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Old 12-01-2015, 06:49 PM   #1
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Best product to mount extra gauges?

Hello all, I am looking to add a boost and air/ fuel gauge to my car and I'm really not a fan of the pillar pods and wanted something that looks more factory. I've heard the pillar gauges can be pretty obnoxious at night time as well as just kind of being in the way. I know American Muscle sells one that fits by the stock gauges with one gauge fitting on each side but the reviews seem to show that the quality and fitment is very poor and the cost is expensive. Do you have any other ideas or know of a better product? Should I just bite the bullet and use a column gauge pods? Thank you in advance for the advice. It is much appreciated.

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What year car do you have. If it's a 94-98 you can do a clock pod. If it's a 99-00 you can delete the cd player and install a triple gauge pod there. I've seen other people then take the HVAC controls and move them into the CD player slot and put the gauges and the top.

In all honesty those gauges are important enough to install on the A pillar because that will give you the best and easiest line of sight.
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I'm sorry about that. I have a 2002 Roush

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I have a touch screen stereo unit in there so I don't think that will work well. I know they are pretty important. You might be right. I was hoping ther might be better companies to buy custom interior gauge set ups from. I love the look of this one but the quality and fitment scares me. I would hate to mess my car up with crappy interior parts. Especially when it's 100 bucks for it.

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That set up does look nice though. Reminds me of a classic.

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I just don't know that I have the room there for them. Also the line of sight is worry some to me. The switches in mine appear to be in the way too.

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Wish my interior was all black like that in my 2000. All black Looks way better, mine got that part black and part light gray.


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I'm sorry about that. I have a 2002 Roush

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Gotcha. Unfortunately with the double din stereo setup of the 01-04s you can't do the setup I posted above. I'm kind of stuck in the same situation with my Bullitt I've got a wideband, fuel pressure, and boost gauges on mine but I want to install more later on down the road. My only options are to get a steering column pod or convert my stereo to the 99-00 style and run the triple pod in the dash.
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Not sure about the 1996 to 2004 version but pillar pods in the 2005+ work very well and I for one have no issue with them blocking vision day or night.

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Speed of sound a pillar is the best quality for new edge mustangs


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Old 12-02-2015, 10:49 AM   #12
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Thank you guys for the information and help. I will look into speed of sound and make a decision. I might just try the one that goes by the other gauges and modify it to look good. Thanks again!

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As far as gauges go, is there a major difference in gauge quality? I was going to get the fuel/air gauge from AM that doesn't have the digital numbers on it and only has the colored circle. Is that a mistake?

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From what I can tell, it seems that speed of sound doesn't make the pillars anymore

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From what I can tell, it seems that speed of sound doesn't make the pillars anymore

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Last time I was on their website they still made them but you had to send in your a pillar for them to modify. And as far as gauges go you want a wide band o2 guage . The narrow band o2 guages are basically useless for engine monitoring. I wouldn't cheap out on guages you definitely get what you pay for.


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Speed of Sound is the way to go for the mounting. I prefer the interceptor gauges because of how much you can monitor with them. It's the setup I'll be going with. Luckily Speed of Sound is local to me, I'll just go hang out with Alan.

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It is a wideband gauge that I was looking at I believe. .

They did say they could modify the column. Makes me nervous sending mine away though lol

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I appreciate the responses by the way. That's why I love this forum. People are very helpful even with my stupid questions haha.

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Old 12-03-2015, 07:32 AM   #19
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Speed of sound still does them, you have to send them a pillar. Their site needs to be updated. Email them and get the info and get on it.
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I will probably go that route. I've still been thinking about the kind that goes by the other gauges. If I modified it I think it would be better fitting. But speed of sounds looks like they have great quality and good service. I need to do it before doing any other mods or driving too much more without gauges to tell me what the engines doing.

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The autometer one that goes in the bezel is nice, I have one... but you are likely going to want to color match it with SEM dye before doing anything with it and getting mechanical gauges into it is VERY tight/no go if you wanted to go that route.
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Well dang that's not good news. I was going to have a mechanical boost gauge due to it being a Roush gauge that matches my car. Looks like the pillar gauges are my best bet.

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I'm not saying the boost gauge won't work but my water gauge barely fit and the oil gauge with the braided line would not clear the cluster. A boost gauge might fit depending on how thick the vac line is.
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I was worried about the boost gauge there becuase of the vacuum line. I really can't make up my mind haha. I think the aftermarket bezel would would really good and clean if done right and not to mention it's different than most. At the same time I don't want to get over my head with the install or modification of the item. I'll have to think on it a little bit and compare pricing

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I hate the chince look of those, at least I think it is. Plus if you are not a 97-down you have to cut the dash. Or swap in a pre-98 into a 98 if you have a 98 like I did during a full interior color change...



This was the best dash pod IMO but for some reason they have been in "redesign" for like a year. I might email them to see if the site just has not been updated or something.
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Cutting into the dash is a definite drawback of the dash pod. Also, the plastic dash pod is not an exact match to the dash covering.

The pod you showed is a Florida 5.0 pod. They have been 'reengineering' it for a few years.

But Chince? Come on, man. Lol
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I have put some thought into the pod gauges on the dash but I really can't stand the look of those in a newer car. I would much rather have the column gauges I think. Thank you for the examples though. I feel like that would be a lot of modification to put them there also. I don't want to have to cut or take apart too much. I think they would look better in an older mustang imo

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Cutting into the dash is a definite drawback of the dash pod. Also, the plastic dash pod is not an exact match to the dash covering.

The pod you showed is a Florida 5.0 pod. They have been 'reengineering' it for a few years.

But Chince? Come on, man. Lol
The autometer dash pod does not contour to the dash properly. There are noticeable gaps between it and the dash and the plastic is an obvious lower quality. I like all my stuffs to be OEM looking which is why the SoS column is so nice and the Autometer cluster bezel too. I may try to find one of those SoS dash mounts secondhand but I'm also not a fan of cutting the dash up on a 34k mile numbered special edition car.
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That's my main issue. I only have 22k miles on the Roush and would rather not chop things up if I don't need to. I also feel that they don't really follow the shape or look of the inteior. I'll probably end up with the SoS column gauges since the cluster bezel probably won't work well with the gauges I want

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For the cluster gauges I just put in electrical water temp and oil press and anything that needs a mechanical line would go somewhere else.

Or if you hate that you don't have a true black interior there is always the 94-98 black interior swap. Already did one of those on my 98 with the two tone grey/black to full black, new carpet and being a 98 it did not have the clock pod. Interior out of a 95 did tho...

And with the SoS gauge pod you just send them a spare piece of trim you get from wherever. Any color, they dye every one they get anyway so you could send them tan or grey and have it dyed charcoal or vice versa. Just be aware the late 03 and 04s are different.
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Thank you very much for the info. I need to look into SoS more. So you think it would be better to send them a junk yard piece of trim instead if mine?

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About how much does the speed of sound pillar cost btw? I can't find pricing on their site. I don't want to waste their time by emailing them if they are way too expensive for me

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They quoted me $120 and that included shipping back. You are responsible for supplying a pillar trim piece and shipping there.
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That's not bad. Thank you for the info!

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