Sometimes when you look over the internet, thinking about a cool project you find something that interests you.
Well this time it was the mod for the F4i gauges, the original thread has all the info you want but if you've a '96 / '97 nutting out what I needed took a lot of trawling. Hopefully the mods won't mind another thread, but dedicated to these years as a lot of the info was for the '98. Think the idea of the upgrade is great, and having a clock is motivation to do it alone! (won't be forced to write myself a speeding infringement in the school zone.... )
Was able to score a s/h F4i unit from the wreckers and when I asked if he had any '97 female plugs of the speedo, he handed me a damaged '97 complete panel that the mounts had been broken off and asked me to return what I didn't use! AWESOME!
Set about stripping the plugs off the old '97 and identifying all the wiring, I'm going to put a mudmap of the wiring in a later post, I'm not very good with the graphics will draw and put on later, hopefully then, those with this series can then just put x wire there to here and that's it.
Powered up the F4i gauges, it lives!!!
Made up the template for it, I know, I know... corrugated cardboard is NOT the designers choice of material, but it was there, and cutting the Corn flakes box was -apparently- out of the question.
The evolution began....
2 1/2 hours later......
The final template.. the others never mentioned anything about the levels, but the gauges sit at another angle in respect to the mounting. I'd have lost hair, if I had any!
Quick shot from the top showing in and mounted in situ, you can see a bend in the cardboard, it's not important at the moment but what I was trying to show, is that the top bolt sits 9mm higher than the bottom ones, I'm using the original top bolt/grommets and bushing from the original speedo and bushing the bottom two with a hollow piece of alu and a washer between it and the bottom of the original bush to mount the platform flat, and screwing the new gauges into that.
Haven't seen many of the US guys with the HISS light? Our model had it and it's on the White/red trace with, -ve switched. I'm going to hook the Laserline alarm I've already fitted into it, certainly will make it look more integrated.
Tommorow, the hardware shop to find some 3-4mm plastic sheeting to make the proper mount, and Monday to order a '98 temp gauge. (37750-KV3-951).
When I got the toy it was an import with a MPH gauges, I fitted an metric unit and worked out how to set the odo to the correct mileage, and had purchased a V4 speedo healer, never used the healer, so it'll get fitted to work with this update!
It'll need the RRzone gauge face as well (Jawhn?), kudo's to all the guys who took time to put all the info out there!
More to come....