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    center pod install tough?

    Just wondering if installing a center pod is tough. Would getting a factory installed center pod make it easier to install an aftermarket one? My sense tells me yes as all the wiring would be right there for you to use. But I just want to make sure. TIA
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    I ordered mine aftermarket and it came with all wiring and very simple instructions. Of course, it depends on which gauges you put in the pod - some are more complicated than others.

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    I recently installed an aftermarket center pod with boost, A/F, and EGT. The install was really easy as the actual pod takes about 5 minutes to install. The wiring is a bit more difficult, but I found it was pretty easy to run vampire taps from the stereo to the new pod.

    Considering the dealer will charge about $600 + installation for the stock pod I would suggest that you go straight to the AM application.

    My wiring:
    I ran the +/- power to the gauges from the stereo harness
    I ran the ligting +/- power from the lighting wires on the hazard button harness. I did this because the stereo lighting is on all the time and is only dimmable when the headlights are on. I wanted my gauges to be off when the headlights are off and on (and dimmable) when the headlights are on.
    The gauges have been in for a month and everything works great.

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    Another thought...

    If you are installing a boost gauge and want to get all of the tubing, the T-connect, etc. in one shot try WRXTRA.com

    They sell a kit for like $13.00 that includes everything you need to install a boost gauge + simple, step-by-step instructions. I bought the kit from them after going to the local auto supply store and not finding everything I needed to complete the install. The other plus is that WRXTRA had the kit to me within a couple days of my order. If I remember correctly, WRXTRA also sells an after-market gauge pod set-up.

    Probably more info than you ever wanted, but I hope it's helpful.

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    Have you had good response with wrxtra.com ? I have e mailed them twice and they have not responded.

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    I have had good response from WRXTRA, but I really haven't needed much customer service.

    I purchased the gauge install kit online and paid via paypal. The next day I was emailed a tracking number and a couple days later the kit was in my mailbox. All of the pieces were high quality and the instructions were easy to follow.

    I haven't needed to work with their service department so I can't say much for or against it. If you don't get a response soon I would post it in the Vendor Review section. If WRXTRA checks this board much it may prompt them monitor their email a bit more closely. Good Luck.

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    Did you buy your EGT gague from them or just the pod ? I notice on their website it says EGT soon. If not what brand of gauges did you buy ?

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    Actually, I bought the gauges and pod used from someone on this forum. I am using a modified stock pod with a custom faceplate and 52mm Autometer sport comp gauges. The Autometers aren't the best gauges out there, but the price was right and the setup looks good in my car.

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    i have a defi center pod with blitz blm gauges. I just used the clock harness (+, light,) grounded to a bolt. The hardest part was running the vaccum hose(boost), egt wire (egt) and oil temp sender wire(oill temp). The quality of the gauges also make a difference. I used to have autometer and they were a Bit$h to install. The blitz, although pricier, were much easier.
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    sarcasmo - when you say stock pod...I like this idea, what do you mean buy custom face plate? my understanding is that there is the pod and a metal substructure underneath on the stock pod right? then if you do a custom faceplate you modify part of the metal structure? I could make a custom faceplate, I just have never seen the underside of a stock pod.

    Boosted - nice gauges mang... the detail with the tick marks makes them look nice and technical.

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    Wow.. nice guages, how much did that setup cost ya?
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