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Old 09-30-2005, 11:57 PM   #1
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Question 2005 Gauge cluster removal

I would like to remove the black gauge background on my 2005 ZX3 and replace it a white faced background. However, the how to's that I've seen show 3 screws that you remove to start with, and I can't find those on the 2005 dash.


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Old 10-01-2005, 12:28 AM   #2
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The screws are up under the dash as pictured below. I think these are the ones your looking for. Then the black surround piece comes off. Then there are four more screws holding the gauge surround and glass piece.



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Old 10-01-2005, 01:06 AM   #3
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you know i was sitting in my car at lunch at work and was wondering the same thing.so if anybody has attempted this let us other foci enthusiast know
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Old 10-01-2005, 01:12 AM   #4
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Tried what? Replacing the gauge surround? I've done it! I actually replaced mine with the one that comes in the 05 ST. Looks like this:

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what he is saying is on the 05 we dont have the two screws at the top of the dash to remove the outer surrounding. my guess is it must be clipped in there. so has anyone tried this on an 05,
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Old 10-01-2005, 07:15 AM   #6
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Sorry man! I get it now! Good luck figuring it out!
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So is there nobody here that has taken their guage cluster out of an '05 ZX3?
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Nope havent tried it man. I dont even want to try figuring out how that thing comes out. Doesnt look as easy as the 2004 and later models.
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Old 10-07-2005, 02:39 PM   #9
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I did notice down by the stearing column there are two screws on each side. I wonder if these are for the dash?
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Tools you will need:
A 7mm socket
A 10mm socket
Screw Driver (helps when sockets wont fit)

*IMPORANT* NO 00-04 GAUGE CLUSTER WILL WORK IN AN 05 THE CONNECTOR ON THE BACK LACKS 4 PINS THAT ALL 04'S HAVE YOU MUST HAVE AN 05 CLUSTER!

Ok now that thats out of the way!

Step 1: Move your steering wheel into the lowest position you can (I couldn't mine doesnt tilt or telescope can you say "next mod!")

Step 2: The plastic shroud around the steering wheel is 2 separate pieces pull up on the top piece by the back of the airbag cover it should pop right up, then push back on the rubber cover that goes down under the dash to loosen it up.

Step 3: Once the steering column cover is removed then you can get to unscrew the lower part of the dash. There are 2 screws 1 is located next to the cd holder in the dashboard on the right the other is on the right side of the steering wheel right in the line of sight the CD player buttons are. Remove both of them and pull up and out it should come loose about 2-3 inches

Step 4: Remove the bottom screw on the dash panel on the right side of the car in the foot well (you'll find it just feel for it) pull the rest of the left side of the dash down revealing a hidden screw that holds in the upper dash cover that surrounds the gauge cluster.

Step 5: Remove the screw holding on the plastic (and gauge cluster) around the light switch to completely free the cluster for removal.

Step 6. On the left side of the gauge cluster shroud pull up and out with your hands it takes some force but it wont hurt anything. Once it pops loose you'll notice that the trunk release button is still connected squeeze the connector to disconnect it or pop it out completely by pushing forward.

Step 7: Once the shroud is out of the way you can now see the 4 screw that hold in the gauge cluster there are 2 up top and 2 on the button by the steering wheel. Remove them to free the gauge cluster.

Step 8: Remove the cord from the back of the gauge cluster by pressing down on the top of the connector and pulling the lever half way up and then pulling up to loosen the connector and then pulling the lever to release the connector fully. Put the new cluster in by just pressing in the new cluster and locking down the lever back in place.

Step 9: Put everything back together and start your car an now enjoy having a tach and being able to race dRew and actually know what RPMs your doing so you can shift and win a race against him.

Thanks to BackNFocus for the info.


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