You don't have to spend all that money to have a boost gauge fitted to your car - thee are alternatives or you can even make something up yourself
Totally know what you're saying mate...worst thing is though mate, the aim of this project isn't even to fit working gauges!
There is no way to do a plug and play fitment of the ST gauges as they are ECU controlled. There's a cracking guide on here from a guy who fitted functioning aftermarket gauges in behind the original faceplate of the ST pod on his TDCi, so it looks like the originals are working, but they are actually completely independent gauges.
My aim though is purely for aesthetics at the minute... Because my dash pocket has broke, and it doesn't see much use anyway, I saw it as an excuse to fit the ST gauges, purely for looks as they can't be wired up. Further down the line I was gonna look into a working solution;
- either something like the guide I mentioned above,
- something like Lenny's guide where he fitted two aftermarket gauges into the pod in place of the 3 ST gauges,
- something like James had done in fitting a ScangaugeII,
- or something like Preee has done and use a cheap android device with Torque app and OBDII bluetooth connection to give a digital type display with lots more info on the screen.
But all using the ST boost pod as an OEM-looking housing.
But basically, that was all further down the line and the initial fitting of the pod was purely for looks as a dummy. Hence why it makes even less sense to spend much on it!
By the way, re the prices above, that's just for the plastic base part...I think the gauges themselves cost about £600-700, and not even sure if that's just the clocks or if the pod housing is included with them!