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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-15-2000, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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I want to do an alluminum insert in my dash of my 1995 chevy pickup to replace the instrument cluster. I want to install AutoMeter 5" electronic tach and 5" electronic speedo, as well as oil press, voltage, temp., fuel, and boost pressure (when I get a supercharger). My question is how do I wire in my speedo and tach into my factory wiring? Also, should any of my gauges be mechanical or are they all electrical? with exception of the boost gauge.



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tach will be elctrical, speedo will be mechanical if you get the kind that isn't digital, oil pressure you will have a line going to the engine out the back of it, voltage electrical of course, fuel electrical, temo should be mechanical with a line going to the engine also, and if you get the oli pressure, get some sopper tubing, don't use that plastic or bendable stuff, copper is the best, i have rued new carpet using plastic or that flexible stuff.

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ummm, behind my dash there are no tubes of any kind that I could find. Behind the gauges is just a big circuit board.



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Good luck. My stepdad has been working on this swap for about 3 years now. He has everything except the Speedo done, the problem there is that the computer reads signals from the speedo for certain engine control functions. Dakota Digital was making a kit to be able to integrate an aftermarket speedo, but it was only available as part of a so-called Nascar Truck replica kit that was sold through a different company. They were just contracted to make the part. My Dad thinks he has it figured out now, but hasn't started splicing yet. It may be possible to just have a redundant speedo and have the stock one hidden in the dash somewhere, but that's not my Dad's style, he wants it to be right.





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yea i had wanted to do the same thing but realized what an ordeal it was gonna be and i couldnt find anyone who had info or a harness or anyway to use an aftermarket speedo. so for now i just put in an autometer tach and i put the rest of the guages off for a while - at least till i really have time to mess with it

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I know that aftermarket guages are a novel idea and would defenitely look better, but i think the '95 instrument cluster is about a good as they come. Each guage has a needle, it is already well lit, and you most likely have a factory tach. If you had an '88-'90 cluster with the rally guages, then I could see it a better alternative. Hell, a factory tach isn't even available for thse years.

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