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Old 02-16-2011, 03:11 PM
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ok well i just did this last night and took pictures of it this morning as i actually ran wire for the light in the boost gauge... hope this is helpful to anyone that may ask, so we don't have to keep hunting other forums for a DIY for something that is very simple

my car is a 1998.5 1.8tq with the AEB engine

pop open these lil covers and remove the bolts holding the knee padding area up.... the yellowish circle is for the two phillips head screws holding the plastic trim on the steering wheel if u wanna take that off

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there is another bolt holding it in on the fuse panel area as well.. dont forget this

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when u drop the piece, be cautious of your OBD2 port... disconnect to avoid damaging the wires

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i ran the wires through this little area.. i know most people here are men and dont have skinny girl hands, but i managed to fit my fingers in here and pull out the wires

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i ran the positive to the fuse here, which happens to be the license plate light

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this is where I made my ground... works great, the bolt is going to require a t15 torx bit though, so if u dont have this and dont wanna buy one, i suggest u find your own ground lol

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now finding a place to run the tubing through was a pain, so i eventually lifted up the ecu access box and found a natural hole in the firewall so i didnt have to drill... so this is where i chose to run the tube through

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then i pushed the hard tubing through this grommet

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and this is where i installed the T fitting for my vacuum... you can use the FPR up top if u want, but this is the most common so i did it here for sanity's sake

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this is it mounted and installed after everything

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and here is the light all shnazzy like...

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WELL I HOPE THIS COMES IN HANDY FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO DO THIS BUT DONT EXACTLY KNOW HOW AND DONT WANNA HAVE TO HUNT GOOGLE OR OTHER WEBSITES... SO IF U WANNA STICKY IT SWEET.. IF NOT.. OH WELL, AT LEAST IT GAVE ME SOMETHING TO DO FOR THE LAST HOUR HAHA
 

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Old 02-16-2011, 03:13 PM
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and for anyone thats going to ask... that is my E brake light and my airbag light, i have to get the airbag light sensor replaced i think
 
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There's hope for you after all, Phil.

Nice write up.
 
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:22 PM
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yay... i did something useful for once hahahaha
 
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:48 PM
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Nice writeup overall.

It is a good idea to use eyelet terminals (or a terminal of some sort) whenever possible. They're very cheap and it doesn't take but a minute. Just sticking bare wire into the fuse panel and under a screw head is a little shoddy.
 
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by lm0812 View Post
Nice writeup overall.

It is a good idea to use eyelet terminals (or a terminal of some sort) whenever possible. They're very cheap and it doesn't take but a minute. Just sticking bare wire into the fuse panel and under a screw head is a little shoddy.
yes I know, but for the price (free) it works great lol
 
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:58 PM
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ya the only part i dont liek is how u put it into the fuse panel. very nice otherwise. i like how you made the VAC tap very apparent(in a good way) cuz the pictures on DIYs the VAC "T" always confused me
 
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:07 PM
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Nicely done Phil. When I get on the computer again (I'm using mobile on my phone) I'll move it to the DIY forum if someone else doesn't do so first.
 
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Thank you.
I have just received my pod holder from New South and was just thinking about how to install it
 
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Nice write up man. I was thinking about doing a steering wheel gauge and now I have a better idea of how to hook it up. Thanks.
 

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