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killer sonata 
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Posted: January 28, 2007 at 8:51 AM / IP Logged  

do you want them to be permenant? If so, how about some CA glue and accelerator spray?

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depending on the gauges, ive used 2" pvc pipe and they fit very snug in that, instead of making rings
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it kinda depends on the gage.  sometimes you can insert it and bend the metal surround to make it secure.  Or just stick the gauge in and seal it from the inside with automotive "GOOP". It will hold and you can peel it off later if needed.
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I've used Autometer gauges for some time now, but for the mast part we install them in one of the "A Pillar" pods mentioned above.  The gauge assembly pushes into the hole in the pod and a "friction fit" will hold it very snugly.  There is still enough to remove the gauge and reposition it. but once it's in there, it's pretty much there to stay.  I have never used any kind of adhesive, or tape, or anything else to hold them

I think "secret" to how the pod holds so tightly is in how thin and flexible it is.  I think the gauges are also very gently tapered, at least right under the collar.  The hole for the pod is just slightly smaller than the OD of the gauge, and when the gauge is pressed in, the plastic stretches and holds the gauge with pressure.  Keep in mind, some gauges probably need to be attached from the back with a "u shaped" bracket, but all of the gauges I've worked with allow this "friction fit" approach to work.

If  you can, when you design your console, try make the fiberglass a little thinner around the gauge holes, and a little smaller.  Then, test fit the gauges and adjust the hole size with some fine sandpaper on a large dowel to make a perfect fit.

I'm working on a similar project for a custom gauge enclosure, and this is what I plan to do.  I'll post my results when I get done.

shrug53 
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Thanks for all of the great info gang. I think I understand what to do now.
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what i did was use pvc like you, then i wrapped the gauge in a couple layers of electrical tape to thicken it up a bit. Either that or you can get the foam tape and put it around the inside of the pvc and this will hold the gauge snug.
jjermzz 
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shrug53 wrote:
I think I may not have phrased my question correctly. I can make the pods. The question is what keeps the gauges from falling out of them? Is it just a pressure fit? Some sort of set screw from the side? Or does it use the original brackets like it would in one of those cheap under-dash panels?

I would try to hot glue it in the back.

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bbb1080 wrote:
what i did was use pvc like you, then i wrapped the gauge in a couple layers of electrical tape to thicken it up a bit. Either that or you can get the foam tape and put it around the inside of the pvc and this will hold the gauge snug.
Did the tape show up around the edges after you pushed the gauges in, or did it conceal it pretty good?
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nubiannupe 
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bbb1080 wrote:
what i did was use pvc like you, then i wrapped the gauge in a couple layers of electrical tape to thicken it up a bit. Either that or you can get the foam tape and put it around the inside of the pvc and this will hold the gauge snug.
Did the tape show up around the edges after you pushed the gauges in, or did it conceal it pretty good?
G. Rick (aka; Tha "R")
**Peter North is my idol***
MECP-Certified 1st Class Installer
nubiannupe 
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bbb1080 wrote:
what i did was use pvc like you, then i wrapped the gauge in a couple layers of electrical tape to thicken it up a bit. Either that or you can get the foam tape and put it around the inside of the pvc and this will hold the gauge snug.
Did the tape show up around the edges after you pushed the gauges in, or did it conceal it pretty good?
G. Rick (aka; Tha "R")
**Peter North is my idol***
MECP-Certified 1st Class Installer
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