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Old 01-09-2019, 03:43 PM
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I'm interested in putting in one of those aftermarket turbo boost gauges in my 87' 951 in that compartment under the radio. I've read a bunch on how alot of folks have installed these, but I'm struggling to find where to buy the panel that this would sit in. Lindsey doesn't seem to sell a panel with a single gauge cutout and I'm not finding anything else. Anyone know a good place to buy the panel. I guess the gauge itself is pretty standard, which I've been on the vdo site. Too many options there actually, but.. Just trying to do something simple and don't want to install multiple gauges with those switches and such. Just a turbo boost gauge and I don't like the ones on the pillar.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:01 PM
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Is this what you are looking for?

I used this billet aluminum gauge plate to fit a single VDO boost gauge into the chubby under the radio for my 951. Fit's perfectly and has spring clips to hold the panel in place and to allow for easily removal. Selling for $65+shipping.


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Old 01-10-2019, 12:57 AM
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Usually 951's get equipped with two gauges, an Air/Fuel mixture gauge (uses "wideband O2 sensor) and a Vacuum/Boost gauge. These are both pretty essential in both a stock and modified turbo since they both show what's happening in the engine compartment. That's probably why you can't find a single gauge panel, only dual or triple. You might call Lindsay in case they have a few singles in stock.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:26 AM
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If you're just wanting a boost gauge, you could do what I did- use the 968 clock cubby and cut it to match your gauge diameter. This looks like a factory gauge and still gives you the little cubby under the radio. The part number for the cubby is 944.641.248.00. I picked one up last summer for around $50.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:20 PM
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This? It's an Auto Meter. Yours for $50 plus shipping (from Canada)

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Old 01-10-2019, 02:38 PM
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I understand that the "traditional" location has been in the front of the cubby below the radio and I'd like to offer some alternate insight into the subject. From a pilot's perspective, it takes on the average, two seconds to refocus your vision from one extreme point to another, not to mention the distraction from heads up driving. So that becomes about 4 seconds of unfocused attention from looking out the front of the windshield. As such, it made more sense to me to locate the boost and AFR gauges to the same sight line on the A pillar so the peripheral vision can utilize the info without distracted driving potential. As such, I'll offer a couple of pics to support my opinion. I really love the location, especially when autocross or track driving.



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Old 01-10-2019, 04:49 PM
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Thanks for the info.. let me digest and come back with what I'm going to do. The A/F gauge looks a bit more complex to install. Aside from the gauges looking cool, my BAR gauge doesn't work and troubleshooting it has been a real PITA. The turbo definitely works so I was just going to put in the turbo boost gauge. But seeing pics of multiple gauges and locations is making me rethink.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:37 PM
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I really prefer the Innovate unit I have and if you need installation tips to get you through it, drop me a note. The install took more time to think out than the actual install. Welding in a bung for the wide band probe was a bit of a pain to do right. I installed mine just before where the CAT would have been installed. I just un-bolted the entire exhaust system at that point, threw it into the back of the truck and took it to a muffler shop with the location and orientation marked on the pipe. Bought a two hole A pillar mount on ebay and ran the wires from it under the A pillar trim and then into the end of the instrument panel from left end. A bit of a tight fit but works great.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:16 PM
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I agree with mytrplseven to use to pillar mount, certainly makes it easier to get a quick glance at the gauges.

While pillar gauges are certainly no problem for a track car, however, I have heard (first hand) comments made by police officers when they see the pillar gauges, they suspect the driver is a "street racer" and are more likely to write a ticket or go harder on the driver.
For what it's worth, from California.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:34 PM
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In my case, when they see all the Martini graphics on the car, a pillar mounted gauge is the least of my concerns
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