View Full Version : Custom Guage Pod How-To - 56k SAFE

02-14-2009, 04:46 PM
Here is a pic of my homemade gadge pod for my 92' gt with 3sgte swap. Made with fiberglass repair kit.
Using beer cans as forms for fiberglass. Autometer mechanical boost gadge and AEM wideband AFR gadge.

02-15-2009, 06:32 PM
Well I didn't take pictures when I made my pods so I will do the best I can to explain.

Things I used
1.Beer cans or if you don't drink soda cans will work
2.Fiberglass repair kit (walmart)
3.electrical tape
6.black paint
7.sand paper

Now I used a can that was 2 7/16" diameter.

Then I wrapped the cans with electrical tape sticky side out and not tight. Did this so hopefully the can will slide out when I was done.

Then I cut the fiberglass cloth into strips about 4" wide and able to wrap twice around the can. Now I mixed enough resin and hardner to soak the
two peices of cloth. Then I soaked the first cloth and wrapped it around the can leaving about a 1/2 in. hanging over the can. Working the air bubbles
out of the fiberglass. Then after that is done fold the 1/2 in. twards the center of the can. Then let it dry over night.

I applied one coat of resin and hardner to them after they dried. Gives you something to sand on to make it smooth. Found that when you sand into
the cloth it takes quite a bit of primer and sanding to get smooth.

Now after they all dry sand smooth. ON the end of the can I sanded flat till I got the size of opening I wanted and a flat suface for the gadge. After
sanding smooth remove the can hopefully just pulling out. If the can doesn't come out like my second one just cut the can and peel out with needle nose
pliers. Then you are left with a fiberglass tube. Now you can mount a gadge anywhere with a little imagination.

I choose the plastic peice right infront of the gadges. I started by cutting the tubes like a L from the side view.then i had to figure out where would not
block my veiw of stock gadges and still let me tilt my steering wheel. and clear the insides of the dash. This all was trial and error fitting not for sure
how to explain the rest but here are picks to give you an idea how to do the rest of the pod.

Sorry about the quality of the pics but hopfully they help a little bit and I used JB weld to glue them in place and the bondo was to form the tubes to
the plastic dash peices with the rounded look.

If you have any questions I will try to answer them the best I can.

03-03-2009, 07:05 AM
Looks awesome mang!

Great job.

03-03-2009, 10:12 AM
Looks great :bigthumbu

03-03-2009, 02:41 PM
Wow, that's some great work, I really like the idea, job well done!

03-03-2009, 02:52 PM
Creative, and keeps people from trying to race you just because you have gauges!

Me likey... but I suck at fabricating, so I'm probably going to go with the whole A pillar gauge pod thing... and laugh at people trying to race a 90ish WHP (I'm guessing, never dyno'd) car...

03-03-2009, 06:29 PM
Looks good. I am thinking I will try something like it down the road.

03-04-2009, 04:34 AM
Thanks guys now I have to see if I can make make something for a SAFC 2 to mount on the steering column plastic. Marios idea so I will have to post it when I do it.

03-04-2009, 07:45 AM
I'm sure it will look great. I tried to photochop something up, but I suck at it so... :)

Here's my attempt. Issue is that I cant tilt forward and back in photoshop only side to side.
I think it would still have the same visibility if it was canted 20deg and thus still have a smallish footprint.

03-04-2009, 07:08 PM
Looks good I may get a spare trim piece and try this. Are the gauges 52mm or 60? What did you use to cut the trim panel? I only have 2 gauges I need for my car so far so this is an awesome idea.

03-04-2009, 09:18 PM
What did you use to cut the trim panel?
Good question, what did you use?

03-05-2009, 02:08 AM
I dont have to many specialized tools. So I used a drill put the holes close together then broke it out then sanded it to size. You can see the drill holes on one of the veiws. I think 52mm can't remember.

03-22-2009, 02:26 AM
Mario what do you think about this setup?

03-22-2009, 02:28 AM
sorry forgot to say I have not glued anything or cut it so the harness can be tucked. At least you get the idea I hope.

03-22-2009, 02:51 AM
I love it! :D

03-28-2009, 03:32 AM
Here is a few more pics of the progress for safc or avc-r
Top view
Bottom view looks like crap but who will see that right
some what front view
all that is left is bondo sanding primer and paint. Hopefully will be able to bondo it tonight. Primer, paint tomorrow.

03-30-2009, 04:58 AM
Well here is the progress that I made on the piece so far. Sorry Mario didnt get it sent off this weekend but here is a pic of it still have some sanding to do.

03-30-2009, 05:14 AM
GENIUS !!!! I think it looks great Kendall. I see you got an extra *smidge* of room in there to accommodate the wire. Very nice. :D:woot:

03-30-2009, 07:08 AM
That looks really good man. I like it a lot. Very subtle, and quite functional.

04-15-2009, 11:59 PM
Looks clean but im not a fan the safc blocks the cluster to much.

04-16-2009, 02:57 AM
Excellent work! i love it! hummm you got me thinking now...

04-16-2009, 04:25 AM
Looks clean but im not a fan the safc blocks the cluster to much.

This is being built to MY spec. The design idea for the Apexi was mine. It does interfere a bit, as Kendall pointed out to me, but for my purposes, it is exactly what I need. So don't knock his work.

I can't wait to get that when I get home man! :)

Gimme a call for my shipping address.

04-16-2009, 09:21 AM
Nice work, get this into production ;-)

04-16-2009, 06:46 PM
I said its clean meaning he does good work the idea is gay why would u want your gauges blocked put the safc under your radio or something.

04-16-2009, 07:02 PM
Guys, Keep it on topic and non-productive comments to yourself. It seems to be a special order than someone wants specifically. If you like it then great. If you dont, then dont worry about it and move on.

Rizin: Nice work. It looks good. Please post final shots of it. I like the creativity.

04-17-2009, 11:23 PM
looks good i might have to try something like this

04-21-2009, 06:22 AM
Sorry guys been working out of town so I haven't had much time to work on the peice with the avc-r mount in the middle. I like the comments there is always a diffrent idea that might be better. Can't wait to see what you have to say when I make one with three gadge spots. Have to have a oil gadge.

04-21-2009, 06:45 AM
Hey Kendall. :)

Can you send it as is? I can finish the paint on it. My lady will be home even though I won't be.

I'll PM you my address now. :)

07-17-2009, 07:09 PM
wil he make one for me? i have a spare trim piece? looks good guys

07-20-2009, 03:11 AM
pm sent

07-20-2009, 03:12 AM
Shadow any pics on the peice yet? No rush should of took them before I sent it.

07-20-2009, 09:01 PM
Just put it on a couple days ago right before I went to work. there are no gauges or anything in it yet though. You want a photo as-is? :)

07-21-2009, 02:03 AM
No when you get it done is fine. Just waiting to see if it looks good or not.

07-21-2009, 02:46 AM
Sorry I missed your call Kendall.

It does look quite nice and the "blocking" of instumentation is minimal.

I think your SAFCII is slightly smaller than my AVCR though, as I will need to trim away about 1/16" to get it to sit in.

I can't wait to get some gauges in there! :D

07-22-2009, 05:31 AM
Sucks that it was diffrent size not much there to work with. Have you checked out if you will have problems on the depth with your gadge on the right side yet? Just wondering beacuse my AEM uego is not as long as my boost gadge. hopefully no mods needed for what gadge you will be using there.

03-29-2010, 04:59 AM
NICE WORK mannn.. looks awesomee

joe's gt
03-29-2010, 05:16 AM
Holy thread revival Batman! I don't know how I missed this thread before but DAMN! great work. This looks amazing. Very smooth lines and integrated perfectly. brilliant.

Eric Barrera
12-17-2010, 10:34 PM
MARIO! Where r the damn pic's lol

11-18-2011, 07:09 AM
Nice!! Looks good man

01-14-2012, 08:39 PM
WOW. Great job. You should post that in my gauge thread on mr2oc.

02-26-2014, 01:51 AM
Looks cool ive been wanting to put a few where the ac controls or vents are because its a rare day that I have ever used it even in the winter

05-30-2017, 08:33 PM
In reply to the first post of this thread: it looks great! It actually looks better than I expected. I'd reply to your post, but it says I cannot post links (since I'm quoting your post, I'm basically posting links). Anyways, great job, even if you may not be around to read my comment! :D