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Old 12-02-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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Wiring up white faced gauge cluster - Need Help -

Hello everyone, I bought a white face reverse glow gauge cluster kit from american muscle for my 02 GT. I need to connect the red power wire from the 12V inverter to the headlight (or dimmer, unsure here) power wire which the instructions say is the large gray one in the middle and the black wire coming from the inverter to a ground. I am confused on how to splice the power wire in as it is small and the wire I need to splice it into is larger. Also, to ground the black wire it will need to be longer, how can I make it longer? How do I ground it, and where is a good place? I have minimal soldering skills, but have a soldering gun and can go buy wire to solder with. There doesn't seem to be space to use quick splice connectors or 3 way butt connectors. Many thanks to anyone who can help me out, I owe you one!
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I was thinking of tapping into the fuse with a fuse tap adaptor then using the dimming switch on the wiring circut thats supplied. If I tap into the grey wire as the instructions say, then the power must be coming out of the dimmer into the gray wire, not into dimmer and out of wire. The instructions tell me to splice the wire, but they supply a dimmer? It seems redundant to me, again any help is much apprieciated.

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I think when I did it, I cut some uh...rubber off the wire exposing the copper wire. Then I took the wire from the gauge and wrapped it around the exposed wire...then soldered that plus electric tape. Pretty **** job but it worked.

The ground, theres a bolt you can hook it to across from the gray box. The gray box is on the right, the uh caution light(?)/steering wheel is in the middle, and the bolt is on the left.
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For the dimmer, I drilled a hole underneath the headlight switch and put it there. Lol this was long time ago.
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If you have an aftermarket radio harness, just tap into that. Everything is already labeled. Orange with a white stripe should be the dimmer and then red or yellow for the ignition power.

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I do have an aftermarket radio, but id like to avoid tapping into that if possible as im not too electrically inclined. If I shave the gray wire back and solder the red wire to it, how do I make sure the dimmer knob doesnt rattle around and ground the circut and blow the fuse? Also, if I go that route will I be using the aftermarket dimmer at all? If not, whys it there? Thats got me a little confused. Thanks for the help, anything more is much appreciated

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These are the wiring instructions they give me. No mention of the dimmer

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Hook it up to the gray wire and ground the other one. Hook your battery back up. Turn on your headlights. If the headlight switch adjusts the brightness, kool. Tie the dimmer up and throw it in the hole under the gauge cluster. If it doesnt you need to put the dimmer somewhere.
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Alexervin239 by any chance do you happen to have a htc one
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Alexervin239 by any chance do you happen to have a htc one

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Lol I have an HTC one, kind of wanna switch to an iphone 6. I talked to an electrician and he helped me out, gonna wire them up along with me new raxiom headlights when I get back

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Cool beans. Also, the iphone 6 sucks ***, stick with Android. Just picked up a LG G3 for the wife on special and that thing hauls and has a gigantic screen, quad HD resolution and just as fast as the Galaxy S5 with a laser focus camera too. Cost $30 with upgrade haha.
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^Thats the phone I would get. Iphone 5s was kool until 8.1 update, now it kind of sucks. But the electrician is pretty kool.
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I had the htc and it had that purple hue lol thats how i knew. I got G3 and love it but i wish it had the dual front speakers
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Its funny because I didn't think I would miss the front facing speakers till I had to use a phone that didn't have them for a week. I will most likely end up sticking with android and going for the GS 6 when it comes out. I wired up my headlights, worked perfectly. The dash... not so much. The space I had to splice and tie in my power wire was just impossibly small. I tried tying it in, putting black to ground, and when I turned the car on and tried the lights, nothing worked. So I just uninstalled them and will have an electrician I know give it a shot. Kinda sucks cause I really wanted those installed lol
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Eh, I just did $30 MAC white faces with LED bulbs. Looked like an OEM Cobra cluster and had a nice blue glow at night.
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I spliced into the gray wire, put black to ground, what could I have done wrong? Is the grey wire ignition only? I only tested with car off

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Can you take a better/closer pic of the wires from the box? Its the big gray one in the middle. Not the little gray one.

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Yes, the big gray wire is the one in the middle of the box

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