Besides the A-pillar and DDM radio panel, what other options are you guys using to mount gauges? Are there any other pod mounts made specifically for our cars? Has anyone ever actually drilled holes in the dash to fit a 2 1/16" gauge or two?
On the solstice, the most common method has been the a-pillar, followed by deletion of an air-vent, and the DDM radio panel, and similar a distant 3rd. Seems most people want the double din.
If you're good with fiberglass, you can pretty much make whatever you want though.
I have a Sky, and for me, I wanted gauges above the center stack, and with our air vents the way they are, it was perfect for it.
I run a blue/red Prosport EVO digital sweeping with center digital boost gauge on the left, and oil pressure gauge on the right. I tend to run it as red most of the time unless the top is down in the day time. In that case, it's hard to see in red, and much easier to read in blue.
I have a concealed Beltronics STi Magnum mounted high in the middle. You can easily fit 3 x 2 1/16" gauges in the pod I mounted. I only needed 2. Plus since the detector is permanently mounted, and heat is a known issue with detectors, I mounted a cooling fan in there, so I didn't want a gauge down the middle.
Then made the pod out of 3 layers of fiberglass. The shelf for the detector also spans in the inside bracing it for even more strength. It's far stronger than the original black plastic piece it's bonded to.
I used body filler to smooth it out. Then painted it black before upholstering it in vinyl leather (figured real leather wouldn't hold up very well in constant sun exposure on the dash compared to the fake stuff with UV protectant on it).
I covered the front face with 3M carbon fiber.
Here's a night shot . . . only caveat is that I usually run the lights in red and not blue.