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YJ Wrangler 1992-1995  
Installation Instructions

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Tools needed: Screwdrivers, magnetic preferred. (Speaker magnets make great screwdriver magnetizers)

This can normally be done in less than an hour, but allow yourself plenty of time so you won't be rushed. Work gently and slowly. Do not force anything. Everything comes apart and goes together very easily. DO NOT remove the pointers. You risk breaking them. The pointers can be gently moved through their range of travel with no problems. Do not force them past their fixed stop positions. Move Tach and Speedo pointers back to "0" when done. Don't worry about the positions of the others. When the engine is started they will assume their correct indication.

bulbcover.jpg (3515 bytes) Special Note: Original factory instrument panel bulbs are clear with blue shrink plastic coverings. We recommend removing these blue coverings when installing the overlays to increase overall brightness. This will improve night time readability.

REMOVING DASHBOARD FASCIAS:

Engine off, key removed. 

Tach & Speedometer Area

inst1-tn.jpg (14539 bytes) 1. Remove warning light panel fascia above steering wheel column.
(2 screws at top)

Shown partially removed.
inst2-tn.jpg (20656 bytes) 2. Remove Tach/Speedo dash fascia.
(2 screws above and 2 below)
inst3-tn.jpg (20927 bytes) 3. Remove Clear plastic Tach and Speedo covers.
(3 screws each gauge)

4. Remove round black plastic gauge bezels. No screws-they just pull off.

Instrument Gauges

inst4-tn.jpg (20344 bytes) 5. Remove instrument dash fascia.
(3 screws up and 3 below)

The radio may have to be removed depending on configuration.
inst5-tn.jpg (13921 bytes) 6. Remove clear plastic instrument gauges cover. 
(2 screws along the top edge, plastic snaps on bottom)

 

inst6-tn.jpg (13796 bytes) You can easily remove the complete gauge assembly by also removing the 4 lower screws, then disconnecting the rear connector.
7. Remove black plastic gauge bezel.
(2 screws, one on each side)

INSTALLING GAUGE OVERLAYS:

8. Make sure your hands are clean before handling the overlays.

This is a good time to brighten up the top surface of the pointers with a red Sharpie or Marks-A-Lot permanent marker. This will make them look great.

You can also polish the clear plastic covers. Using a plastic polish will restore them to "Like New" condition. Many brands are available in Marine supply stores. They also work good on plastic soft top windows. We used "Meguiar's Mirror Glaze 17 Clear Plastic Cleaner".

9. Remove the 2 small screws near the pointer hub.

10. Do not remove the original gauge face.

11. Slip the gauge overlay's center hole over the pointer, then over the center hub.

Gently moving the pointers to the positions shown below makes installation a little easier.

inst7-tn.jpg (9351 bytes) Tach= Turn pointer clockwise to 5:00 o'clock position

 

Note: New overlays are round.

inst8-tn.jpg (9920 bytes) Speedo= Turn pointer clockwise to 4:00 o'clock position
inst9-tn.jpg (8124 bytes) Instrument Gauges= 10:00 o'clock position

Install upside down then turn around to align.

The overlays are flexible. This allows you to bend them slightly for installation, just be careful not to crease them.  The small screws and the black plastic gauge bezels hold the overlays firmly to the original gauge faces.

12. Install the 2 small screws back into their original holes through the overlay and the original gauge face. Do NOT over tighten these small screws as it may distort the overlay. Screw them in just until the overlay can no longer move around.

13. Turn on the instrument lights to full bright. Look through the new gauge overlays and line up the new markings with the old markings for best light transmission at night. Verify that the fuel gauge empty mark is where it should be. We recommend removing the blue shrink plastic coating on the instrument panel bulbs.

14. Re-Install all the black gauge bezels in reverse order. If you have a 4WD indicator gauge, remove the old one. It is not used. Replace it with the white one supplied. The new one works better and shows up brighter.

15. Test drive before reassembling the clear plastic covers and fascias. Check for proper gauge operation.

16. Replace all plastic covers and dashboard fascias in reverse order.

Questions, Comments, and Suggestions welcomed at:    finkaz@yahoo.com

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