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Old 04-28-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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Gauge Wire Routing w/CDC gauge pod

In the next few weeks I will be installing 3 gauge in a CDC gauge pod. I was wondering if anyone has done this install with the gauge pod? I am specifically looking for info on how to route the wires. I read in the instructions online that you go in a gap between the bottom of the dash pad and vent ducting. Will I be able to use this same gap to route wires to the drivers side to the light swtich?? Then next, where do I go through the firewall also?? If anyone has any pictures I would greatly appreciate that for help.

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Re: Gauge Wire Routing w/CDC gauge pod

First off what year mustang do you have? I know of several good routing spots on a SN95 but know nothing about a S197...
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2005....hence the reason i posted in the "2005-2009" section
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Re: Gauge Wire Routing w/CDC gauge pod

Well, being a dick isn't going to get you any help any faster. He was probably making sure you were in the correct spot as most of the people on here get a little confused, especially when they're new.
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just pointing out the obvious, sorry.

i see i will not be getting any help here. Thanks though.
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not by giving attitude to one of the site's top members.
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Wow, some people never learn...I can definitely point you in the direction of some forums where that attitude is welcomed. Hell they'll probably make you a moderator if you come off like that in your intro thread.
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please this is not the place for everyone to act out on my rashness. this is a respectable site that i have been visiting for help and insight since i bought my first mustang 7 years ago. i was hoping for a thread that other people can refer to in their adventure of modifing their own mustang but it has gotten out of hand and COMPLETELY off topic. I will be going on my way and receive my help from another site where everyone is friendly and up beat.
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Look man, no one likes to be like that, but when you come in with 9 posts and insult a very respected member, it's hard not to say anything. One of us who've been around here for some time would've probably given him grief about his post.

I see you posted the same question on allfordmustangs.com You didn't insult or smart off to the mod there for his response being too vague. If you wouldn't have make any remarks towards lowflyn's post you probably would've gotten just as good of info from us. Plus you just posted the thread yesterday evening. Someone who has done the gauge install and hasn't checked the site yet today it will ignore the first few posts and probably give you some real good advice.
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Re: Gauge Wire Routing w/CDC gauge pod

I was oblivious to the forum this was posted in, I apologize.

You should still be able to run the wires behind the dash and up the A pillar. I don't have a S197 at the house to look at so I'm no help.
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lowflyn - do you have any insight on wiring the gauges up to the light switch? I have not been able to find much info on this part of the project.
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Re: Gauge Wire Routing w/CDC gauge pod

for reference:

I've gotta make the assumption that there is space between the top of the dash and the venting. While I'm not sure how to remove the dash components (I have a 2002 and am familiar on that model... I've never even been in a 05+), I've got to imagine there is space to run your wiring. On my model, if you remove the gauge bezel and the HVAC bezel, you can feed the wiring directly from where that CDC gauge pod would be right behind the driver gauges.

What gauges are you planning on throwing in there?
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Re: Gauge Wire Routing w/CDC gauge pod

The 05+ have a nice little area to run the wires down in on the dash. I am not sure where the firewall exit is, but as you wire the gauges up for power and wire you need to ensure you use a fuse and such for safety.

On my 01 Mustang I ran the light power to the defroster button's light power (you can use a relay here to trigger it and have a power wire from another source to turn it on if you feel you will pull to much power though the light wire to just splice into it)

For the ground wires I looped them all together and ran them to a good ground source.

The senders just go out as you know to their correct place and the gauge power should come from a key on power wire and probably should run off a relay to ensure you dont pull current and blow a fuse from the source if you are tapping into an existing wire.

You can use a power tester to see what wires are hot and when

Also make sure you leave slack in the wires in the gauge pod and label them so you know which is which and this make staking them out of the pod easy (if there is no slack you cant slide the wires out)

I usually like to use red wires for power, black for ground, and green for sender wires, that leaves a wire for lights, maybe white wire for that.

Make sure your splices are soldered or done really well and leave no exposed wire open of course.

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Re: Gauge Wire Routing w/CDC gauge pod

spector - could you explain more on the reasoning for the fusing and relays please (im elecitrically challenged haha). I plan on tapping into wires on the headlight switch. I have done tons of research on the sending units and have that all figured out...i think/ hope so. What what gauge of wire should I use on everything??

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