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Has anyone tore into thier Instrument Panel?

Discussion in 'Tech Discussion' started by Marcos, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Marcos

    Marcos Full Access Member

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    So I was in the process of replacing my Shift Indicator on my Jimmy when I noticed that the area where the wire on the shift indicator sits on the gauge cluster backing plate was broken off. I know LMC sells a new backing plate but I may just try and find one at a junkyard. Im wondering tho if its even worth the hassle to remove the instrument panel and replace the backing plate. If its not too complicated or difficult I may go ahead and replace but wondering if anyone has any input before attempting.


    Thank you
     
  2. molsonlabatt

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    It is pretty easy to remove the trim piece to get at the shift indicator. Tip: put the column shifter into first.
     
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    Not hard to replace. If you get one from a junkyard you can figure out the process without tearing yours up first.
     
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    putting in the new shift indicator is no problem at all. was wondering more about the actual instrument panel since theres a small piece of plastic on the bottom that guides the wire on the shift indicator. This little piece is broken on my instrument panel therefore there is no guide for the shift indicator wire. I need to replace that whole plate with one that has the little guide on it.

    Think ill see what I can find at the junkyard.

    thank you both for the replies
     
  5. 78C10BigTen

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    I just went throught the cluster recently. Its not hard. I had pics but deleted them
     
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    You can disassemble the entire cluster and put all your bits in a new housing. It's nothing really difficult, other than all those bits are fragile due to age so you have to be gentle.
     
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    like Bucket said it's not hard to change and the shift indicator will not work without that guide. highdesertranger
     
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    I installed a tach that had a small fuel gauge in one and used the fuel hole to install a dual needle air gauge. All looks factory and really cool.

    Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
     
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    Pics?
     
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    And foot brake on.
     
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    Im gonna go ahead and buy the replacement plate, while im at it I think ill upgrade all the lights in the instrument panel to LED's.

    That Tach option is pretty sweet! I like tat idea
     
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    LEDs will not dim in the instrument panel.

    Also LEDs go into the socket 2 ways, but only work one way. Test, test, test.
     
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    I got a bunch of OEM gauges left over from my attempt at fixing the dashboard.
     
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    thank you for the heads up! that's good info to know that way im not pulling out my hair trying to figure out whats up
     
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    do you by chance have the oil pressure gauge and backing plate? id rather give a fellow member the business then buying online from a retailer
     

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