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 Post subject: EL --> EF Cluster
Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:17 pm 
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Would it be possible to take apart an EL cluster and an EF cluster and change over the black parts onto the gray of the EL cluster inc. white needles and s**t?
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Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:47 pm 
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Yes it is a straight swap. I take it you must have a logical reason for doing it ?

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 2:19 pm 
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EF's look better!!

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 2:23 pm 
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Happy wrote:
EF's look better!!
as always :D

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 3:20 pm 
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Well Im looking at buying a Fairmont cluster but its EL and I like my EF cluster so I want to swpa the two over so I ahve a new EF FAIRMONT cluster...is it possible?

How do I get around the extra needles and s**t on my current cluster?
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Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 3:32 pm 
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Happy wrote:
EF's look better!!
Yeah it's a no brainer - but what I'm saying is it's easier to use the std EF templates from http://www.fordmods.com/forums/documents.php?doc=67 rather than strip an EF cluster.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 3:45 pm 
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Well Im looking at buying a Fairmont cluster but its EL and I like my EF cluster so I want to swpa the two over so I ahve a new EF FAIRMONT cluster...is it possible?How do I get around the extra needles and s**t on my current cluster?
Okay - now I'm hearin' ya :wink:
I'm assuming your current cluster is EF low series.
1. Dial faces are a direct swap.
2. Oil press/Volts needles need to be recoloured white - you know how to do that due to previous advice to others.
3. Use the Fairmont matt black front fascia (with the extra "windows" for oil press & volts)
4. That's about it - use a kitchen fork with masking tape underneath the forks to pry your needles off.
As said previously - may be easier to print the EF dial faces from the doco rather than strip your EF cluster.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:33 pm 
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You might even want to keep your orange needles from the EL cluster, using the EF Faces ?!?!?!?!?!

The reason why I am saying this is the orange needles actually suit the EF Faces better than the white ones !

I know it sounds strange, but give it a go before recolouring the needles...

The only reason why people prefer the white needles is because of the Illumination problems you have when using Orange Needles with LEDs coloured Blue or Green... (Red/White/Yellow LEDs work very well with Orange Needles).....

Anyways, just a thought ?!?!?!

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL --> EF Cluster
Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:37 pm 
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twirqurky wrote:
Would it be possible to take apart an EL cluster and an EF cluster and change over the black parts onto the gray of the EL cluster inc. white needles and s**t?


If you don't want your orange needles I would take them off your hands for a reasonable price?
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Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:39 pm 
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Here is a result of EF dials on an EL dash :-)
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The reason why I am saying this is the orange needles actually suit the EF Faces better than the white ones !

Thanks for saying so Matti :-D

 

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:25 pm 
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yeah that does look nice!!!

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 9:31 pm 
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Happy wrote:
EF's look better!!


f**k yeah. Black EF clusters look heaps better than the grey EL ones.

 

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Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 2:18 am 
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Iw ant to keep the blue LED globes I sue now, how does the orange needles light up with blue behind it?
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Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 3:13 am 
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I've tested blue LED's in an EL Fairmont cluster - the grey dial faces and orange needles looked pretty awful, seemed to have a dark spot or two on the dials. White LED's were a huge improvement. As for an EF with orange needles, you can only try them - but what Matti (Xyphoid) has written seems to be consistent with what I've found.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:26 pm 
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I recently stuffed a EF Fairmont dash into my EL.
Works first time no dramas except for ODO readings.
That will be fixed soon. The new dash had the correct ODO minus exactly 200,000 KMS hahaha.

I didnt think it would work at first but after the car running for 10 seconds the cluster came to life. Its possable the ECU detected a diffrent Serial No.
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