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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 1:35 am 
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is it possible to get a cluster out of a slightly newer car (EA to ED) kinda thing, and get it to work in the beloved ZL Fairlane?
something that would be easy to install would be great of course!!

i wanna do the LED conversion, but iv been told that the ZL Cluster cant be changed fromt he putrid green....

ideas? suggestions?

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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:03 pm 
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I think ul find it harder as the newer clusters used different voltage signals, so the intruments wont work when u wire it up.

if u knew what voltage was needed where and u knew electronics u could wire in resistors or transisters to bring voltage up/down and make it work....


i think its too much effort

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:54 am 
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xf84 wrote:
I think ul find it harder as the newer clusters used different voltage signals, so the intruments wont work when u wire it up.

if u knew what voltage was needed where and u knew electronics u could wire in resistors or transisters to bring voltage up/down and make it work....


i think its too much effort

its been done nearly 100% successfully, the only bits that didnt quite work perfectly was the fuel sender/gauge

the bigger dramas are trimming the cluster shroud to match (and getting it to look good too), mounting the cluster (unless you get a cluster w/the mounting bracket that apparently the XG's had) and making the conversion harness to allow you to plug the new cluster into the XF loom

 

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:56 am 
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now why didnt ford offer that cluster in the ZL's to begin with - looks good *takes notes for future*

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:26 am 
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now why didnt ford offer that cluster in the ZL's to begin with - looks good *takes notes for future*
because it wasnt released untill the end of XF/ZL production?

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:47 am 
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Wow! The EA cluster looks even better in the old X's.

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:02 pm 
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I stand corrcted.

I think i was gettin confused with EF/EL as they get their signals from ecu...

Cos i was lookin into it while doin my v8 conversion. Sorry for the mislead on info!

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:23 pm 
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Interceptor wrote:
zk wrote:
now why didnt ford offer that cluster in the ZL's to begin with - looks good *takes notes for future*
because it wasnt released untill the end of XF/ZL production?


i spose that is a valid point!!!

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:05 pm 
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xf84 wrote:
I stand corrcted.

I think i was gettin confused with EF/EL as they get their signals from ecu...

Cos i was lookin into it while doin my v8 conversion. Sorry for the mislead on info!

EF/EL is quite possible to do, provided you transfer the entire body loom over from the donor car, plus the complete dash from a XH

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:30 pm 
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xf84 wrote:
I stand corrcted.

I think i was gettin confused with EF/EL as they get their signals from ecu...

Cos i was lookin into it while doin my v8 conversion. Sorry for the mislead on info!

EF/EL is quite possible to do, provided you transfer the entire body loom over from the donor car, plus the complete dash from a XH


that sounds like tooo much effort.. i like the ZL dash and stuff - so wanna keep it :)

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:30 am 
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xf84 wrote:
I stand corrcted.

I think i was gettin confused with EF/EL as they get their signals from ecu...

Cos i was lookin into it while doin my v8 conversion. Sorry for the mislead on info!

EF/EL is quite possible to do, provided you transfer the entire body loom over from the donor car, plus the complete dash from a XH



Not true. My donor car was an XH. Which is why im running XH ecu, XH fuel pump etc. All the electronic signalks are completely different, and unlike the XF, the XH/EF/XL gets most of its info (like speedo, rpm etc) from ecu. If u unplug cluster, ecu goes into limp home mode. Its a different setup from XD-ED

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 2:00 am 
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xf84 wrote:
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xf84 wrote:
I stand corrcted.

I think i was gettin confused with EF/EL as they get their signals from ecu...

Cos i was lookin into it while doin my v8 conversion. Sorry for the mislead on info!

EF/EL is quite possible to do, provided you transfer the entire body loom over from the donor car, plus the complete dash from a XH



Not true. My donor car was an XH. Which is why im running XH ecu, XH fuel pump etc. All the electronic signalks are completely different, and unlike the XF, the XH/EF/XL gets most of its info (like speedo, rpm etc) from ecu. If u unplug cluster, ecu goes into limp home mode. Its a different setup from XD-ED
when i say body loom, i mean EVERY electrical circuit in the car

 

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