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Old 05-11-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Just another bezel gauge...

So while I'm waiting for the remaining parts for the supercharger I thought I would try my hand at the bezel gauge diy I saw on here a couple times.

I bought the gauge from glowshift. Got a 2 inch black street 90, jb plasticweld, bondo and the Dremel out.

I started by marking where I thought it would look good and be easily seen. In the pic you can see I marked it 3 times, the 4th time I didn't take a pic but it's in and down more. I used the holes on the right side and basically lined up the elbow with the bottom left and right, marked it, cut it. I feel the cutting part would have went much smoother had I not been a cheap ass using a metal cutting attachment I already had, probably should've used a cut wheel.

Anyhow, got it all cut out and then I had to cut the 90 to fit the hole and gauge. This was the hardest part as the gauge sits pretty deep so I had to take material out of the inside where the 90 curves. I used 60 grit sandwheel on the dremel. After about an hour I finally had it where I needed it. I didn't take pix of that part but I will when I get home as its not glued yet.











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Old 05-11-2016, 08:48 AM   #2
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I was thinking of maybe going with torrid red to color match the bezel and flat black on the part that's already black.

Anyone have color matched trim pieces in torrid red?

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Old 05-11-2016, 08:50 AM   #3
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And alllllll done.. here's some pix!

After everything was cut, sanded and fit together it was time to epoxy it. I used jb weld plastic bonder. It dried really hard and the two test pieces I glued together broke before the epoxy broke:



After the epoxy dried, I sanded it. This was horrible, I should have sanded before it dried all the way but the dremel came in handy! Then I applied the bondo and used my finger to apply it so I could get a nice concave looking finish:



After sanding the bondo, not letting it dry completely before doing so btw. I had a nice finished piece I could primer and paint. I didn't realize the primer I used was flat green, I just wanted an etching/filler primer. I didn't care about the primer color overall, I was going flat black with the final color.



Sanded the primer with 400 grit and noticed some spots I missed from sanding with 220 grit so I hit it with 400 real good before painting.





Got it all sanded and cleared with flat gloss. If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't have cleared it. I don't feel that it needed it but I wanted to experiment and the worst that could've happened, smurf it up and repaint it? Here's a pic of it mounted in the car before the gauge.



Here's finished completely:



Overall I'm very happy with it. Took probably 2 or 3 hours of actual working time. You know, aside from the drinking and eating breaks lol. I've actually thought about buying another bezel and trying a dual gauge.

Let me know what you guys think!!

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Old 05-15-2016, 06:49 PM   #5
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:52 PM   #6
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Very clean. Wasn't sure what the end result was going to look like so I scrolled all the way down and was surprised. You almost led into like it was a fail. I leave the bondo and such to the guys on TV.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:39 PM   #7
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Nice. Good job.

A member on here made one for me. The bezel with gauge is a nice addition to the cluster.
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Should have spent more time filling in and sanding for a smoother finish, but it looks decent overall. Good job
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That came out really nice. Good job man.


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Old 05-16-2016, 11:20 AM   #10
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Thanks guys.

Yea I didn't notice the parts that weren't completely smooth until it was almost finished so I said smurf it
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