DIY Air bag install with dash gauge plate panel

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    Default Air bag install with dash gauge plate panel

    I just completed an install of the air lift bags. I tow an Outback 310BHS with a dry weight of about 7,900 pounds. I estimate that we are about 9,000 loaded. The air bags made a huge difference in the stability and ride quality.

    I also upgraded to LT rated Michelin AT2 tires. Although the ride is a bit rougher, it is not unpleasant at all. Between the bags and the tires, this has made a huge difference in how the truck tows.

    The main reason for my post is how I installed the compressor system. I bought it from JC Whitney and I think it was just over $100 on sale. I couldn't resist. It does not have to have it. I just thought it was cool to have. It does make getting hooked up easier too so I have to justify it somehow!

    Now for the good part. I read in another post on here about the guys at gaugeplates.com. I saw where someone used their plate for a boost gauge. I purchased their gauge plate for mounting the pressure gauge. I was determined to not hang that little gauge pod under the dash.

    I have attached photos of the gauge install. There are plenty of how to's on the bag and compressor install so I won't get into all of that again. I have not seen anything on the gauge plate / gauge pod so I wanted to get this on here. It would be a simple upgrade for anyone doing this and it really cleans up the install of the cab nicely.

    These guys were great to work with and very responsive in my order. The website with the tundra info is Gaugeplates.com, your home for custom gauge and switch plates.

    I'm headed from Texas to Utah in the morning so it will be the first good run on the setup. I will write back more on the trip after we get back. This is an outstanding truck and I have been nothing but impressed. The forum is great too. I have been reading for quite awhile but this is my first post.

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    Awesome! As far as the gauge plate, that is RIjon's website whom is a member on all the Tundra forums. I have the center one, and the one where the ashtray goes which I have a voltmeter gauge in there now. Pic below which is kinda blurry.

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    YUP !!!! Its final....both of those look SWEET !!!! Nice job !!!
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    Very nice install !!! That looks great !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwroten View Post

    The main reason for my post is how I installed the compressor system. I bought it from JC Whitney and I think it was just over $100 on sale. I couldn't resist. It does not have to have it. I just thought it was cool to have. It does make getting hooked up easier too so I have to justify it somehow!


    Enjoy the reading and images.
    I too justify my remote airbag set up as making it easier to hook up to the trailer. In most cases I can run the ball right under the trailer and just "air up". Walk outside,plug in my trailer harness and fold up my trailer leg... Gone in ten seconds!!
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    That looks awesome where did you move your tow haul button? where did you run your air lines into the cab at? I was going to go ahead and mount mine up in the tool box this week but this looks much cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marky_Mark View Post
    Awesome! As far as the gauge plate, that is RIjon's website whom is a member on all the Tundra forums. I have the center one, and the one where the ashtray goes which I have a voltmeter gauge in there now. Pic below which is kinda blurry.

    Looks real nice........i am having trouble ordering a plate, for some strange reason, my town ,state and zip doesn t exist when i try to order. Do you know if they have a direct phone # ?
    oohhhhhh.....and where did you get that shifter handle...real nice ???
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07supercharged View Post
    Looks real nice........i am having trouble ordering a plate, for some strange reason, my town ,state and zip doesn t exist when i try to order. Do you know if they have a direct phone # ?
    oohhhhhh.....and where did you get that shifter handle...real nice ???
    thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by jwroten View Post
    I just completed an install of the air lift bags. I tow an Outback 310BHS with a dry weight of about 7,900 pounds. I estimate that we are about 9,000 loaded. The air bags made a huge difference in the stability and ride quality.

    I also upgraded to LT rated Michelin AT2 tires. Although the ride is a bit rougher, it is not unpleasant at all. Between the bags and the tires, this has made a huge difference in how the truck tows.

    The main reason for my post is how I installed the compressor system. I bought it from JC Whitney and I think it was just over $100 on sale. I couldn't resist. It does not have to have it. I just thought it was cool to have. It does make getting hooked up easier too so I have to justify it somehow!

    Now for the good part. I read in another post on here about the guys at gaugeplates.com. I saw where someone used their plate for a boost gauge. I purchased their gauge plate for mounting the pressure gauge. I was determined to not hang that little gauge pod under the dash.

    I have attached photos of the gauge install. There are plenty of how to's on the bag and compressor install so I won't get into all of that again. I have not seen anything on the gauge plate / gauge pod so I wanted to get this on here. It would be a simple upgrade for anyone doing this and it really cleans up the install of the cab nicely.

    These guys were great to work with and very responsive in my order. The website with the tundra info is Gaugeplates.com, your home for custom gauge and switch plates.

    I'm headed from Texas to Utah in the morning so it will be the first good run on the setup. I will write back more on the trip after we get back. This is an outstanding truck and I have been nothing but impressed. The forum is great too. I have been reading for quite awhile but this is my first post.

    Enjoy the reading and images.
    Sweet setup!!!
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    Dude, that's friggin awesome. Looks "factory"

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    Been offline camping in Utah for about a week but thanks for the great comments.

    I ran the air line up the inside frame rail and covered it in heat resistant wire loom. I came through a hole to the outside and I drilled 2 holes in the floor under the sill plate about even with the front of the driver seat. I brought it in there and ran along the wiring harness under the sill plate, behind the kick panel, and behind the dash to the gauge.

    As for the tow/haul, I moved it to the blank plate in the panel to the left on the dash where the back window roll down is. There is just enough extra wire to move it without cutting. I had to file the hole slightly to get it in there but it looks factory in that location.

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    what compressor did you order? i have been looking on JC Whitney, please let me know. Looks great.

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    So I'm assuming you used just the single gauge set up instead of the dual gauge. So can you just use any type of button/control knob for the setup? So you don't have to use the supplied one? Also, whats the 110 volt button for?
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    I ordered my gauge plate from RIjon last night this is the kit i bought if you use the discount code SAVE the shipping is free
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