's Amazing Custom DIY Gauge Faces custom miata gauges tach speedo
A friend of Hooniverse passed this along to us, and it was too good not to share with the masses. The tutorial is for a Miata but with some modification it will probably work for any gauge cluster you can throw at it. But it’s not for the faint of heart … are you up to the challenge?

custom gauge cluster tachometer speedometer estimates the process will take up to 80 hours if you include the time it takes to design your custom gauge faces. Thankfully a basic template for the Miata is provided. Much of the rest of the time is spent carefully aligning, cutting, and gluing together the various layers … ensuring of course that you don’t get any fingerprints on any of them. Easy? No, but it’s probably pretty satisfying to watch the needle swing into your custom designed tachometer’s “HOON” zone. And by the way, if anyone does this and happens to label their redline with the word “HOON,” you get extra super Hooniverse bonus points.
Thanks to Heath for the tip!

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  1. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    I thought I told you to trim those sideburns, Mattingly!

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Simpsons references always equal a good time in my book… which is currently on sale nowhere since I havent written it yet.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    I don't have any HOON gauges, but I do have a bunch of keyboard buttons that are red and labeled RACE. They are about 1.5" x .7" and will glue/tape nicely to a car interior.

  3. engineerd Avatar

    An alternative to the redline being labeled "HOON" would be a boost gage labeled thusly. Bonus points if the boost gage is on a Dodge Shadow.

  4. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    All this guy's website did for me is make me realize how badly I want a Miata. 2nd Gen, in white or silver, please. Leather would also be nice, but I can live without it.

  5. Feds_II Avatar

    fail·ure (flyr)
    1. The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends: the failure of an experiment.
    2. One that fails: a failure at one's career.
    3. The condition or fact of being insufficient or falling short: a crop failure.
    4. A cessation of proper functioning or performance: a power failure.
    5. Nonperformance of what is requested or expected; omission: failure to report a change of address.
    6. The act or fact of failing to pass a course, test, or assignment.
    7. A decline in strength or effectiveness.
    8. The act or fact of becoming bankrupt or insolvent.
    * wait for it *
    9. Spending all that time designing and building custom gauges, and not labelling the fuel gauge "Benzina"

  6. Zach Bowman Avatar
    Zach Bowman

    See this? This right here is why I love this site with the entirety of my black little heart.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      In fairness, it's mostly from another site.
      But we'll give you an "awwww, shucks" just the same.
      Too bad you're not in LA, we've got something planned for this weekend involving over 800hp and some abandoned desert roads…

      1. Impalamino Avatar

        Oh man, this is gonna be the craziest Shriner convention ever! 100 tiny pickup trucks?!? COUNT ME IN!!!

      2. SSurfer321 Avatar

        I would fly to LA this weekend to drive a VelociRaptor! Wait, Hennessy only made 500HP…so are your driving an actual trophy truck?

  7. dustin_driver Avatar

    I knew that gauge cluster looked familiar! I pulled the cluster on my 1994 Miata when I was changing the speedo cable. Too bad I didn't know about this at the time—doing the mod would've been a cinch.

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