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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-14-2010, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Gauges for the Exige

I'm thinking about installing a set of gauges in my Exige. Could someone please provide me with some photos of their gauge setups?
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Yes, please. There is so limited option to choose from.

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Not only are there limited options, there seems to be a lot of negative sentiment against A-pillar gauges, which is an obvious, easily visible place to put them. Putting them in the footwell is great if you like gauges you never need to look at when on track..
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The best place is put them in the radio din. But I do listen to radio
The second best is put them in the A/C vents, But I do need A/C in HK
Don't like to have them on the A-pillar, this looks so Japaxxxx
If anyone that can come up some ideas, or lets brain storm this

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I agree that a-pillar gauges just don't look go on these cars. And the center foot well is completely out of the field of view. So I recently installed two gauges flanking the instrument cluster. I'm very happy with the location. The gauges are easy to view but subtle. The guages just need to be small. The boost/vacuum gauge is 45mm and the air/fuel gauge is 52mm.




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is it possible to use one of the odbII software gauges?

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The OBDII is just really slow update wise, so you can use it but its not great, and the more parameters you ask for the slower it goes. Plus its a low priority request, so it can be delayed slightly too.
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In my old STI this is where i put mine. There was already a slot there for where the clock went so putting them in a Lotus like this would take some modification but its an idea.


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Here is my install (you can see thru the steering wheel), Oil Pressure, Oil Temp and water temp. Defi Din gauge cluster. I know the photo is at a weird angle, you can see the gauges clearly sitting in the drivers seat.

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Get the defi link display/monitor .... easy to mount --- displays 2 different sources/gauges at a time and you can toggle for more/different read-outs, if so desired .....
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AIM MXL, everything you want and need in one spot, swaps right in place of the stock cluster. You can then add anything else you want to monitor to it as well. This is in Brents car, my car is getting his kit as well in the next couple weeks. No more gauges and displays scattered all over the place.

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That pick was before I had the Aim LCU-1 wideband in the dash, so my temp AEM guge was hanging low. Nothing compares to having all your info/displays right in front of your eyes, especially when on track.
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If you only need a couple of gauges, there is a nice space below the HVAC controls with the RLS bracket (one hole, two holes, three holes).
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I planned on doing a in-depth writeup once I get the car up and running, but here are mine mounted on the dash. I wanted something that I could see, but wasn't "in my face", and since this car is so small, not being in my face, ended up being the other side of the cabin
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I planned on doing a in-depth writeup once I get the car up and running, but here are mine mounted on the dash. I wanted something that I could see, but wasn't "in my face", and since this car is so small, not being in my face, ended up being the other side of the cabin
David, did your passenger side airbag deploy?

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David, did your passenger side airbag deploy?
You have to "break" the airbag panel in order to remove the dash, thats the way its designed. So I used some double sided tape to hold the panel in place to take the pictures while I waited for the new clips to arrive....and I would have gotten away with it if wasn't you pesky kids and your dog.
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I agree that a-pillar gauges just don't look go on these cars. And the center foot well is completely out of the field of view. So I recently installed two gauges flanking the instrument cluster. I'm very happy with the location. The gauges are easy to view but subtle. The guages just need to be small. The boost/vacuum gauge is 45mm and the air/fuel gauge is 52mm.



This is how my Porsche is and it's a good set up.
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I was going to go the 1FSTREX and Westrock way and do a dash mount setup with 2 SPA dual gauges in there until I saw the post about breaking the airbag panel. Do you order those replacement clips from Lotus?
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If you only need a couple of gauges, there is a nice space below the HVAC controls with the RLS bracket (one hole, two holes, three holes).

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