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I hate my stock tach. It is horrible. It fluxuates while cruising in the higher rpm band, and is off by well over 700 rpm near redline. Many times i have seen this tach go to 7700-7800 rpm when I damn well know that the engine won't go past 7000. I have for the most part completely stopped even paying attention to it, simply because i do not trust it. So my question to you is..

Is there any easy way to fix this, and if not, does anyone have any pictures or suggestions on how to TASTEFULLY install an aftermarket tach? If anyone says "get a 5" tach and screw it into the center of the dash" i'm gonna flip out, because this escort is by no means my race car (i wouldn't even do that to my poor race car).. i just want something that'll actually tell me when i'm about to redline, since i have been raggin' on this car i have now for quite a while and have yet to find a rev limiter anywhere. Pics would be awesome, as i want to see how other went about installing theirs.. preferably 2 5/8". thanks fella's.
 

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Well the eaisiest thing to do is to run to the boneyard and pull the tach from a sable or whatnot...

you'll see in this pic:
http://home.twcny.rr.com/rensguns/interior.jpg

that I have actually the tach from a mercury sable wagon, and it's super. The signal wire comes off from the ignition module, then back to the diagnostic connector, then through the firewall to the ecu and gauge cluster. You can actually hook up a voltmeter to it and you'll see that as rpms increase, the voltage of the signal wire actually DROPS. From about 16 to 13.5V or so over the whole band...

either way, usually the signal wire is good, and swapping out the gauge itself is easy and quick and usually the fix.
 

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TitoElSpicco said:
Many times i have seen this tach go to 7700-7800 rpm when I damn well know that the engine won't go past 7000.
Actually the fuel cut out on a 1.8 is 7200 RPM's if my memory serves me correctly so it will get up past 7000 try it (unless your motor is in very poor condition) rev it in neutral and you will here the cutoff its like the gran turismo rev limiter (something to compair it to.
 
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