Re: cluster removal
can the dash cluster be removed fairly easily?I tried last summer and it looked like the dash pad had to come off so I quit for now.Now though I want to install the tach I am buying before summer.
You can install your tach without removing the dash at all. I think removing the dash is one of those things that just becomes "the way to do it" and nobody questions it. I know it flies in the face of conventional wisdom around here, but I did it earlier this year. In fact, after installing it with the dash in, I can't imagine why anyone would want to remove the dash to do this!
Assuming you're replacing the gas gauge with a tach:
1. Take out the 4 screws that hold the plastic face on.
2. Remove the 3 nuts off back of gas gauge & remove gauge
3. Use a scaled template cut-out and line up with the 3 holes
4. Drill 3 holes and cut out tach pattern with milling bit in a dremel (make sure wires behind dash are securely out of the way).
5. Install new tach & use wires from old gauge harness clip
6. Replace plastic face guard. Done.
It's not exactly a walk in the park, but it's pretty straight forward. No way in hell I'd take the dash cluster out to do this.
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