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Gauge Cluster Mounts/Reinforcement, Info Option

Post by bmdubya1198 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:40 pm

I've finally reached the edge with my cluster... it bounces around like crazy in my dash. The little clips on top are broken off, and there's no way to secure it in my dash.
What I'd like to know is if I can change out the mounting bracket part of the cluster or if I have to change the whole cluster. What I would really like to do is swap out the cluster with one in tact with the same mileage but has the driver information computer, but I don't know how to tell at a junkyard (no power to the car). Or, if someone has a good way to secure the gauges with broken mounting points, please share!
And since we're on the topic of clusters... is it possible for me to add the info computer to mine? I have a switch for it lying around, and I'd really like to add the computer if it's possible. I've read something about it being done by dealer programming, but I don't remember if there was some special part required.
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Re: Gauge Cluster Mounts/Reinforcement, Info Option

Post by erikv11 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:18 pm

You recall correctly that in a 98, the only way to add the info computer to your existing cluster is if the dealer activates it. Your best bet is a cluster from the junk yard. Every 98 V70XC has the info computer activated, as do most T5 models. Any car in the yard with an info switch, has the trip computer activated in its cluster.

You can actually power them up with 12V of flashlight batteries I think? Do some searching. But TBH with 170k on the clock, I would just grab one that looks good and has the trip computer, and make a note of any mileage discrepancy once you do the install.
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Post by bmdubya1198 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:04 pm

Thanks, Erik, that's what I thought. What I might do is try to find one with a couple more miles than mine, drive mine until the mileage matches, then swap the cluster over. I'll look into how to get power on one. I know Robert has a video when he's powering one up, I just have to find it.

Update: I found the video
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Re: Gauge Cluster Mounts/Reinforcement, Info Option  Topic is solved

Post by Ozark Lee » Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:04 pm

Just snag another cluster out of a pick-n-pull and change the lens assembly. The lens, which is where the retainers are positioned, will pop off of the main body of the cluster with relative ease.

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Re: Gauge Cluster Mounts/Reinforcement, Info Option

Post by bmdubya1198 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:11 pm

Ozark Lee wrote:Just snag another cluster out of a pick-n-pull and change the lens assembly. The lens, which is where the retainers are positioned, will pop off of the main body of the cluster with relative ease.

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That's what I saw on a picture a little bit ago. Hopefully I'll be at the yard this week and grab one. Thanks!
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 195k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 109k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 165k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 172k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
Sold-
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k

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Re: Gauge Cluster Mounts/Reinforcement, Info Option

Post by bmdubya1198 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:05 pm

Just replaced the bezel on my cluster with one from the junkyard. $5 later everything is secured again! Hopefully I won't have to pull the dash again anytime soon. While I was in there, I upgraded to LEDs in my turn signal lights. Looks pretty cool!
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 195k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 109k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 165k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 172k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
Sold-
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k

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