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 Post subject: NF Fairlane (High Series) Cluster change over HELP!!!!!!
Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:46 pm 
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Hello again everyone...
I just went through the heartache of putting the high NF series cluster into my ef 95 falcon today and followed the instructions on the topic of Falcon/Fairmont/Fairlane - EF/EL - Changing Instruments Document Description down to a T....
The problem was and is that Adding the LCD Dimming Resistor did not work as described... the reason being there was nowhere to put the resistor as stated in the instructions... I had a look around in the forums but couldnt find any pictures of my type of cluster to solder the resistor... Oh and it still cuts out when I turn the parkers or light to on position when it was in... I also pulled apart my original low series cluster and it had the resistor in there and looked exactly the same as Xyphoid Doc for high series... Can anyone help on this matter because Xyphoid's doc is useless for me...
Thankyou in advance :D

Here are some pics to give you an idea on what I mean in comparison

 

 

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points for the resistor, no points to solder on mine

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Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:47 pm 
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OH and sorry it is a GLI

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:50 pm 
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Extra photo of front cluster for reference

 

 

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 Post subject: Re: NF Fairlane (High Series) Cluster change over HELP!!!!!!
Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:58 pm 
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dazzat wrote:
Hello again everyone...
I just went through the heartache of putting the high NF series cluster into my ef 95 falcon today and followed the instructions on the topic of Falcon/Fairmont/Fairlane - EF/EL - Changing Instruments Document Description down to a T....
The problem was and is that Adding the LCD Dimming Resistor did not work as described... the reason being there was nowhere to put the resistor as stated in the instructions... I had a look around in the forums but couldnt find any pictures of my type of cluster to solder the resistor... Oh and it still cuts out when I turn the parkers or light to on position when it was in... I also pulled apart my original low series cluster and it had the resistor in there and looked exactly the same as Xyphoid Doc for high series... Can anyone help on this matter because Xyphoid's doc is useless for me...
Thankyou in advance :D

Here are some pics to give you an idea on what I mean in comparison
The picture you have is for the mid series cluster. There are no pads to solder the resistor to on the high series, you will need to scrap the solder mask from the tracks and solder the resistor to these tracks.
You can use you old cluster to determine which tracks need to be connected to the resistor.
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Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:10 pm 
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Hey twason,
If you look closly at the tracks as you call it, they are completly different to the doco photos by Xyphoid... thats why i took the pictures for comparison... there is nothing in that area for me to solder, compare the 2 pics and you will notice there are some msjor differences
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Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:17 pm 
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dazzat wrote:
Hey twason,
If you look closly at the tracks as you call it, they are completly different to the doco photos by Xyphoid... thats why i took the pictures for comparison... there is nothing in that area for me to solder, compare the 2 pics and you will notice there are some msjor differences
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As I said the doco shows the mid series cluster not the High series one. There is no position on the high series cluster for the dimming resistor, you need to solder it to the tracks. The tracks you need to solder to are the one that runs to the LCD backlight bulb and the other runs to the dimming pin on the plug. You will need to trace the tracks back from thereand find a suitable place to mount the resistor.
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Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 12:00 am 
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Thanx heaps for that.... going to be hard to find dimming pin on the plug... left, right plug.... not sure which pin

 

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dazzat wrote:
Thanx heaps for that.... going to be hard to find dimming pin on the plug... left, right plug.... not sure which pin
Pull your original cluster down and trace the tracks back from the known mounting point to the pin one way, and the light the other. Once you know the side of the lamp and the pin with the new cluster follow the same tracks back from the pin and the lamp until you can bridge the two with the resistor, it will be in the same general area as the mid/low series mounting position.
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Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:46 am 
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Thanks again Twason

It makes sense what you are saying, but Im not the technical type minded person, pictures always help me when I'm lost on electrical components, like what Xyphoid has done which made alot of sense for that type of cluster... I wont be holding my breath for pics from anyone, if it hasnt been done already it wont be on here anytime soon so I will try your method as best as possibe hopefully without a F*$%up :? :shock:

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