I have been working on the gauge pillar pod for the last couple of weeks (cannot rush some things
Purchased the pod in a group buy over two years ago
fitted the pillar pod, wired in the lighting, oil pressure sender, outside air temp sensor and inside air temp sensor.
still to fit water temp sender & EGT sensor.
Pillar pod ended up being pretty easy after some thought. The lower clips hold in behind the dash and the rubber door trim holds it in place along the edge. All that was required was a trim clip at the top to secure it to the original one behind. It makes for a fairly neat install and almost factory looking.
Driver position view
These gauges can be programmed with different colour options and with an optional module I can have a different colour at night, this reduces the glare considerably.
Night colour (this can be dimmed with the dash lights & fine tuned with the light control module)
I'm still trying the different colour options but the purple seems to give reasonable readability without being distracting.
I have installed an optional outside air temp sensor as well as a cabin temp sensor. The GLX does not come with these so I figured I may as well fit them seeing as how the gauges have the ability to have another input. It could be used for a number of other things if needed, i.e. oil temp (engine or auto trans)
I fitted the oil pressure sender on a 'T' adapter keeping the original switch for the dash light.
I found the best way to get to the oil sender was to remove the front left wheel and access it through the wheel arch. At first I removed the battery but that did not get me close enough.
Anyone doing this I advise getting hold of an oil switch removing tool (or a deep socket) there is no room to use a spanner. Make sure you use some thread sealer.
VDO part number 230 036
the adapter is 1/8 gas (BSPT) male thread & female socket and has 1/8 NPT female for the new sender.
These gauges have the ability to set warning limits, when the limit is hit (low pressure or high temps) it beeps and changes colour, either red or orange can be set.
If relying on looking at a gauge alone, there is a fair chance you could miss an engine damaging situation. I like the warnings these give for extra security.
All going well I will get the water temp done next weekend & this will just leave the EGT sensor. This involves welding a bung onto the dump pipe. I will have to find someone that can do that for me- I am not that good at welding.
will post the details as I complete the fitting.