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I just ordered a boost gauge and the SXTH Vacuum Distribution Block. Curious where folks are mounting them. With our interior being completely unique to the GT, the Elantra Sport examples and custom mounting pods aren't really an option.

My gauge comes with a mounting cup and what looks like a pretty versatile bracket. I'm thinking either down low, very far forward on the A pillar, or possibly the driver's side window defrost vent.

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Gauge and mounting bracket:

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So, what have y'all done? Any place I'm overlooking?

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Somewhere in between small and bigger vent as per your picture? So you do not cover vent, hot airm might affect reading, who known...
And, BTW what is the point if that 'boost gauge'? Are you going to drive by numbers it shows? Are you going to look at it all the time? Will it affect how efficient you drive? Or is it just a chick magnet???
 

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Somewhere in between small and bigger vent as per your picture? So you do not cover vent, hot airm might affect reading, who known...
And, BTW what is the point if that 'boost gauge'? Are you going to drive by numbers it shows? Are you going to look at it all the time? Will it affect how efficient you drive? Or is it just a chick magnet???
Well, I didn't really want to screw into, or use heavy duty adhesive on my dash. Turns out the defrost vent was quite a bit smaller than the included bracket.

A-pillar was my best option, I think it turned out well. Hurts a little drilling into a brand new car, but a replacement pillar is only about $40. If someone comes out with a custom pod or something it'll be relatively cheap to undo.

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As for what am I going to do with it, I'm pretty sure you're just being condescending, but I'll bite. It'll get used just like every other gauge in the car. Do you drive by the tachometer readings? What about the coolant temp gauge, do you look at it all the time?

It's just another instrument providing me with information about the car. It isn't totally necessary or Hyundai would have provided it, but it's a useful tool. That, and a chick magnet, of course.

I'll post up more pics of the install process later. Tried to take some pics as I went along in case it helps someone else out along the way.

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Position is actually - perfect! Do I see some wires going into instrument? It looks like you screwed instrument to the body, then why not drill little hole and put wires through it so they are invisible?

As driving stick, I check RPM from time to time. And I would continue do that when I switch car to automatic with paddles.
As for Hyundai 'would include that' - ha, ha; good joke. In GT Sport Ultimate replacement called 'N-Line' they REMOVED blind spot, cross traffic and wireless charger. Some people can live without those, but I really need some help pulling from parking spot surrounded by monsters SUV everybody drives these days.
 

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I'll post up more pics of the install process later. Tried to take some pics as I went along in case it helps someone else out along the way.
Here's a basic walk through of what I did.

First thing first, mock up the position of where you want the gauge and mark it somehow. I used a pencil to faintly outline where the bracket should mount. Once that's done, remove the pillar trim.

The pillar trim just pulls away for the most part, but the top clip is tricky:

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When you're at this point, you have to press in on the black tabs to get the last clip at the top to completely come out:

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That clip pops out to allow some access to the tabs, so don't forget to push it back in before refitting the pillar trim. You'll see what I mean when you have it off.

Here's the back of the pillar trim to show the location of the attachment points. The bottom hooks in, and otherwise it's just the two pop in clips.

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Trim mounts back up in reverse order of course, but I'd wait to get it all back in until you're pretty much done. I had to remove it again to mess with the wiring.

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Next I got the SXTH distribution block and boost sensor mounted under the hood.

SXTH block:

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Defi sensor/sender:

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Then, feed the sensor wires through the firewall. I used the grommet that the hood release goes through. It's easy to get to and in a good spot.

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Here's where it comes out in the engine bay. Note the bright orange fish stick -- priceless tool for this kind of stuff.

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At this point you just need to wire it in. I used fuse taps so it's all reversible (Micro2 type fuses). I used a 10A 'Spare' fuse for constant power, and the 20A 'Power Outlet' fuse for switched power. There's a great place to ground it just off shot to the right, one of the dashboard mounting bolts.

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And that's it!

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Short video - https://photos.app.goo.gl/UHDVYbzQYorpMRdGA

Well, almost. Right now I have the dimmer / illumination wire connected to the constant so it's always dimmed. It's really bright at night otherwise, and I wasn't able to locate a fuse that triggers with the headlights. I'll keep poking around for that. Any tips appreciated!

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Right now I have the dimmer / illumination wire connected to the constant so it's always dimmed. It's really bright at night otherwise, and I wasn't able to locate a fuse that triggers with the headlights. I'll keep poking around for that. Any tips appreciated!
Finally got around to messing with finding an illumination lead, and it was dead simple. Right above the fuse panel is the Blind Spot Monitoring/Dimmer/etc switch pod. There's one plug on the back of that and the blue wire is 12v+ when the lights are on.

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In the '18+ GT Facebook group there was a post about a gauge pod that was molded as a replacement for the defrost vent - it's essentially the vent with pod attached. It looks pretty nice.

Website is here:

http://www.block8head.com/?fbclid=IwAR3QBwetJwabyyxFJxC2J0TsexHVPgDdn7y18FpG9p2pvqWLnL1u8pTIjcU

HE does single and dual pods. He posted in the group it's now available for the '18+ GT.

It takes a few weeks to get it but the pod is so sleek, looks like it was made for the car!

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In the '18+ GT Facebook group there was a post about a gauge pod that was molded as a replacement for the defrost vent - it's essentially the vent with pod attached. It looks pretty nice.

Website is here:

http://www.block8head.com/?fbclid=IwAR3QBwetJwabyyxFJxC2J0TsexHVPgDdn7y18FpG9p2pvqWLnL1u8pTIjcU

HE does single and dual pods. He posted in the group it's now available for the '18+ GT.

It takes a few weeks to get it but the pod is so sleek, looks like it was made for the car!

--*Rob
Oh nice! I don't see it listed on the website you linked, but I shot him an email. I got off FB years ago and too stubborn to get back on...

Thanks for the head's up. I'm absolutely ordering one if they're available. I'll post up pics.

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Just so you have the info I saw on FB - see my screen shot of the post. I think once he has done one he can reproduce it for any other people who want one, I believe someone in the group had it done.
 

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Received my Block8head vent pod and got it installed this weekend.

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I'm really pleased with it. Wish I had known he existed before I drilled my stock pillar trim, but oh well... I've got a replacement on the way for $40.

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That looks great. I'll have to keep this in mind when I'm ready for gauges later in the Summer...
 

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I notice Block8 hasn't updated their website with any information on this gauge pod, it would be nice if they did. Especially for those of us who actively refuse to use FB. I'd like to place an order for one of these, soon, but I would prefer to have an exact advertised price before doing so.


I'll probably go ahead and email the guy directly, just to inquire. Kind of amused/skeptical of the AOL address, but...
 

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I notice Block8 hasn't updated their website with any information on this gauge pod, it would be nice if they did. Especially for those of us who actively refuse to use FB. I'd like to place an order for one of these, soon, but I would prefer to have an exact advertised price before doing so.


I'll probably go ahead and email the guy directly, just to inquire. Kind of amused/skeptical of the AOL address, but...
Totally agree -- the FB 'store' is annoying. I emailed him for info and pricing and he replied to message him through FB :|I got off FB years ago, deleted my account. Luckily my wife didn't delete hers, so I was able to message back and forth through her account.

Price was $85 shipped, I did have to mail him my stock vent piece for him to use -- I think he basically just 'welds' on the pod part to your stock part. Turnaround time was about a month, so keep that in mind.

Pull the vent up from the rear part of it (the part closest to the cabin/furthest from the windshield). There's a tab that seats it on the windshield side -- I should've taken a picture of that.

Not the easiest purchasing experience, but he seems to have a ton of orders so... I guess we're in the minority not already on FB.

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Totally agree -- the FB 'store' is annoying. I emailed him for info and pricing and he replied to message him through FB :|I got off FB years ago, deleted my account. Luckily my wife didn't delete hers, so I was able to message back and forth through her account.

Price was $85 shipped, I did have to mail him my stock vent piece for him to use -- I think he basically just 'welds' on the pod part to your stock part. Turnaround time was about a month, so keep that in mind.

Pull the vent up from the rear part of it (the part closest to the cabin/furthest from the windshield). There's a tab that seats it on the windshield side -- I should've taken a picture of that.

Not the easiest purchasing experience, but he seems to have a ton of orders so... I guess we're in the minority not already on FB.

trey

I can only assume his AOL address is just for processing PayPal or whatever. I emailed the same day, and I've not yet received a response.
 

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I'll assume there isn't much market otherwise for our cars, enough for anyone else to create a custom gauge pod. May have to just spring for the generic, mount with automotive adhesive, and just keep a spare A-Pillar trim piece around.

Shame really. a molded pillar gauge pod or preferably the vent pod, would be badass
 

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Still no reply from your email? I think he's swamped... about a week after he said the turnaround would be I messaged him on an ETA and he admitted that it had been misplaced but he'd get it out ASAP, which he did.

Unfortunately, I think he's the only option right now if you want a custom pod... I really like the pod, but if I had had another option during the ordering process through any other means but FB (forums, website, snail mail...) I would've done that instead.

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I'll just get a generic $10 pod for now, and use adhesive. Can always clean the adhesive up, and I usually have my sun shade up, so that will mitigate a lot of the sun damage.
 

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Can you copy and paste the link from the screenshot above, where he references the Hyundai part number? I looked all over and just haven't been able to locate it yet.

The screenshot cuts off the rest of the URL, and it will be helpful for anyone looking at this thread in the future.

Edit: I decided I prefer the A-Pillar gauge pod.

SoCal Garage Works said they would fab one for me if I bought their Elantra sedan pod, just takes a little longer to do since it'd be a custom job. So I submitted my order for a dual-gauge pod, and we'll see the finished product when it arrives.
 
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