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So I did the gauge mod

So I did the gauge mod. I changed from a standard black gauge to a white gauge out of a sport trac. Everything seems to be working, I just can't tell if the speedometer is off or not. It seems to increase in speed fine but it seems to be slow about decreasing. I need to get a gps and see how far off it is. When the truck is sitting still it is on 0mph so it should be about right. Anyhow hear are some before and after shots not the best in the world but i'm excited. I also did the airbag switch mod for code 2-7 so now my airbag warning light has gone off. I love these forums.

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Looks good

Did you change the odometer or leave it the same
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I swapped my old one into the new one. That way the millage would be correct.
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very nice!

did you do the AA battery method on the gauge?
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i really want white gauges
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i really want white gauges
should have said something i have a set sitting in the garage.
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very nice!

did you do the AA battery method on the gauge?
No I can't say that I did. I hadn't actually seen that.
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hehe those are FX4 gauges =]
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i would show you it but it appears RPS is having issues with its how-to section
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Looks good man.
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LOOKS GREAT!! You're speedo needle is probably off, unless you used a gps and drove the truck while setting the needle.

The AA trick....imagine two Ywires. two ends on the solders around the round silver thing, the other ends on a AA battery. should read about 77mph. Then, after install, do it again, and place the needle at 77mph. yea...i know...very descriptive aren't I? lol. I have a pic somewhere from when i did mike's.



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hehe those are FX4 gauges =]
Those are Explorer Sport(and sport trac) gauges....White. Not silver like the '03 rangers.
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ive never had a problem with my speedo...didnt even know there was a correction for it lol


looks great OP
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I"m going to get my friends gps this weekend and see how far off it is. I'll try to set it like that while driving. If I can't adjust it for a few days will it mess anything up as far as the cluster goes?
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Ok so If I get a gps and set the cruise to 60mph per the gps and pop the needle back on at the 60mph mark. That should get it pretty close. Am I correct in thinking this or am I overlooking something?
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YEP! that's how I set mine. ...been rockin' it for like 7months now. lol.
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YEP! that's how I set mine. ...been rockin' it for like 7months now. lol.
Great thank you so much. I don't know why it just drives me crazy with it being off lol. I think i'm just a little weird like that. The smallest things drive me nuts.
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LOOKS GREAT!! You're speedo needle is probably off, unless you used a gps and drove the truck while setting the needle.

The AA trick....imagine two Ywires. two ends on the solders around the round silver thing, the other ends on a AA battery. should read about 77mph. Then, after install, do it again, and place the needle at 77mph. yea...i know...very descriptive aren't I? lol. I have a pic somewhere from when i did mike's.





Those are Explorer Sport(and sport trac) gauges....White. Not silver like the '03 rangers.

I posted pictures at some point when I did mine.

I'm to lazy to do a search for it.
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Ok so I used a gps and i'm about 10mph to fast. I read somewear that you could rase the needle and let it fall below the stopping peg just a little and then put back over and that would also adjust it. Does that sound true? If so may be easier just to do that to get a little closer.
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I don't know if that's the 'right' method on 03 and older gauges.


Here's the pic I was talking about... And in a min, i'll make a PAINTchop schematic as to how to do it.

Speed might not be correct, but i believe what Mike and I got was 77mph w/ a AA battery. And the bottom pic i believe the battery is turned the correct direction, but black wire = positive, red = neg. Diagram should be correct.



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Ya, I got to do that again this weekend when I move my old odomter over since my new one is not working right.
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I think i'm going to try the gps method first. Get it to 60mph and see if I can get the needle on. Even if it's a couple mph off I can deal with that. Hopefully it will work. Thanks for all your help guys, I really appreciate it.
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Ok I set it with gps last night. It's about 2mph off now but I can deal with that. Thats probally within factory standards.
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