Write-Up: Boost Gauge Install (TRD S/C)

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  1. rat7761

    rat7761 New Member

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    Autometer 2 1/16" Ultralite boost gauge.

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    Here are the tools you'll need. I won't describe them all. If you're reading this, you should know exactly what everything is.

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    This is a Lotek dual gauge pod. www.gaugepods.com

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    Run the plastic boost line that came with the boost gauge through the hood latch cable grommet. No need to drill extra holes in the firewall. Feed it from the engine compartment and...

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    ...Pull it through from the driver's compartment.

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    I zip tied the boost line to one of the heat exchanger coolant hoses.

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    And used the rubber fitting that came with the boost gauge to connect it to the boost port on the blower.

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    Pop off the rocker panel trim by hand.

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    Pop the footrest off by hand also. Unscrew the black nut and pull the kick panel trim off towards the rear of the truck.

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    Now you can use a ring terminal and use the bolt in the pic as the ground for the gauge light.

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    I back probed this white/aqua wire that is behind the coin holder with a test light and used a wire tap and male spade for the switched 12V power. This wire gets power when the key is turned to the ACC position. Since the instrument panel lights are always on, I figured the gauge light can always be on too.

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    Next, pop off the grab handle covers from the bottom with a small flathead wrapped with electrical tape.

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    The side on the left is the side you pop the cover off from. There is a tab on the other side.

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    Unscrew the two screws and pull the grab handle off. Remove the A-pillar trim from the top first.

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    Run the wires up to the pillar. There is no need to remove any other panels. Once the coin holder and A-pillar trim are removed, there is a clear shot all the way up to the pillar.

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    Use teflon sealant on the large fitting to the boost gauge. The compression fitting that attaches the line to the gauge is self sealing.

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    The Lotek pod just replaces the original A-pillar trim piece. The grab handle bolts hold the pod in place. I needed to enlarge the grab handle holes in the pod with a file to make it fit right. Make your power and ground connections with butt connectors and install the boost line to the gauge with the supplied compression fitting. The gauge is a press fit into the pod so just push it in. I got a Lotek block off plate for the extra space I'm saving for a wideband later. Now take a test drive and try to keep your eyes on the road.
     
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  2. kishxrs

    kishxrs New Member

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    nice....very thorough. how fast is that 69 camaro in the garage?
     
  3. rat7761

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    11.70 @ 115 MPH all motor on drag radials. 11.00 @ 123 MPH on the bottle.
     
  4. 5H4D0WD347H

    5H4D0WD347H New Member

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    Nice install man, looks good!

    I am going to add a few since this is a write up.

    For guys that have gauges utilizing electric senders (MAP sensor) here are some pictures:

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    The tubing for the MAP was ran behind the wiring harness out of site to the reference port on the supercharger.

    The bracket was fabbed from some aluminum, hardware, and a sticker.

    The sender wires are ran through the loom shown in the picture, through the passenger side grommet. The loom continues to follow the wires on the other side behind the glove box and underneath the dashboard to the gauge.
     
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  5. Tapp

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    looks good,an awesome write up!!!

    that Camaro looks BADASS!
     
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    + 1 does look pretty sweet.
     
  7. sixmassive

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    i see your also rockin the 50 as a work bench.
     
  8. rat7761

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    Haha, It's a CRF 250R. Every flat space in my garage is a workbench. :laugh:
     
  9. zrgray

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    Nice write up, look forward to doing this. Did the pod come with that plug if you aren't using the 2nd opening, or did you get that somewhere else?
     
  10. rat7761

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    The pod cover is from Lotek.
     
  11. Gutz

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    Awesome write up yo!
     
  12. zrgray

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    Finally did this yesterday along with a wideband, very helpful!
     
  13. nutt14

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    im about to do mine, sweet write up this will help me out
     
  14. Sproulesxrunner

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    I have the TRD boost gauge and I don't think it came with a Map sensor. Would the install be the exact same as the OPs write up?
     
  15. lamia2super

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    nice write up ! i was wondering if you knew where i could get that little rubber fitting
     
  16. STONER-X

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    Autozone in the help section..... it will be in a multi package
     
  17. lamia2super

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    They were no help but I did manage to find one hiding in the vacuum section. I got my Trd gauge up and running now I'm planning to swap out the bulbs inside the gauge to LEDs.
     

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