Project Toyota Supra Mark IV: Part 13 – Nardi steering wheel plus more Stu Hagen and Speedhut gauges!


Here’s the Stu Hagen Supra LED gauge setup we featured in Part 11. They were temporary while we waited for the correct gauges to arrive to his supplier. The tach was made to resemble the TRD tach and the speedometer had been changed to read up to 220 mph. Also notice the fuel gauge’s markings and the numerical markings on the water temp gauge, which used to just have the “H” and the “C”. What you see here is probably one of the more popular setups Stu Hagen does, and we liked it a lot while we had it.

Here’s our new setup installed. This was the original order. I was inspired by the 458 Italia to use a different-colored tach in order to showcase the fact that the Supra’s tach is indeed in the true, driver-desired position—right in the middle. Interestingly enough, I was at a Toyota dealership recently and noticed the special edition Scion “Release Edition 1.0” FR-S now had a silver tach on it, too. Bastards! The speedometer was also changed to now read up to 200 MPH instead of 220, leaving room for the now red-lit TRD labels that Stu was able to pull out of his bag of tricks. And like the Scion RE 1.0, this setup reminds us of what a special edition Supra's instrument panel would possibly look like.

When comparing our new Stu Hagen speedometer with our Speedfactory “MotoIQ” boost gauge, we can see that they match pretty well! In hindsight we would have ordered the Stu Hagen gauges with different, more updated numbers but we were trying not to stray away too far from the factory gauges. Thus, we kept the split numbers. And by the time we came across the Speedhut gauge site, we’d already ordered the Hagen gauges long before. We feel they still look great together.

Our toggle switch for the Speedhut boost gauge was placed in a previous spot where we already had one of those for a different gauge. It's right next to the shifter, under the double DIN stereo head unit. With this button we can peak-recall the lowest vacuum and highest boost pressure (which stays until you reset it), as well as change our red warning light brightness for both day and night driving (in other words, when the headlights are turned on or off).

From a driver's standpoint, this is what our cockpit looks like now during an evening drive. It’s still very Supra like, just much more updated and enjoyable. In a perfect world, we'd prefer the steering wheel to be just a little thicker because it really isn’t any thicker than stock. But the Nardi steering wheel feels great and positively changes the overall feel of the driving experience–in fact, more than we anticipated.

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