HOW-TO: swap gauge cluster

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:02 pm    Post subject: HOW-TO: swap gauge cluster Reply with quote
"how do i put a tach in my <insert tachless car here>?"

here is the answer, i took a pic of EVERYTHING (well almost) you need to do to swap a cluster with a tach from your gen into your car. pics are from a 5th gen swap, but i assure you the procedure is almost identical to 6th gens, i will note what is different. (4th and 7th gens i never done the swap on, so i cant confirm the steps, but i can guess they are similar as well) to begin:

STEP1: ok, here is the cluster i am about to swap. yes it already has a tach, but thats not the point, im swapping it anyways.


STEP2: you need to remove the bezel from the dash that surrounds the cluster. remove 2 screws right above cluster going upwards. if you have a 5th gen, dont forget about the screw under the hazards switch (pictured) use a flathead to remove and unplug switch, and remove screw


STEP3: remove the bezel. it can be done by hand on a 6th gen... but i prefer to use a flathead for 5th gens; i start at the right side vent and pop that out, then pop the left out and thats should be it. now dont yank it out, you gotta remove the plug for the clock (even if you dont have clock, you still have a plug) you should be here now (notice 2 plugs)-->


STEP4: now its time to yank that cluster out. remove 4 screws on either side of cluster, them pull out slightly. may need some pursuasion b/c it wont fit through the gap exactly. now just unplug the harnesses (pictured) dont worry bout what plugs i have and you have, i have an extra b/c of auto. just unplug them all.


STEP5: now before you just put the new one in, you may want to swap speedos to maintain mileage. its very easy. here are the subjects:


now on the back, you will see 3 screws in the middle(pictured), thats what holds the speedo, just remove the screws.


then just press in all the clips that hold the clear face onto the cluster and remove it along with the speedo. here you can see both removed with the backs. notice how one has colored inserts for the indicators on the back piece, while the other has them on the black piece that surronds the gauge itself(turn signals, e-brake, etc...) im not sure if it was like that for dif years or models. you may need to swap those as well (i did)


STEP6: reverse time. now just put the speedos back in the appropriate cluster, pop the front face on, screw in speedos, clip harnesses into new cluster(idiot proof, they only go in one way), and do not worry about how many plugs you have and the cluster has b/c everything will work(extra plugs are for features your car might not have), replace the 4screws that hold the cluster (test cluster before you put everything else on) ***when you test cluster on 5th gen, you need to plug the hazard switch in or the blinkers wont work***, replace dash bezel (dont forget clock harness for 5th gens), you may need to play with the bezel to get it to sit right(just gotta make sure the speed clips seat right or the bezel will not be flush), 5th gens replace the screw behind hazards, replace the hazards harness and pop the switch back in. and your done! now go have fun with your new, stock tach. see, plug and play like we keep saying.

some common problems: people swap clusters thinking their speedo doesnt work, then complain about the new one jumping as well. this is most likely a VSS (vehicle speed sensor) problem, which is located on the tranny. also, if you swap an SI cluster into your 6th gen, you obviously are not going to swap the speedos. same situation with swapping eg6/ek9/etc clusters due to them having different gauge faces. just document the numbers of your odo when you swap it out, and the new numbers when you swap the new on in and live with it. thats what i did


for sheetz and giggles, you can play with the cluster while its out the car and take pics of crazy stuff and see what idiots believe, "check out what the dx auto can do..."


and if you are wondering why i swapped a cluster with tach out, this is why, no speedo swapping here:

Twisted Evil

any questions, feel free to ask.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
how much for you old cluter?? Thats my only question.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
this swap was done a long time ago. cluster was sold to another chb member soon after. im just reposting the how-to b/c it was on the old chb and felt it would be useful here.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Curses!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yep. His cluster is currently in my dash. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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