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Gauge Cluster Interchange?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by wesb1023, May 29, 2011.

  1. May 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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    wesb1023

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    OK, I have an 04 taco 3.4 auto. I really dont care for my factory off white gauges. I want the black faced gauges found in 98-00. I have read that a few people have switched the other way around "upgrading". I wanna "downgrade" if you will. I also have a few other questions about these clusters:
    #1 When the cluster is illuminated, does the light go "around the dial" or "through the dial" like the 04?
    #2 What color is the backlighting? Can it be changed?
    #3 Could just the gauge faces be changed? Any aftermarket companies offer black faced factory like guage faces?
    #4 If the complete cluster is changed will my miles show correct? In other words, are the miles kept up with in this cluster or the pcm? Is it a programmable module that needs to be programmed to my truck?
    :confused:
     
  2. May 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    davidpick

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    i was one of the 98-00 guys who "upgraded" to the white gauges from an 01-04. i switched gauges/faces with a member on here.

    #1: not sure what you're asking here. the lights are mounted in the white plastic backing that holds all four gauges together.
    #2: basic 194 bulbs with the green condom
    #3: sort of. while you could change just the faces, it's easier to change the entire gauge (don't have to worry about recalibrating the needles, etc. either)
    #4: as seen in the pic, just keep your odometer display and you keep the correct miles with the correct truck.

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  3. May 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM
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    also, i did notice that there was some *slight* differences in the gauges:

    - the white gauges have the check engine light on the fuel gauge instead of below the four gauges in the narrow strip of icons along the bottom of the cluster.
    - the white gauges have a "fuel door" icon above the fuel gauge. if you have a 2001-2004 i think you'll just lose that indicator.
     
  4. May 30, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    Thanks for the info, I actually got by my local salvage yard today. He sold me the cluster I needed for 30 bucks. Actually I have not paid him yet... He said to make sure it would work first. So maybe I will get a chance to install it tomorrow.
    Thanks!!!!:D
     
  5. May 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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    I will trade you for free I have a 99 prerunner 3.4 auto pm me if interested and my guages have blue backlight bulbs
     
  6. May 31, 2011 at 1:24 PM
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    btw I also am in eastern nc we could get the trucks together and do it together would make the moods a lot easier
     
  7. Jun 19, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    wesb1023

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    For anyone else trying to do this, the two clusters are interchangable.:D As a matter of fact, the gauges are not so much. The check engine light and washer fluid light are in different locations. All I did was swap the odometer module from the back, and plug and play!!! Works Great!!!
     
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