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DIY polo 9n3 swg pod + boost gauge fitment

Post by dood786 » Sun May 22, 2011 3:36 pm

Firstly, massive thanx to Shaun from VagTechnik for finally bringing in these pods, I nagged him for a while, the costs did climb rapidly but he did it. They are available from VagTechnik for R850 each, only 4 left

The pod seems to be a fibre glass mould, it is an insert only

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Gauge chosen is the Podi mechanical gauge

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Actual

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The kit that comes with it comes with these accessories

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The rear of the guage has this copper tap for the boost pressure feed

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You need to start by removing the driver side vent.

Remove the cover to the fuse box, then with a slight bit of force, push the bottom of the vent outwards, you may need to insert a screwdriver to help you lift it out. There are 4 silver clips holding the vent into the dash as seen in the pics below

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As you slowly pull the vent out, careful as the air guide behind it is loose and just hooks into place

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The vent is fragile so be careful

Once the vent is out, you need to strip it into separate pieces

This is the bottom view

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You need to get the silver trim off first, 3 clips per side and 2 at the top

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Once open, you may remove the front fins

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Test fitting the insert

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I then removed the vertical slats too

You now need to drill a hole into the bottom of the vent to allow wiring and piping to come through

I started with an awesome litle hole, it was so neat, thenm i looked and the wiring harness and realised only 1 wire would fit through, so i needed to butcher it and make a larger hole, it eventually grew into 1 large hole with an additional section beside it for perfect snug fitment

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You will notice that the hole is almost in the centre, you can move it to where you please, however the instructions advise to ensure vent remains closed at all times

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My solution to this was to disconnect the opening arm completely

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The boost pipe needs to be tapped, i chose the pipe beside the FPR

Boost tap - I forgot to take that pic so im using the one off the diy thread below

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The pipe was then run to the rear of the engine bay, below the ecu is a grommet(the only actual place you can use from my findings) which comes out at the passenger footwell. I ran the pipe through a gap behind the centre console and this feeds into the vent from under the dash, pipe is a bit long so can be trimmed for perfect fitment or tucked


Now for the wiring, as you saw, there are just 2 wires, white and black

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White is for illumination, which i tapped from my ignition wire

You firstly need to remove the entire switch, to do this, you push the switch in and twist clockwise and the entire switch comes out

You need to tap into the grey/white and blue wire, 2nd from top

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The black wire is ground, so I just stuck it under the screw holding the fuse box in place

The globe is just a push in, I only got white and red, will try get hold of the vw match blue



Testing the light

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Vent fitted back in

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Now you just plug the light into the back of the guage, connect boost tap to copper connector and done

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Final product

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Tips and advice was taken from these links HERE and HERE

Short video

Note the guage is in psi, not bar

10 psi = 0.69bar so when it hits 20 psi, its 1.38bar

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Post by MeanTdi » Sun May 22, 2011 4:00 pm

Great DIY Dood! Looking good man.
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Post by dood786 » Sun May 22, 2011 4:01 pm

Thanx
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Post by StealthGTi » Sun May 22, 2011 6:55 pm

Thanx Dood, Very nice DIY.

Congrats man.
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Post by SemiColon » Mon May 23, 2011 7:14 am

Nice"

Will this make my 1.6 faster?
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Post by jk » Mon May 23, 2011 1:12 pm

Night pics?
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Post by Amith11 » Mon May 23, 2011 1:14 pm

Nice DIY Naseem...
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Post by Tander » Mon May 23, 2011 1:19 pm

SemiColon wrote:Nice"

Will this make my 1.6 faster?
Don't you already have a turbo on your 1.6?

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Post by Crawler » Mon May 23, 2011 1:22 pm

thx for taking time, looks great
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Post by SemiColon » Mon May 23, 2011 1:58 pm

Tander wrote:
SemiColon wrote:Nice"

Will this make my 1.6 faster?
Don't you already have a turbo on your 1.6?
i wish... :grin:
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Post by dood786 » Mon May 23, 2011 4:58 pm

Thanx

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Post by Neuk » Mon May 23, 2011 5:05 pm

Great work Naseem :wink: I cannot see any of the pictures, but I presume that you executed teh DIY with the precision that is to be expected from a terrorist...
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Post by dood786 » Mon May 23, 2011 5:06 pm

I tried my best
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Post by MeanTdi » Mon May 23, 2011 5:08 pm

dood786 wrote:Thanx

Night pic
*snip*
Do you have a pic from further back showing the boost gauge and the speedo? Want to see the whole colour scheme on the dash board.
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Post by dood786 » Mon May 23, 2011 5:12 pm

Nope, will try take one, but I need to get a blue globe, friend offered me one which I will collect soon, then it will match the dashboard
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Post by Neuk » Mon May 23, 2011 5:13 pm

dood786 wrote:I tried my best
That will have to do, as a terrorist it's not like you getting a second chance...
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Post by dood786 » Mon May 23, 2011 5:16 pm

Yep, I usually finish with a bang
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Post by jk » Mon May 23, 2011 8:51 pm

The South gauges are blue right? Will still fit in this housing?
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Post by dood786 » Mon May 23, 2011 9:16 pm

Any 52mm guage will work
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