: Aeroforce Gauge Installed in Ashtray Housing (pics)

10-18-08, 01:25 PM
Last night, I installed an Aeroforce gauge in the ashtray housing with minimal effort. I thought I would share the results.

First, I removed the trim ring, then removed the ashtray housing from the HVAC housing. The gauge is just a hair too big to fit into the housing, even with the felt insert removed, so I filed a flat spot in the gauge's trim ring so it would fit.

Then I drilled 2 small holes in the rear of the housing for the mounting screws, and drilled a 1/2" hole for the wire connectors.

I then removed the HVAC housing, and tested each of the wires in the harness until I found one which was 12v switched. It's a black wire at the corner of the pack. I used this as the power for the gauge.

The data cable fit neatly above the panel under the steering wheel, and directly into the center console. No wires are visible, and it to return it to factory simply involves removing the gauge and sliding the felt insert back into place.

So what do you think?




10-18-08, 02:50 PM
Looks clean! :thumbsup:

10-18-08, 02:52 PM
clean install +1:cool2:

10-18-08, 04:17 PM
nice clean install
But you didn't need the 12v power wire, The interceptor is powered off of the diagnostic port it plugs into, The 12V to the gauge is for some applications that require it , Ours doesn't
At least mine worked without the 12v
But, I doubt that it will hurt anything with an outside power source

10-18-08, 04:37 PM
Looks nice.

10-18-08, 05:10 PM
Thanks guys, I'm please with it.

.... you didn't need the 12v power wire, The interceptor is powered off of the diagnostic port it plugs into, The 12V to the gauge is for some applications that require it , Ours doesn't
At least mine worked without the 12v

Strange, mine would not power up without the 12v attached? Maybe it's a version difference, as this gauge was purchased a few years ago?


10-18-08, 09:52 PM
Just fill it with some basal wood and bondo and you're all set!




Doesn't look bad the way it is either, but finishing it out will make it look a bit cleaner.

10-18-08, 09:56 PM
Yeah, yeah, looks nice and all that.

BUT, what was REALLY cool was that sweet little vid. :thumbsup:

10-18-08, 11:00 PM
I got the same gauge last week. Tried the ash tray, but I didn't like having to look down to see it. I have it temporarily "mounted" on the steering column. Not too crazy about that spot either. It gets in the way of the stock gauges. If I can find somebody to make a pod that fits under the tweeter, I'll put it on the A pillar.
I have the boost sensor, and waiting for their A/F to be released.
Does your have the performance meter (0-60, 1/8 & 1/4 mile)? Still haven't had a chance to try it out.

10-18-08, 11:20 PM
Nice job on the dual gauge setup! Does the ashtray close with those in there?

I thought about finishing it out for a cleaner look, but I wanted to be able to put the felt insert back in to return it to factory. I suppose if I found a wrecked CTS at the bone yard, I could pick up a spare ashtray housing and try it?

My gauge does have the performance meter, but I haven't tried it out on the V yet. I did mess with it on my Z28, but never tried it when running the 1/4 mile at the track. It would be interesting to see how accurate it is though....

I primarily use the gauge for troubleshooting purposes, to monitor things like IAC, short term trims, IAT, etc .... It really helps when trying to determine if a sensor has gone buggy or if there is a manifold leak. I don't really like the pillar gauges, and couldn't find a more suitable place for it, so I stuck it in the ashtray.


10-21-08, 11:21 AM
wow that's really great. Someday I'll be able to do that.... that looks great.

10-21-08, 04:13 PM
Here are some links to check out:





Someone also posted a nice install on the steering column.

11-03-08, 01:33 PM
Now I'm hooked :)

I recall seeing a pic of a nice install on the dash (top of navi). Anyone have the link?

Haven't seen one on the pillar which would be my choice.