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Old 02-17-2008, 06:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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autometer boost gauge install with pics

after not finding a good write up i made my own .... here you go

parts needed

---autometer boost gauge ( or other as long as it has the 1/8npt fitting)

---1/8-27 npt pipe thread tap

---5/16 drill bit

---male 1/8npt compression fitting ( i just got the nylon hose kit from sunpro, available at autozone or advance)

you could probably find the fitting without getting the kit but i just got it because it was convenient at the time

this write up may be elementary to some, but im sure some will appreciate it ...

i appologize for the low quality cellphone pics... forgive me (hehe)

First, take off your upper intake manifold, theres 6 bolts on top, 2 sensors to unplug, and the hose and brace to the turbo.

Then decide where your going to have your boost source location, i chose the back right side, put your intake in a vise so its stable to drill, (if you dont have a vise you should go buy one immediately)


This is a picture of the tap i got from SEARS



be sure you have the intake in the vise so the surface your working with is flat, then drill the 5/16 hole where desired. put the tap in the hole with the tapping tool, make sure its level and with good pressure start turning the tap clockwise in the hole, this is the most crucial part to get right. the tap will begin to cut into the hole, making the threads. once you see the tap get through to the bottom a lil bit youll want to back the tap out and back in a few times to clear the new threads of metal shavings




right here is about where you want to stop so you can make good use of the threads. since pipe threads are tapered you can make the hole a lil too big and the fitting wont fit as snug as youd like.



back out the tap and make sure all metal shavings are cleaned up and this is what you get



now get your male 1/8npt fitting and wrap some teflon tape around it. this will give it a good seal. screw in the fitting and DONT over tighten, cast aluminum is not the strongest metal!



ill definitely finish up this article tomorrow, it got dark and i had to pick up some more things for my home made turbo master


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Old 02-17-2008, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice pics!! I installed mine a while ago but you will clear up many guys questions. Nice write up! Possibility for this to be in the FAQ??

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Old 02-17-2008, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good write-up. Pipe dope is also a good alternative to teflon tape. Exposed tape in the system can break down and find its way into your motor. Found out the hard way in an airbag system on my gasser, cost me some valves. But its probably not a big concern in a diesel, should just pass thru harmlessly....just a thought...
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How long did this take? This maybe my next project
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mine took about a half hour to install the 1/8 inch fitting in the upper intake. That includes removing the upper intake, drilling, tapping, cleaning the shavings out w/brake cleaner, and reinstalling. I mounted the gauge and ran the line the day before. It is a very simple installation and the boost gauge is a very valuable instrument.
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Old 02-17-2008, 04:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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anyone with general knowledge of mechanics can do this job in less than an hour easily

i am always SUPER careful not to get any teflon tape on the inside of whatever im using it on.... i learned the hard way on a paintball gun one time....
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Well done, Nice write-up
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Looks real good. Great documentation
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I can't believe that your upper plenum is so clean!!! When I pulled mine to tap for boost it was so gunked up, I spent much time with it but still it never looked like that. Oh and the mess it made in the drive way I still get on my shoes and track it around!!! That stuff is nasty! On the plus side I found she picked up her performance after I cleaned it out, just wish it woulda cleaned up like urs did!
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Hey thanks for the write up, I was getting ready to put one on mine, so your timing was perfect!

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