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Radar Detector Cluster mod

Well, I just picked up an extra instrument cluster off of Ebay .



I am going to mount the display for my radar detector somewhere in the cluster so it looks more "factory".

I do have a question; perhaps OTTO can answer. Does the car keep it's mileage in the body computer or in the cluster itself?

Just wondering because when I put the new cluster in the car, I want to retain the mileage on my car and not the mileage that was on whatever car this came out of. My brother said he's almost positive the mileage is retained in the computer. (Supposedly on different vehicles it's different...Grand Cherokee is in the cluster and so is the Wrangler.)

Anyway, I guess I'll find out when I plug it in either way.

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The mileage is stored in the engine computer, not the cluster.

(If you can belive someone who can't install a damm mirror:mad: )

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Intrepidatious:

I am pretty positive its stored in the computer. Reason: Remember when we installed my EVIC? Well when we first turned it on... the Trip mileage on the EVIC was equal to my actual mileage on the car (and not from the EVIC itself or its previous owner)... got the info from the R/Ts computer.
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My EVIC did the same, the mileage was there.
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Cool, now I feel a little better. I also plan on changing the color of the bulbs to a bright blue (kinda like the Volkswagen have) Doesn't Warlord have that also?? (or someone??)

Either way, anyone know how the cluster comes out? I'm sure I'll figure it out once I get it....but a little beforehand knowledge always helps.
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i think it's 98purdue that has the blue cluster lights. and yes, the mileage is stored in the PCM, not the dash.
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Cool, now I feel a little better. I also plan on changing the color of the bulbs to a bright blue (kinda like the Volkswagen have) Doesn't Warlord have that also?? (or someone??)
I don't have them, yet.

I have plans to do that, but I'm hesitant to take out my cluster. I guess I'll have to look for one on Ebay also.
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Once I get it and figure it out Warlord, I'll let you know how to take it out. Don't waste your money.:bigsmile:
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Once I get it and figure it out Warlord, I'll let you know how to take it out. Don't waste your money.:bigsmile:
Hey thanks. I would appreciate it.
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I think I posted the steps for taking the cluster out a while ago with the blue LED dash threads, but I can't remember where it is... I have a slow connection here at work so I don't feel like searching for it. Anyways, getting the cluster out is relatively easy, and gets easier after the first time you do it. There are only a few screws and most of the stuff just snaps off.

It's been a while since I did this so the steps may not be 100% accurate.

-First, take off the shifter knob and take off the surrounding piece that houses the cigarette lighter and covers the shifting assembly.

-then take off the piece that is around the HVAC and stereo and disconnect the HVAC harnesses.

-Below the steering wheel theres the large dash panel that has a screw on the lower right hand side, almost underneath it. There are also two screws holding that piece in on the left side visible once you remove the fuse box kick panel. Then the whole thing snaps out (pull down and towards you)

-there should be 2 or 3 screws underneath that just under the steering wheel that were covered by the pieces you just removed. You might want to unscrew the steering column cover (star screws) and that comes apart if you squeeze the sides the right way (there's clips on the inside).

-There are two more screws that were underneath the fuse box kick panel holding the upper black piece on. Once the steering column piece is off, it makes it easier to pull the black plastic piece surrounding the dash cluster off. I don't think the column piece is required to come off... it just makes it a lot easier to get at the piece surrounding the cluster. That black cluster piece just snaps off too once the screws are taken out.

-Now the cluster is exposed. There should be two screws on the bottom, then the clear cover piece should come off. (possibly two more screws on the top... can't remember exactly) then there should be two more screws on the bottom (I'm pretty sure), then the whole cluster pulls and snaps out... be patient and don't be afraid to pull hard. You're likely to scrape your knuckles unless you find a real comfortable way of pulling on it. Try to pull it as evenly on all sides as possible. The harnesses are fixed in the rear and as it pulls out, the harnesses disconnect.

-Disassembling the cluster itself is pretty much obvious from there.

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If you can find the post on how to do the Blue LED's in the dash, I'd really like to do that. I can't seem to make the search work in my favor....:dozeoff:

Or if you could post what you did it would be appreciated. What kind of LED's did you use, how did you hook them up...etc etc..

Thanks!:bigsmile:
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Intrepidatious:

If you can manage to get your radar display into that cluster.... I think I know what my next mod will be.

Why did you buy the extra cluster anyways? Just to have a spare in case you f--- yours up?
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I bought it so I could work on it and not have to take apart my dash until I was ready to install it. I'd hate to drive around with no speedo or gas gauge for a couple of days!!!

Besides, It was cheap.

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I hear that man. Smart call. Post pics when you are done with it. That I gotta see.
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Re: Radar Detector Cluster mod

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Well, I just picked up an extra instrument cluster off of Ebay for $12.50!!

I am going to mount the display for my radar detector somewhere in the cluster so it looks more "factory".

Won't that defeat the effectiveness of the radar detector...beneath/under/between plastic/vinyl/steel. If you upgrade to a laser/radar detector, doubt this configuration would work.

Sorry if I'm stepping in it and don't know your concept, but just some thoughts ;)
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