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post #1 of 27 Old 01-06-2010, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Got my gauge cluster ordered and ..

it'll be here in 2 weeks for my 1LT

Question: Are they Plug and Play or do they have to be installed or does the 'puter need to be told they are there or what?



Any info?

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there should be a clip inside there that it will plug into. the computer already monitors all of those parameters for safety reasons anyway so i will put my money on it being a simple plug-n-play as long as the center console panels are not to hard to take off!

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as long as the center console panels are not to hard to take off!
I've already had the center console panels off to leech power for my Cincinnati Microwave Passport Wideband Detector. Grabbed it from the "accessory connector" (aka: cigarette lighter) and the panels simply snap off easily.

I'm hoping it will be plug-n-play and yer prolly right.

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Hey Dr. John, Keep us informed.... Thanks
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I've already had the center console panels off to leech power for my Cincinnati Microwave Passport Wideband Detector. Grabbed it from the "accessory connector" (aka: cigarette lighter) and the panels simply snap off easily.

I'm hoping it will be plug-n-play and yer prolly right.

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OMG GREAT TIMING! I'm going to wire in my Valentine 1 this weekend.

were the panels hard to take off? did you use a DIY guide from somewhere or did you just wing it?

any helpful tips would be much appreciated!!!

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OMG GREAT TIMING! I'm going to wire in my Valentine 1 this weekend.

were the panels hard to take off? did you use a DIY guide from somewhere or did you just wing it?

any helpful tips would be much appreciated!!!
I just basically winged it but my mechanic gave me some pointers on how to take them off.

Where the end of the console panel behind the shifter is a separation between that part of the console and the next part along the console. It lifts there. You may have to pry a bit with your fingers. Read below before doing this. There is a chance to break the panel if you pry too hard.

There are little plastic clips molded into the panel and they just snap on and off. be cautious and use even pressure (side to side) and slide yer fingers along the edges of the underneath of the panel to make sure and not put too much force on it and bend it too much. It snaps off (unclips) fairly easily so it shouldn't be a problem.

DO NOT use a screwdriver or prying object that will leave marks in the plastic.

To make the electrical connection, I used a couple of those electrical connectors (taps) that just pinch onto the wires and make a connection.

If you run the detector wire up thru the underside of the dash and come out over at the panel end of the dash THAT just snaps off as well. (Door has to be open to seee that panel.

The tough part is running it thru the window column (if that is the way you are going. I used some very fine baling wire and ran it down the column upholstery panel and it worked just fine. I found out later that the panel will just snap off (but I HAVE NOT TRIED THAT). I think part of the side curtain airbag may be inside that but I am not sure so I was very careful about that part.

Footnote: I used the accessory plugs cause they are key on connections. It doesn't shut off until you open the driver door, of course, but it's good if you need to finish yer doobie and want to have the detector on JIC

Patience was the key for me.

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drop me a note if you want and I can pop off the panel again and send you some pics.

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OMG GREAT TIMING! I'm going to wire in my Valentine 1 this weekend.

were the panels hard to take off? did you use a DIY guide from somewhere or did you just wing it?

any helpful tips would be much appreciated!!!
if you don't want to hard-wire it, you can just get an "invisicord" and plug it into the wiring connector for your mirror.

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Definitely would love to hear what this ends up costing you and how difficult it turns out to be.


Not really high on my priorities right now, but it's still possible.


I do love that my car says "Warning: Ice is possible!" when I start it up on cold days, so I'm not sure I need to be that much more aware of what is going on than it is..


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if you don't want to hard-wire it, you can just get an "invisicord" and plug it into the wiring connector for your mirror.
@ Powerfreak:

That is neat. Didn't know about those, however, I have less cord showing than the pics I can find with invisicord. It also took me about 2 hours to do it but I was in no rush.

I have the radar/laser detector tucked up on the driver sunvisor and can see it with an eye-flick rather than a head turn (my pref) but it has a clear view of the road ahead and works well. I also like the location cause I can see it quickly there and I am used to it being there in my '88 G3 Camaro.

I use it in both cars so it has to be easily removable and the clip Escort sends is quite satisfactory for that purpose IMHO.

Hey ... I think I just hi-jacked my own thread.
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it'll be here in 2 weeks for my 1LT

Question: Are they Plug and Play or do they have to be installed or does the 'puter need to be told they are there or what?



Any info?

TIA

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It involves some computer work. The gauges must be activated in the computer to work. This information was from Camaro Scotty.
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