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Old 03-04-2011, 08:17 AM   #1
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Im looking to fine a website that sells gauge pods for my 96ss Hardtop (all i can find is the TT version), or if anyone has one. (3 pod)

Also would like to know what are the best gauges for the items below, i have heard you need to get the right A/F gauge and they make a few??

A/F Gauge ?

Boost Gauge ?

Fuel Pressure ?

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I've always been a big fan of Autometer for gauges. They're a long-standing, tried and true company with a good quality product.

My A/F gauge is an AEM UEGO - wideband, has digital numerical readout and colored LED surround. It's been great to me, and it's highly recommended.

My boost gauge is an Autometer vac/boost gauge, goes up to 30 psi. It's mechanical. You could go electrical, but I think mechanical is a better way to go for a boost gauge.

My fuel pressure gauge is an Autometer, electrical. It's not the greatest idea to have a mechanical fuel pressure gauge inside the cab...because you'd be flowing fuel inside the cab. If it leaked, it would be a smelly flammable mess. Get an electric one with a sender.

As far as the pod goes, I've never really looked into one for hardtop, because I'm T-Top. I know RK Sport made a really nice one for TTop, and I think they sold a hardtop version too. Check them out.
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I am not aware of anyone who makes a 3-gauge pillar pod for the 93-96 Camaro. I am only aware of them for the 97-02 Camaro and 93-02 Firebird.

I too am a big fan of Autometer (I am currently running fuel pressue, trans temp, and nitrous pressure, all electrical) and the AEM wideband.
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Thanks guys that helps a lot. Now I'm just stuck on the pod for my hardtop. Anyone want to trade for t-tops lol.
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I don't think t-tops would have helped you...as far as I'm aware, no one makes a 3-gauge pillar pod for the 93-96 Camaro period, hardtop or not.

I wish I had a hardtop car. IMO, t-tops aren't worth the trouble, so worthless.
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they do, im looking at one on my brothers ta now. T-Top car

its just finding that one for a hardtop thats got me down

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I'm aware, no one makes a 3-gauge pillar pod for the 93-96 Camaro period, hardtop or not.
why not just modify the 97-02? I'm a fan of glow shift, just my 2 cents
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how much is needed? do you got any more pics?
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I would recommend glowshift...I got them for my cummins last year and they are great..i only spent $150 total including shipping for the A-pillar and 3 gauges-60psi boost, 2400*egt, and trans temp- and the gauges i had were able to change about 10 different colors
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you have to trim the pillar on the bottom where it meets the dash
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Am I the only one who realizes a hardtop's a-pillar plastic is 1 piece all the way back to the c-pillar plastic in the rear???? That's why no one makes a direct replacement.
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Just get a dual pod and single pod and make your own 3 pod.
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oh btw I have all autometer ultra lite stuff. Mechanical oil pressure, electric full sweep fuel pressure, electric short sweep trans & water temp and voltmeter. Oh yea, I have an AEM wideband as well, i love that thing it works very well and the price is great
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i was thinking about doing the 2 and then a single, but wont that look kinda bad? on the other hand hacking up the ls1 pod might look bad too????

has anyone ever made a gauge holder that sits in the compartment on the Camaros just under the radio, that spot that holds cds or something.
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i was thinking about doing the 2 and then a single, but wont that look kinda bad? on the other hand hacking up the ls1 pod might look bad too????

has anyone ever made a gauge holder that sits in the compartment on the Camaros just under the radio, that spot that holds cds or something.
kind of a bad spot really if you want to keep an eye on AFR/ fuel PSI while on it real hard...

and +1 for the AEM wideband. I just installed mine the other day and it works great!
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i was just thinking if it came down to me doing just the 2 pod i would put the fuel pressure down there.

im about to order the A/F and the other auto meter gauges
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has anyone ever made a gauge holder that sits in the compartment on the Camaros just under the radio, that spot that holds cds or something.
As said above bad for visibility. Good spot for arming switches and such though.
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As said above bad for visibility. Good spot for arming switches and such though.
That's where I kept the switches for missiles and smoke screen.
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Am I the only one who realizes a hardtop's a-pillar plastic is 1 piece all the way back to the c-pillar plastic in the rear???? That's why no one makes a direct replacement.
I think most, if not all pillar pods for even t-top cars are just "covers" not complete replacements. I could be wrong though.
Anyone know what it takes to mod a 97-02 triple guage pod to fit lt1 cars?
pics? or a write-up perhaps?
Just wanna know if buying one is gonna be a complete waste or not
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If your going to boost your car and want 3 gauges, I would reccomend boost, fuel pressure, and a wideband O2. Air Fuel gauges are not accurate, and they can even play games with your PCM (not a thing you want to have going on at all when you are boosted).

As far as which ones... well there are plenty to choose from. I reccomend going with accurate ones first, then deciding "which one looks cool" to put in.

Heres a pic of my setup. I went with a Autometer electric boost gauge, (pricey, but very accurate above the non-electric one), and a fuel pressure gauge. Then I went with a digital Zeitronix wideband O2 display that also displays EGT and Lambda on the screen in front of my shifter.




Here's a quick vid of the boost gauge in action

http://www.streetfire.net/video/maki...ost_145597.htm
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