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Old 05-17-2010
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guage cluster/pods help

I want to update my guage cluster, and i have almost no experience in electrical, i was wondering if u can plug in the wires to any guage pod and it'll just work, or is there something i need to do?

Also, i want to add a tach, how can i do that? what do i need to hook wires up to?

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im probably gonna end up making a plain new dash, just a simple piece of metal with holes for pods, but here it is right now, '87 2wd, 2.9L

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and it wont let me add a sig, i press save and everything i typed dissapears
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I found in my ’88 it was easier to make a new panel and add after market gauges, I used Autometer.
I got a schematics of the dash area and used most of the OEM Wiring for the hookups.
Some needed new Sending Units but all worked really well.

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ok, but my question was can I unhook the wiring from the stock Oil Temp and hook it up to an autometer Oil Temp guage and not have to do anything else? more simply, are they just plug n play?
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OK sorry, I missed the first question.
I used all of the OEM wiring and added the Auto Meter Sending Units except for the Gas Gauge it worked as is. so to answer the question there is a possibility that they will work, try the out and see.
Record your normal operating reading for your stock gauges and see what you get when you plug in another gauge. if they don’t work then think about another sending unit.
You may have to rewire some to get things to hook up.
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I would think for the oil and temp gauge you will probably need different sending units. Amp gauge I would think would not change. Fuel I dont know about.
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ok thanks guys

and my friend answered my other question about adding the tachometer, so i think i'm all good now
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