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Old 08-07-2011, 10:50 AM
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What is this called?

My new gauges came with these Aluminum U brackets which allow you to tightn the gauges down. I have all but 1 for the perfect pass.... anyone know what these are called and where I could get one?

I believe it would be the same size as for the rpm and speedo.

I am having an issue with the aluminum bezel i bought not lighting up with the pre existing gauge holes. I think I can dremel out the holes and use the plastic template to hold the gauges on using these U brackets.

I did notice that the back of the aluminum bezel has tapped holes almost like you are to put pegs and some sort of bracket over the gauges to hold them down.

Anyone familiar with this?
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:19 AM
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My new gauges came with these Aluminum U brackets which allow you to tightn the gauges down. I have all but 1 for the perfect pass.... anyone know what these are called and where I could get one?

I believe it would be the same size as for the rpm and speedo.

I am having an issue with the aluminum bezel i bought not lighting up with the pre existing gauge holes. I think I can dremel out the holes and use the plastic template to hold the gauges on using these U brackets.

I did notice that the back of the aluminum bezel has tapped holes almost like you are to put pegs and some sort of bracket over the gauges to hold them down.

Anyone familiar with this?
The gauges may have a brass or stainless insert that's threaded to accept a brass stud, threaded along its whole length. You can buy aluminum strapping and threaded brass at Ace Hardware, possibly Lowes and other good hardware stores. I left Home Depot out because I think their hardware department sucks. If you have Menard's near you, they'll have all of this. You'll need brass or stainless nuts for this- using brass or two different metals keeps them from fusing together through Galvanic corrosion.

"lighting up"- you mean 'lining up', right? If you have a half-round file, it will be easier to follow the shape of the existing hole, but I would probably remove the dash panel to make it easier to hold and be in position to file it without being at a weird or difficult angle.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:26 AM
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yea lining up. sorry.

Im going to see if i can find a way to mount the gauges directly to the aluminum bracket. Then I can just screw the aluminum into the dash and just cut the parts which block the gauges from fitting... heading to lowes
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:40 PM
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So i realized with a short screw and some washer, i could clamp down the gauges to the aluminum back. I used locktite and they dont seem to move at all.

Then i just took the dreml to the dash and cut out anywhere that rubbed. Took a few tries but i got the dash and all the aluminum steering wheel / throttle components installed.



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Old 08-07-2011, 02:41 PM
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:07 PM
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Looks great!
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:27 PM
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That looks great any pics of before?
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:07 PM
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Thats all i can find right now... Basically everything was that grey plastic. Looked very cheap... and i found these on ebay for pretty cheap.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:45 PM
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Huge improvement. Nicely done!
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:50 PM
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I couldn't find a chrome knob that I liked, so I went with the same shiny black knob that came standard.

Anyone know what the "upgraded" knob on an X1 looked like?
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