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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-22-2002, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Square vent dash - gauge cluster removal?

Okay, finally swapping in a tach dash in my 1994 Sammy (almost 9 years in the making).

So I removed the 2 screws on the top of the dash, and the 2 screws at the bottom on the cluster. Cluster is loose, but won't come out. The hazard switch is in the way. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

So I remove the plastic from the steering column. I can only get the bottom part off, the top can't be removed because the cluster is in the way. (Catch 22) [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

sooooo....

It looks like I need to remove the 2 torx bolts that hold the steering column in place and drop the column out of the way (beginning to suspect that dash was installed BEFORE the steering column on the assembly line) so I can remove/install the cluster. Does that seem right? [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

Anyone done this and is there an easier way?

Any tips on doing this to a round vent dash will NOT apply here. I've done that and it's cake. This dash is different and has me confused.

Other than that, I'm sooo happy. This will be the first time in 9 years that I will know what RPM my motor is doing. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Square vent dash - gauge cluster removal?

I have removed my instrument cluster at least a dozen times and I just pull up real hard on the custer itself and force it to clear the hazard switch and push down on it when putting it back in - never broke anything but it sounds horrible when the cluster actually clears the hazard switch itself (pop pop bang)......HTH and makes sense [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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"It looks like I need to remove the 2 torx bolts that hold the steering column in place and drop the column out of the way (beginning to suspect that dash was installed BEFORE the steering column on the assembly line) so I can remove/install the cluster. Does that seem right? "

Yes that is what I had to do to pull the cluster out of my 88.5 zuk
That hazard switch was holding me up also.
The speedometer cable may also stop you from pulling it out all the way just make sure you have a little slack in it when you pull.
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Re: Square vent dash - gauge cluster removal?

Drop the steering column.
I forced mine in my 91 past the hazard switch and it did come out ok.
It broke both tabs off of the top when I was trying to force it back in again.
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Re: Square vent dash - gauge cluster removal?

I removed the torx bolts (major pain) and put in hex head bolts. Now it is simpler to remove the cluster.

You can remove the cluster without removing those bolts, but the top mounting tabs are easily broken that way.
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Re: Square vent dash - gauge cluster removal?

Thanks, I busted a tab off the existing one just trying (to no avail) to get it out! LOL

Dropping the column tonite.
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You feel my pain. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Thanks for the heads up on the speedo. Since I have a 2" body lift, I expect not to have much slack.
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Re: Square vent dash - gauge cluster removal?

Dude, I'm sooo not doing that! [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] I've searched for years to find one of these WITHOUT paying an arm and a leg. for it, so I don't want to break it. Since I've already broke a tab trying to get the old one out, I think I'm going to take the path of least resistance and drop the column.

But I might just pull the crap out of what I already have in there just to see what gives. With my luck, the hazard switch wil break. Thanks man.
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Re: Square vent dash - gauge cluster removal?

I sent my square dash tach cluster to have a speed sensor installed and it came back with one of the top tabs broken. It mounted and works fine with no rattles, but I was still a little pissed.
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