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DL to GL Gauge Cluster Swap

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#1 Bekokatt



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:47 AM

I'm looking to put a gl gauge cluster in my DL which lacks tachometer, a voltmeter, but, most importantly to a car with 272008 miles, the oil pressure gauge. I bought the cluster, but, it's not plug and play. I've heard I can take the dash, which has right wiring harness and use it. Will that all plug into my DL properly? Is easier to splice some wires? If anyone has any instruction that'd be great! I'll make a guide when I'm finished.

#2 Gloyale


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:23 PM

It's not easy.


Swapping entire dash might work.  If the cars are in the same year range.


Years break down like this








If it were me, and I was dead set on doing the swap....I would get FSM diagrahms for each dash and repin/cut/solder the wires at the back of the dash.  That's what people ussually do for DigiDash conversion.


In order to get a working Oil Pressure gauge you will need to swap a sending unit onto the Oil Pump.


If you are really set on it I can copy Pinouts from the 2 dashes for you if you want.

#3 wallaby


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 01:26 PM

i have considered this multiple times for my DL brat.....it is the only part of the GL that i would really like to have(can do without power windows etc)

i have a whole GL parts car so would swap dashpad, glovebox, instrument cluster and related wiring...would probably have to remove the windshield??


as stated thats a LOT of work....

i am leaning towards some fabricating on the dash and installing aftermarket gauges - but that will take some effort too

but the car would still be drivable while in process

have not discounted this swap completely but it is getting less attractive


capillary type oil pressure gauges are cheap and easy to install 


what might be more attractive is an EJ22 and instruments from a legacy.......... :)

#4 Bekokatt



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 02:27 PM

I like the crank windows, the lack of power mirrors. Simplicity.

I've got a tranny, drive shaft, and rear axle ready for a 4wd conversion.
I'm excited for that. Just figuring my gauge cluster now. If you have any pinouts or diagrams that'd be great!

#5 the sucker king

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 02:35 PM

what year and engine is this car?

#6 Bekokatt



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:00 PM

what year and engine is this car?

The car is a 1987 DL 3 door coupe with the 1.8 EA82 Fuel Injected non-turbo.

#7 diiirrtydaan



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Posted 20 October 2014 - 12:59 AM

I've been trying to research the same conversion. Was the project finished?

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