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Switching out dash and adding guages?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by wolfgang123, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. Jul 21, 2009 at 4:20 PM
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    wolfgang123

    wolfgang123 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys well my tacoma has 3 gauges on the stock dash, mph,fuel,temp. thats it. Its a manual so i want a tach. and some other gauges as well (as many as possible so i can monater as much as possible)

    so my question is what can my truck read as far as gauges go, (its a 1997 ext cab srs model 4cylinder tacoma) and what kind of gauges could i ad to it outside of the dash? my dad had the idea of just replacing the dash with one from a truck that had a tach and oil pressure (like his truck), but if that possible it it just a plug and play type of thing? i have seen the scangauge so no need to bring that up but i am just looking for other options here?

    Thanks
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  2. Jul 21, 2009 at 4:39 PM
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    EnolaGaia

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    You can swap in a 1995.5 - 1997 tach cluster, if you'd like to keep the maximum 'stock look'.

    You can add the following gauges pretty readily:

    - oil pressure (if you add an adapter for the gauge sensor and a tee (or equivalent) if you want the oil pressure warning light to continue to work)

    - engine coolant temperature (once you figure out where to place the sensor)

    - voltmeter (wired in most anywhere)

    - engine oil temperature (if you want to go to the trouble of adding a bung for the sensor)
     
  3. Jul 21, 2009 at 5:07 PM
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    wolfgang123

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    ok great keeping the stock clusters arnt really all that important i would be willing to have exterior gauges as well. I have not idea how to install any of this so i guess i could have the dealer do it? is there anything else and maybe a place where i could find all this stuff?

    thanks
    wolfgang
     
  4. Jul 21, 2009 at 9:11 PM
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    EnolaGaia

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    All the gauges I already mentioned would be aftermarket units with some sort of modifications for installation, so I don't know if a dealership would do it for you. Some will agree to do mod installations with no warranty, while others won't consider it at all. A competent mechanic could do it for you.

    Gauges range from cheap-o units up to sophisticated digital ones.

    If you like the idea of voltmeter, coolant temperature (in degrees), tachometer, and fuel mileage readings all-in-one, you might consider a ScanGauge (www.scangauge.com). The oil pressure would still need to be a separate unit, though.
     
  5. Jul 22, 2009 at 7:32 AM
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    ok thanks i think what i am going to do is get a scangauge and an oil pressure gauge

    thank you enolagaia (good username)
     
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