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Unread 10-23-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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(1997) How would I convert idiot light gauges to needle gauges?

I have a 1997 Xj SE and I'm tired of not knowing what's going on under the hood. I have the gauges with the big 'idiot lights' with a gas gauge the size of my speedo. I would like to convert it to a cluster with a tach, engine temp, oil pressure, voltage meter etc. How would I go about doing that? could I just take a cluster from another jeep and plug it in???

Any and all help/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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i believe its plug and play.

edit: forget that second part.
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Yep, that sounds right to me.^^^
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Pretty sure it's just plug and play. You only need to swap out the senders on '96 and older.
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i believe its plug and play. but youll need a new oil pressure sender and temp sender, ones meant for gauges.

That is actually incorrect on his 97. All you need is the 97-up gauge cluster. Remove your cluster, then plug in the new one. The pins are mounted to the dash and it merely plugs in. All of the sensors are the same for idiot lights and gauges. I just did this swap on my 97. Remember though that the odometer will be different as it will read the mileage of the jeep it came out of.

If you have any Q's, let me know


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Awsome! Thank you guys SSOOO much! That makes my life that much easier. But as far as the odometer goes, It's the digital type. Is the mileage still saved in the cluster or the brain of the car?
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It's saved in the cluster. I think you can get it reprogrammed for a zillion bux at the stealership. I think in most states you are required to record the miles when the cluster is swapped and put it on a sticker or some such nonsense.
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Awsome! Thank you guys SSOOO much! That makes my life that much easier. But as far as the odometer goes, It's the digital type. Is the mileage still saved in the cluster or the brain of the car?

It is saved on the cluster, so if you buy a cluster from a 300,000 mile Cherokee, it will show your Jeep has 300k. I went from 130k to 115k, but I documented it in case I ever sell it (which I wont).

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K. Thanks guys.
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/how-gauge-cluster-swap-odometer-recalibration-lots-pics-424209/

Doing this on my jeep wednesday. Year is different, thread is still applicable.
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I just got a cluster off e-bay with a tach for my 1988. I am guessing I do not need the sensors though since my old cluster already has gauges for the temp and oil. Can anyone confirm this.
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Pretty sure it's just plug and play. You only need to swap out the senders on '96 and older.
So what do I need to do to make the swap on a 1994 cherokee with idiot lights?
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I can get the new instruments easily, but what do I need to plug in to make the temp and tach work?

Vehicle is a 1994 XJ SE
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On the 94 you will have to swap the temp sender and oil pressure sender to the ones designed for gauges, other than that it is plug and play.
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Thanks, I read this thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/h...s-pics-424209/

and it answered that same questions. Seems pretty easy to do, and cheap. Definatley worth it.
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