Boss 302 Gauge Pod Install

BOSS 302 Gauge Pod 

I have been waiting a while to gather and install some gauges on my car. I chose the BOSS Gauge Pod and PLX Devices Digital Gauges. The Ford Racing Laguna Seca Boss 302 Gauge pod design is a bit spartan but it gets the job done. I have had A-pillar pods before and am a bit tired of that look and feel. So I called up the American Muscle Team and Ordered it.

The BOSS 302 Guage Pod is a bit small but it does not hamper your vision. I have a Ram Air Hood and this is no higher than the hood. The PLX digital gauges are very thin so they fit fine. I have heard other with very deep gauges complain that the pod is too shallow for some gauges. I also had to trim the gauge bezels a bit to get them to fit so close next to each other. If you are looking for other pods then AM has more to choose from.

BOSS 302 Guage Pod Kit Here is what is included in the BOSS 302 Gauge Pod Kit. The Pod, the mounting plate and screws. 
BOSS 302 Guage Pod Kit This is made from abs plastic. Its not a smooth texture but the color does match pretty well with the factory Mustang dash surface.
BOSS 302 Guage Pod Here is a picture of the back of the BOSS 302 Gauge Pod. 
Close up of the Ford Racing logo.
I pre-configured the PLX digital gauges and sensors to get a feel of how they go together and layout. You are looking at the 3 sensor modules I will be adding a 4th soon.

First pull your battery connection.

Grab your trim tool and pry up your center console. You can find more details on the Barton Shifter Install.

I had trouble getting my shft knob off, so I proceeded with taking off the stereo panel.
Two bolts at the bottom and then pull the face off. 

This is the back of this face panel. It connects with one cable. See bottom right (picture) for that connector.

This is why it would be hard to upgrade in the future.

Now to pull the stereo units. Each have their own bolts.
Small size FM unit.
Then I went for the center dash vents. The drivers side is easy. The gauge face plate just pulls up. Then it exposes a bolt.
Then I tried the Passengers side. The face plate felt like it had clips but I could not get it to come up. I would not recommend messing with this side. 
Use a silver Sharpie and mark your holes on the dash.
Then get your Dremel out and start cutting the dash. Did that phrase make you nervous? I had to cut it a little larger for one of the cable ends was larger than the hole on the mounting plate.
Then we used a 90 degree angle grinder to finish the job. There is a layer of plastic at the bottom of the dash padding material.
Now you have a big mess to clean up. 
Then you can screw the mounting plate down to the dash.
Now place your gauges into the pod and gather your wires together. The PLX gauges have a mini rca type plug. I zipped tied them together so they would not separate even after tugging on them.


Now run your wires down the hole. There is a gap between the two vent ducts. So you have a clear path into the center area. 
There are two screws that hold the BOSS gauge pod into the base plate.
I organized the cables and moved them to the side. Later I needed more room and pulled the cd unit. I would recommend going ahead and pulling it sooner rather than later.
I ran the ODBII plug over to the port and zipped tied it nice and tight.
Some wires need preparation for attachment. This is the power wire.
Here is the power wire coming out of the firewall.
I ran it to a key on fuse. Later covered it with black loom.
I installed a in line fuse. I later changed this to a 7.5 amp fuse.
Now back inside. The bolt in the center was used for grounding all the devises. 
I then bundled up all the wires and stuffed them inside.
Again I pulled the CD unit. Why its so large I do not know. But I though some of you would like to see the plug placements and the antenna placement.
Now you can see the PLX sensor modules.
I ran the control cable and the usb cable through the bottom of the console so I could run it out the back.
I used a socket extension to reach inside the vents as to help line up the ducting so it would go back into place.
I then put the hardware back in and stuffed all the cables in.
In the back of the console is a door. I drilled a hole in it for the cables.
Here it is all back in place. Now it makes more sense. Also seen is the DEI CRY02 IC Cooler switches.
Here is the finished pod installed
Here it is with the gauges turned on.
The PLX digital gauges look very sharp. I however am having major issues with them. I am working on having them resolved with the company. I have a detailed review of them here. Plus a video of how to configure the ODBII gauge.