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Glow Shift gauges and gauge pod, review
I recently installed the Glow Shift gauge pod (4 pod) and gauges into my 2001 Ford Excursion. The gauges look nice, have pleasing fonts on them and they dim decently for night driving. So far, the only complaint I have, and it's a BIG one, is the positioning of the gauges. They are rotated to approximately the 4 o'clock position, instead of being straight down from the pillar at the 6 o'clock position. This rotation does two bad things:
1. it blocks even more of the windshield view near the pillar. The pillars in these trucks are relatively large, and already block out some visibility while driving or turning left. The new gauge pod position adds another 2-3" where you can't see clearly, and have to lean up and forward to now view what may or may not be in your path. This sucks for me.
2. it blocks the sun visor. You can pull down the visor just about half-way, and then it hits the gauges with about a 1.5-2" flap. the only way to get the visor down farther is to unhinge it from the center clip, turn it like you want to block the driver's window, swing it down, over the gauges, then push it back into position and reattach the end to the clip in the center of the roof. Then, to put it back up, you have to do the reverse of that process. This sucks for me as well.
This is enough of a pain that I'm going to start looking for a gauge pod that orients them down into the 6 o'clock position as both of those items above are safety issues. Yeah, some people may consider them minor inconveniences, but if you end up getting into an accident due to either of those, you'd wish you didn't have those problems to begin with. As a guy getting older with a family that I haul around a lot, I realize more and more the importance of good visibility and not having to be distracted while driving (and fiddling with the sun visor is enough of a distraction to be potentially dangerous).
Anybody know of a 4-gauge pod that hangs in the 6 o'clock position?