Congratulations! In your hands is an A-pillar gauge pod that represents the highest degrees of engineering, build-quality, and style. You have chosen a product that was born from the belief auto accessories should adhere to a higher standard. Assembled by hand in the USA, this pillar will give you the satisfaction of owning a custom part instead of the same old thing.
The installation of this part should be an enjoyable task, and can be accomplished with minimal mechanical knowledge and basic hand tools. Take a few moments to read these instructions, and you’ll be rewarded with an easy and satisfying installation. Let’s get started on the install!
Step One Removal of OEM A-Pillar
The factory pillar requires your driver’s sun visor must be removed prior to removing the pillar. Loosen and remove the two screws holding the visor, then remove the sun visor and carefully place aside for reinstallation. Once the sun visor is safely removed, refer the hardtop instructions, as they are very similar once the visor is removed.
Your factory pillar is attached to the car with five mounting clips that lock the pillar onto the unibody. To remove the original piece, work your fingers under the edge of the pillar at the rear of the driver’s door. Applying even pressure, pull the pillar away from its mounting point. A firm, slightly quick motion will release the upper clips with ease. Once the upper clips are free, continue to pull the pillar downwards releasing the mounting clips as you work towards the dash top.
If you would like a little more help, refer to the video clip on our website!
Step Two Installation of 2 1/16” Gauges
Due to the wide variation of types and functions of gauges, we recommend you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation. There are some tips we’ll share once you are ready to mount the gauges in the pods.
Route the wiring and tubing neatly and carefully inside the pillar. Be mindful of the mounting points (clip locations) to ensure no wiring is pinched or tubing is kinked. A hole has been drilled in the mounting stud for the hook/loop fastener, and this is a convenient channel for tidy routing of wiring and tubing.
The pillar’s “bullets” are designed to house 2 1/16” gauges. Autometer is the brand of choice at Speed of Sound, and exhibit a perfect fit. Should your gauge require a more snug fit, simply attach a small (half postage stamp size, only one side required) piece of Velcro or a wrap or two of electrical tape at the rear of the gauge body (furthest from the bezel). This will ensure a firm fit.
We recommend you wait until the installation is complete before you completely seat the gauges in the bullets. Align the gauges in your preferred angle first, and then press them into the bullets. Use one hand to press the gauges in, while using your other hand to support the bullet from the back. Keeping the bullet steady will reduce any unwanted pressure at the joints where the bullets meet the pillar.
Step Three Installation of Gauge Pillar
Before completely re-installing the pillar, check to ensure the gauges are working properly. Once all gauge functions are confirmed OK, proceed to the completion of the installation.
Once the gauges are wired and ready for final installation you can attach your new pillar. Your new pillar uses the same mounting clips and attachment points as the original factory part. Installation is essentially the opposite of the removal process.
Refer to the photo, or video on our website, as needed. For best results, align the new pillar starting from the end closest to the dashboard. Check and correct as needed any slack wiring/tubing as you fit the pillar into place. Insert the lower guide hooks and slip into place, pressing lightly to lock it into its attachment point. Now, move the upper clips into position, working from the dash towards the back of the door. Once all clips are aligned press firmly to seat the clips to their original fit.
Sit back in the driver’s seat and admire your work! Better yet, check all gauge connections and sending units and go for a drive!