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If you're referring to the A-pillar that runs along your windshield, you might want to re-consider since it looks like you are here in the US... In which in its case, it will have a side curtain airbag in the location you are speaking of.

The only place I can think of at the moment for any type of gauges would be right on top of your dash board, in the lower cubie under the HVAC controls, or on your steering wheel column....
 

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I had Blitz gauges in my previous evo 2. Worked a treat. Defi looks good. I'm actually purchasing the catalogue MMC ones. Its all your taste really. I just want to keep my interior as factory looking as possible. Usually the big name brand ones are the safest. ( especially the race proven ones)
 

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Dealer recommended to me not to mount gauges on the A Pillar.

I assume the plastic comes off with the airbags.. yes.. I think it would hurt :)
 

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The pillar does blow off but the way it is mounted it deploys down towards the top of the dash not at the driver or passenger, so it would be safe to assume that an aftermarket a-pillar would do the same. The top part has the bag not the bottom so common sense would dictate that the pressure on the top portion would cause it to fly straight down towards the dash not out towards the drivers seat. If that was the case I don't think the lancer would have passed saferty inspections.
 

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then why would they have the panel bolted to the actual pillar? if the airbag were to cause the panel to move while it was bolted on, wouldnt it cause it to crack and possibly cause sharp plastic debris to fly all over inside the caR?
 

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my cobalt had curtain airbags. there's a "side curtain airbag" sign on the a pillar but there's a boost gauge on the a pillar stock. i think we will be fine to mount gauges here. just my .02
 
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