Well, I finally got something new for my car and figured I would show it and also maybe help others that may want to do this as well. I got off of E-bay a set of silver reverse glow gauges for my car. I have been looking at these for a while but never found any with a 140 mph gauge. Most of them were 120 mph and I was not going to give this up. Mine had a rpm gauge that went up to 8000 but this one only goes up to 6000. I figured this was an acceptable loss for the looks that i wanted. Here is the pic of the gauges. Sorry for the quality of the pics but it is the best i could do for now. They look white but they are actually silver in color.
These are the first two gauges. They have the speedometer and also the Tach. These were the easy ones to install. After you have the gauge cluster out of the car and the plastic cover taken off of the cluster, start off by taking out the 2 small screws in the gauge but leaving the original gauge face in place. You will have to turn the needle a bit, but dont take it off, to get it to slip through center hole. After you have it around the needle and in place, making sure the holes line up, put the screws back in and do the same thing with the next one.
The next two gauges get a litte tricky becuase they both have 2 needles and not just one. You are not suppose to take the needles off to get the gauges on but you can't get needles to point in the same direction to get the new gauge face to slip into. The needles will only turn so far then stop and you can only get one needle in and not both. This raised some problems and i did not want to break one of the needles just to get the new face on. I looked at the back of the cluster where the next two gauges sit and the third gauge, at least on mine, had 5 screws holding it in and the fourth has 6. I kept the gauge face down so I could get the gauge out. I unscrewed the 5 screws in the gauge and the entire gauge came right out. After getting it out, I took out the 4 little screws in the gauge face and then the needles were free flowing. Now I could get the needles pointing in the same direction to get the new face on it. After putting the 4 little screws back in i sliped the gauge back in then tightened up the 5 screws that were still in the cluster housing. I did not want them falling out and possibly losing them. I did this same process with the last gauge and everything went just fine.
I put the plastic cover back on the gauges to see if it still fit on and to make sure the wires were out of the way. I do think that gauges look better than the black original ones. This is just my opinion. Some people may not like them but that is fine, but i think they look great. Here is what they look like before the new face.
and this is what they look like after the new face lift for the gauges.
After i got the wires hooked up that came with them that has the dimmer switch for them, I decided to take them out and hook them up to the battery directly to see if they worked and they looked awsome. It was getting really late so I decided that i would finish up the install the following day. I ran the wires and put the gauges back in to make sure they still worked and they did and I was extremely happy to find out that they still worked. All that is left is to finish up the wiring and put the gauge cluster bezel back on and call it done.
It is morning now and I decided to get a early start on the wiring. Here are a couple of pics of the gauges in the car before i got started on the wiring.
I had some sort of idea as to what needed to be done and that was to hook the power wire up to light switch, so when i turn the parking lights on they turn on just like the original gauges.
I took out the light switch expecting to get to the wires but I kind of got a surprise when i pulled out he switch.
I was expecting the plug to come out with it so I could get to the wires but the plug says in and the switch comes out so it was going to be kind of hard to get to the wire on the switch.
I got to looking and I found and easier way to hook up the gauges. They don't actually need to be hooked up to the switch, just something that turns on when the switch turn on the parking lights and i found it.
The part circled is a light that turns on with the switch so I figured I could use this to hook up to since it was easier.
These are the wires going to the light but I need to figure out which wire is the power wire.
When I pulled on these wires i noticed two others below moving and found out that these wires are connected as well. Now I just need to figure out which one is the power wire.
With working on stereos for a while I figured that the lighter wire would be the power wire and I was correct. I stripped back a little bit of the wire and hooked up a multi-meter to it and it gave me 12v when i turn it on and nothing when i shut it off. You can see from the pic how i have the wire stripped back and the gauge wire wrapped around it so I didn't have to cut the wire. Now all that is needed is to cover it with electrical tape then put everything back together.
The gauges also came with its own switch to change the color between blue and green but you can't tell much difference between the two but I think the blue looks better. It also has a dimmer switch to adjust the brightness of it but I think I am going to leave it close to the max. You can mount it so you can get to it, I may do this later but for now it will be hidden up under the dash
I have everything put back together and everything works just fine. Here are the pics of the gauges finished and all the parts put back on.
I will have some night pics tonight to show how the look all lit up. I hope that this helps some people who are wanting to try this. I think it was fairly easily and I think they turned out awesome. Can't wait to see them at night.
Here are the night pics and I think the gauges look great. The gauge with the speedometer, you can't really see the odometer in the pic, put it in the car you can still see it very clearly.
Now that I have the gauges installed and working, now I just have to wait for my exhaust to arrive. I am getting a borla 3" adjustable cat back exhaust from Jegs. After I get that, the next parts I am waiting on is my new 4th gen spoiler and 4th gen WS6 style ram air 2 hood and both of them are from Hawks Third Gen parts.
Page 1 Introduction
Page 2 Nose and scanner Installation
Page 3 Silver reverse glow gauges install
Page 4 Borla Cat-Back Exhaust
Page 5 New Hood
Page 6 Car Show Excitement
Page 7 4th Gen spoiler Install
Page 8 Center Console
Page 9 Nose re-fit
Page 10 Engine Bay
Page 11 New Scanner Lenses
Page 12 Clear Side Marker Lights
Page 13 Neons
Page 14 Audio Equipment
Page 15 Lighted Gas Pedal