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Cluster swap, tach started reading low

Hey all! First time post. These forums have helped me tremendously over the past few days, but now I have an issue that I haven't seen any threads cover (forgive me if there are). I have a 95 Ranger XLT 2.3L 5-speed. My truck didn't come with a tach, so after browsing the forums, I figured I could pick one from the junkyard from a ranger/explorer from the same gen, excluding some years. Well, I found a 97 explorer with a beautiful cluster sitting in it so I pulled it, installed it in my ranger, and voila! It worked! RPMs read correctly, everything else too (other than the temp gauge reading a bit high). Well, when leaving work the day after I installed the new cluster, I noticed that my idle was sitting about 200-300 rpms below what it was the day before(the day I installed it). It is sitting at about 500rpm at idle now, when just yesterday it was about 800-900. Also when accelerating, the needle wont go past 3k without sounding like its redlining. Like its slow to move or just reading like 2-3k too low. When just the day before it was dead on, worked like a charm. Does anybody have any ideas to why it was working fine for the first day and a half and now its reading low? Any help is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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I'm pretty confident that the cluster had nothing to do with the engine problems.

Have you cleaned your MAF?
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Thanks for the response! I'm sorry, I don't think I was very clear haha. My engine is fine. It idles fine and everything. I meant the the needle in the tach is reading lower than it was the first day I installed it. The tach is acting up in some way. Any ideas?
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I need to research the compatibility of cluster swaps, I thought there was something different about the years

I'll get back with you later when I get home
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I need to research the compatibility of cluster swaps, I thought there was something different about the years

I'll get back with you later when I get home
Thank you for your help!
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