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Old 05-30-2008, 04:42 AM   #1
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SVT spdometer cluster into 2.0 zetec zx3. Can it be done?

I wanted to know if the svt speedometer cluster gauges with the two extra gauges it comes with could be put in a non-svt with a 2.0 zetec. I don't need it but I think they look nice. White face gauges with SVT logo. Can it be done? Will the gauges read the right way? And what do u need to do this?


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Old 05-30-2008, 04:46 AM   #2
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it'd be a nice little upgrade.
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:55 AM   #3
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AFAIK the cluster itself will go in but the 2 smaller guages (oil pressure+temp?) are a PITA to install.
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heh, just answered this question for a gentleman on the other forum as well.

as long as it is a pre-05 car you own then the main portion of the SVT gauge cluster (speedo, tach, fuel and water temp) are plug and play. The axillary gauges from the SVT however (oil temp + pressure) cannot be installed as the non-SVT models lack the wiring harness for it.

You will also need to go buy a power inverter to connect the electroluminescent gauge face to. Like this one from Speedhut:
http://www.speedhut.com/product_deta...NUMBER-368.htm

The only other thing to keep in mind is the milage on your current odometer. Write it down and keep it someplace you will remember it. This is because although your cars milage reading is calculated and stored in the ECU, the value is saved in the cluster as well. So when you plug in the SVT gauge cluster, your cars odometer will show the millage of the SVT it came out of. There is debate as to whether or not the ECU and cluster can be synched up again and how much it might cost at a dealer.

I installed an SVT cluster in my car right around 100k miles and instantly got a car that read 37k miles The value may not seem very important, but if you ever want to trade the car in, I really recommend disclosing the cars actually millage over what the odometer reads.

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Old 05-30-2008, 01:20 PM   #5
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I've got an 02 zx3. What does the power inverter do? Does it light up the gauges?
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the inveter is for the electrolumenescent palnel the evens out the green gow. with out it you get a strang glow like i have here


the paels wiring will be on top of the cluster. mine was missing it and i installed it anyway. the cluster still works and i thingk its really cool like this
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the inveter is for the electrolumenescent palnel the evens out the green gow. with out it you get a strang glow like i have here


the paels wiring will be on top of the cluster. mine was missing it and i installed it anyway. the cluster still works and i thingk its really cool like this
I have seen yours before as well. It is quite cool in my opinion, but you are missing a little more than just the wiring for the EL glow, heh. Whoever had the cluster before you actually took the time to peel the EL glow layer OFF of the hard silver backing and then pasted it back onto the clear plastic base.

The SVT gauge clusters don't light up via bulbs behind the cluster like non-SVT models do. The whole face of the gauge lights up about the same color green as your trip/odometer box, while the numbers remain black. I only have one sucky picture of it at the moment. This is what the SVT gauges looked like when I first put them in. The REAL ones light much brighter. Mine is so dim on account of not having the correct inverter installed; the EL gauge face isn't getting enough power.


And a stock one with the bulbs behind the cluster shining through the green numbers.
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so i just need to get the right power inverter and i shouldn't have a problem?
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The axillary gauges from the SVT however (oil temp + pressure) cannot be installed as the non-SVT models lack the wiring harness for it.
As well, these gauges work off the ECU. Therefore, even if you tried to wire them in they still won't work, as the standard ECU won't drive them
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so just a power inverter and I'm good? I'll leave out those 2 small guages.
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