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:innocent: sorry Guys yet another thread from me

 

I want to add Gauges to where the heater vents are in the picture below my plan is to take the vents out so im left with just the gap in which i want to add 2 gauges.

 

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/7034/1001614v.jpg

 

I hope im right in saying that once ive removed the vents i have to block off the heater outlet somehow but thats another issue.

 

my issue at the moment is how to mount the gauges in the gap, ive looked online at the various Gauge pods and holders and i cant seem to find anything suitable.

 

i dont want to mount on the Pillar as is the norm i want to be different :innocent:

 

 

has anyone A/ ever fitted gauges in this location, and how did you do it

 

and B/ Does anyone have any ideas how it can be done

 

as always guys thanks in advance for help

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done it on my mk5b (can see them in my sig)

 

yes you'll need to block the vent duct at its rear, the heater duct in yours is exactly the same as in my mk5b barring the exit vents.

 

I used a piece of acrylic sheet fixed in place inside the duct mouth with tigerseal to stop the constant flow or air heating the back of the gauges(not really a danger but you find your gauges slowly roast on a cold day)

 

I also used a peice of acrylic to blank the now vacant vent hole then drilled out gauge mounting holes once it was secured in place.

 

However unlike my mk5b's dash which has only a gentle curve to it at the vent area your mk6's has quite a severe curve making the simple method I used unlikely to work for you. I heated the blanking piece till it became slightly flexible then forced a gentle curve into it so as to match the dash curve, the curve was slight enough that once the gauges were inplace they only had a small gap at the top and bottom of the gauges (no more than 1mm), your blank however once curved would likely display a larger gap (though maybe not enough to be readily notable).

 

http://www.evo-host.co.uk/getimg/25196.jpg

http://www.evo-host.co.uk/getimg/25197.jpg

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done it on my mk5b (can see them in my sig)

 

yes you'll need to block the vent duct at its rear, the heater duct in yours is exactly the same as in my mk5b barring the exit vents.

 

I used a piece of acrylic sheet fixed in place inside the duct mouth with tigerseal to stop the constant flow or air heating the back of the gauges(not really a danger but you find your gauges slowly roast on a cold day)

 

I also used a peice of acrylic to blank the now vacant vent hole then drilled out gauge mounting holes once it was secured in place.

 

However unlike my mk5b's dash which has only a gentle curve to it at the vent area your mk6's has quite a severe curve making the simple method I used unlikely to work for you. I heated the blanking piece till it became slightly flexible then forced a gentle curve into it so as to match the dash curve, the curve was slight enough that once the gauges were inplace they only had a small gap at the top and bottom of the gauges (no more than 1mm), your blank however once curved would likely display a larger gap (though maybe not enough to be readily notable).

 

http://www.evo-host.co.uk/getimg/25196.jpg

http://www.evo-host.co.uk/getimg/25197.jpg

 

 

Thank you for the quick and indepth reply, i understand totally what you mean about the curve and did wonder about this, il have a good go though and see what results i can come up with

 

thanks again :cheers:

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you could allways fix a flat section of acrylic behind then FG the curves and sides into it.

 

might limit how well you can see the gauges from the drivers seat though, unless you go the whole hog and FG the gauges in so there angled to the drivers seat.

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