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Wrecked my 1993 LX Wagon

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Lambo_Paul, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. Lambo_Paul

    Lambo_Paul Guest

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    Well, last week, I was coming home from getting groceries and there were three deer in the road. I managed to avoid them, but alas I was on ice and my car turned sideways and started sliding. I came to a stop after slamming the right side of the car into a curb. Needless to say everything attaching my right wheels to the car is bent or snapped off. Fortunately the tires didn't deflate and I was able to limp the car home under 10mph. (any faster and the right rear wheel started swiveling independently because of a broken rear lateral link. Of course, it's parked in front now and not going anywhere.

    Damage estimate for new parts: $2500 to $3000
    Labor cost: $650
    Value of car: $1300

    I thought this was the end of my car. :(
    Then I went to the junk yard.

    Price for all parts needed except wheels: $225
    Price for steel wheels: $10 each (need two)
    Price for 4 alloy wheels instead: $150 total

    Price for labor with parts mostly assembled: $400



    This is a much better deal. And it got me thinking, I have a manual and the 1993 version of this car does not have a tachometer. While it isn't necessary to have a tach. I do like to be able to see the engine rpms. How hard would it be to swap out my dash gauges with a 1995 version's gauges (includes tachometer)?

    Since I'm able to get things so cheap, I'm looking to do a lot of things now. I might buy a second dashboard and build a computer into it with wifi. :)
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    Cluster swaps have been discussed many times. It is not too difficult - a bit time consuming since is is not plug and play. Using SEARCH will find what you need.
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    Bummer. :(

    I'm glad you're ok! :)

    Cool, at least it's a relatively inexpensive fix.

    Man, I'm glad we don't have tons of deer out here. I remember how vigilant I had to be driving around in the southern NJ woods--day or night....

    There's a couple threads on the swap. I've done mine, and it really is nice having the tach.... If you search for a pre-ABS sport cluster ('91-'93) you'll pick up a low fuel light in the swap. I got lucky and got a '91. There's lots of wires to swap around in those plugs. Try to get the wiring harness plugs and a healthy amount of the wire with the cluster. That way you'll have some extra terminals with wires attached for swapping around in the plugs. All it takes to get them out of the plugs is a reallllllly skinny screwdriver, which you use to "unlatch" the terminal from the plastic plug. There's a few spots where you need to splice and *add* a terminal, mostly power/ground stuff. You'll also end up running a wire to the EDIS unit on the driver's side strut tower under the hood for tach signal. It'd probably be a good idea to get the plug from one of them from the JY with 6" or so of the harness wires, too.... If you're careful and you double-check everything, you'll plug it in for the first time and everything will work right... :)

    Good luck with resurrecting your wagon!

    C ya,
    Dutch
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    I just took apart my dash on Saturday to replace a light bulb, and I can confirm a lack of a low fuel light in my 1995LX.
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    Unfortunately in the excitement, I didn't get a single decent picture. I may be able to get some good pics of the old broken parts. But I don't know how well that will show. Really wish my friend had taken a video while I was driving the darned thing to the mechanic. Both right wheels were wobbling like crazy and the right side of the car was bobbing up and down.
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    One note on using a 94+ cluster in a 91-93, they have a light for the air bag so the wiring pinout is slightly different. I ran into that when I swapped the cluster out in my car. Easy enough fix but just something to watch out for. Also when pulling the cluster out be sure to also pull the connector and a bit of wiring for it for the EDIS so you can get a wire to stick into your current EDIS connector to get the tach signal out of it. Other than that follow the instructions as given many times here and a copy of the electrical/emissions troubleshooting manual can help out a bit as well. - Peter

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