.YJ Wrangler 1987-1991
Tools needed: Screwdrivers, needle nose
pliers, red or black permanent marker.
This can normally be done in about 2
hours, but allow yourself plenty of time so you won't be rushed. Work gently and slowly.
Do not force anything. Almost everything comes apart and goes together very easily. The
pointers are NOT to be removed except the minute and hour hands of the clock. The
pointers can be gently moved through their normal range of travel with no problems. Do not
bend them or 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
You can change the night time appearance of your
new white gauges by installing colored bulbs (#194) in your
intrument panel. You will need 10 bulbs for the instrumentation or 11 if you also change
the one in the heater/temperature control unit.
Engine off. We strongly recommend
removing the negative battery cable.
||1. Remove warning light
panel fascia above steering wheel column.
Shown partially removed.
||2. Remove Tach/Speedo dash
(2 screws above and 2 below)
3. Remove Tach and
(2 screws on each)
Unplug the Tach wiring harness. This is a little tricky;
there is a small plastic tab that keeps the connectors together.
Release the speedometer cable and remove the speedometer
assembly. The bulb sockets are unplugged and stay with the dashboard.
||4. Place Tach and Speedo on a
smooth flat surface and pry off the trim rings. Use a knife or chisel to get it started
then a screwdriver to twist all along the outer rear edge until the trim ring and clear
plastic cover can be removed easily. Needle nose pliers may help.
When reinstalling the trim ring just bend it back over every inch or so
around the edge.
||5. Remove the
instrument dash fascia.
(3 screws up and 3 below)
The radio may have to be removed depending on configuration.
||6. You do not
have to remove the instrument cluster, but it only takes a few minutes and
makes the job a lot easier. There is a hot power lead on the connector, so either
disconnect the battery, remove the appropriate fuse, or tape up the exposed
connector to prevent shorting. (6 screws, 2 on each side and 4 underneath; then
unplug the connector in the back. Clean the connector contacts when re-installing.)
Remove the clear plastic cover and black bezel. They are held
by tabs into the gauge assembly.
INSTALLING THE OVERLAYS:
7. Clean up the assemblies. Insure your hands
are clean before applying the overlays.
This is a good time to color the white
pointers with a red or black permanent marker. Sharpie and Marks-A-Lot
brand markers work well. This will make them look great. White pointers won't show up to
well on a white background.
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".
8. Remove the 2 small screws near each pointer
9. Do not remove the original gauge
face or the pointers.
Tach and Speedo.
NOTE: The screws are the
only thing holding these overlays in place. It is a good idea to use adhesive on the back
of these overlays. We recommend "Scotch Double Stick
Permanent Tape". Apply the tape to the back of the overlay before installing. Cut
off any excess tape with a scissors, do not remove it from the overlay. More is better!
Then press down after overlay is correctly positioned.
Slip the hole in the overlay over the long pointer, then
under the hub on that side, then around and over the pointers extension. Use the small #4
washers supplied with the kit on top of the overlay when attaching the small screws so the
screws won't go deep into the recessed hole distorting it. Tighten just until things do
Instrument Gauges. Just slip them over the pointer
and align with the screw holes. Washers are not needed. Align and tighten just
enough so things do not move.
12. Clock: Gently
remove the hour and minute hands. They are just held on by friction around the hub. Work
them loose at the hub, not with the hands. Leave the second hand on the unit and
slip the overlay around it.
(92-95 Gauge shown, 87-91 are round.)
Verify that the fuel gauge empty mark is where
it should be. It may be slightly to the right or left of it's original position.
13. Re-Install everything in reverse order.
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