I have a new product in the store – Sharka’s Gauge Cups!
Years ago, I got a set of fiberglass cups from Russell of Project M. They’ve been fantastic. I’ve enjoyed them every drive. Since installing them, I’ve had folks regularly contact me asking where to get them. Often folks would come back and ask me to make them some after hearing that Russel didn’t really enjoy making the single cups. It happened enough that I thought I should send an email and find out if it was true.
Russ answered quickly and indeed did not like making individual cups. Russell has a full RHD crash pad replacement (which looks lovely) that he offers with three cups built in. To get three individual cups for a US customer, he has to cut them out of that pod after making it. A lot of work and wasted material.
I asked if he’d mind me making up some cups and selling singles in my store. He agreed quite happily. (Thanks again Russell!!!)
Here we are, a few months later. Gauge pods in stock!
My pods come with a universal mounting clip, plates to strengthen the back of the crash pad, and a few feet of safety wire to keep the legs from splaying out. I worked quite hard in getting that mounting clip as close to universal as possible. It works for both short body gauges and standard ones.
I also modified the original cup to be as symmetrical as possible. That way, the cups will work equally well on RHD and LHD. Not much modification was needed, but I figured it would help a few folks out.
The molds are about 3 lbs of silicone each. There’s a lot of void area in this little cup. I cast each cup by hand. They’re done in black urethane plastic. They are quite strong. Sharka’s set of cups has been installed for a couple months getting weathered. All of the baking in the sun and paint booth during the paint process helped test the cups. If they don’t break apart from mounting stress in extreme New Mexico heat, they should work anywhere.
I also wrote up a full install page for these little things. I believe it’s complete. I’ll add to it as I find (or folks tell me about) things I left out.
Get your gauge cups now! I’ve got a ton of sets in stock.