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Old 12-05-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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05-09 Gauge modifications

Ok, sorry I didn't know if this should be posted here or somewhere else.

Now I know that they sell these gauge needles with some cluster faces but I wanted to make my gauges stand out.

Thanks to my years of model building I was able to paint mine. I thought about painting the indents blue but thought it might be too much. Took me about an hour, think it made it look alot better.

On a different note, has anybody installed a new gauge face and have a picture? I want to but I'm not sure which I like the most (no in car pics) and don't want to buy one and find I hate it (they aren't cheap).
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I did white face gauges on my 2006 - they are an overlay (think it is whitefacegauge.com but not sure now, it was several years ago).






Since I had it all apart I also changed the "chrome" to a brushed style with just some matte clear. With a convertible all that chrome with the top down and sun behind causes a lot of glare.

I peeled the overlay off the speedometer because it didn't let enough through on the bottom for the lights and did just the upper part later. I also painted the vents black, except for the center vents where I had my boost gauge and wide band in Roush vent pods


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Those look smart Jim. I was debating getting Silver or Blue...

Forgot to mention, I used acrylic model paint by Tamiya. If I ever decide I hate them, I can just wash the paint off.
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Ok, sorry I didn't know if this should be posted here or somewhere else.

Now I know that they sell these gauge needles with some cluster faces but I wanted to make my gauges stand out.

Thanks to my years of model building I was able to paint mine. I thought about painting the indents blue but thought it might be too much. Took me about an hour, think it made it look alot better.

On a different note, has anybody installed a new gauge face and have a picture? I want to but I'm not sure which I like the most (no in car pics) and don't want to buy one and find I hate it (they aren't cheap).
You just painted the needles right? That's all I'm seeing.
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Yeah, I painted the silver bits just to make it stand out a bit more. All the black was really dull. Thats also why I asked if anybody had done a gauge face replacement.
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Yeah, I painted the silver bits just to make it stand out a bit more. All the black was really dull. Thats also why I asked if anybody had done a gauge face replacement.
Yeah, I'm looking into changing the bulbs behind the gauges to add sole brightness and uniquity but apparently it requires soldering.

Also...if you're changing bulbs in the gauge, you probably should everywhere else to avoid the dual colored mess.
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My car has the Ford MyColor so I can change the dash lights by using the info button on my dash
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My car has the Ford MyColor so I can change the dash lights by using the info button on my dash
Blah, I'm jealous of you
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Lol sorry. Mine is a V6 Premium. I also got Traction Control. The day I learned about the gauges I sat in my driveway for like 40 minutes playing with them. rofl
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Lol sorry. Mine is a V6 Premium. I also got Traction Control. The day I learned about the gauges I sat in my driveway for like 40 minutes playing with them. rofl
Lol exactly! I test drove a 2014 GT the other day and did the exact same thing!
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Lol exactly! I test drove a 2014 GT the other day and did the exact same thing!
I'm adding a 2007 console to my car because I want the light up cup holders and footwell lights too. lol
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I'm adding a 2007 console to my car because I want the light up cup holders and footwell lights too. lol
My 07 doesn't have light up cup holders and footwell lights. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that came in '10.
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My 07 doesn't have light up cup holders and footwell lights. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that came in '10.
Nope, they started the ambient lighting (footwells, cupholders, etc) as an option in 2007 or 2008
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Nope, they started the ambient lighting (footwells, cupholders, etc) as an option in 2007 or 2008
Oh ok ya I just looked it up and it started in 08 and 09. I was wondering because my car has every other option, but I don't have ambient lighting. Does anyone know if the wiring is there for it on an 07?
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The 2008 ambient lighting is controlled by a button on the console by the cupholder. I was going into a wire that only has power when the car is running. I'm pretty sure thats how the original aystem works.
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I like the white face was it hard to take it apart to do?
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I like the white face was it hard to take it apart to do?
The gauges aren't hard to take apart.

To get the gauges out just pull the bezel (it clips on). Then there are 4 bolta that hold the cluster to the dash. Once its unbolted you can get to the plug on the back. Then to pull the lens off there are 5 clips, two on the bottom, three on the top of the cluster that you release and just lift the lens off.
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The gauges aren't hard to take apart.

To get the gauges out just pull the bezel (it clips on). Then there are 4 bolta that hold the cluster to the dash. Once its unbolted you can get to the plug on the back. Then to pull the lens off there are 5 clips, two on the bottom, three on the top of the cluster that you release and just lift the lens off.
Very easy. That kit also doesn't require you to take the needles off, the white face slips over the needles. But it can be difficult to line everything up so it shows up properly. I didn't like the speedometer side because of the way it covered things on the lower part, so just had them send me a second one, peeled off the first overlay and split the replacement in half.
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Very easy. That kit also doesn't require you to take the needles off, the white face slips over the needles. But it can be difficult to line everything up so it shows up properly. I didn't like the speedometer side because of the way it covered things on the lower part, so just had them send me a second one, peeled off the first overlay and split the replacement in half.
I don't see how those things just slip over the needles. Even my '66 I had to take the needles off to put the gauge face overlay on.
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I don't see how those things just slip over the needles. Even my '66 I had to take the needles off to put the gauge face overlay on.
That's how it was done. The center hole was used to slide over the needles and then the overlay was laid down.

Here is the web site for them, still only $19.99 and the picture may help you see what I am talking about. And they have the installation instructions on the site.

---------- Post added at 11:17 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:16 PM ----------

I see that they have modified them also so that the speedometer and tach are only the top half, as I did to mine.
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Do any of you know if a fuse can be the problem for the miss reading of the gauges (rpm,temp,batt, and speedometer
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Do any of you know if a fuse can be the problem for the miss reading of the gauges (rpm,temp,batt, and speedometer
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Are all the gauges not working at all?
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No just the rpm at this point

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If I had to guess I would say it's the stepper motor behind the gauge
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I'm goin to send mine into a place called circuitboardsmedics. They replace them all for 150 and have a 1 day turbaround
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Yeah definitely sounds like a stepper motor issue. My gas gauge and tach just started mis reading. I'm going to do them myself. My ex bosses Monte Carlo had that happen and I replaced them for him. And I was trained in electrical by a former NASA engineer so I'm confident in my abilities.
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