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95 wagon, tach dash swap?

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  1. EscortingShagWagon

    EscortingShagWagon FEOA Member

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    I'm sure this subject has be beat to death and asked a million times but I'm a newbie here, trying to tread as lightly as possible, so bear with me. Lol I have a 95 wagon 5 speed, that has the standard cluster with no tach, I found a 95, 2 door in my local u pull it and it's got a tach,(auto)... Is it plug and play? It's damn near the sameilage as mine wasn't sure it she'd plug right itln or I'd have to add a siganl wire or...

    Thank you in advance. Have a wonderful day all
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    My only experience was with a 92LX, and a dash with cluster from another Escort, also a 2nd gen, that did have a tach. They were not plug and play. The shape and size was the same, the three connectors had the same number of contacts, and would plug into the other cluster - but some of the connections were different. The correlation was limited. I would have had to rewire, cutting wires in the three harnesses and reconnecting them to different wires going into the three connectors. I made up a chart to do that, but kept making small mistakes - and put the cluster on my procrastination shelf. However, several members on these forums have done it. If you have the Electrical and Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual (EVTM) for the cars, they show the wiring for each version of the clusters. And doing it with a cluster from the same year will involve fewer 'differences'. An EVTM for a 95 would cover all versions of clusters in the 95's.
    There are solid reasons for the clusters having different pin-outs. Clusters from a 5-speed may have the little "upshift" light, and from an Escort with the automatic would not have that. There is an airbag 'check' light on the cars after 93 which the earlier ones dont have. A wagon has the 'gate open" light which the hatchbacks/sedans dont have.

    I have rebuilt each of the engines/transmissions in my Escorts, so I dont care about the odometer readings, but with the clusters out, its easy to swap the speedos. I think there are just 3 screws holding the speedo onto the cluster.

    I understand the 3rd gen Escorts have plug and play clusters (at least some do), but the five Escorts I own and use are all 2nd gen ones.
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  3. EscortingShagWagon

    EscortingShagWagon FEOA Member

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    Okay here's the deal. I found a wagon identical to mine in the U-Pull-It yard 5 speed and everything same year,same options... literally identical. On difference is the instrument cluster....would this be a plug and play situation?

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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I dont know, but I wouldnt bet on it.
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    If it was a 3rd gen I would say it will be plug and play. Since it's a 2nd gen and the same year I would imagine that it would swap directly over, i.e. plug and play.

    I say this because from what I've been able to observe the wiring for all the options are there usually so the wiring is probably there.

    Short answer? You should be fine swapping the tach cluster over.

    John
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope you let us know how it goes.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm gonna put in my vote that no it won't be plug and play.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Are same year clusters not swappable between models for 2nd gens?

    John
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    From the EVTM for my 93 Escort: There are 'pin-out' diagrams for the three 'sport cluster' connectors and others for the three 'normal cluster' connectors. There are some differences; both in what spaces in the three connectors are used or not, and some differences in the color coding of the wires. There are a few pins that are the same across the two cluster versions and have the same wire color coding. One of the pin differences would go away if both the original and donor clusters had come from Escorts with the same kind of transmission. ** The cluster from a wagon needs to have a wire to turn on the 'gate-open' indicator light. The hatchbacks/sedans would not have that light.

    I havent spent the time to map out whether the other differences would require much rewiring.

    *If anyone is wondering why there is a difference in the clusters between a car with the automatic trans and one with the 5-speed: With a 5-speed there is the little orange "upshift" light, which the automatics of course do not have.
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    I don't believe they are. Denisond3 just outlined some differences above.
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    If EscortingShagWagon pursues this, I hope he will let us know about it. I would kind-of-like to have a cluster with a tach in my 5-speeds, am just too lazy to jump into the effort of a cluster swap. Nor do I want to have to chop a hole in my dashboard to mount an aftermarket tach. I briefly had a tach sitting on the dash, just to see what the engine speeds were like it the different gears. I was quite pleased with how leisurely the engine was working in 3rsd, 4th, and 5th.
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    If this helps, I swapped out the wire harness and cluster when I did my BP swap into the wagon. I had a no tach 80 mph originally, now it's the 120 mph with tach.
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    Just scored a 1st Gen diesel, so this will be on the back burner lol I will let u guys know when I do don't though
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    dumped the diesel one on to my buddy lol. Soooooooo this is back up on my list if anyone has had any experience since the last time that i posted on this thread.

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