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Old 10-13-2007, 08:20 AM   #1
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idea?

ok, i've been in love with the instrument clusters in Mazdas since i first test drove an Rx-8 and i happen to notice that the instrument clusters in the Mazda 3 and the Rx-8 are remarkably similar, is there anyway we could use those clusters in a focus, if so, what hurdles would we have to over come?


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Old 10-13-2007, 02:46 PM   #2
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The plugs I am assuming. But mazda is owned by ford, so that might not be a problem afterall. Very interesting observation! Do you have a pic for comparison?
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:16 AM   #3
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Something like this....

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i would love to have that in my focus...but i think you might have to replace that part of the dash to make it fit im afraid...possibly even the entire dash.
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idc! i'd do it!
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It's hard to say if the tach signal would be similar at all. I'm not positive about how OBD2 tachs are fed. If it's similar to older systems then there's no way a tach for a rotary would read the same as a 4 cyl considering you have 2 sparks per rotation and a 2 rotor has 5. You'd be better off trying a Mazda 3 cluster.
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Old 10-14-2007, 11:37 AM   #7
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thats why i'm suggesting....
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Not sure what year the "Best Fokuz Evar!!!!!!!!!!!!" might be . . . but have you seen the inside photos of the '08 Focus? Not quite as cool, but I think it looks better than the '05-'07 dash, and the shape is similar enough that it may just plug in.
http://www.fordvehicles.com/cars/200.../?tag=Interior

Like I said, not quite as cool, but it would probably be a lot easier than trying to swap an entire dash or custom fabrication of a pod to hold the cluster from a Mazda3.
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BTW.. is that an RX-8 with an automatic?

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no thats a mazda 3's cluster, i think. i mean what kinda noob would f up a rotary by throwing an auto behind it?
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