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Old 10-11-2009, 11:19 PM
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DIY Air Vent Gauge Pods - OEM look (60mm)

Mini Cooper S
R53 - DIY Air Vent Gauge Pods
(60 mm Turbo / Water temp gauges)
Hi,
Read many post on many forums but found nothing useful. So there was no other way than to try it on my own. I was thinking for a day or two ‘how to’ and then… Well! Less word and more pictures! And this is not stolen project! GhettoSmurf is my nickname on M|U forum!

First I bought two new air vents if some unexpected s* happens!

How to get those vents out and not to destroy half of the dash? Well. It took me a minute to figure it out! You just need to think with the upper head and not lower one!



VOILA!


And now the tricky parts of DIY…

Very important to be accurate and patient!

Exactly 60mm! You will see why later on!

VOILA 2nd time! You see those not cut out parts? They will hold gauge 100% (they wore grinded in a curve), so you do not need any rubber or stuff like that! OEM all the way!

Those 2 rubber bands are magical! They are holding pod firmly in position and compensate some vibrations.


Final product and look! I say you can’t beat that!

Not yet pushed all the way, coz next weekend I’ll have to do some wiring and stuff to make them work.


Hope you like it and I hope it helped! If u like it make it Sticky!
Greetings from Slovenia.
 

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Old 10-12-2009, 12:22 AM
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Dude, that is soooooooooooooo sooooooooooo sick!! The best guauge install I've seen.
 
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:13 AM
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Nice!

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There are probably literally tens of millions of configurations achievable for the Mini. And with all the parts available, its important to point out that the most interesting, and likely the most useful, are those that we driver's imagine and create. Awesome execution of a great concept.
 
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I like this.

I have a boost gauge sitting around. I might try this, looks simple enough.

You should do a how-to on how you wire them And post some pics of them lit up
 
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:00 PM
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Images are gone!!!!
 
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PM'ed the user with the offer to re-host images in the NAM DIY gallery.
 
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I almost did this mod over the summer. Now that it's cold out I am glad I had not. The vents on either side of the wheel keep my hands warm in cold mornings like today........something to think about.
 
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:41 AM
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PM'ed the user with the offer to re-host images in the NAM DIY gallery.
Nice.
 
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Now here is some wiring in you're interested. I also lenghten all the wires as you can see.

OEM gauge wires and some additional stuff to make it work.


Water sensor and 32mm adapter.



Both gauge wires joined to one single wire.
RED >>> battery
BLACK >>> ground
YELLOW >>> cigarette lighter power
BROWN >>> cigarette lighter lamp
ORANGE >>> cigarette lighter lamp



Nice and clean!


And...








 
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:26 PM
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SWEET!!
 
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Very good instructions, and I like the look.
 
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off topic i know, but what kind of head unit do you have?
 
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That really looks great with those gauges on either side of the Speedo. Any idea yet on how the A/C or heat effects the gauge. Will the constant flow of A/C on the back effect it. Reason I ask is because my Pro-Sport analog tach would get hung up all the time in colder weather.
 
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That is killer!! Great job!!!! I doubt the A/C would affect it but I would think the heater would not help the gauges. Are the vents block somewhere prior to the gauge?

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How is the flow from those vents? This is a REALLY slick way of putting gauges and keeping functionality of the vents if its not overly restricted.
 
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Where did you get the gauges....cost....have you found any other gauges that you may have wanted instead....Are the vents blocked off in the back so the heater does not affect the gauges?
 
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What is the Turbo Gauge used for on your R53? you have a Supercharger don't you? Great looking set up, love it
 
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i've been digging around online trying to find a good place to get the power to illuminate my gauges, so as that they would light up when i turned my headlights on, as apposed to being illuminated constantly with the ignition on. i see you used the cig lighter for this source. what i want to know is do your guages dim with the dimmer for the rest of the dash? thx in advance! btw sick install and diy!!!
 
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:31 PM
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^^^ Yes they do all of mine are wired the same as this. ^^^
That looks sweet, almost factory. I'm not sure about the hoods, but your car.
 
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I'm thinking about doing this... hmm...
 
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Is there any way to adapt this to work with a 52mm gauge?
 
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I love it but could never give up my vents!
 
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I wish this still had the pictures.
 

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