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1995 Tacoma dash upgrades available?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by trdracing5, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Jun 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    trdracing5

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    I am looking at purchasing a 1995 (actually 1995.5) Tacoma. The only thing I don't like about it is the dash. It looks like it is from the 1980's.
    I have seen pictures of other 1995 models that had a much nicer looking dash. The tacoma I am looking at is the 2.7 4cyl regular cab and does not have a tachometer. Can the dash be upgraded?
    Can anyone confirm that there is a "nicer" dash that could go in this vehicle?
     
  2. Jun 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM
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    Are you asking about the whole dashboard or just the instrument cluster?
     
  3. Jun 2, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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    pretty sure he means the instrument cluster
     
  4. Jun 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM
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    This is the instrument panel that the vehicle I am looking at has:
    [​IMG]

    And this is the instrument panel that I want:
    [​IMG]
    Is it possible? It looks like the only major difference is the tachometer. Both pictures were out of a 1995 model tacoma.
     
  5. Jun 2, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    Yes - you can swap a compatible tach cluster into a same-vintage Taco with no cluster.

    'Compatible' varies with the particular model involved.

    One thing is 'universal' - the donor cluster must come from a Taco with the same number of cylinders.
     
  6. Jun 3, 2010 at 4:36 AM
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    Does anyone know how to hook up the tachometer if the vehicle was not already equipped with one?
     
  7. Jun 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    While I am asking, what would prevent the installation of the 2001-2004 dash? It looks the same as the "other" dash from 1995-2001.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Jun 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    Ok its got to be possible to put a 2001-2004 instrument cluster in an older tacoma. I just found this pic for the cluster located in a 2004 tacoma which is basically the same as the one in the tacoma I am looking at.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jun 3, 2010 at 9:46 AM
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    One problem that has been pointed out to me is that most (if not all) of the 2001-04 tacomas have a digital odometer. I imagine that would pose an issue since the one I am looking at does not have a digital one.
     
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    No - it's not (necessarily possible). You can't transplant the electronic instruments 'as is' from a 2001+ Taco into a 1995.5 - 1997 Taco with mechanical speedometer / odometer. Besides the obvious issue with the mechanical connections, there are wiring differences.
     
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    Hello, i need your help:) i just bought a 1997 tacoma 4cylinder and the dash cluster has no tachometer. Does anyone know if i can upgrade with one that has a tach? Or is it easier to just add a tach? Some of the lights in the cluster are out so im going to have to remove it anyway. I figure i should just upgrade the cluster.

    Please help!!!!!!!
    :eek:
     
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    I've tried looking for a 4 cyl 95.5-97 gauge cluster with a tach and can't find one I just got use to listening to the RPM's and shifting. I looked for a good while, found gauge cluster but all of them were from a v6 so they wouldn't work. I have the same problem with the lights being out I'm just going to replace them when I have the chance.
     
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    My 97 model 2.7 4X4 has a factory tach.
     
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    mine didnt :(
     
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