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Cluster swap to gain a tach, will it work??

I have a 99 Ranger Super Cab XLT with the 3.0 automatic. It hs the "standard" insturment cluster wthout the factory tach. Can I swap a cluster from a Ranger/Explorer that has a tach and will it work? I'm not sure if Ford pre-wired all of them with a tach lead or it would involve re-wiring my truck in that case I would just buy an aftermarket tach.

Second question is I saw a Ranger on Craigslist that appeared to have 16" Explorer wheels on it?? Will these fit without problems? Suggestions? All help is appreciated! Thanks, Kenny.
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I did it in my 97 and it worked.
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cluster and wheels should be plug n play
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I did it in my 97 and it worked.
Was your cluster out of a Ranger or Explorer? Did all the guage's work fine as well?
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Can I swap out the locker out of a Ranger 4x4 into my 2wd to help with the snow we have here? I really don't want to swap the whole rear end if I don't have to and get into trying to find u joints to fit it ect.
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Can I swap out the locker out of a Ranger 4x4 into my 2wd to help with the snow we have here? I really don't want to swap the whole rear end if I don't have to and get into trying to find u joints to fit it ect.
since you have a 2wd im pretty sure you have a 7.5 rear end so I'd look for another 7.5 rear end with a 28 spline count and has a limited slip and you should be good.

pull the ring gear off of the old carrier, put it on the new one. set the lash, check pinion angle just incase and you're good to go.
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Did all the other guages work fine as well?
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Do you know which year Rangers had the 7.5 with a posi? Mine is a 99 with the 3.0 automatic (super cab)
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Did all the other guages work fine as well?
the new cluster shouldn't interfere with your other gauges unless the cluster itself is bad.
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Do you know which year Rangers had the 7.5 with a posi? Mine is a 99 with the 3.0 automatic (super cab)
I'd look for 98-2000 rangers with a 3.0L and the "4x4 Off-Road" package.
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