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Old 03-29-2006, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DIY: Gauge cluster swap, 92-95 Civic w/ pics [56k, ~420Kb]

If your car doesn't have a tachometer, this DIY is for you. It cost me $30, a trip to the junk yard, and about a total of 35 minutes of time. I originally went to pull a head from a D16 for my mini-me, but the car was inventoried wrong as it only had a D15B7. But it was an LX so it still had a tach, the guy threw in the in-dash clock to make up for the inventory mistake.

Before you do this you should know a few things.
1) It's very easy to do, if you can operate a screwdriver then you are able to do this mod.
2) You don't have to do anything to make the tach work other than swap the clusters. It's plug and play!
3) There is a slight chance that you might break something (such as the bezel). But if you are careful and you take your time you will be able to do this without breaking anything. Just be patient.
4) It is illegal to use an odometer from another car that has a reading of miles lesser than yours. For example, if the odometer on your car reads 150,000 miles and the odometer on the donor car reads 110,000 it is illegal to use it's odometer. The good news is that you can swap your odometer over by using the speedometer gauge from your car. I've even shown you how.

The stuff you will need:
-A gauge cluster from a 1992-1995 Civic LX or EX. Some other trim styles may come with a tach, I'm not sure. But I know the LX and EX do.
-A few small screw drivers. Flathead and philips.


Note, the black box above the screwdrivers is my free dash clock! Sweeet.

Here is what we're getting rid of:

Blah

Step 1 (hazard switch removal):
We need to remove the hazard light switch to access the hidden screw holding the bezel in place. Using a small flathead screwdriver carefully pry around the switch to remove it. It's easiest to start from the bottom corners as shown below, and work your way around. Don't pry too far or too hard or you may damage the bezel/switch. Work it slowly.




Step 2 (the hidden screw):
Unhook the harness connecting to the hazard light switch. And unscrew the hidden screw & remove. The donor car's hidden screw would turn, but wouldn't come out. If this happens, be patient. Pry it out with the flathead or if necessary yank it with some pliers. The pliers are last resort so work the flathead for a bit.


Sorry about the blurry photo, it was actually the best of the three I took.


Step 3 (other screws):
Using the shortest screwdriver that has the fattest tip possible (those short and stumpy screwdrivers work best you know the ones) remove the screws holding the bezel to the dash, as pictured below.



I had to purchase a ratcheting screwdriver to remove one of these on my car without stripping it. Was only 10 bucks at Sears for the Craftsman and it busts stubborn screws with minimal effort. I went there for a stumpy screwdriver and got a much more useful tool instead.


Step 4 (bezel removal):
I couldn't get a good pic of this. But carefully pull it away. It is held into the dash with several snaps so it will take some effort. Again, be patient so you don't break anything. Use the small flathead to carefully pry it away if necessary. It can be done. There are two wire harnesses that keep you from pulling the bezel too far away. One is the one to the hazard switch which you should have already removed, the other one is to the clock. If you don't have a clock, the wires are still connected to the cover plate where the clock should be. Here is a pic of the clock plug as proof that it's still connected despite no clock:




Step 5 (removing the cluster):
Now that you have the bezel out of the way, it's time to remove the cluster. Whether you're removing it from the donor car or from your car, you should be careful. You don't want to break either of them. Again, the donor car had a stuck screw that would turn but wouldn't move. Pry any stuck screws with a flathead. There are little metal clips on the back surrounding the screws and are probably stuck on the threads if the screw won't come out. They can be pried or pulled out.

Unscrew these on the right of the cluster:


And these on the left:


The cluster should be tilted backwards and pulled forward. I forgot to take pictures of the wire connections that are on the back of the cluster. There will be up to four plugs connected to it that are similar to the hazard switch plug. Just pull them off and you can completely remove the cluster.


Step 6 (speedometer swap):
Now, you may need to swap the speedometer to stay legal. You should just do it anyway unless they are coincidentally within a few hundred miles of each other. Even then, still consider it because it's really easy to do and being accurate is a good thing.

Here is a comparison of the two different clusters:


The arrows in the picture above are pointing to the clips holding the cluster together. There are a total of six, three on each side. Unclip these and pull the cluster apart. Besure to remove the litte trip-reset button first, it just pulls off. Also note in the picture above, on the new cluster (bottom) there is an extra green plug. I don't know what it's for but it's completely unecessary as far as I can tell. Aside from the tach, the new cluster only differs from mine with the added cruise control light. So I'm guessing that's what it's for?

With it apart, remove the three screws shown in the picture below to remove the speedo:



It will literally fall off when you undo the last screw, so do it carefully over or on a pillow or something soft. You don't want to break the needle.

Put the speedometer from your car into the new cluster. It's easier to put it back on if you set it into the cluster housing, snap the housing together, then put the screws in.

Once the speedo from your car is in the new cluster and the trip-reset button is reinstalled, install the new cluster in the reverse order it was removed.

If you want to test it out before putting the rest of it back together, plug in the hazard light switch so your turn signals work. You want to test everything before you put everything back together so you know it completely works. Start the car to test the tach/gas gauge, pop the trunk for the trunk light to come on, turn on the headlights to test the backlights, switch the high-beams for the blue indicator light, test the turn signals. After testing, turn off the car and remove the hazard light switch. Continue to reinstall the rest of it.

Feed the hazard light wire harness back through the hole for the switch and carefully push the bezel back into place. If you have a clock or are installing one, plug it in (clock installation is rather straightforward).

Reinstall the hazard light switch. Make sure everything is in place. If you did everything right it should look like this:



It's a cheap and extremely useful modification. I wish I did it sooner. If you don't factor in the time travelling between the junkyard and where I installed it, it took me about 35 minutes.

Enjoy your new tach! If this helped you, and you feel like it, a rep would be a nice way to show your appreciation.
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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nice details

i want a tech too but i don't think cheap junk yard around my area either carry hondas or other junk yards sells them anywhere near that price...

i wish people other members can tell us noobs where can we find some cheap good junk yards in like which ever area they're in.... maybe even a seperate post of just good junk yard locations and usual price... that and that just a general idea....
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah definitely. Try the "Auto Wrecker" section of your phone book. If you don't have a phone book, or the ones in your town don't carry what you need you can use dexonline.com. I'm using dexonline to call auto wreckers in a town about an hour away from me to see if they have what I need for my mini-me conversion.
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks.

I've been wanting to do it for a while. Thankfully, when I bought the cluster I just happened to have my digital camera on me so I changed it at my friends house. He's got a monsterous AutoMeter tach bolted to the dash of his EG. I think he wishes he would have thought of this.
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i got mine of a dude for $20
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I got one yesterday for my 96 at a salvage yard ($50) Is it as easy of a swap as the 92-95?
Great write up!
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Sorry about the late reply.

I'm sure you installed it already. But in case you didn't, as far as I know it is equally as easy on 6th gen Civics.
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I just did it on my 94 civic, it looks pretty cool. Alot better than a after market tach too. Thanks for the write up, i probably wouldn't of have done the millage change if i didn't come across your write up.
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EX Automatic Tranny gauge swap

I swapped the gauge cluster from a EX Automatic civic 92-95 and I was wondering what I can do with the part of the gauge that has P R N D4 D3 2 1, Is there a way to make it invisable? Other than that it looks great, it was a easy as 1, 2, 3. Thank you very much for the the great installation guide, my BMW friends who helped me do the swap and sift through the junkyard; couldn't believe how easy everything went together. Thank you again.
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No problem. For the automatic stuff if you really don't like it you can cover it with some electrical tape

On a serious note, you might be able to get the black trim that goes around the gauges from a manual EX/LX cluster. But if you had a manual EX/LX cluster to borrow from you wouldn't be having this problem.

The one from your DX has lights in different places so you'd be covering important idiot lights.
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Where is this

(Besure to remove the litte trip-reset button first, it just pulls off).
Where is it inside or outside, And is it labeled?
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Would the door open icon work?

I noticed on some jdm civic gauge clusters they have a door ejar(car that shows all 4 doors open) and I assume it will show which door. This link shows one http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jdm-H...29694335QQrdZ1
Would the wiring be there in a 95 dx sedan for it to show which door?
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As far as I know, there is extra wiring that would be involved to make the door indicator lights work.

The trip reset button is the piece of plastic that you push on to reset the trip meter.
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Would that speedometer swap work the same way with 96-00 Civics? I'm guessing it would, just a little curious.
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