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Old 05-15-2009, 09:22 AM
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I recently picked up an 85 Grand Wagoneer for my son to use as a daily driver. We've been doing a few projects on it and decided that being able to see the instruments at night would be a good idea. So we pulled the instrument cluster and picked up all new bulbs and snapped them in. I just can't seem to get the speedo cable reattached. Is there a trick?

I've tried from the top and bottom with no luck. Do I just need to try harder?
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:30 AM
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If the square end of the cable doesn't go into the speedometer itself it will be tuff to get it to thread on. Just make sure it is in right and it shouldn't be much effort.
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:32 AM
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Hello All,

I recently picked up an 85 Grand Wagoneer for my son to use as a daily driver. We've been doing a few projects on it and decided that being able to see the instruments at night would be a good idea. So we pulled the instrument cluster and picked up all new bulbs and snapped them in. I just can't seem to get the speedo cable reattached. Is there a trick?

I've tried from the top and bottom with no luck. Do I just need to try harder?
I haven't tried this myself, but the only thing I can think of to make it easier is to detach (unscrew) it from the transfer case, then go back up in the cab and pull it out a bit to get some slack. Maybe you can screw it onto the cluster then.

Good luck, keep trying, and please let us know what solution you came up with!

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Old 05-15-2009, 09:39 AM
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The way I always do it is hold the speedo between 2 fingers on the left hand, take the cluster in the right hand and tilt it back and to the side putting the end of the cluster in the dash a little and then tightening the speedo up with the two fingers holding it and then pull the end of the cluster back out and it usually goes right into place
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:43 AM
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detach (unscrew) it from the transfer case, then go back up in the cab and pull it out a bit to get some slack.

Brad

I like this idea. I'll give it a go tonight and let you know.

Thanks!
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:47 AM
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The way I always do it is hold the speedo between 2 fingers on the left hand, take the cluster in the right hand and tilt it back and to the side putting the end of the cluster in the dash a little and then tightening the speedo up with the two fingers holding it and then pull the end of the cluster back out and it usually goes right into place
This is the approach I use as well. It means pulling the screws out of the cluster so you can wiggle it around in the dash.
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:58 AM
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Also be careful of the vacuum hoses for the heater/defroster if you wiggle the cluster around. If they are rotten, you may end up with leaks.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:13 PM
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I haven't tried this myself, but the only thing I can think of to make it easier is to detach (unscrew) it from the transfer case, then go back up in the cab and pull it out a bit to get some slack. Maybe you can screw it onto the cluster then.

Good luck, keep trying, and please let us know what solution you came up with!

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this is the reccommend way to do it on my mercedes, very easy to access and complete within 10 minutes
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:23 AM
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If you don't have an intact glove box, the easiest way to reach it is thru there,. Don't take out a good glove box to do it tho, as they can be a bit fragile.
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Welcome to the land of empty pockets and unfinished projects....

With my speedos, I usually get the cable against the back of the gauge and wiggle it in small round circles and it usually will seat itself.
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:19 AM
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Please make sure you have the battery disconnected while doing this. All I've ever had to do is wiggle the cable a little bit while turning the nut.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:26 PM
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Success!

Thanks for all the good info. I crawled underneath and noticed a lot of slack in the cable so rather than disconnect from the transfer case I just gave the cable a little more aggressive tug from inside and found it had about 6 more inches to give. It went right back together after that.

Next up are the seats. We picked up some seats out of a wrangler and plan to fit them to the stock power bases. I'll start a new thread (with pics) when we get rolling on that project.
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