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Old 05-10-2014, 01:01 PM
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Installed: A-Pillar Single Gauge Pod

Moving the scan gauge from the ROUSH dash vent gauge pod ...
To an A-pillar guage pod ...


Parts Inventory:
  • A-pillar 2-1/16" single gauge pod from - part # 15212 (intended for 2002-2009 Dodge Ram) *Currently there is no offering for the 2009+ F-150s.
  • (optional) LH windshield moulding (A-pillar trim) from FoMoCo - part # 9L3Z-1503599-CA (Charcoal Black) *Could modify existing trim.
  • 3M™ Automotive Acrylic Plus Attachment Tape - part # 06383 (7/8")
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  • SEM CLASSIC COAT FLEXIBLE COATING Midnight Black - part # 17013
How-To:
  1. with the A-pillar trim as a fitment gauge, use a heat gun to carefully contort the sides of the gauge pod to conform to the outer contours of the A-pillar trim.
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  2. drill a hole in A-pillar trim to allow any wiring, hoses, etc. to pass thru to the pod and eventually the installed guage. *Insure that the hole will be within the length of the position of the pod on the trim.
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  3. clean (with soap and water) and degrease (with isopropyl alcohol) the A-pillar trim, the exterior of the gauge pod, AND the interior sides of the gauge pod.
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  4. apply the attachment tape to either the pod's mounting position on the outer edge of the A-pillar trim -OR- the inside bottom edges of the pod's sides.
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  5. attach the pod to the A-pillar trim and use small clamps along each edge to allow the tape to seat/seal.
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  6. clean (with soap and water) and degrease (with isopropyl alcohol) the trim/pod assembly.
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  7. when thoroughly dry, apply the flexible coating paint and let dry.
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  8. run any necessary wiring, hoses, etc. to and then thru the trim/pod assembly.
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  9. (re)install A-pillar trim (with gauge pod).
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  10. connect any necessary wiring, hoses, etc. to the gauge.
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  11. install the gauge.

Acknowledgement to NGA PLZ for paving-the-way for this mod' ...
Homemade Pillar Pod and Boost Gauge for Eco
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Nice write up! I have thought about adding. A boost gauge on the pilar for awhile now. I wouldn't want it in the vent. When I am ready I will look into doing this! Reps sent!
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Very nice
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Fantastic Job!

Added a link to the "common mod's" sticky.

nicely done!
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For those concerned about explosive bolts, jettisoned objects, and front, side air-curtain deployment ...

When the A-pillar air-curtain deploys it kicks-out the trim at the top and pushes past it leaving the trim/moulding still attached to the A-pillar.

There are 2 clips of different construct that retain the trim/moulding ...
  1. close to the top.
    • This clip is made to separate at its top, narrow tip. *Learned the hard way that you have to carefully pull the top part of the trim/moulding to remove it otherwise it separates and can drop-down into the cab inner/outer wall.
    • the clip fits into a slot in the A-pillar that is behind the air-curtain.
  2. ~¾ the way down from the top.
    • this clip is a typical panel clip - teeth grip the plastic pillar on the trim/moulding and the head fits into a slot in the A-pillar.
    • given that the air-curtain is folded and only extends down (say) 4" from the top of the A-pillar and the fact that the clip is further forward (e.g. closer to the windshield), it doesn't come into any consideration when/if the air-curtain deploys.
When the air-curtain deploys ...
  1. it's expansion pushes past the top of the trim/moulding though may(?) cause it to be slightly out and away from the A-pillar.
  2. the air-curtain extends rearward along the side glass until fully deployed and then deflates.
  3. the lower portion of the trim/moulding remains attached (somewhat) to the A-pillar, however, may be askew at the top
When I installed the scan guage, I left ~12" of wire within the trim/moulding+pod -and- its connection to the guage is a plug and is not bolted/screwed to any post(s). THINKING: Even if the trim/moulding+pod is TOTALLY pushed-out, it has 12" before the guage could separate from the pod, and even then it's a tight/snug 2-1/16" fit.

REMEMBER ... The RH A-pillar trim/moulding (with hand grip) is bolted to the A-pillar.

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For those concerned about explosive bolts, jettisoned objects, and front, side air-curtain deployment ...
Thank you! I was just coming in to post something about this very subject, but it sounds like you did your homework.
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