I wasn't thinking so much about replacing the actual gauges so much as I was the "wallpaper" that get placed over them. There are a lot of vendors out selling the overlays for ~$100, different colors, night glow stuff flames, billet overlays etc....
Might be an inexpensive way to dress up the dash if its not to much pain to pull the gauge needles and drop these overlays in place and then reset the needle.
haven't actually done the replacement on the gauge cluster or face yet, the dash has been coming off for stereo tweaks and that fancy little pocket. Also for a vent replacement and a good cleaning. Gettiing to the gauge stuff though can't seem to make up my mind. I was thinking about using a plywood overly that would match the wood I use for the custom console..... we'll see when the console is done.
Be careful what you buy for this project... I went el-cheapo on one that I bought on Flea Bay. Turns out to need wired up to a 12V source for the blue lighting effects to work. I don't want a bunch of buttons and switches crapping up the dash.
Know what you are getting!!!
PS... Make a diagram of where the needles are pointing before you start instead of trying to remember where they were pointing on re-assembly.
I ended up throwing it away after totally screwing the gauges up on re-assembly. Here's the problem... You pop the needles off like the hands of a clock, but the problem is that when you put them back on, the stems that poke out of the dash that hold the needles are extremely easy to turn, and therefore none of my gauges were accurate anymore. Moreover, the thickness of the overlay caused some of the needles to stick and kept them from moving properly.
I ended up buying another instrument cluster from a scrap yard to replace the original with.
My advice - Buy a scrap cluster off of ebay to play with... When you get it right, put it in your truck. These things are TROUBLE!
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