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Gauge Cluster swap

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Greenbean, Sep 27, 2019.

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Can you swap in a gauge cluster with a tac into a escort that didn't come with one?

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  1. Greenbean

    Greenbean FEOA Member

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    So I have manual swapped my 99 escort using a donor car that didn't have a tac. We swap the ECU over and the harness. My question is can I simply take my old gauge cluster "it has the tac built in" and swap them out. I don't really plan on selling the car but if I can swap over the miles too that'd be nice. I don't want to have to add a gauge.
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    I haven't done it but others have reported it's a plug and play task. I do know the speedometer can be unplugged from the rest of the cluster meaning you could unplug it from one and put it in the other so mileage would not be effected by the change in clusters.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I swapped a tachometer dash cluster into my 99 sedan when I had it.
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    Thanks ^w^ I'll do it when I can get to the car.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd do it to my current wagon but I don't really care what RPM the engine is running at since it's automatic.
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    Don't worry about it. I have the stuff already so I'll try it when I get some time.
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    OK, So I was finally able to get enough time to myself to do the swap. So I tried taking the dash off of the main escort and it just fell apart in my hands. Thank god my old car "OG Greenbean" is still around for me to get parts. So While I'm doing to swap, I'm also swapping to piece that goes around the cluster and has the vents. *BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU REMOVE IT* It have 5 screws and 6 clips. You have to really pull on it to get it want to let go but be prepared to lose this piece if it already has cracks in it. My advice is if it already has cracks in it and you want to do this upgrade, Find/Buy another one cause you'll probably break it trying to remove it. After I got it off I removed the the cluster without the tac and put it to the side. I did the same to my donor car that had the tac.
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    I then tried to Cluster with that tac before I start changing out lights and Speedo.
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    Sorry about the crappy pic but it does work and reads so with that cleared up. I took it back out which is such a pain I almost just left it in as is. XP
    After All that I had to head home as it was getting late.
    When I got home I used a torques bit to open it up. It has 8 screws however I only did the outer ones cause I didn't want to take the plastic off. After I opened it up I found out you have to take the left part off first THEN you can take the speedo out.
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    All you have to do is put you fingers between them and pull up.
    After I swapped them. I made sure the pens where pushed in and put it back together.
    It hasn't been installed but I have no doubts it'll work just fine. I'm going to keep the old one for the bulbs as I actually like the stock colors of it so I don't want to convert it to leds till I have too.

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