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Not sure if youre talking to me, or in general....upset or just explaining. Hard to tell when you cant hear the persons tone in their voice.

Anyhow, I wasn't trying to bash or say anything negatively. If I did, I apologize....that wasn't my intention. I really like it....and if I had some extra change in my pocket, I would buy one. Your reasons & explaination is really cool, I didn't know thats what it meant. Much props.
Lol not at all! was just explaining and wasnt directed to you no worries :) thanks
 

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Finally got the dials installed! They look and work great but I must have messed up with the needles cause the reading are ALL wrong! Trust me I tried my best and was VERY careful in following the instructions.. still I couldnt get the right reading. As you can see in the pic the RPM is roughly around 1,100 rpm instead of the usual 800-900. The speedo is off by 5 mph and the fuel and petrol level are off by a lot.

I will need to take pics of the current readings with the engine on and then re-position the needles accordingly. Any advice from you guys who have replaces gauge dials lemme know!

As far as the custom dials I left out any colour on the dial faces so its white. But when you switch the light on its more yelowish than white. You might see a bit of it in the photo. So ill use my option of replacing the bulbs to red and see the result there.

 

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As far as the custom dials I left out any colour on the dial faces so its white. But when you switch the light on its more yelowish than white. You might see a bit of it in the photo. So ill use my option of replacing the bulbs to red and see the result there.
The instrument illumination bulbs are type 2721 (US designation, may be different elsewhere). I don't know if they are available in different colors. If you're thinking about using LEDs, read this first
http://spyderchat.com/forums/showthread.php?42265-LEDs-and-the-Spyder&highlight=leds
 

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I have 2 questions for you guys that have this overlay:

#1- Is there anything that would be done for the stock RPM needle to go up to 9k?

#2- What is the easiest color to go with if I don't want that damn amber after the install?

Thanks everyone for your help.
 

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Wow it looks good Marvin !
I am not doing for my dial yet is because of the concern of messing up the needle readings. I also like the LP gauge cluster too. It is bright and colorful.. Not sure it is LED back lighting .. Can someone out there who has make this mod (dial or LP gauage cluster installed) give us some tips and tricks who to do this without messing up the needle ? How would the a Toyota shop change out the cluster ? what technique and tools do they use ? Any Toyota mechanics here ?

Thanks.
 

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super simple....warm up the car
that way all the guages are at a stable places
remove needle and replace the dials..
warm up the car again..
poke the needles back where it belongs.


 

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Wow it looks good Marvin !
I am not doing for my dial yet is because of the concern of messing up the needle readings. I also like the LP gauge cluster too. It is bright and colorful.. Not sure it is LED back lighting .. Can someone out there who has make this mod (dial or LP gauage cluster installed) give us some tips and tricks who to do this without messing up the needle ? How would the a Toyota shop change out the cluster ? what technique and tools do they use ? Any Toyota mechanics here ?

Thanks.
Oris I strongly suggest you have an experienced person install the gauge faces for you. There are many companies in the US that can do that. But the best solution would be to warm up the car and mark the needles position at idle. Then remove the factory gauge cluster and SEND it to Monkey Metal for them to install it all (better ask them in advance on all this before you do).

It will cost more but if you mess up like I did you will have to live with uncalibrated gauges in your car for good.. which sucks. I never know if I'm running out of petrol or not so I have to make sure the tank is at least quarter full to be sure that its not in fact empty!
 

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Thread revival for you, but I thought I'd tack onto an existing thread rather than starting a new one.


Those of you who know me, know I'm a Canadian - upon purchasing my car, I found myself having to look the gauges more closely to read my speed in KM/H on the inner ring of the speedo. So getting a Metal Monkey gauge face replacement has been on my 'list' for a long time.


I ordered my replacement on May 29th (Friday). Keep in mind, Metal Monkey is located in the UK, so when I placed my order, it was probably 2:00am Metal-Monkey-Standard-Time. I received very prompt communication over the weekend (Saturday?) from Naomi, and was told my order would be filled Monday, and shipped Monday or Tuesday.
I got an email with a tracking number on Monday - sweet. The shipping expectation on their website was about 2 weeks for overseas and only cost $11, so I figured I'd check the tracking number later in the week.
Thursday, June 4th - Holy [email protected]&# I got a package in the mail! I couldn't believe how fast they arrived. 4 Business days.

I haven't done the install yet, but I've opened the package, and am impressed.
The gauge cluster was wrapped in a light/tissue style paper to prevent fingerprints, then sandwiched in cardboard. It was backed particle board to prevent any bending/folding in transit.
Also included - a Ziploc bag with an installation guide with tips and tricks, plus a pair of latex gloves to prevent smudging.

Oh, and I haven't mentioned it - all the pieces (I ordered matching climate control rings too) all of them look incredible. They don't look like something put together in a garage - these look like they were developed by Austin Martin. Very clean, very sporty, incredible high-end sports/factory look. I'll get a couple pictures over the weekend if I get some time, but I have to tell you, these things look so, so good.
 

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As promised - pictures. I like the first two pictures, but they're overexposed, making the metal look white. I was trying to show in picture 3 that it's a really nice stainless, but the picture doesn't look as good as the gauge faces do in real life.



 

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I wanted a black gauge face so I purchase from Metal Monkey. Hardest part is getting the indicators placed accurately. I had a friend with a Snap-On tester that gave rpm and speed. I am know accurate at 60mph. Fuel and temp where fairly easy to place accurately. It is a nicely done face.
 

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Setting the instrument gauge needles back accurately is my main reason from holding off for this mod.. So far I have not come across any procedures or tricks to ensure it is accurately setup after putting those needle back on..

Lushman, please show your steps after you have it installed.. Thanks !
 

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It's decently easy. For speed, you just use GPS or OBD II signal to get proper speed at 40 MPH or above and stick the needle on. For RPM, even easier. Stick it on when the car is warm and idling at around 700 (OBD II helps). Fuel, gotta do from memory. Temp, stick it on when it's warm. I had to do this with my Corolla when I had to replace the speedometer/odometer assembly inside my new gauge cluster.
 

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Setting the instrument gauge needles back accurately is my main reason from holding off for this mod.. So far I have not come across any procedures or tricks to ensure it is accurately setup after putting those needle back on..

Lushman, please show your steps after you have it installed.. Thanks !
No worries, will do.

They include an installation guide to make things easier. For fuel (which can be tricky) they suggest filling your tank before you do the mod. I plan to fill my tank, then re-fill my car again with a jerry-can when I get home to ensure best-accuracy.

I'll give you a score on ease of installation, or lack therof.
It'll probably be a few weeks before I get around to it, but I'll update this same thread when I do.
 

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Thanks ! No hurry.. too many projects.. This will be my winter or spring project. :)
 

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Thanks ! No hurry.. too many projects.. This will be my winter or spring project. :)
So, I got the heater dials in last week? Time is blurring together. I had the day off yesterday, so I spend some time getting the gauge cluster dials in. A couple of comments about the process.

1) It is easy to screw up where your gauges are - I figured I might, and had a plan, and my gauges are giving great readouts now.
2) Having never disassembled the cluster completely before, I took apart more than I needed to - that was foolish.
3) I was sweating like a pig the whole time - I'll be honest, there were 2 times where I thought I had broken something - it was terrifying
4) Now that I've done it once, doing it a second time is easy.

Oris, if you decide to do this mod, and are in town, come and see me. I really could've used a hand or second set of eyes when I was doing this work. Particularly if the person had done it before.


I'll have more pictures up later this week.
 

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Thanks for the offer lushman ! I am dealing with a bigger problem now with my car.. I will have it back on the road before I can think of any more mods ! I don't know when my car will be back from the shop.. Shop promised 2-3 weeks work.. and now over 3 months now.. Lesson learn not to trust what the shop promised. :miserable: Yeah ! show some pictures will be good !

So, I got the heater dials in last week? Time is blurring together. I had the day off yesterday, so I spend some time getting the gauge cluster dials in. A couple of comments about the process.

1) It is easy to screw up where your gauges are - I figured I might, and had a plan, and my gauges are giving great readouts now.
2) Having never disassembled the cluster completely before, I took apart more than I needed to - that was foolish.
3) I was sweating like a pig the whole time - I'll be honest, there were 2 times where I thought I had broken something - it was terrifying
4) Now that I've done it once, doing it a second time is easy.

Oris, if you decide to do this mod, and are in town, come and see me. I really could've used a hand or second set of eyes when I was doing this work. Particularly if the person had done it before.


I'll have more pictures up later this week.
 
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