Things to Consider When Buying a Gauge Pod
All automobiles come with a series of built -in gauges. The fuel gauge, the speedometer, the tachometer, and the temperature gauge are the basic gauges that you'll find in practically all vehicles out there. Everybody knows that those gauges supply valuable information to motorists. However, they may not provide all the information you require. What if you need to know the temperature of your motor oil or how much voltage your battery is producing? You won't have access to information regarding those unless you add the respective gauges that monitor motor oil temperature and battery voltage to your car. If you're going to install extra gauges, you'll need a gauge pod or two.
Gauge Pod Styles
The first thing you have to consider when buying a gauge pod should be the number of gauges that you'll be adding. A gauge pod can house one or several gauges. The number of gauges that can be put into a pod depends on the style of the gauge pod. There are pods in which you can only insert one gauge while there are others that allow you to slot in multiple gauges (there are variants that let you insert as much as five gauges).
The next thing you need to consider is where you want to mount your gauge pod. Below are some of the areas where you can mount the pod.
A-pillar ? The A-pillar is perhaps the most popular area to place a gauge pod. Mounting thea pod on the A-pillar enables you to maximize this otherwise empty space. Plus, gauges look very cool when they're positioned here.
Steering Column ? If you want your additional gauges to be directly in your line of sight, the steering column is the perfect spot to place the gauge pod.
Center Console ? Position your gauge pod here if you want a more traditional look for your dashboard.
Under the dashboard ? This area is less accessible compared to others but this is the easiest spot to mount a gauge pod.
The prices of gauge pods greatly vary since they're available in numerous styles. A-pillar gauge pods are generally more expensive than other variants, though. Whether you choose according to your style preference or your budget, make sure that the gauge pod that you purchase will fit properly in your desired mounting area.
How to Mount a Gauge Pod on the A-Pillar
Knowing your car is just as important as knowing how to drive one. With a gauge pod, you'll be able to install an extra gauge or two (or more) that will give you additional information on certain aspects of your vehicle. It's quite a handy accessory.
It's up to you where you want to mount your gauge pod on your dashboard. Our suggestion though is to put it in the A-pillar. The A-pillar has a lot of unused space, so why not maximize it? Mounting it there makes it very easy for you to view the additional gauges. Do you want to know the oil temperature? Look to your left. Do you want to know the amount of voltage produced by your battery? Look to your left. Do you want to know if the coolant is too hot? Look to your left.
A gauge pod on the A-pillar will no doubt jazz up your car's interior. It'll give your vehicle a very modern feel. We'll guide you step by step on how to mount your gauge pod on the A-pillar.
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Step 1: Park your car on a level surface. Find a spot to work where there's plenty of light as you'll be doing some drilling. You'll want to be as accurate as possible when doing that so more light will help.
Step 2: Gently pull off the A-pillar cover. Start from the top and slowly move your way towards the bottom.
Step 3: Place the gauge pod on the now-exposed A-pillar. Now, get a marker, reach inside the gauge pod, and draw a circle. This will serve as your guide.
Step 4: Grab your drill and use it to create a very small hole inside the circle you drew. This is where the gauge wiring will go through later on.
Step 5: You'll be doing some more drilling. Turn your attention towards the four corners of the gauge pod and drill a small hole for each. The size of the holes you drill should roughly be the same size as the screws (which should be included in the gauge pod kit) that you'll be using to keep the gauge pod in place. Secure the gauge pod into the A-pillar afterwards using the screws.
Step 6: Get the gauge that you'll be installing and put it in the pod. Make sure that the wiring goes through the hole that you drilled in step 4. Put the A-pillar back into place afterwards.