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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 I like my roads curvy and downhill

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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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  4. Greenbean

    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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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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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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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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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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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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  9. Greenbean

    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    I know this tread is technically done but now there is a update. I have got my hands on a ZX2 S/r gauge cluster with the 150 mph. Bagged it for $100 Bucks but my problem is, how can I adjust the miles to the correct amount? Can I simply swap the miles other or do I have to do it by hand. The Miles 200k plus over my cars miles.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    Are you just going to use the speedometer in your current cluster? The ZX2 cluster won't fit in the sedan.
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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    I figured I'd be taking it apart and swapping parts around again.
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    I did the S/R speedo swap. It drops right into the Escort cluster. Unless you want to modify the dash the S/R cluster won't fit.

    You can turn the mileage until you reach your desired mileage with a drill. You'll need to remove one of the gears in your stock speedo that has an axle and attach it to the chuck of your drill. Position the drill so that the gear in the chuck lines up with the speedo gear and secure both the drill and the speedo. Turn on the drill and set it so that it runs unattended.

    It'll take around 6 hours to reach the number you want.

    I didn't do this to the S/R speedo since the one I received the odo is broken so I'll looking to replace it with a working S/R speedo but for now it registers speed so that's good enough until I find an S/R cluster for sale at a reasonable price.

    John
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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    I found out by just dismantling my old one that I can just swap the units around pretty easy. I'm getting a 10 dollar small socket set to take it apart.
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    this was a common swap on 2nd gens. replacing the manual 80mph no tach cluster with an lx sport 120 speedo, and the automatic WITH tach cluster.
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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    Just got it in the mail ^w^ I guess whoever owned it before must've loved the car and took care of it to have this high of mileage.
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    I wonder if that is the same cluster I was looking at for my z. I ended up finding a different one and had a friend spin the odometer to match my mileage. You don't need a drill but you need to know what your doing.

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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    could've been, it was on Ebay for 100 bucks. I figured it was the best I was going to get because it was untouched. I like the dim stock green glow they give. I even have a short throw shiftier installed but you can't tell by just looking inside. I like my cars to look as stock as possible. I think the only thing I'd be ok with is getting a very comfy bucket seat to hold me better, my seats just are not holding me like I want. I have to jam my leg up on the door and the panel beside the gas pedal to hold myself in place.
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    I'm the same way. Pretty much all the upgrades I've done have been S/R or GT parts. I even replaced the turn signal stem with one out of a sport model that has the stock fog light switch to keep it OEM.

    I highly suggest you install a set of MX3 buckets. They bolt directly to the pan and keep you in the seat on hard cornering.

    John
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    Greenbean I like my roads curvy and downhill

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    It has been done.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd recommend ZX2 seats. If you get them from a 98 or early 99 they are a really close match for the normal gray interior, just the design is different.
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