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Old 08-04-2013, 09:52 PM
Greasemonkey51 Greasemonkey51 is offline
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Simple question My truck doesn't have tilt wheel how much of a pain with no tilt to take out the cluster?
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:53 PM
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Simple question My truck doesn't have tilt wheel how much of a pain with no tilt to take out the cluster?
proly about as bad as a tilt wheel
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:56 PM
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proly about as bad as a tilt wheel
Hmm ok doesn't look that bad with tilt. Just didn't want to drop the column to get to the dash. Thx
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:59 PM
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Hmm ok doesn't look that bad with tilt. Just didn't want to drop the column to get to the dash. Thx
you should have to
you will pull the bezel the the bottom dash piece then the metal plate then the top dash piece then the gage cluster
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:30 AM
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Tilt makes it easier, but I don't think it's needed.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:05 PM
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Tilt makes it easier, but I don't think it's needed.
That's what I wanted to know.. Thanks..
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:55 AM
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That's what I wanted to know.. Thanks..
I just did it today I tilted the top forward to get it past the steering wheel
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:27 AM
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I have a 94 ranger, ive got a black and red theme. Im waiting for a set of led's to come in from superbrightleds.com in the mean time i scratched off most of the green, left some cause i thought itd look good but itll be red as soon as everythings apart again. I used red sharpie over the clear on the back and left the stock lights in. This is the TEMPORARY product

The brightness is at 100% in the one where it looks whitish at the top.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:59 AM
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Simple question My truck doesn't have tilt wheel how much of a pain with no tilt to take out the cluster?
If you just need to change a bulb, depending kn the year, it could look like this. Just take off the clear cover, and cluster bezel. You'll have full access to the five 194 bulbs.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:07 PM
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Hey all I no longer have a Ranger...not by my choice. While on a trip thought the Smokey Mountains. Some idiot texting was in the middle of a curve. I turned so they would not run over me and went off the road...a 120 foot drop and hit a tree almost the size of my truck head on. Totaled my Ranger. Broke the engine loose even broke my seat.I was air lifted out. My family and even the emt's that came by to check on me afterwards said they didn't see how I am still alive. I sure was being looked after that day.
After shoulder, 2 knee, 2 eye (right knee and eye, both time) and neck surgeries... I am selling a few items I bought and didn't install. Just drop me a note if might need somethings... a few items have already been sold.
OH YEA...The ******* in the black import...never stopped!!! Had it not been for 2 cars the "A-HOLE" passed a few sections before hadn't saw me go over.. I might have not lived. My truck was hidden by brush.
Thank GOD for Katie and her two young boys and for Ed & Ruth. Ed & Ruth stayed with me, while Katie drove til she got cell phone reception..

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Old 08-28-2013, 01:49 PM
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SMOKEY MNT. ROB - You're the best. Your guide was amazingly easy to follow and save one exception it completely covers the 2001 model Edge edition 4.0L.

There are three screws holding the instrument panel cover, not two (big deal).

Because I wasn't able to pull out the bulbs by hand (I was afraid of breaking the circuit board) I used a standard pair of pliers to turn them. If you put them at the wide setting they work perfectly. I finished the project in about 35 minutes.

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Old 10-14-2013, 06:46 PM
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Has anyone replaced the small 74 bulbs in the dash? I've done all leds but now going to change the smaller indicator lights such as turn signals, seatbelt...etc They are all 74 type bulb but plan on changing to LED. I was told not to change the battery icon bulb because that needs a specific resistance in order to link the battery and alternator... Can't find the thread at the moment but found that if that bulb goes out then the battery doesn't charge...etc.

Just wondering? I'm ordering the LEDS now but figured I'd ask to see if anyone has pictures...


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Old 09-03-2014, 04:37 PM
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Default Re: Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

Hey,

So I had trouble removing the old bulbs from the black holders. Is there a trick to it because I was unable to pull them out after a half hour of trying. The bulbs would not come out of the black socket.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:38 PM
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Hey, So I had trouble removing the old bulbs from the black holders. Is there a trick to it because I was unable to pull them out after a half hour of trying. The bulbs would not come out of the black socket.
Mine were the same way, my trucks about 14 years old. On the ones that wouldn't come out I just used some pliers for some leverage. They twisted out very easily with the pliers. Just be careful
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:39 PM
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Step #4 Drop hood release bracket and pull kick panel out





Step #5 Using 8mm socket, remove 4 of the 5 screws holding kick panel metal brace











Step #6 Just loosen 5th screw in kick panel metal brace enough to drop brace to clear bottom 2 screws in instrument cluster bezel





Step #7 Using 7mm socket, remove bottom 2 screws in instrment cluster bezel






Step #8 Using 7mm socket, remove top 3 screws in instrument cluster bezel








Step #9 With tilt steering wheel, drop to lowest position. Also pull tranny shifter to "1" position (if automatic). Note: Make sure emergency brake is set! Pull Instrument cluster out from the
top










Step #10 Using 7mm socket, remove 4 screws holding instrument cluster









Step #11 Gently pull instrument cluster out from the right side, far enough to reach the 3 electrical connectors. Electrical connectors have release tabs to push in before pulling
connectors:








Step #12 Instrument cluster lights are in black caps. Turn caps counter-clockwise to remove light bulbs























Step #13 Light bulbs pull out of black caps






Reassemble in opposite direction
OMG!!! This reply is amazing! Looks totally professional!!!!! Thanks!!!
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