JK Wranglers 2007-2017+
Tools needed: 7mm Hex driver, 1/2" Scotch Permanent double stick tape,(This
tape is NON-Destructive and removable) or 3M Spray Adhesive, ISO-alcohol
or suitable cleaner. We highly recommend the tape as the best adhesive
product for these overlays. Not as messy!
If you purchase the
flames or yellow overlays, it would be a good idea to color the
pointers/needles to make them more visible against their background. We
recommend using a black 'Sharpie' permament marker to color the top surface
of the needles.
Please take the time
to read these instructions completely before installing.
This can normally be done
in about 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. They can be gently moved through their normal range of
travel. Be sure the pointers do not touch the overlay.
These overlays MUST
be installed under DARK conditions to align them with the original gauge
DO NOT USE
METAL OBJECTS ON THE BLACK CLUSTER FACE. They can scratch the
surface and render a white mark at night.
and PREP THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
Engine off, Keys
1. Remove the lower dash
panel below the steering wheel.
Pull down on the small grab handle; it
un-clips at the top and hinges down to remove.
Tilt steering wheel
to gain access needed.
2. Remove 2 small black hex screws, one
on each side of the steering wheel.
Tilt steering wheel to gain access
3. Remove the upper dash cover by
lifting up on the bottom, then pull up and towards the steering wheel. It
is only held with clips.
4. Remove the 4 screws
that hold the cluster to the dash. Remove the cluster enough to release the
electrical connectors in the rear, then remove the cluster assembly.
(Shown here without the bezel and
5. Remove the clear lens
from the cluster assembly by releasing the clear tabs around the edge.
6. Remove the black/silver bezel from
the cluster by releasing the black tabs around the edge.
Tip: If you have the black bezel you
can now paint it silver or what ever color you want. This also is a good
time to color the needles if necessary.
7. Clean the original
cluster gauge faces with iso-alcohol to remove any residue.
8. Re-connect the wiring harnesses and
install the cluster back into the dash "As-Is".
Tip: Just use the 2 top screws to hold the cluster
in place for now.
9. Your cluster should
look like this, ready for the overlays.
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.
3. Use a toothpick to
release a slightly out of place overlay before the final press down.
4. Never use metal objects
on the black cluster face.
TJ overlays shown for reference
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.
(See Photo and instructions in Step #3 below)
2. Install the clear 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 tape overlaps the edge, cut the excess off with a scissors.
Do not remove the tape or you will
damage the overlay. If using 3M Spray Adhesive, apply to rear of overlay
TJ overlays shown for reference
DASH LIGHTS ON
3. Gently install the overlay over the
pointer, then around the hub.
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. The
pointers and hubs must NOT touch the overlay.
5. Be sure the pointers
are moved back to the zero positions.
6. Tilt steerning wheel full
down and re-install the black/silver bezel, then the clear lens. It is not
absolutely necessary to remove the cluster again to do this.
If you have a
plain black bezel you can paint it bright silver, or any color you like.
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".
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