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Author Topic: A-Pillar Gauge Pod  (Read 8447 times)
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0aztek3
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« on: May 26, 2003, 08:53:41 PM »

Would anyone be interested in an A-pillar guage pod? I sent in a e-mail to a company called Lotek that will custom make these pods for the Aztek. They just need 20 confirmed buyers and they will start a production run. Their prices seem very reasonable-under $50. The guages pods holds the 2 1/16" gauges (up to three).

Wouldn't it be great to have an Oil Pressure,Tranny Temp, and Voltmeter Guage, etc., especially for you members that tow often. This would give us a very nice place to mount them. I know I would love to keep an eye on these vitals. I run an oil pressure and tranny temp guage in my Imp.

I was lucky to find a place to mount em, there is no Impala forum so I couldn't get a pillar pod :cry1: (Old pic,I had to borrow a digital camera to take this, the tranny temp gauge is in the right side hole now):



Here a pic of what it would look like, except it'll be black:



An A-pillar pod would give us a very professional looking place to mount gauges! We just need 19 buyers now counting myself!


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« Last Edit: May 26, 2003, 08:56:27 PM by 0aztek3 » Logged
treveantek
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2003, 10:04:32 PM »

I know this may sound strange... but could they make them for both sides?? I was thinking of installing tweeters in the pods, and therefore would need both sides...
Just a thought :huh:  
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HotRod01
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2003, 07:53:54 AM »

That would be great.  I have run down my battery while camping and just recently had the charging system die. I would love to have the tranny temp and and coolant temp. :lolu: I HATE IDIOT LIGHTS!!  :lolu: Do these come with the gauges or is it 50 for the gauge pod and 20? each for the gauges?
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0aztek3
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2003, 08:44:29 AM »

Hotrod,
A voltmeter guage would be great for you. I hate the idiot lights too, often times when they come on, the damage has already been done. For example, our oil dummy light is set to come on when there is less than 5psi oil pressure!

The company i'm working this deal with sells two pod ones for $29 and three pods for around $39.
The pod doesn't come with the gauges so you'll have to buy them seperately.
Autometer makes very good gauges (made is USA too), and a company called VDO makes them as well. I ordered my autometer gauges for my Imp through Summitracing Their price depends on the type. My electronic oil pressure gauge was $45 and my tranny temp gauge was about $50. The voltmeter gauge is one of the cheapest. You can buy them through their catalog at Auto Zone as well.Check out ebay too. There is also a huge variety of gauge styles to chose from, indiglo, white face, silver etc. Anymore questions? Smiley
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SuperTek
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2003, 09:51:32 AM »

:wave: Sweeeeeeet!!!! .... I had been looking for A-pillar gauges but I could find anything to cross-reference with and modify.  Count me in, expecially if they'll make them for both sides.  :cooldude:  :cooldude:  :cooldude:  
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2003, 11:38:25 AM »

So how tough is it to get the wiring up to the pod without having it show at the bottom? With oil pressure, there is a plastic hose that can't be crimped off...

I am definately interested...
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0aztek3
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2003, 12:00:29 PM »

Tom,
The wiring isn't too difficult. I actually had no wiring experience when I installed my gauges in the Imp. The first thing to do would be to find a switched 12V power source and a ground point.  Then you would run the sender wire through a firewall grommet.

The oil gauge you mentioned is the Mechanical type, while this is the most accurate, the prospect of having hot oil running into the cabin isn't pleasant to me. An Electronic oil gauge uses a sender unit that screws into the block and sends a signal through wire to the gauge. This is the type I recommend using.

Its easy to route 18 gauge wire behind the carpeting and interior panels. You could pull up on the trim and slide in. Its just like running speaker/stereo wire.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2003, 12:02:36 PM by 0aztek3 » Logged
0aztek3
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2003, 01:49:11 PM »

Thanks SuperTek!!! We need 18 more buyers. Can I count you in Tom,HotRod01?

treveantek,
If we can get enough interest, absolutely!
« Last Edit: May 27, 2003, 01:49:50 PM by 0aztek3 » Logged
0aztek3
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2003, 08:20:15 PM »

Ok, got an update from Lotek  the company that will make our pillar pods (they make the Grand Prix pod as well):

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Read the following and be aware that the minimum has increased to 30.
 

NEW PROJECT INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES


ADDRESS:

Lo-tek, Inc.

715 E. Geer St, Ste C-2, Box 2

Durham, NC 27701

919-687-2762

919-680-6161 (fax)

ORDER INFORMATION:

Minimum order quantity is 30 per project. (Wholesale/dealer purchases mimimum is 40) Some models may require a higher minimum.

If both double and triple gauge holders are wanted each project requires the minimum paid orders.

All orders must be paid prior to project start.

Pricing will be determined after receipt of OEM pillar.

Most of our products range from $40-$60. After project is completed pricing will increase.

Shipping charges extra - Currently: $5.99 US, $10.99 Canada, $15.99 International

REQUIREMENTS:

Name, address, and contact information of project leader.

Follow-up will be with project leader only. (Please do not have others call for status)

OEM pillar from project leader. This will be use for manufacturing and is non-returnable.

Make, model and year range of vehicle.

Color samples (at least 4"x4", OEM pillar preferred) of all colors to be painted up to 3.

Size of gauge hole diameter wanted (usually 2 1/16" and/or 60mm). Note: some models may not take the 60mm size do to pillar limitations.

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE:

Rough mock-up will be made and sent to project leader.

* Place on pillar.

* Check for clearances and proper angle of gauge pods.

* Note any changes needed on mock-up and document on paper.

* Sign and date changes or okay mock-up as is.

* Return to Lo-tek.

Mold-making process - approx 4-5 weeks

Initial production run - approx 3-4 weeks

Finishing and shipping - approx 1 week after receipt of product.

Looks like we'll need 30 buyers instead of 20 Wink . C'mon people support the Aztek aftermarket! Tongue

 
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2003, 08:22:49 AM »

I would like to be in... I am not sure whether or not I can be "in" at the moment. Working on a pretty big project at the moment...
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HotRod01
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2003, 10:39:32 AM »

I would like to be in but the budget is tight right now.   I also need to find time to do the research to find the tranny temp meter/gage, etc. and figure out how to get the readings.  This is a new thing to me and it may be a few weeks before I can get to it.
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Tent Guy
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2003, 08:27:55 PM »

Under $50?

Count me in.  What do I have to do?
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0aztek3
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2003, 08:44:59 PM »

Excellent! I'm still talking to Lotek and should have a update soon!
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0aztek3
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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2003, 09:05:21 PM »

Tom(the Man) ^_^ , can you make this thread as well as tankteks' Guage Bezel thread "pinned to the top" please. Thank You!
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HotRod01
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« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2003, 02:49:44 PM »

Ok I have done my research and wish to do the three gage pod.  Tell me what is the next step, please! :cooldude:

I see on thier web site they have some nice covers for those of you that only want two.  Can we do the three gage version first?
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