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Old 12-26-2008
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1997 Ranger Instrument dash Cluster Swap Question

I searched the forums and did not seem to find an answer to this swap I would like to try..

I have a 1997 Ford Ranger, 3.0l, 2wd long bed and want to switch out my dash cluster. I have a standard guage cluster, without a tach. I would like to add a dash cluster with a tach, if possible.

Here are my questions:

Can I swap a 1997 dash cluster from a 1997 ford explorer? If so, what are the years from an explorer that will work?

Can I swap a dash cluster with a tach from a 1997 ranger even though my cluster did not come with a tach? If so, will the tach work? If the tach would not work, will the rest of the guages work on the cluster? Is there a way to get the tach to work?

What Year guage clusters will work in my ranger?

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I believe you can swap it in and it will work. The tach signal is already at the harness.
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A 97 Ranger or Explorer tach cluster will be plug and play in your 97 Ranger. Clusters that will fit are 95~2003 Ranger, 95~2001 Ex 4 door, 95~2003 Ex 2-door and 2001~2003 Sport Trac.

NOTE: The clusters from the above models will fit and the 6 gauges will work. However, a cluster from a different year or model may have a different layout and assortment of indicator lights - this is especially true of the later clusters compared to your 97.
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I pulled a cluster out of an Explorer and put it into my 96 ranger with no problems what so ever. It's quite easy to do, just a few bolts have to be undone to get to it.
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Greaqt, thanks for all of the replies. I will look for one on ebay... They have so many to choose from...
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junk yard is a good place to find them too
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Forgot to ask: Do I need to get a cluster that was only from a 3.0 l engine? Will a 4.0l cluster work? I have the 3.0l engine....

thanks again for all the help..
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no u can use any of them
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I have been looking to do this to. I want to see how this turns out before I do it.
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Another quick question: Can I switch/swap the odometer? How hard is it to remove/re-install the odometers? d like to keep my mileage consistant. I would I have repalced others in the past (on other autos), but I know all are different. Since mine is mechanical, it should not be that bad.
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Not sure if it's in here or over at RPS, but there is a cluster swap How-to that explains EVERYTHING you need to know from pre-installation to post-installation.

Give the How-to section a try or SEARCH.

Good luck.

**EDIT**

Consider this me being nice.

LINKY -->https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=74062
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Thanks for the link, it is exactly what I need. Excellent write up. I guess I should have used more key words and searched in the How-To section.
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I've got a '97 2.3- 4cyl, 5speed and would like to swap out the existing gauge cluster (w/o tach) with one that does.

Am I limited to using a cluster (with a tach) from another 4cyl/5sp or will one from a 6cyl/automatic work?
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I once tried to pull my cluster out to change the bulbs and had a hard time getting it out since my wheel isn't a tilt wheel. Any suggestions?
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tweak the main plastic some more. to get it out. also...the cluster has to pivot forward, then out between the dash pad and the wheel. I hsould be swapping clusters tomorrow in a non-tilt truck.

You could even drop the culumn if you wanted to. I believe it's 4 bolts and the column would be lowered.
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Fx4wannabe01 please let me know I had one heck of a time!
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FX4Wannabe01 did you do it in a non tilt truck?
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