Quickstart wiring guides
What boost gauges are compatible with the steering column pod?
What is the difference between the Podi Mechanical boost gauge and the Stepper Motor boost gauge?
How to use the Posi-Tap connectors in the gauge wiring kit
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Quickstart wiring guide for Electronic Stepper Motor Gauge
Quickstart wiring guide for VEI Gauges
The steering column pod opening was designed to accept a standard 2 1/16" (52mm) gauge with maximum body depth of 2 1/4" (57mm).
The following brands of boost gauges have been tested and fit:
The following brands of boost gauges have been tested and do NOT fit without modification to the gauge:
- Defi Blue Racer
- Sterwart Warner
- VEI Systems
- Defi D-Gauge (bezel is too thick and contacts steering wheel)
- VDO (vacuum inlet fitting is too long)
Mechanical boost gauges operate by taking an air sample from the intake manifold, the pressure/vacuum moves a needle that is attached to a spring and that is the movement you see on the dial. There are pulsations in the airstream and these can cause a gauge to buzz/rattle at higher boost levels as the pulses are causing the gauge internals to vibrate. Anti-buzz restrictors are used to help filter out these pulses to try and eliminate the buzz, Podi has designed our own inline version which is made at a medical company due to the tolerance of the opening, other companies have their own solutions. Some gauges are just a bit too sensitive and mo matter what you do will buzz, even though they come from the same batch. Mechanical gauges react faster so if you have a small boost leak you can see the needle flutter.
The electronic stepper motor gauges uses a motor to move the needle, not all electronic gauges have a stepper motor. Electronic gauges have a boost sender that takes the same air sample as the mechanical gauge but the sender converts it into an voltage which is then sent to the gauge itself. The gauge interprets this voltage, activates the stepper motor and moves the needle and that is the movement you see on the dial. Due to this signal conversion, and the fact the gauge has to move a geared needle, there is a fraction of a second delay in needle movement. So the sweep of the needle is visually smoother but any slight changes in reading may be filtered out.
Electronic gauges do not buzz, however, you may hear the faint whirring of the stepper motor gears if you put your ear close to it. Electronic gauges usually have features mechanical gauges due not, live overboost alarms, peak recalls, etc as they are microprocessor controlled.
Click here to see how to use a Posi-Tap connector.
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