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      03-08-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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My n55...with 52mm defi race gauges install boost and volt

Finding gauges that would work for my n55 was almost impossible. I ordered 3 gauges with the ash tray pod. The ash tray pod just to get to the firewall, my mechanic said it would take about 4 hours, before even installing the gauges. So I had to return them, because those gauges were not even compatible with my car. I ordered the ati pod since its closer to the firewall, then I got the defi's awesome gauges guys, buit they thought they had to tap into the intake manifold thank god they didnt have to because they couldnt find the boost line...finally they did with a diagram they got from this former bmw mechanic. Well here's the pics....
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      03-08-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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looks nice. How badly do they obstruct the view of the guages? Looks really nice though
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      03-08-2011, 05:44 PM   #3
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Its really not in the way guys.....remember i took that picture centered lower dead on from the emblem...if you want ill take it from a more natural view shot. But thank you though
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But the dash gauges...

... really?
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      03-08-2011, 05:48 PM   #5
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Remember I can...pivot them, and turn them to the way I want them...
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But the dash gauges...

... really?
What do you mean?...
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      03-08-2011, 06:06 PM   #7
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more shots....

here are the other pics....
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I dont think I would be comfortable with those. I keep the steering wheel all the way down. So it already cuts off the top of the gauges. I would get annoyed looking through them all the time.
Looks great though! I personally would get frustrated with not seeing the more important gauges.
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What do you mean?...
One of the hallmarks of a BMW has been the perfect visibility of all instrumentation. I couldn't live with an obliterated view like that.
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      03-08-2011, 09:55 PM   #10
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I'm not a fan of obscuring the OEM dash. Congrats on the install though - it does look clean. They certainly come alive at night!

What was wrong with the more inconspicuous digital guage by P3?

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6614755
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      03-08-2011, 10:02 PM   #11
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gauges look good but it seems to cover a little to much of the stock ones but it is nice to have a boost gauge.
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      06-13-2011, 09:34 AM   #12
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Can you share how do you tap the boost? Any adapter required?

Thanks.
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      06-13-2011, 11:09 PM   #13
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Finding gauges that would work for my n55 was almost impossible.

I'm not sure how guages are not useable, they are universal. Also why voltage, are you running a stereo system, a A/F or egt would have been a far better choice.

Most of the digital guages are easy to install even for a newb, and mech are even more easy to install.
1. find a vaccum source, use a "t" fitting, run some vaccum line to the sensor provide from the kit.
2. run those wires into the cabin of the car
3. attached (-) (+) (assoc) and (sensors wires) to a fuse panel or stereo wires.
4.Bam your done.

If you have issues installing something like this you might as well pay somebody to pump your own gas too.
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      06-13-2011, 11:11 PM   #14
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Finding gauges that would work for my n55 was almost impossible.

I'm not sure how guages are not useable, they are universal. Also why voltage, are you running a stereo system, a A/F or egt would have been a far better choice.

Most of the digital guages are easy to install even for a newb, and mech are even more easy to install.
1. find a vaccum source, use a "t" fitting, run some vaccum line to the sensor provide from the kit.
2. run those wires into the cabin of the car
3. attached (-) (+) (assoc) and (sensors wires) to a fuse panel or stereo wires.
4.Bam your done.

If you have issues installing something like this you might as well pay somebody to pump your own gas too.
Just curious, what did you tap for boost?
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      06-14-2011, 10:02 AM   #15
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Just curious, what did you tap for boost?

He didn't..... He's just talking out of his ass.
N55 has no boost lines.
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BTW, if the boost/vacuum gauge is working correctly, why is the gauge at almost 0 vacuum with the car on?!
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He didn't..... He's just talking out of his ass.
N55 has no boost lines.
I thought so...
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      06-14-2011, 02:24 PM   #18
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Love my P3 Vent Boost Gauge...Did you check that one out? I had the Defi Boost gauge in my last car in the vent as well and worked great...I as well am not a fan og cluttering up the dash...but whatever works for ya....This would be OK in a STI or Evo but IMO a BMW should stay un-cluttered...
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He didn't..... He's just talking out of his ass.
N55 has no boost lines.
I never said boost lines, there at no such things, there are vaccum lines.

Riddle me this batman, where is his boost guage getting his vaccum source from?

So what your telling me is this car has zero vaccum lines, not a single one! Nothing off of the intake manifold, nothing from the turbo to the wastegate, absolutely none?!?!?

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So what your telling me is this car has zero vaccum lines, not a single one! Nothing off of the intake manifold, nothing from the turbo to the wastegate, absolutely none?!?!?
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what about the boost solenoid
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