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Old 10-28-2008
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99 Needle removal

ok i have seen some threads for the newer model rangers and how to take off the gauge needles......i was just wondering how to take out the ones in my 99 cluster. Are there screws or something that i have to take out in order to take off the needles?
These are what the gauges look like....(this is not my truck i found it on google from ranger powersports lol)

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take a fork and pry them up,,I took my fingers and pinched it and pulled up really hard...They come off fairly easy
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Working on a how-to to change the odo when swapping gauges.....stand by.

Here's a pic that should help. I like to use a box cutter or knife to slide it up up the shaft alittle bit. Then take a fork to her. BUt....Keep in mind.....you'll need to recal your speedo.

And to do that, you'll need to make two Y-wires with aligator clips/roach clips clipped to the little solders on the outside of that speedometer round silver thingy. the other end to a AA battery. Doing this should make the speedo read about 77mph, but it may vary. Do it a couple times, to get an average, then pull the needle. Do whatever you need to do, then connect the battery again, and have an assistant place the needle backon the shaft to that previously found out cal number.

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alright man...sounds confusing but ill prob get it haha. bit confused bout the 77mph thing.....do i do that test before removing the needle? and also when putting it back on, should i hook up the battery first then put on the needle or put it on then test it out?
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just stand by...i'm writing the details on word right now for a indept how-to which will be posted tonight. i'll link it in this thread.


What i typed earlier in this thread is a short, fast, not really detailed how-to.





don't worry....pics with arrows and possibly a video on doing this to make my words come to life. lol.

You do the test prior to taking the needle off....do the test several times to determine an accurate reading. i got 77 out of a new AA battery. Then pull your needle. When you are ready to put the needle back on, do your test again and gently place the needle onto the shaft, at that number you got from earlier(77 for me). let go of the battery. hit the battery again and see where theneedle is and adjust from there(remove needle from shaft, try again) until youget it correct and consistantly corrrect. shove the needle on most the way onto the shaft, put cluster back to gether, done. Like i said....just hang in there....a fully detailed how-to is coming tonight. Might come 1am my time...but it'll be up.

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alright thanks man. just link it in here if you don't mind. i just got my LED's in the mail and im doin all of it next week
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Better late than never right?

Here ya go man...

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2....php?p=1102338


I know it's for a non-tach cluster, but it should be the exact same.


All your other needles......let your truck run and idle and get to normal operating temp, or take it for a drive for it to get warm. Take a picture of each of your needles. When you are ready to install the needles again, install your cluster and let the truck get warm/drive it around, and set the needles in place. The how-to covers needle removal/installation....gently place them on the shaft and make sure they are in the correct position, then push on the rest of the way.
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yeah i saw your post earlier today and i watched the video of the battery calibration. pretty cool. thanks for your help. i will be using your post to work on mine next week when i have time off from work.
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no probs man. i was just dreading the 2hr typing session. lol. Have fun and if you have any issues, feel free to pm me or bump your thread.
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