless needle longing for the boost filled days ahead...








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    In addition to the above, you will need to make a notch in the rear of the cluster to make room for the nut.





    All ready to install!



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    Looks great!!! Nice addition with the mounting point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTY View Post
    Looks great!!! Nice addition with the mounting point.
    Thanks, Chris! Having the opportunity to have both gauges side by side, you can definitely appreciate the quality of the Defi gauge... it's gorgeous!

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    Now I have to put my gauge in. How long did it take you from start to finish?

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    lol look at these ballers with the unichip and defi gauges! Btw looks nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by AudiGuy View Post
    Now I have to put my gauge in. How long did it take you from start to finish?
    Since I had the luxury of having a spare gauge to work on I spent a little bit of time over the course of 2 nights and a bit yesterday afternoon to get it done to this point. If you want, you can remove the gauge cluster and still drive the car around while it's out. It's not a bad job at all, just something you want to take your time with. I'm hoping to get some time to run the wiring one evening this week. Having done this before with the ATM gauge really helps speed things along. Right now I have the pod back in the car but obviously not functional yet. It looks AWESOME!

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    Can I asked how you wire this guage in for power? I have gone over EC's instructions and all I keep seeing is scotch clips. Those things are terrible to use and bad for your wiring. Did I miss something or is there a plug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankin View Post
    Can I asked how you wire this guage in for power? I have gone over EC's instructions and all I keep seeing is scotch clips. Those things are terrible to use and bad for your wiring. Did I miss something or is there a plug?
    Dont know for sure, but maybe the wires can be repinned into the stock connector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankin View Post
    Can I asked how you wire this guage in for power? I have gone over EC's instructions and all I keep seeing is scotch clips. Those things are terrible to use and bad for your wiring. Did I miss something or is there a plug?
    I have access to a connector kit and crimping tool at work; I'm going to see if I can install the appropriate pins for a clean install.
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