An aftermarket boost gauge is typically mounted in one of four places inside the car: The A-pillar, the dash, the center console bin or the vent.
The vent mount is the newest option on the market and is a great location to mount your boost gauge.
Why Mount a Boost Gauge on the Vent?
The vent mount seems to be really popular with Audi enthusiasts for a few good reasons:
- Cleaner appearance: A gauge in a vent can present a very clean installed look. Some kits can even look like a factory part.
- Easy installation: You can either replace your vent with a vent integrated boost gauge or mount a pod onto your stock vent. Both processes are easy and painless. You can’t say the same about installing a boost gauge on your dash or a-pillar. Both installation processes are complicated and sometimes require additional parts.
When shopping for a vent-mounted boost gauge, the first thing you have to decide is whether you want a vent integrated gauge or a gauge pod. There are a few options:
1. Vent Integrated Boost Gauge
If you’re looking for a clean, streamlined look, you might want to go with this option. You get a whole replacement vent with a boost gauge built in. This design creates a flat look without anything sticking out.
Be sure to buy a vent integrated gauge that’s specifically designed for your exact Audi, as each car has a different vent design. For example, the Audi TT RS and Mk2 have round vents. This boost gauge is designed to serve as a direct replacement. It wouldn’t fit into an Audi B8 because its vents are more trapezoidal. There are boost gauges specifically designed for the B8 such as this one.
2. Boost Gauge Pod Kit
Mounting a pod and boost gauge pod in your stock vent is an affordable option. It is more noticeable, but the install is just as clean as a vent integrated gauge. It also gives your car a bit of a custom look. For example, this kit is a popular option for the B8. It has everything you need, including a boost gauge, a vent gauge pod, and all the necessary hardware, connectors, and lines.
3. Buy the Pod and Gauge Separately
This way, you can customize your setup to suit your preferences. If you want more than one gauge, consider buying a dual pod for the center console bin. Then you can install another gauge, such as a fuel pressure gauge, alongside your boost gauge.
Digital Vs. Analog
Another decision to make is whether to get a digital or analog boost gauge. It all boils down to your preferences. There are many different options available out there. For example, you can find a digital gauge that functions like an analog gauge (such as this one). Both types of gauges come in a variety of colors and styles. One key difference is that an analog gauge will always be visible, even when the car is parked. A digital gauge integrated into a vent almost disappears when the car isn't running.
Do a search on your Audi and take a look at all the boost gauges available for your car!