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Question about installing gauge faceplate

Just got a new faceplate for my truck. I dont want to screw up my needles and there readings. But once you turn the key off they all (zero out) so I should not have a problem right? Anyone ever install one of these?

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I remember a post around here about these gauge face changes. You may want to do a search in the 7.3 forum for it. I know I read about the instalation and they recomended taking the truck for a drive and note the gauge readings before removal of the stock face plate, then when finished take the truck for the same drive in as close to the same conditions as possible and adjust the needles as necessary to repeat the original readings.

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You have to remove the cover from it, then drive it and mark where they are. Then you can remove the face and replace it. Then go for a drive and install the needles at the same locations... A real PIA...

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im going to take a pic of it and give it a shot before and after

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I wouldn't get too worried about how perfect you get them back on. My uncle has been a tech. at ford for about 25 years and he told me that there was some question as to the accuracy of the gauges in one of their products. Ford replied that they are only a reference and should be monitored for normal ranges by the operator and will indicate weather or not you are in the "normal" operation range.

I have noticed that most of Fords gauges now days have only high or low makings and not specific numbers.

Just a little info I thought might be of intrest to you.

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Kyle, its better to do it with the engine cold IMO. Therefore, engine temp. between the time you taking it apart and installing it doesnt change. When I put mine in I marked them going down the road and the engine dropped temp and my gauge was way off. Then, there is a slight incline in front of my house and when I put it back together my fuel gauge was also off cause the incline made my fuel level change....just a couple good tips to pass along. Just turn the key to on and wait for your glow plugs to quit pulling power and see where everything is at.

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Its all changed wating to get pics up. I like the looks and once I took the old one out and installed then new one I started my truck to keep it warm befor I put the needles back on

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