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Old 01-28-2012
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Want to do the Overlay and LED Cluster mod, but hesitant,

What are the chances of this voiding a warranty?


I do not want to do anything that will screw with the warranty, but this looks sick, and a nice cheap mod (may buy a 2nd cluster at the jy if I can find one as a backup if nothing else)

FWIW this is what I am talking about

https://www.ranger-forums.com/interior-exterior-electrical-123/how-paint-your-overlays-convert-leds-104562/


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Also, is there a way we can reprogram a cluster for the odo?
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Yes you can change the odometer, it should be in that How-To, or there is another on it.

And I would ask the dealer if it will void the warranty. They will know best.
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If you're concerned about the warranty, I'd start with swapping the bulbs for led's. Shouldn't be any issue with that, but when it comes to removing the needles & overlays... they may frown upon that.
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with the new clusters you just swap the gauge faces. Your odometer stays the same.
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Old 02-04-2012
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are 194 still the stock bulbs in ford dash clusters?
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I'm not sure about the newer Rangers, but on most newer vehicles with a digital odometer, the odometer mileage is not stored in the cluster, it is stored in the vehicle's computer.

I'd get yourself a compatible junkyard cluster and mod that until you're happy with it, then swap it in.

Also, as far as not voiding your warrantee, I'd say don't solder in any LEDs. Use the plug and plays, but get some 360 degree units with the side facing SMD LEDs.
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Ask the dealer? Okay you just did! It will only void the warranty if that specific mod fails to operate so voiding the warranty on the truck NO. Voiding the warranty coverage on the cluster yes.
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What are the chances of this voiding a warranty?
Ok let's clear some things up regarding "voiding of warranty":

There is a federal law that is actually called the Magnuson Moss warranty act. The dealer needs to prove the problem is a direct result of the aftermarket part. They can't "void it" just because something has simply been modified on the vehicle.

My rule of thumb.....sometimes you gotta pay to play!!! If something goes go wrong with my truck because of a modification I made...I say it's time to suck it up and take care of what broke (warranty or otherwise)! I won't let that stop me from making my truck..MY truck.

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Simply, they have to prove what you did caused the problem. My body lift doesn't void my engine warranty. My headlight mods don't void if my engine computer module goes out. ETC. Also, the size of the mod has nothing to do with it either. You do run into issues such as "I put 35 inch tires on my truck and the transmission ****ed up" that they might try to blame you on. But it would be your fault lol.
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No aftermarket part or accessory that is properly installed on your vehicle will entirely void your original vehicle manufacturers warranty. According to the provisions in the Magnuson-Moss Warranty - Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act, It is the dealership's responsibility to prove that your modification directly caused or affected the failure you are trying to resolve. With that said, some dealerships are more performance-oriented than others and are more willing to work with customers.

Warranty-related materials, published by the new vehicle manufacturers, state that the installation of aftermarket parts have no effect on the warranty unless such equipment causes the problem that leads to the warranty claim. Nonetheless, some dealers have improperly denied warranty claims even though the claim had nothing to do with aftermarket parts. I.E., just because you install an exhaust system, your suspension failure warranty claim cannot be denied. If you experience a problem with an uncooperative dealership, point out the provisions of the this "FEDERAL ACT". For more information call your vehicle manufacturer or click on the link above to go directly to the Federal Trade Commission's website to find out more about this law.
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It will only void the warranty if that specific mod fails to operate so voiding the warranty on the truck NO. Voiding the warranty coverage on the cluster yes.
Yep exactly...if the dealer can prove the modification caused the issue.

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do they offer the led bulbs in stores or strickly online?
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Some stores may offer a small selection, but for the most part you will need to get them online. the only store in my area that sells them is radio crack, and they are expensive.
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And by getting the 360 ones it would distribute light better and not be so spotty
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Yes

I would recommend the WLED-WHP9-T: http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...ge.html%23wled

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do i need a load resistor or anything of that sort or just plug it in and let it go?
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