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Digital Dash swap

I am looking to buy a 95 Super Coupe with a analog cluster. I want to know before I buy it if it is possible to swap it out with a digital cluster from another model. (yes, I know it will be a lot of work.) My stolen '92 LX had a digital dash and I fell in love with it. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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It is possible, but it will be a lot of wiring. Also, unless you get a cluster built in 93, the speedo will only go up to 85mph. The 93 cluster will go all the way up to 199mph, but good luck finding one.

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I found a 92 Digital Dash here http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1992-...Q5fAccessories

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I'm not sure, but I think it is only the 93 cluster that will go above 85 and not the 92. But besides that, even if you pulled the cluster from a 93, that is no guarantee that the cluster was manufactured in 93. The only way to tell is the date stamp on the back of the cluster, which that ebay auction does not show.

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any pics of it lit up..looks sweet

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It is possible, but it will be a lot of wiring. Also, unless you get a cluster built in 93, the speedo will only go up to 85mph. The 93 cluster will go all the way up to 199mph, but good luck finding one.

i bought a digital from ebay for my cougar but the plugs are different..
is it a pain in the a** to go from analog to digital??

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any pics of it lit up..looks sweet
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i bought a digital from ebay for my cougar but the plugs are different..
is it a pain in the a** to go from analog to digital??
No, you just need to re-wire your harness for the new plugs.
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holy crap, could I put one of those in my 96 cougar?
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omg why, that thing is so cool.....looks like star trek or something. I don't know if it has an overlay but could you imagine that with one of scotts faces or an reverse glow panel on it.
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i soooo wanna get that but dont wanna deal with the re-wiring lol

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Your PCM doesnt have the outputs for it.

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so there really is NO way AT ALL to put that in my car?

too bad digital dash wasn't an option for my 96.
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You can run the digital dash without the PCM outputs, there are just a few things that won't work right like the fuel mileage and distance to empty.

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I wonder if the fuel flow pin is there but undocumented....The panthers, Taurus and mark have it.

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I'd be willing to bet that if you cracked open the PCM there are probably spots for other components to be added.

Just look at the mirror switch on the 96 (other years too im sure) it isn't illuminated, but it has all the holes and markings to drop an LED right into. someone actually did it.

same with the infocenter, the board has spots and markings for a switch and something else...obviously this alone wouldn't give me traction control, but I could if I added the other stuff to go with it.

I would be 50/50 that at least one model or type of PCM would have the pins or whatever to enable fuel flow.

on top of which, if you could find some electronics gurus, I'm betting you could build an after market chip to gain those functions.
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If it is just the fuel/economy stuff that is missing, couldn't you use an aftermarket device plugged into the OBDII port to feed the data to the dash? I know a few "In Car PC" guys that are getting the data sent to their pcs to display the economy info.
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the dash probably expects a different form of data than a scan gauge would put out..... not a bad idea, maybe it would work, I'm just thinking that the dash is looking for apples, but the OBD port is giving oranges.
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yeah i liked my digital, till the computer side with all the in formation and the gas gauge started flickering on my old 90, cant tell how much gas i got in the tank or anything... and there not fun to find a replacement that still works. mine still doesn't, but i don't drive her anymore, so all is well.
but i don't think i would ever get another digital dash again, might be cool looking but its a big headache.
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yeah i liked my digital, till the computer side with all the in formation and the gas gauge started flickering on my old 90, cant tell how much gas i got in the tank or anything... and there not fun to find a replacement that still works. mine still doesn't, but i don't drive her anymore, so all is well.
but i don't think i would ever get another digital dash again, might be cool looking but its a big headache.
Sounds like a bad back light.Do the digi cluster mod with LEDs .

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No, you just need to re-wire your harness for the new plugs.
any idea how???

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You can run the digital dash without the PCM outputs, there are just a few things that won't work right like the fuel mileage and distance to empty.

So, do you know how to make the swap??
actually i would'n mind not having the fuel mileage or distance to empty on sight!!

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If all I have to do is cut the plug ends and put compatible ones, I'm doing. Will this work with the mustang Simco gauges?

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