April 04, 2017
My Jeep is solar yellow, so this dash panel in yellow really sets off the dash for a custom look in the interior. Can't wait to get the top off to really let it show. Be careful during the installation. I did not understand the step which was "turn key". Unfortunately this was important to getting the gauges set correctly. What it really means is turn the ignition key to the run position (clockwise) until the gauges needles move. At that point, document the position of the needles so that they can be reset to the proper position after the face plate is installed. This needs to be done with the instrument panel still connected to both plugs.
I just unplugged the panel then marked the position of the needles. I ended up with the fuel gauge a 1/4 tank too high, the temperature gauge 90 degrees to low, and the voltage about 1 1/2 volts to high. I suggest before you even start the disassembly, run the Jeep until normal temperature. At idle take note of each gauge needle position. This is a fall back that will let you "recalibrate" in the event the needles are not put back in quite the right positions.
I also had problems with the tach and speedo. These needles you let pass the stops by lifting the tips slightly. This should let them go to a "zero" position. The problem is that my speedy needle hit the trip off reset button, so it did not really go to "zero". When I put the unit back in my tack was reading about 250 rpm too high. I also had to drive at an indicated 66.5 mph to actually be doing 60 mph. I knew when I was
At 60 mph by clocking a measured mile. (60 seconds to travel one mile at 60 mph)
Again, I could fix both. The tach was easy since I know the warm engine idles right about 950 rpm. Just get the engine warm, pop the needle off and then put it back reading 950 rpm. The speedo was a little tougher. I got the Jeep out on the highway add set the cruise with the speedo reading 66 1/2. I then pulled the needle and then reset it to read 60 mph. After that I timed a few measured miles and verified it took 60 seconds to cover one mile. ( by the way, this is now closer to being accurate that it was before I changed the dash panel).
I was also able to reset the gas gauge to be accurate. Just filled the tank. Popped the needle off, then put it back on so the tank reads full.
This could have been a five out of five if the installation instructions were a little more clear.