Towball covers used as guage pods

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 19:48
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Has anyone had any luck with converting a towball cover into a 50mm guage pod? I ahve some ideas on doing it, but was wondering if anyone could add another spin on it. Also the reason for this is that to buy these guage pods new they cost above $30 and i can pick up a towball cover for $3.

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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 20:03

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 20:03
Ok what's a gauge pod???

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Reply By: drogger - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 20:40

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 20:40
Yeah - What's a guage pod?
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Reply By: angler - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 20:49

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 20:49
Yeh again , Whats a guage pod? and what pray tell do you do with it?
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Reply By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:15

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:15
Don't you guys know anything. A guage pod is a type of pod used for a guage. In this case, a 50mm guage. Derrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:30

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:30
By the way, just did a search on yahoo and still can't work out what in the hell they are!
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Reply By: SantaAus - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:28

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:28
As stated above a gauge pod allows for the mounting of extra gauges, such as temperature/s, boost pressure, volt, amp etc... in my instance i am mounting my head temp gauge

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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:35

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:35
You mean I was right! I was just trying to be funny. I had a suspicion it was used for measuring something, like rain or something. Never went to university.
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Follow Up By: SantaAus - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:40

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:40
Yes D-Jack, you were right on the money with the guess. Basically as stated the cost of these are hugely expensive compared to the gauges themselves. So a bit of diy is in order.
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Follow Up By: V8troopie - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 23:44

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 23:44
here's another use for these tow ball covers: I cut the cup off the ends of three of them and used them in a home built rotating cup wind speed instrument. Its still spinning on my roof, 15 years later, amazing how well that black plastic stood up to the elements and beaks of nosy magpies.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:53

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 21:53
Why not go with a dashpod I did.. looks great
and works well...
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Follow Up By: SantaAus - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:10

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:10
If you are refering to the cheap plastic carbon fibre look-a-like things, that are a bit on the large side. I don't have the room nor do i like the look of them. Plus they are limited to the angles and mounting positions that they can be mounted.
With this design it allows for more flexiblity.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:45

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:45
No, I mean a dashpod.

[ View Image]Ignore the temp gauge, I didnt have the correct sender in at the time
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (Newcastle) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 17:55

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 17:55
Hello Truckster,
What are you measuring with these three gauges? My guess is engine temperature, boost pressure and ?? temperature for the third.

Also, what brand of dash pod is it?

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 23:04

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 23:04
Geoff.

EGT - very handy... Noting towing a trailer tonight thats 3ft higher than my truck, and couldn't see past it in my mirrors wide, going down the gippy hwy , temps were 500.. so I backed off.

Engine Temp (dont trust the nissan one)

Boost gauge just handy to know when I hit 13psi... :)

www.consoles.com is the brand - out of trading post.
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Reply By: Casnat - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:05

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:05
I, like I guess most, thought you were wanting to mount gauges on your tow ball (cover) and wondered how you were going to see them whilst driving.

The penny finally dropped and I now assume you want to use the tow ball cover to replicate the gauge pod but use it in the front of the vehicle?

I wouldn't have thought it was worth the bother friggin around (will the censorship get that?)

I personally don't like those pods that are outside the windscreen .... can't you find a spot in the dash / console for your gauges .... usually they come with mounting brackets?

I also hate paying exorbitant dollars for stuff and like finding a cheaper option but can't visualise the tow ball cover option myself sorry.

I hope you work it out
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Follow Up By: SantaAus - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:27

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:27
Casnat,
I probably should have posted this on some sort of modified street car forum, but that takes extra effort. I would love to mount the gauges in the dash, but i run a 91 nissan terrano/pathfinder so room is very limited, so the only option is to dash mount them. Basically the comercial design is like a cup which has a ID of 50mm, with a mounting foot at the base.
SantaAus
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:46

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:46
Most dashpods outside the car are also illegal
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:46

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:46
oops that should be gauges not dashpods...
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Follow Up By: Casnat - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 23:43

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 23:43
Hi santaAus,

I think there is a continuation of the problem that people can't understand what you are trying to achieve ... if you read your previous response it says "I would love to mount the gauges in the dash, but.... so the only option is to dash mount them". ?????

Trevor
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Reply By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:31

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:31
Two points:

1) I don't think a tennis ball cut in half would be visually appealing to the eye if fitted insided the cabin.

2) can somebody please verify how to spell guage/gauge!

D-JACK
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Follow Up By: Casnat - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:56

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:56
Hi D-Jack

I also am dismayed (and I checked the dictionary on that) at the bad spelling sometimes on this forum. I immediately verified I hadn't got it wrong when I read your response..

I think a lot are like me and post late at night after "a few reds" so I tend to let them pass.

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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 17:32

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 17:32
why not run an 'A' pillar pod, can get single double or triple jibs, cost about 20-30 from autobarn etc..
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Follow Up By: Tony J - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 17:59

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 17:59
Bradley,

Ive tried to find an 'A pillar pod' for my 80 series. The only two I could find were left hand drive from US and the 'universal' pillar pod from Supa Cheap, blooody ugly and HUGE. Do you know if the Supa Cheap ones would fit in an 80 series?

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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 19:02

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 19:02
not much at supercheap that isnt shiza, try a stockist of 'better' gear like autobarn, or some speed shops that deal with japanese gear.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 19:12

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 19:12
Tried supercheap, repco, and other stores. Have seen monza ones and others and was sadly mistaken between looking at a picture in a brochure and when I had them in my hand. A 30cm long pod is bloody ridiculous for holding 3x 50mm gauges!
The 2-pod A-pillar ones I was quoted $190 from VDO- I have only come across one shop that could track them down. They are apparently suited for commodores, and I was told I'd have dramas mounting them on the 80's A pillar as it is narrower. After hearing the price of the pod, I passed it up.
The option I was looking at doing though was getting a cheap-ass set of 3 crap gauges from supercheap that come in their own housing and replace the gauges with some decent units. the price of this still comes in at less than buying a cheap pod kit.
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Follow Up By: SantaAus - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 21:56

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 21:56
Bradley,
As stated above they look damn ugly, plus they restrict the view somewhat. I ahve looked at several options, The main aim of this project is to mount the gauges on the dash to the right of the gauge cluster and have them angled back towards the driver. I have searched and tried the 3 gauge dash pods to be ugly and not have the ability to be angled back to the driver.
SantaAus
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 22:57

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 22:57
Splitfire make guage pods and bezel rings in about 10 different anodised or plated colours, but if you dont want to spring for such an item, then its either out with the bog and mdf to sculpt something to suit, or look at other options like the blitz range of stepper motor driven guages which are only 19mm thick and can be mounted flat on the dash surface. Top quality gear but you will pay for them, about $230 each guage.

But then again, most dashes have a lot of empty space behind the trim, you could grab a spare dash from a wrecker and get funky with the hole saw, to flush mount the guages.
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Reply By: Member - John C (QLD) - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 08:15

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 08:15
I just use the top of a spray can. Need two.

Use whatever top is handy, red, black etc. for the colour you want.

Cut the end off one, feed guage in, use another for the back end and it gives space for wires etc. Let the front one stick out a little to act as a screen from direct light.
Might have to wind some tape around the guage for a tight fit or some cardboard for a packer.
Good recylcing :-)

Save you $3.00. And my sons don't call me a tight wad either - very often in a week that is :-)
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