Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

Indiglo gauges install, or HOW TO REMOVE CLUSTER!! ( warning 22 pictures )

Discussion in 'Street Trucks' started by bigtigexplorer, October 24, 2001.

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. bigtigexplorer

      bigtigexplorer Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 26, 2001
      Messages:
      729
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Sierra Vista, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '99 XLT 4x4
      This write up is for the installation of Indiglo gauges purchased from http://www.IndigloGauges.com into a 1999 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4.

      Disclaimer: Follow these instructions at your own risk. I will not assume any reasonability for personal injury or vehicle damage cause as a result of these instructions.

      Sorry guys just had to cover my butt. =)


      [​IMG]
      Remove 2 screws from the under radio trim using a 7mm socket.

      [​IMG]
      Remove 3 screws from above the gauges using a 7mm socket.

      [​IMG]
      Remove 4 screws from under the dash using a 7mm socket. Gently pull on the top of the plastic to remove it.

      [​IMG]
      Remove the top 2 screws using a 8mm socket.

      [​IMG]
      Gently pull the steel plate down and remove the 2 exposed screws using a 7mm socket.

      [​IMG]
      Gently pull the radio trim out and unplug the four-wheel drive ( if equipped ), also disconnect the lighter connections.

      [​IMG]
      Pull the right side of dash panel out slightly. This may be easier if you shift into 1st gear.

      [​IMG]
      Directly behind the right side of the dash panel there is a plug to disconnect.

      [​IMG]
      Gently pull the left side of the panel out.

      [​IMG]
      Disconnect the 2 plugs from the panel before removing it completely.

      [​IMG]
      [​IMG]
      Using a 7mm socket remove the 4 screws, 2 on each side of the instrument cluster.

      [​IMG]
      Gently pull the instrument cluster forward and tip the top back to expose the gear indicator. Push the two tabs (circled in blue) toward each other and GENTLY slide the indicator out of the cluster.

      [​IMG]
      Pull the cluster forward and disconnect the 3 plug on the back and remove the cluster.

      [​IMG]
      Put the cluster on your work bench and go grab a beer, the real fun is about to begin. Remove the 7 screws holding the bezel with a 5.5mm socket, you could also use a small torx screw driver or an allen wrench.

      [​IMG]
      Gently pry the needle keeper out. Slide the indiglo gauge over the needles and replace the needle keeper.

      [​IMG]
      Repeat this process for the other 2 gauges.

      [​IMG]
      Once all the gauges are installed put the cluster back in the dash. Don't screw it in yet, just connect the 3 plugs and reconnect the light and dimmer switch from the dash panel, but don't reinstall the panel yet. Turn on your flashers and adjust the indiglo gauges until the indicators line up. Once all the indicators are lined up secure the gauges in place with scotch tape and remove the cluster again.

      [​IMG]
      Reattach the bezel. Don't tighten the top 3 screws to much you could damage the indiglo gauge.

      [​IMG]
      Install the cluster back into the dash and route the wires to one side. This is a good point to connect the power converted supplied with the gauges. I didn't take pictures of it because it is a simple 2 wire connection. The black wire goes to a ground and the red wire is spliced into the white with black stripe wire coming from the light switch. Then plug the gauges into the converter and turn on the parking lights. At this point your gauges should come on.

      [​IMG]
      And you done!! Well, you still have to put you dash back together.

      [​IMG]
      Here is a shot of mine at night. You can see how big of a difference these gauges make when compared to stock. Enjoy you new gauges, I hope this write up proved to be useful.

      David
       
      Last edited: March 6, 2002
    2. Support EF

      Join the Elite Explorers for $20

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


      to hide adverts.
    3. aldive

      aldive Elite In Memoriam

      Joined:
      January 17, 2001
      Messages:
      24,719
      Likes Received:
      6
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      1999 XLT
      Great post and very informative.

      Thank you so much.....
       
    4. tbomb

      tbomb Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      February 6, 2001
      Messages:
      3,651
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Levittown, NY (Long Island)
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      98 Sport 4.0 SOHC 4x4
      thats one hell of an informative post! and detailed too! thanks a lot, ive been thinking about installing those gauges.

      looks great too!

      oh, and, are they sending a replacement for the gas gauge for free?...just out of curiousity.
       
    5. Bill Kemp

      Bill Kemp Elite Moderator Emeritus Moderator Emeritus

      Joined:
      April 2, 2000
      Messages:
      5,138
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      48
      City, State:
      Greenville, MI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      98 Mountaineer 5.0 AWD
      Dave, That was the best I've seen. I think even I could do it now.
      Question...Do the guage lights dim like the regular lights do? Do you use the same dimmer roller switch?
      Thanks for the write-up and pics.
       
    6. aldive

      aldive Elite In Memoriam

      Joined:
      January 17, 2001
      Messages:
      24,719
      Likes Received:
      6
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      1999 XLT
      Add to the questions...

      What about coloring the indicator needles?

      Thanks....
       
    7. bigtigexplorer

      bigtigexplorer Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 26, 2001
      Messages:
      729
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Sierra Vista, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '99 XLT 4x4
      Thanks guys, I didn't expect this kind of respones. Maybe we can get one of the moderaters to mark this thread as "Important" so it doesn't get lost.

      Bill - The converter that comes with the kit is on the left, I modified it to the pic on the right. The knob controls the brightness and the switch controls the blue or green color.

      Tbomb - Yeah their going to send a warrenty replacment as soon as I send the bad one back.

      Aldive - I know its possible, I just not sure how.
       
      Last edited: March 6, 2002
    8. tbomb

      tbomb Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      February 6, 2001
      Messages:
      3,651
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Levittown, NY (Long Island)
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      98 Sport 4.0 SOHC 4x4
      dave, if you get a chance, can you get up a pic of the gauges in blue and a pic of them in green?...(or just one of pic whatever isnt already shown?)

      thanks,
      jason
       
    9. bigtigexplorer

      bigtigexplorer Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 26, 2001
      Messages:
      729
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Sierra Vista, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '99 XLT 4x4
      The pick that I have of is the blue, I'll have to wait until tonight to get a decent pic of the green, but I'll get one.
       
    10. RTStork

      RTStork Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      September 23, 2001
      Messages:
      1,189
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Grand Bay, AL
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      99 Explorer XLT 5.0L 2WD
      I love them! They look so much better than just the plain white guages.
       
    11. Stephen S

      Stephen S Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      November 21, 1999
      Messages:
      1,754
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      46
      City, State:
      Houston, TX
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '07 XLT Ironman
      Great job David. Very informative write up. I tried to do a dash panel removal write up but I didn't have any pictures to go with it. You did a nice job.

      And by the way, the guages look great!
       
    12. ChuckyD

      ChuckyD Moderator Emeritus<br>Elite Explorer<br>ECX Member Moderator Emeritus

      Joined:
      April 27, 2001
      Messages:
      3,810
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Oceanside, NY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      03 4Runner SR5
      Do they make that for a 93???
       
    13. bigtigexplorer

      bigtigexplorer Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 26, 2001
      Messages:
      729
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Sierra Vista, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '99 XLT 4x4
      Tbomb - Here are the pics, the digital camera didn't do a good job picking up the difference in colors, but there is a slight difference. Blue on the left, Green on the right.
      [​IMG][​IMG]


      Aldive - I did a little research and found a way to color the needles. Believe it or not a Sharpie permanent marker works great. I used red, but I sure other colors would work just as well.
      [​IMG][​IMG]


      ChuckyD - To my knowledge no, but I could be wrong.
       
    14. ChuckyD

      ChuckyD Moderator Emeritus<br>Elite Explorer<br>ECX Member Moderator Emeritus

      Joined:
      April 27, 2001
      Messages:
      3,810
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Oceanside, NY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      03 4Runner SR5
      ehhhh it figures, more performance parts for the earlier models and more style parts for the newer models.
       
    15. maddmatt

      maddmatt New Member

      Joined:
      October 18, 2001
      Messages:
      48
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      San Angelo, TX
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      98 XLT
      wow bigtex, (oops) I have been wondering how I could paint my needles. Great idea.. a sharpie, I would of never thought of that. :)
       
      Last edited: October 25, 2001
    16. ChuckyD

      ChuckyD Moderator Emeritus<br>Elite Explorer<br>ECX Member Moderator Emeritus

      Joined:
      April 27, 2001
      Messages:
      3,810
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Oceanside, NY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      03 4Runner SR5
      I would love to take the credit, but thank Bigtig.... his idea.
       
    17. Ray Lobato

      Ray Lobato Moderator Moderator Emeritus

      Joined:
      February 8, 1999
      Messages:
      4,611
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2006 Honda Accord
      Big Tig,
      That's a great write up. I think it does deserve to be up on the top of the posts.
       
    18. bigtigexplorer

      bigtigexplorer Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 26, 2001
      Messages:
      729
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Sierra Vista, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '99 XLT 4x4
      Thanks Ray =)


      As an update, I called IndigloGauges and they said they will be sending the replacement for the defective gauge out today. I'll be sure to post a pic of all the gauges when I get the replacment.
       
    19. bigtigexplorer

      bigtigexplorer Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 26, 2001
      Messages:
      729
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Sierra Vista, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '99 XLT 4x4
      [​IMG]

      Well the replacment came in, What do you think?
       
    20. ChuckyD

      ChuckyD Moderator Emeritus<br>Elite Explorer<br>ECX Member Moderator Emeritus

      Joined:
      April 27, 2001
      Messages:
      3,810
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Oceanside, NY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      03 4Runner SR5
      looks real HOT!!!
       
    21. Stephen S

      Stephen S Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      November 21, 1999
      Messages:
      1,754
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      46
      City, State:
      Houston, TX
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '07 XLT Ironman
      The guages look great!! But the green gear selector would bother me. My gear selector lights up blue. Maybe you could swipe one from a 95-96 truck to try and get a little closer color to the indiglo guages. Just my opinion.
       
    22. bigtigexplorer

      bigtigexplorer Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 26, 2001
      Messages:
      729
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Sierra Vista, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '99 XLT 4x4
      I noticed that too. I thought about getting the selector out of a Sport Trac since they are white. Anybody know what color they are at night?
       
    23. RFR2212

      RFR2212 Typing Police Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      April 10, 2000
      Messages:
      5,325
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      46
      City, State:
      In the mug by Chitown
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      95 JEEP Wrangler
      I gotta say, it does look good!
      Pete
       
    24. Stephen S

      Stephen S Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      November 21, 1999
      Messages:
      1,754
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      46
      City, State:
      Houston, TX
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '07 XLT Ironman
      Putting a Sport Trac selector in there would be cool. According to my Sport Trac info book, the white guages light up green too. The white selcetor would be sweet...just gotta figure out a way to make it glow blue.
       
    25. bigtigexplorer

      bigtigexplorer Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 26, 2001
      Messages:
      729
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Sierra Vista, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '99 XLT 4x4
      Anybody know a place I could pick up the Sport Trac selector and a set of the needles for cheap? I sent Paxton an email but haven't heard back.
       
    26. Hartman

      Hartman Explorer Addict

      Joined:
      October 16, 2001
      Messages:
      8,383
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Indianapolis, IN
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      1996 5.0
      Sheesh, I didn't know putting indiglo gauges in took that much effort :(

      Great write-up nonetheless.
       

    Share This Page







    We Support Our Troops!