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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:45 pm    Post subject:  a-pillar pod gauges Reply with quote

Hey guys, you all know of the transmission issues I've been having. I'll update the other thread though instead of ranting here.

I'm wondering...the A-Pillar pods look nice, would it be possible to get a transmission temp gauge to put in there? I"m also interested in a oil pressure gauge as well as a voltage meter. Just something to fill the other two holes. My main gauge I'm interested in is the transmission temperature. I want to be able to see that at all times so that I will be able to see if anything is going wrong.


Any ideas? I found the a-pillar on gaugepods.com which isn't bad, but how do I go about the gauges?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Why not get an Aeroforce gauge? It gives you access to pretty much any sensor on the engine. You could get the triple pod and use the Aeroforce in one, get oil pressure on another and a voltmeter for third spot.

Or you could go with a method similar to this: Aeroforce, voltmeter and trans temp.

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;CID=853
Click the image on the right.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Why not get an Aeroforce gauge? It gives you access to pretty much any sensor on the engine. You could get the triple pod and use the Aeroforce in one, get oil pressure on another and a voltmeter for third spot.

Or you could go with a method similar to this: Aeroforce, voltmeter and trans temp.

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;CID=853
Click the image on the right.


I'm all about an aeroforce gauge, they seem like a nifty gauge that can do a lot, and has some great information on it..but I have something similar, and that $250 price tag twists my stomach a little bit. I have that Torque App on my Android Tablet via OBDII Bluetooth that will show me almost everything the aeroforce will, actually I think it can do more than the aeroforce gauge - not putting the gauge down, but I just think I can go the cheaper route.

I am very interested in getting the Voltmeter, Trans temp, and an oil pressure gauge in the 3 spots if those are possible.

How is it possible to do those three?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:05 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I've got torque as well, but you need to drag out a phone/tablet to use it. Both of them have their place and I certainly don't see someone tooling around with a tablet everytime they get in the car.

To get trans temp you need to drill into the transmission itself or the pan to install an access port for an analog trans temp gauge. For a volt meter I'm pretty sure tapping anything that is only on when the car is on will get the job done. For an oil pressure gauge follow these instructions http://www.grandprix.net/upgrades/oilgauge.html.

Although to be honest, it might be cheaper to get a Monte Carlo non supercharged cluster to get the oil pressure and voltmeter.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yes, I have considered getting the MCSS cluster with volt and oil pressure on it. I have a couple offers in on two on eBay...we will see how they turn out. I'd hate to have to convert to LED's again, but it's not that hard. :/ That's the only way to get a trans temp gauge without an aeroforce? yikes...

I usually lay my tablet inbetween the shifter and the HVAC controller and it usually stays there with no issues.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you can figure out whatever PID you need to log with Torque, you can get it there, but I'd be afraid of F'ing something up going that route. If Torque doesn't support it out of the box, I don't mess with it.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:27 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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If you can figure out whatever PID you need to log with Torque, you can get it there, but I'd be afraid of F'ing something up going that route. If Torque doesn't support it out of the box, I don't mess with it.


Oh, I have Trans Fl. Temp on my Torque App with no problems....just as you were saying I hate to have to bring it out every time I want to watch the temp. It's annoying to have to always keep it charged, and it's big...I'd rather a little gauge that's always on, and will always be in my eyes view without having to carry around that clunky tablet.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:33 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Would swapping in an SS or Monte Cluster just be a plug and play or is there still tapping required?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:55 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Jnibbs24 wrote:
Would swapping in an SS or Monte Cluster just be a plug and play or is there still tapping required?

I have been told just plug and play.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The only thing you have to worry about is getting the correct mileage in the new cluster. Other than that it's like 4 screws and a wiring harness.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

IffyG wrote:
Why not get an Aeroforce gauge? It gives you access to pretty much any sensor on the engine. You could get the triple pod and use the Aeroforce in one, get oil pressure on another and a voltmeter for third spot.

Or you could go with a method similar to this: Aeroforce, voltmeter and trans temp.

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;CID=853
Click the image on the right.

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