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OK. As far as I can tell no-one on the planet that owns an Mk3 Focus has custom gauges installed...except this guy. [woot]

I contacted Black Cat Custom after another FF member posted that he had discovered that they were offering custom gauges for the Mk3. I jumped at the opportunity to get some and invited a friend along for the ride.

I custom designed, using their template, a unique gauge face that would compliment our cars and the colors we utilized to personalize and mod those cars.

I'm extremely happy with the communication, professionalism, and the fact that Black Cat Customs put up with me changing something with the design at least 1325 times. No less than that. [facepalm]

After nailing down what we wanted our gauges were made and shipped to us in about 2 weeks.

HOW TO:

The first thing you'll want to do is remove the shroud that is above the steering column. It snaps out pretty easily.






Once that is out you'll remove two torx screws, indicated by the arrows.





You'll hear some scrapping and, quite frankly, it'll sound like your breaking something as you pull out the instrument cluster. You're not.

There is a metal tab that scraps along a plastic ribbed piece, shown in the pictures below. So keep pulling.







The only thing holding the instrument cluster in is the wiring harness. Reach behind and find the latch indicated by the arrow. Pull it to the right and then down. Now pull the harness out.




You'll notice that the there are a bunch of tabs to separate the instrument cluster. Carefully work them from left to right, or if you're daring, right to left.

It'll eventually come apart into 4 pieces as shown.



You'll want to mark the cluster, as shown, in order to preserve your needle position.



Meow - pick a needle and get to work. Carefully grasp the needle and, turning counter-clockwise, pull up. Keep turning and applying upward pressure to remove the needle.

You'll notice two small white tabs holding the gauge face in. Press in on those and remove the face. Insert new one. Simply press the needle down, using the BASE of it, until it is flush.



YOU WILL need to tweak the needles. I kept the plastic "case" off the cluster and plugged the gauges back in and adjusted the needles until they were were they were supposed to be. Fret not young one (or old [dunno]) you'll get it. [thumb]

Once you've got them back to where they need to be. Disconnect the cluster, re-attach the housing, and re-install.

Push it back in, insert the two torx screws, and then snap the shroud back in place. Enjoy. [twothumbs]










As always, if you've found this thread helpful, rep a brotha! [thumb]

PM me for contact details about Black Cat Customs as I'm not sure if posting their information violates any rules.
 

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Not sure if this is applicable for the Focus, but when I installed my white faced gauges back in the day on my mustang, I used a dinner fork to pop the needle out. I also took a picture of the needle positions before the install. This allowed me to put the coolant and oil pressure at the correct spot. I then used the "secret diagnostic menu" to display engine speed and RPM to verify my needles where in the correct location.

I would not recommend putting the needles back on while driving, this is very dangerous. But I did it that way anyway with a help of a co pilot.
 

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Finally. Pics uploaded.

I should mention that I'm a pretty bold guy, hence the bold gauge faces. Al at Black Cat Customs can do a multitude of colors, like you see above with Duane's.

Both are my design, except Duane is a color Nazi and all "kill all the color things" and went conservative. Both look good, but it goes to show you what can be done.
 

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Not my thing but cool none the less.
 

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Neat. They look cool at night all lit up. I wish there was a way to change the lite blue lights and needles to something else like a darker blue... when/if I ever get some aftermarket gauges they won't match. No idea what color scheme I would get with these either as I doubt a Sterling Grey like color is an option.
 

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Neat. They look cool at night all lit up. I wish there was a way to change the lite blue lights and needles to something else like a darker blue... when/if I ever get some aftermarket gauges they won't match. No idea what color scheme I would get with these either as I doubt a Sterling Grey like color is an option.
These are his colors

This is his site.
 

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For anyone going to FF I'll have my car available to view them along with some business cards that were provided with all the info. [thumb]
 

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Yeah I googled them and found the site... Unless I'm missing something I don't see a way that he offers to change the needle and light blue light behind the gauges... The custom designs are still cool though.
He can do almost any color as far as the light is concerned for the gauges. Not the needles. I couldn't find any aftermarket needles.
 

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He can do almost any color as far as the light is concerned for the gauges. Not the needles. I couldn't find any aftermarket needles.
The Stock ST needles are red, but I'm not 100% sure they will swap with the N/A cluster having not changed them myself.


N/A MK3 blue needles



Red MK3 ST needles.

They look interchangeable to me.
 

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Thanks Ben. I would say 100% swappable. As should the any '12 and up Ford needle. I couldn't find any wrecked. [V]
 

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He can do almost any color as far as the light is concerned for the gauges. Not the needles. I couldn't find any aftermarket needles.
Interesting, I guess when I decide to do my custom 3 gauge cluster i'll have to look into this as well so it all matches nicely.
 

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Thanks Ben. I would say 100% swappable. As should the any '12 and up Ford needle. I couldn't find any wrecked. [V]
The only reason why I said not 100% is because I didn't actually do it to confirm it, but other than the color the needles look to have the same base and size.

The orange and blue gauges are interesting, and would almost call for a mix of red and blue needles (if you couldn't get an orange one that is).
 
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