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Old 06-21-2005, 08:07 PM   #1
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Install gauge faces myself, or have it done professionally?

Hey guys, I just bought some white gauge face plates off ebay. I read the "How-to" on our forum and it doesn't look too difficult, but I'm concerned about the needles (I'm not sure if it comes with a needle removal tool). Should I attempt this myself, or have it done professionally? How much would it cost to have it done? Thanks.


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I have no idea what it would cost to be done by a pro, if you could find someone to do it.

It's really not that tough, just take your time and follow the instructions for needle repositioning, you should be just fine!
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To take the needles off, get a butter knife (yes I said that) and lay it flat under the needle but against the spindle the needle is attached to. Next, twist the knife so that the knife edge moves up the spindle and gently 'prys' the needle off.

It works perfectly, I've done it many times.

For the ebay gauges, which I have installed on other cars before, tap into the ORANGE/BLUE wire on the headlight switch for power (your dimmer on the dash will work still) and ground the gauges to one of the screws holding the fuse panel to the car (in that compartment on the drivers side) and hide the controls in there also. Those ebay gauges come with multiple connections on them (not sure why) so just use each of them until it works properly.

Use the ELECTRONIC ODOMETER to reset the needles.....

Gas Gauge Needle - Fill the tank and push the needle back on at the FULL position

Temp Gauge Needle - Run the car for 20 minutes which will get the car to normal operating temperature and push the needle on in the middle of the range.

Speedo Gauge Needle - Do the ODO digital speedo readout trick and get the car up to an even speed on an empty highway, push the needle onto the speed as read by the ODO and your good to go.

RPM Gauge Needle (if equipped) - Do the ODO tack readout trick and push the needle onto the spindle at the appropriate RPM number.
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Thanks for the advice! I have an idea for resetting the needles on the speedo (stop me if this won't work). If I went on the highway and got the car up to say 70 (using the electronic odometer), then could I set my cruise control to get an accurate speed, and then apply the needle? I'm not too savy on how this works, but let me know if you could. Thanks.
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Yes ^^^ that would work fine. Hitting cruise keeps the speed stable so it'll be more accurate when you put the needles on.

Just make sure your in a low traffic or no traffic area so when your looking down when you put the needles on, your not going to hit something....
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I say try it,
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It's Not the installation that's Hard...

It's the recalibration of the needles. Took me 2 hours, [before I knew of the DTC easter egg]

At least, this is how I feel about it.
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very easy installation, i pulled the needles off with my fingers though
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agreed fosho! and yeah i did the same thing slayer666. just be careful when pulling haha. go with the butter knife...
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Old 07-13-2005, 03:20 AM   #10
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I used a fork
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