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Grand Cherokee
1996-2004
 
Installation Instructions

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Tools needed:   Screwdrivers, 1/2" Scotch Permanent double stick tape,(This tape is NON-Destructive and removable), ISO-alcohol or suitable cleaner.

Please take the time to read these instructions completely before installing.

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. DO NOT remove the pointers. The pointers can be gently moved through their normal range of travel with no problems. Do not force them past their fixed stop positions. Don't worry about the positions of the pointers. When the engine is started they will assume their correct indication. Be sure the pointers do not touch the overlay.

These overlays MUST be installed under DARK conditions to align them with the original gauge markings.

DO NOT USE METAL OBJECTS ON THE BLACK CLUSTER FACE. They can scratch the surface and render a white mark at night.

REMOVE THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER

DISCONNECT THE NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE. Engine off, Keys removed. 

zjinstr1.jpg (23891 bytes) 1996-1998 ONLY

1. Remove inboard and outboard switch pod bezels. Pry gently around the edges of the bezel. They are held in place with spring clip retainers.

zjinstr7.jpg (19998 bytes) 1999-2004 ONLY

1. Place the tilt wheel in its lowest position. Pry each of the 4 corners of the cluster bezel away from the instrument panel. It is held in place by 4 snap clip retainers.

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1996-1998 Only

2.  Remove the 10 screws that secure the cluster bezel to the instrument panel. Pull the bezel towards you then to the left to remove.

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2. . Remove the 4 screws that secure the cluster to the instrument panel.

3. At the 2 upper screws holes there are recessed tabs that must be slightly pried down to release the cluster assembly. Pull it outward enough to disconnect the electrical harness from the rear of the loosened cluster, then remove it.

zjinstr3.jpg (15611 bytes) 1996-1998 ONLY

3. Remove the 2 screws that secure the cluster to the instrument panel. Pull cluster assembly toward you to remove.
It may resist until it is free of the connector in the rear.

ALL MODELS:

4. Remove the trip odometer reset knob by pulling it off of the stem.

5. Remove the clear lens and black hood by depressing the snap clips retaining them.
(Be careful not to crack the clear lens.) This is a one piece unit on the 1999-2004.

6. Remove the black mask to expose the gauge faces. (1996-1998)

zjinstr4.jpg (12218 bytes) 7. Gently clean each of the gauge faces with alcohol to remove any residue.

8. Re-insert the cluster AS-IS back into the dashboard. Connect the electrical connector;   if a 1996-1998 press the cluster firmly in place to be sure connector is fully seated.

zjinstr6.jpg (18938 bytes) 9. 1996-1998 ONLY Remove the 2 screws on each side of the tach and speedo hubs..

INSTALLING THE OVERLAYS:

Installation Tips:

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

2.  Install only one overlay at a time. Keep the others in the envelope out of harms way. If an overlay with adhesive on the back accidentally falls onto another overlay's face, it will ruin it.

3.Do the FUEL and TEMP overlays LAST. They are the lowest and are susceptible to the upper ones hanging down and touching them during installation.

4. Use a toothpick to release a slightly out of place overlay before the final press down. Never use metal objects on the black gauge face.

5. Once you apply the tape to an overlay leave it on. Do not remove it. If it goes over the edge, trim the excess with scissors. More tape is better, but try to prevent overlapping.

9799inst33.jpg (20888 bytes) Connect the Battery cable.

On 1996-1998 models, the tachometer and speedometer overlays do not need adhesive unless you drive in a very humid area. The screws and black mask should hold the overlays in place. If in doubt use adhesive. (Do not over tighten the gauge screws, it can distort the overlay.)

1. Do a test install of an overlay without adhesive tape to get the knack of slipping it over the pointer and lining it up in the dark with the dash lights on.

2. Install the adhesive tape lightly to the rear of an overlay as shown. (2 strips is OK for the small overlays, but use as much as possible on the larger ones.)  If it overlaps the edge, cut the excess off with a scissors. Do not remove the tape or you will damage the overlay.

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LIGHTS OUT
DASH  BULBS ON

3. Gently install each overlay over the pointer. Then slide it under the center hub (as shown), then over and around the small hub extension.

4. Align the overlay to the original gauge markings shining through. Take your time and be exact. Then "Press Down" firmly all around to set it in place or re-install the screws. The pointers and hubs must not touch the overlay.

5. Be sure the tach and speedo pointers are moved back to the zero position. Move the others to any normal operating position.

6. If your Tach and Speedo have a vertical red line in view below the overlay you can use black marker to hide it.

7. Re-install the mask, black hood, clear lens, etc.

You can polish the clear plastic lens. Using a plastic polish will restore it 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".

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

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