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Offline Maggie

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Boost and other gauges
« on: July 15, 2012, 12:04:26 PM »
My 2012 WRX didn't come with a boost gauge, which, after having one on my '04, seems kind of weird.  I get the general idea that if I'm going to do any tuning or AccessPorting, etc..., a boost gauge is important.

What to do? Have the guys at DuTeau install the official Subaru one, or are there better alternatives that, I dunno, could be put in by Russ' Garage?

What about oil pressure or temp?

So, let the recommendations begin! 

Offline LBP WRX

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2012, 02:25:00 PM »
Personally i dont care for the look the Subaru one. There are several cheaper gauges that look good. Im sure if you contact RG they will help get you sorted out. They helped me decide on a lot and i change my mind frequently lol. Also educated me so i knew which option was best for me.
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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2012, 03:00:12 PM »
Personally i dont care for the look the Subaru one. There are several cheaper gauges that look good. Im sure if you contact RG they will help get you sorted out. They helped me decide on a lot and i change my mind frequently lol. Also educated me so i knew which option was best for me.

It's this one, right?



I think I'll probably be an RG customer, sooner than later.  ^_^

Offline TeknoCop

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2012, 03:24:14 PM »
Ya, do not get the Subaru OEM one.  It is crap.   

 I have a Defi red racer gauge that works great and matches the stock gauges almost perfectly.  It doesnt have a white needle, but sweeps like the stock gauges.  A lot of people get the pro sport gauges which are nice.  The pro sports are more affordable.  My defi gauge was pretty expensive.

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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2012, 03:35:31 PM »
Stephen and I would gladly help you install one. I'm pretty good with the wiring of it all. I helped Stephen install his LC1 and he has past experience with it all.

Stephen doesn't know that I'm volunteering him  ;D

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2012, 04:26:07 PM »
Ya, do not get the Subaru OEM one.  It is crap.   

 I have a Defi red racer gauge that works great and matches the stock gauges almost perfectly.  It doesnt have a white needle, but sweeps like the stock gauges.  A lot of people get the pro sport gauges which are nice.  The pro sports are more affordable.  My defi gauge was pretty expensive.

Just Googled the red racers- they look great! 

Stephen and I would gladly help you install one. I'm pretty good with the wiring of it all. I helped Stephen install his LC1 and he has past experience with it all.

Stephen doesn't know that I'm volunteering him  ;D

Be careful, I may take you up on it!

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2012, 10:01:28 PM »
If you are wanting a pillar pod i can arrange that.
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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2012, 10:08:42 PM »
If you are wanting a pillar pod i can arrange that.
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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2012, 10:22:57 PM »
If you are wanting a pillar pod i can arrange that.

I am woman enough to admit that I'm not sure what that means, but it sounds great.

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2012, 10:51:29 PM »


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Offline MasterForce

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2012, 07:07:52 AM »
You can get a pillar pod but if you are lazy like me then you can velcro it to the dash. lol. you cant tell its velcro'd tho. thats my dirty little secret.  ;D
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2012, 11:33:34 AM »
This is my setup. It looks almost stock. TurboSmart boost gauge in AVO Legacy pod.


If I ever get the money saved up, this will be my next boost gauge. http://gtboostgauge.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=32&zenid=ndpqvrviskqo0a302j7q8fdv21
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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2012, 03:04:17 PM »
boost gauge installs are cake.  most anyone with a little auto/electrical experience can do them.   do it yourself and put the money towards other mods.   :subaru:

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2012, 03:12:31 PM »
http://www.smyclustermaker.com/

This would be most stock looking. And sexiest

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2012, 04:17:54 PM »
http://www.smyclustermaker.com/

This would be most stock looking. And sexiest

Those are practically pornographic in their beauty, as Jeremy Clarkson might say.

So, boost on the right, oil pressure on the left?  Or boost and something else?  What's most important/useful?
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« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2012, 05:39:23 PM »
You really only need a boost gauge for stg2.  Those pods are nice that onemanzu posted...The only thing I dont like is the fact that you will have to look down to see them.  Its never a good idea to take your eyes off the road.  You will need to see your gauge at WOT to see if you are hitting your target boost.  You can do that safely with an A pillar pod or something mounted higher in the car. 

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2012, 05:42:35 PM »
You really only need a boost gauge for stg2.  Those pods are nice that onemanzu posted...The only thing I dont like is the fact that you will have to look down to see them.  Its never a good idea to take your eyes off the road.  You will need to see your gauge at WOT to see if you are hitting your target boost.  You can do that safely with an A pillar pod or something mounted higher in the car.

Good point.

The only problem is that I like to mount my Garmin between the A pillar and the instrument cluster, because I hate having it blocking my view of the road!  ^_^

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2012, 06:54:27 PM »
Also, what about A pillar/pod gauges with side impact airbags?

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2012, 07:00:46 PM »
In the 08+ Subaru's with an a pillar air bag when deployed the air bag will only displace the pillar trim about 1/2 an inch at the top only.
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« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2012, 09:13:14 PM »

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2012, 09:28:34 PM »
While I do agree with whats being said about looking down at the SMY, to counter that, out of the few times I've driven cars with A Pillar gauges, i don't ever recall looking at them. Though I hardly ever look at the boost gauge on my steering wheel either.

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2012, 08:44:22 AM »
If you are wanting a pillar pod i can arrange that.

Details please.

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2012, 10:06:34 AM »
I made the one i had in my 08 (witch is now in kevins car).
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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2012, 10:31:04 AM »
As far as gauges go in your '12, I would personally consider the SMY. It looks bone stock for that clean look.
And in that SMY Cluster I would consider boost and AFR (air fuel ratio).
After that when you get more power and mods going then things like oil pressure, oil temp, voltage, etc become important to keep tabs on.
Then you'll need either an A-Pillar pod or there is a 3 gauge pod that sits in the middle of your dash kinda like the 02-07 dash pods.

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Re: Boost and other gauges
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2012, 04:51:25 PM »
There was a picture here

Don't know why I imagined that the thing would go screaming around the car cabin.


As far as gauges, I was thinking of doing this...

Defi Gauge Startup and Shut down

Or not