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 Post subject: Detatching Ford Fairmont EF Cluster
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:51 pm 
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Does anyone have a step by step instruction as to how to remove the cluster from the dash? Im trying to change the LED's. As well as on the left where the trip computer is, how do i replace that?

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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:00 pm 
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To remove the cluster,

Just the front of the dash comes off, 1 piece from the steering wheel to the stereo surround.

Open ash tray and take out 1 or 2 screws. Remove stereo surround and unclip the ciggie lighter and bulb. Theres another three screws behind that.

Theres a couple of screws beside & under the steering wheel and 4 screws i think above the cluster. Drop the steering wheel by releasing the fastener under it. Front of the dash should pull off and unclip any connections going to the boot release buttons etc. (remember where they go)

Undo 4 screws in the corners of the cluster and pull it out a bit and unclip the 2 connectors. Lift it out.
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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:19 pm 
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sweet!

cheers buddy, sounds pretty easy...
iv detatched the frame before for a custom head unit installation, but never the cluster...

thanks mate.
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 Post subject: Re: Detatching Ford Fairmont EF Cluster
Posted: Sat May 01, 2010 5:17 pm 
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so how did you go doing this? is it a pain in the a** to put back together... ALSO

Just a question to put out there... how many LED's would it take to do this...
Just the blue ones...


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 Post subject: Re: Detatching Ford Fairmont EF Cluster
Posted: Sat May 01, 2010 9:39 pm 
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jay.blanket wrote:
Just a question to put out there... how many LED's would it take to do this...
Just the blue ones...


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 Post subject: Re: Detatching Ford Fairmont EF Cluster
Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 12:49 pm 
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thanks.. i found this site

http://www.trueblueford.com/EFdash_modifications.html

and want to know if instead of making the led globes and stuff for the instrument panel could i just use T5 LED's like these.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/2-Wide-Angle-T5- ... 20a4e742f2

 

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Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 1:45 pm 
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yeah they work the best, ive tried a few types

here is an 8 pack of the same
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ZPE-Pack-8-x-T5- ... 3eff2f02ea
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 Post subject: Re: Detatching Ford Fairmont EF Cluster
Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 4:56 pm 
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all done just awaiting the dar to see how it looks!!!

 

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Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 7:25 pm 
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it takes f**k all to change it to blue leds and red odo and red clock! far from being a Pain in the a***. dropping in a clevo and gearbox into an Xf is a pain in the a*** tho!

 

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Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 7:26 pm 
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also those leds on ebay are f**k gay, just go to repco $3 each

 

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Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 9:09 pm 
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also those leds on ebay are f**k gay, just go to repco $3 each


i found they are much brighter than the narva ones from repco, they spread the light better too.
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Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:52 pm 
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hey so now that ive done it looks great but now im curious is it as easy to do the odo and clock and climate controll.. i really should have had more of a look when i had it all apart but i kinda didnt have the time to investigate it all.. haha. so yeah is it just globes for the clocks and that too?

 

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Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:58 pm 
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hey so now that ive done it looks great but now im curious is it as easy to do the odo and clock and climate controll.. i really should have had more of a look when i had it all apart but i kinda didnt have the time to investigate it all.. haha. so yeah is it just globes for the clocks and that too?

 

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Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 9:04 pm 
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hickmanioz wrote:
also those leds on ebay are f**k gay, just go to repco $3 each



i totally agree i brought some blue leds on ebay with the bulb holder and they were s**t, never made contact and sometimes came on and off

so i brought blue leds and soldered them into the original bulb holders ,works perfectly and makes good contact

 

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 Post subject: Re: Detatching Ford Fairmont EF Cluster
Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 6:06 pm 
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just took off the front dash part to the car and was so easy, gonna change them tonight :D just need to get into work before we close :P
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