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JettaMan
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JettaMan Jan 5, 1:55am - #365267 

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Stupidly done... but i did it anyway

So today i finally got in the mail my A-Pillar gauge pod and an air/fuel and a volt gauge. I drilled one hole on the top of the gauge pod and then trying to screw the gauge pod into what i thought was just a nice layer of felt.. turned out to be hard as rock plastic. i marked the spot on the a-pillar and took a hammer and a nail to it and started beeting away to get a hole in to it. i got a hole and screwed the top screw in and now it is all in. By the way all of this was done on top of my side air bags that are present under this panal.. didn't think about that till after i did all that.. oops

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FloydianSlip6 Jan 5, 1:56am - #365268 

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thumbsup you win the prize thumbsup
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FloydianSlip6 Jan 5, 2:08am - #365269 

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why wouldn't you use a drill??
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RookieGTS Jan 5, 2:10am - #365270 

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uhhh... damn
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Zero Jan 5, 2:14am - #365271 

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damn, did the air bags go off?

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JettaMan
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JettaMan Jan 5, 2:15am - #365272 

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lol um... good question why i didn't use a drill.. i was concerned that if i went through it to quick i would damage something and the hammer and nail worked just fine lol..

and proudly i can see the air bag did not go off.. lol

Me 2 ... Jetta like 20 million (the car tends to be a very hard car to modify)
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RookieGTS Jan 5, 2:15am - #365273 

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haha zero your avatar is funny! haha fucking Vito is the shit on Viva La bam lol!! I love it when they caption his words when he's all yelling and its really what he's saying! cracks me up!
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robare99 Jan 5, 3:26am - #365274 

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YOu could have used a workbench... or even the floor...
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Speed4TheNeed Jan 5, 3:33am - #365275 

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you were in no danger of having the airbag go off. you have to crack the compounds where the 'air' is made. i.e. you would have had to crush in frontside of your car some to have the side curtain airbags go off.

you could hammer in 10 more nails and nothing would happen..although thats obviously not recommended spineyes
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FloydianSlip6 Jan 5, 4:16am - #365276 

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^^ what if you pierce the bag??
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2nd2nun Jan 6, 1:56am - #365277 

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Since when does a hammer and nail cause "less" damage than a drill confused???

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sickcelica696 Jan 6, 2:58am - #365278 
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you can pierce the bag,it will just cause a more rapid deflation in the event the side curtain airbag ejects
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Rave669 Jan 6, 11:03pm - #365279 

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Not a problem on the celica, since the only available side-impact airbags on the celica are optional, and located in the side bolster on the seat itself. (hence why they are called "Supplimental side-impact" and not "side curtain". Side curtains roll down from the top, not like on the celica)

How many people have the side airbags on their celica anyway? I know mine doesn't have them.

Either way, I wouldn't worry man, I don't think you drilled into your airbag there, maybe something else (like a wiring harness, which is why you should be careful, don't want any shorts in the wiring now...) If the airbag itself is punctured, it may tear when inflated, depending on where he poked a hole in it, and how much force it deploys with. Of course, there's also the issue of a sharp screw now sticking in the airbag, which may tear the airbag when it deploys, or if the airbag works, it may just drive that sharp screw into your head when you get into an accident.

In the future, just remove the factory pillar plastic (it just pulls off) Use masking tape to attatch the factory pillar to the back of your new pod and keep it alligned, then, at a workbench or a milk crate, etc... Drill out your holes through both pieces, and then use the supplied rivets or screws to attach the pod to the pillar. Don't forget to drill a hole in the factory pillar big enough for all your wires, pressure lines, etc before attaching the pillar to the pod. You can also line up the pod to where you want with the pillar still inthe car, then use chalk, crayon or china marker to mark the position of the pod on the pillar, then remove the pillar plastic and mount it as I mentioned above.

Look at the bright side, at least the mistake of one person will help others not to make the same mistake when they do a similar install.

Some pods are full replacement, so, no drilling, screws or cutting, it just presses up in place of the factory pillar plastic.

BTW, a hammer and nail is NOT the right way to make a proper hole in the pillar pod, I'm shocked that you didn't crack your pod doing it like that.
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! they'll tell you WHERE to drill, What size bit to use, and HOW to fasten the pod to the pillar (Mine used four plastic ribbed rivets, similar to the ones that are used to fasten door panels)

Did you unhook your battery for this install? if not, count yourself lucky, since wiring harnesses, and a windshield fluid tube for the rear window are run under that pillar plastic on the celicas... Can you say ZAP?!? God only knows what possible wires or other bits are under the pillar on your car (you already mentioned the airbag, that may not be the only thing)

JettaMan, honestly, if I were in your current position, I'd pull those screws/nails/whatever is holding the pod on, pull the pillar plastic off, and double check those harnesses underneath to see if you cut a wire's insulation, or poked a hole in the hose under there, just to be safe. As for your airbag, I just hope nobody t-bones your car, because now, I'd say you have a 50-50 chance it will work as intended.

Good luck man smile

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