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Old 05-04-2006
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Swapped out my cluster for a 02 Explorer w/white faces...speedo problems

Like the title says, I swapped out my cluster from the Edge for a white cluster from an 02 Explorer. I ended up removing all the instruments and swapping them into the case from the Ranger, and swapped the entire odometer from the Ranger to the Explorer guage. The problem now is my speedo is off by at least 10MPH. After reading over things, should I remove the needle, energize the instrument in park, then place the needle back on at a distance of -10MPH, then move the needle over the stop? Will this work, or should I take it to Ford to be recalibrated?
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id take it back to ford just to be safe...


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I took my guages out to change the background color from puke green to blue. I had to take the needles out.

I drove on the highway beside my GF's car, she put her car on cruise control and I stuck the needle back on. It took a few tries before it was right but it worked.

Just dont' push the needle all the way in until your sure you have the right speed.
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what i did...

i put it all back together, cept i left the glass off... i knew that the od kicks in at 42 mph (auto)... so when the od kciked in i placed the needle at 42... it worked for me quite well
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Frank you can read this to line up your speedometer.

http://www.rangerpowersports.com/tech/?p=131
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I did the exact same thing as you, only I have never got around to fixing it. The needle keeps the post it sits on from winding any further back, when we pulle dthe needle we let it wind all the way thinking " oh I'm sitting at 0mph so I can put it there. I've just gotten used to it but I intend to fix it when I get a chance. pulling the dash is just sucha pain though.

But we could probably help eachother brainstorm in the mean time.
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Frank you can read this to line up your speedometer.

http://www.rangerpowersports.com/tech/?p=131

this worked good for me.
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Frank you can read this to line up your speedometer.

http://www.rangerpowersports.com/tech/?p=131

Hmm, since I already removed my needle before (and managed to stab myself with the fork I used to remove it) how will I have a baseline at which to determine my correct setting, or should I just power it and place the needle at 69 MPH?
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Update: I ended up driving to a radar station (one of those "Slow down - Your Speed: ___" ) and stuck the needle on at the said speed. It's somewhere around +2/-2, but it's better than being +10MPH.
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with the battery option like posted i read 70mph with a new battery. you should be in that area also. give it a try if u want.
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I tested mine several times with a AAA battery and I placed the needle at 70 miles, but when I removed power it would not zero itself. I tested it after removing it from the truck and it read 40. I took 10 miles off it, and it still did not help with the 10 MPH off problem. Driving to the radar gun and attaching the needle worked the best. Beats me, but it is a PITA to keep removing the cluster to work on it!
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If only you lived closer, I could correct it with my laptop.
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Dang, I'm only like 2000+ miles away, haha. That would be sweet, thanks for the offer :)
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Hmm, since I already removed my needle before (and managed to stab myself with the fork I used to remove it) how will I have a baseline at which to determine my correct setting, or should I just power it and place the needle at 69 MPH?
I am actually attempting to swap my cluster as well (from a 96 Explorer into a 97 Ranger XLT). I had to pull it apart to adjust the odometer (I would have loved to have "lost" 45,000 miles, but it would have bugged me not being actual) and used the battery trick previously mentioned. My needle settled at about 71 or 72 MPH with a fresh AA battery. Hopefully that helps for another "reference" point...
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