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Old 11-14-2003, 12:28 PM
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Those of you who have plumbed in boost gauges: Where did you hook up your electrical wiring? I have a mechanical gauge, and the vacuum line is already installed and working correctly. Where do I attach the wires for the light?
Thanks in advance for the help.
 
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Old 11-14-2003, 12:36 PM
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I found a good spot for gauge power and ground for lighting in the heated seat switches (the passenger's side in particular). Mine don't dim though.
 
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Old 11-14-2003, 02:13 PM
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Andy - that would work great.... if I had the heated seats! Any other ideas? My car's pretty stripped down as far as options go. Is there an easy way to hook into the wiring for the tach or the dimmer switch?
 
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Old 11-14-2003, 05:20 PM
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I have one coming. (Early next week). I will help you out once I get it all wired in. Should not be to hard... (have so much custom wiring in my car, I'm sure I can get something to work :smile:

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Old 11-15-2003, 09:20 PM
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I just installed my Auto Meter Ultra-lite vacuum/boost gauge tonight - more complex than I anticipated! I used the vacuum line from the intake manifold to the fuel pressure regulator - tapped in a T-fitting, and ran the included clear nylon tubing through the main firewall grommet to the gauge I mounted in an Auto Meter black cup to the bottom side of the center console. Here are the pics:

You can see the tubing between the #2 and #3 intake runner
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Old 11-18-2003, 09:52 AM
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Great pics, Ryan. That's exactly the same place I have my vacuum line attached, and routed - I even have the same gauge! Just need to know what the best option for the light hookup is for this. Anyone figured it out yet?
 
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Old 03-08-2004, 11:13 AM
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I am in the same boat at this point. The gage is installed (next to the tach.) but need power to the light and switched power for the oil pressure gage. HELP!
 
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Old 03-08-2004, 11:43 AM
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Grabbed mine from the head unit. Here is a thread that discussed it earlier

NAM - Where do I get switched +12V for gauges?

Have fun!
 
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Old 03-08-2004, 05:01 PM
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If you have the gauge right next to the Tach on top of the steering wheel, the closest tap would be the gray/pink wire on the Tach wire harness. This is the tap for the illumination, which turns on/off with interior dash illumination and can be dimmed as well. :smile:


 
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Old 03-08-2004, 05:28 PM
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Second davecsumini's recommendation, thats exactly where I pulled voltage for illumination. Add in the red micro-condom on the gauge bulb and you have a nice clean OEM look and function.
 
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Old 03-08-2004, 09:19 PM
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>>Add in the red micro-condom on the gauge bulb and you have a nice clean OEM look and function.



Don't forget the "red micro-condom" to maintain the OEM orange illumination:D
 
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Old 03-09-2004, 10:11 PM
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I just installed my Boost and Oil Pressure Gauges. I received instructions from ProMINI (BMP) to tap the dimmer wire. This wire is colored Gray with a RED Stripe. The wire is located in the driver side wire harness. This will be the wire harness that goes to you fuse box left of the steering wheel. You will have to look for it, but it will not be to hard to find.

I used one of the new quick connectors to connect to this power source. You can get this at PEP Boys. It is made by a company called Conduct-Tite! The part number is 85468. I used the one that connects 16-14 Gauge wires.

There is a bolt located left of the steering column that you can use for a good ground. Your gauges will now dim with the rest of your instrument cluster.

Hope this helps. I will try to take some pictures soon to explain.

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Old 03-10-2004, 11:33 AM
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Arly,
What wire did you use for the keyed power (oil press gage)? Thanks for the tip on the dimming wire, I didn't want to use the tach wire if I didn't have to. Very tough to work with.
 
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Old 03-10-2004, 01:06 PM
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>>What wire did you use for the keyed power (oil press gage)?

Dan, I played it safe by using a add-a-fuse kit and tap directly into the fuse panel on the driver side. :smile:

 
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Old 03-10-2004, 09:34 PM
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Here are the newly installed Gauges.


The dimmer wire is located in the wire harness left of the steering wheel.


I hope this helps. Now I have more information to drive with.

I am please with these additions.

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