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Hey All,

 

decided as long as my dash was out, i would spruce up my gauge cluster a bit. i used some Testors orange flourescent model paint to refresh the needles and face plate, and some Maguires plastic polish to remove some scratches from the clear cover. looks much better in my opinion. if i pull off this dash thing, they will sing songs about me for a thousand years!

 

 

question: the needles don't seem to index in any particular fashion; just push onto a round shaft. if i set them to their lowest values (ie: cold, empty, 0 mph) will they self index when they receive signal from the sensors/speedo cable?

 

what say you?

 

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Yes, I can benefit from any knowledge anybody has on this too.

 

Maguires plastic polish eh, I'll have to get me some of that too.

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Hmm...on my kindle is says i moved the photos. on my laptop, they display fine. are you guys seeing all the photos?

 

this has been one of those days... :banghead:

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before i go, Dinky26, if your lens is scratched or faded badly, you might want to move up the force continuum on polish. the maguires did a pretty good job, but not perfect. almost wish i'd used something a little more agressive.

 

john

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I polished the Transparent lens on the Instrument Cluster of my Subaru "BumbleBeast" using a good Quality Carnauba + Silicone Wax, it restored the transparency and buffed out scratches.

 

Kind Regards.

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hi,

  looks good on the refurb end, but i think you may have to go through some hoops to reset the guage needles.   they won't just push on and read accurate,, i think you'll need to fake the signal for each of them to set them in the correct position,   i'm not sure if they need to be taken out ( so as to isolate each one from the rest of the circuit board ).  so you should  find the fsm info that is used to fix guage reading issues and follow their instruction to get readings that are proper again. 

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Good to know, thanks guys, like I've got some mucking around to do to get my gauges back to where they should be. Ugh...

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i went out to the interweb on this topic, and found a LOT of people having trouble re-installing their needles. not cool.

 

i guess i'll leave the plastic face off for now, and adjust as i go.

 

john

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There was another member on here that pulled his needles off to paint them. I don't remember him having huge problems getting them dialed back in. Don't remember what thread that was though.:(

 

Here is one thread that might help.

http://www.ultimatesubaru.org/forum/topic/138292-how-do-you-remove-the-needles/?hl=gauges&do=findComment&comment=1163809

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Hmm...Not sure I get what he's driving at. I agree, I think the Speedo should be straight forward. To do the fuel gauge, you could either pull the tank sender and adjust it that way, or fill the tank and adjust accordingly. For the temp, my hope is with the switch on, engine not running, the value should be zero, so that might work. 

 

We'll keep after it. This weekend's supposed to be warmer, so maybe I can take a run at it. 

 

John

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So far I've found that temp is the easiest, then fuel since mine already read wrong. Speedo seems to be the hardest for me atleast tried setting to 0 but started sitting at ~10km/h or so.
-Tom

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