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Old 07-12-2015, 06:13 PM   #1
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American muscle reverse glow gauges

Does anyone have experience in hooking up a gauge overlay? I got the reverse glow gauges from American muscle and the electrical part is confusing me.

I have the red+ wire hooked to the gray wire in the connector, but the black- wire says that it can be hooked to the chassis or the ground black wire in the connector. I have no black wire, so I'm a bit confused.

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Old 07-12-2015, 08:34 PM   #2
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The black wire is the ground, you can hook it to the metal frame behind the dash.


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Can I tape it there haha or would it be better to drill a hole?

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These? The wiring was a bit confusing as the colors in the instructions don't match the ones you're tapping into. I had to use a Multimeter / a schematic and probe around for a bit to make sure I had it right.

I would drill into the chassis for that ground wire. At least sand it down a bit so you get a good ground connection. I did not and The black housing that the wires go to (with the kit) squeals if I turn the potentiometer to allow the brightest blue. I'm pretty sure it's a ground issue.

I also recommend using some type of adhesive to keep the white insert down. The speedometer needle gets stuck sometimes:/ I had to tape the insert down. Otherwise it looks awesome.

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Should I strip the wire and wrap it in the hole? And is that drilling directly behind my gauges on the metal?

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Yup strip down the ground wire about an inch. The one for the gauges. You can drill a hole and use a screw. I'm lazy and don't have easy access to outlets around the car. There's a gold screw in the upper right section of that photo. There's a black screw that faces the same way and goes into the chassis, located right next to the gold one. I loosened the black one up, wrapped my wire around it, and tightened the screw back down.

Not sure if it's the best, but it's worked fine.


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Okay cool! Thank you very much. And just out of curiousity, how did you connect the red pos. wire?

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Glad to help. I've only had my mustang for about 8 months. It's been hard to contribute much haha

There's a latch in that harness assembly (in the dash) to take out each wire. You push the little tab, don't remember which way, and the wire/crimp slides out. Then I wrapped the gauge wire on to the cluster one and slid the two back in. Be careful though the plastic tabs are old and fragile. I'd recommend re-splicing it or even soldering it but I tried to be least invasive as possible.


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Awesome thank you!

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Yea, I did this for my 98. I spliced in the power with a coupler. For the ground, I just used electrical and good old duct tape to attach it. I did do it slightly different as there is a dimmer as well. I just turned it way up and spliced into the current light wire (brown if remember) so the normal light switch dims it. +1 on the gluing down.

But word of caution. Take a pic first before removing the needles. Carefully remove them and use the pic to put them back exactly as they were. Otherwise, they will be off.
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See I have the red connected to the brown because I know that it helped dim the lights. And yeah, the needles were off at first but I have them back to normal now. And the little black box that the dimmer is connected to, did you just stick that behind your gauges with all the other wires or did you screw that on somewhere?

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I put it back behind so do not catch it on anything.
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I finally got it! Red is connected to the brown wire and my black ground wire is on the chassis. But even when my car is off, the gauges are still lit even if I dim them all the way. Is that normal?

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