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Old 01-30-2004, 06:09 PM
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1996 Instrument cluster ?

It is any different between a V8 and Inline 6 instrument cluster with tach for a 1996 F-150?
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Nope, you can use any clutster (depending if it's an automatic or a manual) from 92-96.
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cluster swapping & compatibility

Clusters from '92-'93 models are slightly different from '94-96 units. Within these limits, though, compatibility is not a problem. The shift indicator section can be swapped from a manual to an auto or vice versa.

The black trim cover is identical from '92 to '96 ('97 for F-250/350). Also, if you have A/C registers that are broken these can be cannibalized from one to another to make complete good units. If you have some with discolored / sun bleached parts they can be renewed with the black vinyl color spray from an auto parts store. Or, you may want to redo the entire cover section in color to match the rest of the dash.

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Re: cluster swapping & compatibility

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If you have some with discolored / sun bleached parts they can be renewed with the black vinyl color spray from an auto parts store. Or, you may want to redo the entire cover section in color to match the rest of the dash.

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Hmmm.... Ihave never seen this product in the store. I need to look harder next time when I am there. Anyone have done this. How was the outcome of the overall appearance. Any comments? TIA.

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does anyone know if u can put a stock panel with a rpm gage inplace of the one that came with mine, i have a 5 speed and i have no idea what rpm's im runing and shifting at
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Yes, you can!

Yes, you can put cluster with tach on it. It would be better to get the same year one. They are plug and play; and you can even keep your original miles.
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Re: Yes, you can!

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Yes, you can put cluster with tach on it. It would be better to get the same year one. They are plug and play; and you can even keep your original miles.
92-96, while having very slight differences, all mount properly and plug right in within those year ranges.

No tach, gas tach, diesel tach, they all plug in and work fine. Obviously a diesel tach which goes to 4000 RPM will whack the end of the scale if you rev your gas engine all the way, but it will still work properly.

Also, the speedo's across that year range are similar enough that you can take a different year tach cluster, and swap your non-tach speedometer into its place, thus keeping your mileage and such.

Though the non-tach gauge plates have slightly beveled edges, whereas the tach gauge plates have flat edges. hard to see when its installed, but thats about the only obvious mechanical difference.

BTW, I managed to re-pin my connectors enough to shove in a 1993 digital aerostar cluster. Signals were all the same and now I have a digital cluster! It too mechanically bolted "right in" though the seams along the edges of the cluster facia (the part with the A/C vents) doesn't quite reach it. I put it in temporarily as an experiement, its leaving this afternoon actually.
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thanks for the tips, i am for sure gonna do it now. it sounds to easy not to! i foud some on www.car-part.com for as low as 10 dollers, sounds like a plan.
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