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2004+ Ranger Clusters Interchangability

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2004+ Ranger Clusters Interchangability

I have a 2004 Ford Ranger Edge 4x4 with a white gauge cluster and wanting to go to the plain black cluster. I found one with the same engine and transmission but not sure if it's a 4x4? I know a light just comes on when it's in 4x4, so can I just add the light bulb or did Ford make it so they wouldn't interchange?

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it will work not sure one the mileage tho
 
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Ok. The mileage is around 5k miles higher so I will just wait until I hit it. Correct?
 
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first off the light you speak of is a soldered smd led. second off im pretty sure each cluster is programed to a vehicle. third you just swap the gauge faces and done you have black gauges. You can send me the white faces.
 
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I thought the 04+ gauge faces couldn't be swapped out because the needles would break or mess something up in the cluster. Therefore people were swapping out the whole cluster.

I remember people swapping out the clusters on here before and they stated the mileage is stored in the cluster and not in the truck's computer. Therefore, you had to swap out a cluster with similar mileage. I'm not 100% percent sure.

Vista 4.0, do you know if all the clusters have that led light soldered in or if the clusters are model specific?

I'm glad I asked on here before buying it. Phew this is creating more questions than answers.

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Questions I don't know. I could be wrong about the swappability. The needles though are super easy to remove.
 
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Take the new one apart, take your cluster apart... replace faces... use your circuit board from your cluster, your truck and you will have no issues. The needles aren't that hard to get off.
 
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use your circuit board from your cluster, your truck and you will have no issues. The needles aren't that hard to get off.
no need to do that if he just swaps the black faces to the cluster he has now.
 
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That's what I meant. He basically just uses all the same parts from his cluster... really only swapping the faces in. He's wanting to do exactly what I did.

Also, Pay attention to where your needles were before you take them off. You want them to line up the same or else your gauges will be off. You can turn them to the left, and they will offer a little resistance... stop them when you think they are in the correct position..... kinda hard to explain, but it will make more sense when you pull it apart.
 
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ya that is pretty important to mark the position of the needles.
 
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If you search for my 2004+ cluster project you will find all of the answers to these questions, and a video of how to take the needles off. I prefer working with these clusters much more than the older 2003- clusters.
 
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Do you still have your old cluster??
 
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