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    To Boost Gauge or not to Boost Gauge

    So I am considering installing a boost gauge in my 09 WRX, but I am not sure if it is really worth it right now. I dont have any plans to do any heavy modding. I dont really race around. I will probably get an accessport down the road when my warranty is getting closer to finishing. I am just wondering if it is really worth it for the time being?

    I would go with the SPT boost gauge if I did.

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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    every turbo car should have one. (opinion)

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    get a good one dont get the damn mpa guage from the dealer

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    I got the SPT one, matches the stock dash quite nicely. I agree every turbo car should have one. It is also a good troubleshooting tool.
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    Thanks everyone.

    Has anyone just used an accessport to read boost or other information, without necessarily flashing?

    It seems like it could be a good diagnostic tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msedbaue View Post
    Thanks everyone.

    Has anyone just used an accessport to read boost or other information, without necessarily flashing?

    It seems like it could be a good diagnostic tool.
    The AP has to be married to that car to use any of it's features.

    Get a boost gauge. As said, all turbo cars should have one.

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    I got the SPT one, matches the stock dash quite nicely. I agree every turbo car should have one. It is also a good troubleshooting tool.
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    It's not necessary on an unmodified car.
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    ^^
    Kinda true what he said. Unless you have an older car and boost gauge can sort of tell you the health of your engine, depending on how much vacuum it's pulling, wheather u have any boost leaks or not.
    Unlikely on a new car, but still it happens.

    I don't want to get one simply because there is no "subtle" space to mount it. Don't really like it next to the gauge cluster..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    It's not necessary on an unmodified car.
    but its nice to have one...car feels funny doesent feel like it has the same power as it used to...well if you have a boost guage and know stock psi you can see if you have a boost problem with it..all turbo cars should have them like everyone but this guy said no offence sd_gr

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    Looks like I will be getting the SPT boost gauge pretty soon here. Does anyone find the bouncing of the needle distracting or annoying?? Hopefully people wont want to race me more than they already do seeing the boost gauge on the dash lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msedbaue View Post
    Looks like I will be getting the SPT boost gauge pretty soon here. Does anyone find the bouncing of the needle distracting or annoying?? Hopefully people wont want to race me more than they already do seeing the boost gauge on the dash lol.
    No, not annoying at all. Even if you have a new car, it is worth having a boost gauge. I can give you a good example why....

    I just bought a 2010 WRX hatch about 3 weeks ago and the dealer installed the SPT boost gauge on for me. When I went for a run to test out the gauge, I found that I could not hit target boost. In fact, I can't get past 4-5psi....and this is a BRAND NEW car we are talking about. I checked and the hoses all look tight and have no kinks. My vacuum is where it should be and everything looks fine as well. If I didn't have the gauge, I would have never known there was a problem....all I had was my butt dyno and it felt fine to me..
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    I saw you had a post about this. Did they ever find what was wrong??
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    Quote Originally Posted by msedbaue View Post
    I saw you had a post about this. Did they ever find what was wrong??
    No not yet, it is at the dealership as I am writing this.... I hope they find out the issue....
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    Well good luck! I hope it turns out okay. I am ordering the SPT gauge sometime next week.

    It was either that or window tint and I would much rather have soemthing functional.
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