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finished the 97 jdm itr cluster swap/bezel, pics inside
How much did everything cost? - Well the cost of the cluster, I think i paid around $150 or so for it. the dc bezel was $20 shipped. time/labor to wire in the new plugs to the correct wires. $30 for the vss sensor. $50 for a 96 gsr engine harness so i could use the vss plug. And then the everglass ($30/gallon), duramix (about $25-30/tube + you need the gun), & polyglass (used friends stuff). $7-10 bumper coat paint, to give the texture back to it. $4 semi flat krylon black paint cause the bumper coat was really dull black. And thats about it I think.
I like it alot, is there a write up to it? - There might be, there a few posts floating around here that other people have done the same thing. I've posted up a few times what wires go where. Basically all you need to know for the function part is the wiring. then get the cluster mounted in there. our dash has a center mount on the top of the cluster mounting location but it was going to set the top of the cluster too far forward, so i made a small bracket to mount it back a little on the top so it was level in place. i think like 1/2" back. Then a custom brack on bottom so it mounted to the stock da location. then i cut like 1/2" off the back of the da bezel. And 1/2" off the dc bezel and used the 1/2" section from the dc and molded it to the part where i cut off of the da bezel. although the top part of the da doesn't need to be cut back really, just mainly the sides and bottom. and that all depends on how you mount the cluster in there too. what i did to mold them together, was mount the cluster and tape off the front of it. then stick the 1/2" section of the dc bezel onto it and centered, and tape that in place. the put on the da bezel. and from there use the duramix or everglass to spot glue the two togeter. then you can remove it and finish it outside the car.
here's the wiring. i got the 97 jdm itr cluster cause it plugs right into the 96 gsr plugs i had and didn't have the abs or airbag lights. my friend put a 01 jdm itr cluster into his 96 gsr, and something was off on it cause the wire pinouts. so he swapped the rear panel off his gsr cluster and put in on the itr one and everything functioned fine.
96 USDM GSR
PIN Wire Color Wire Function
B1 Red/Blue Seat Belt Reminder
B2 Lt Greeb/Red Door Open Indicator Light
B3 Yellow/White Fuel gauge
B4 Blue/White Low Fuel Indicator Light
B6 Orange VSS
B7 Green Hatch Open Indicator Light
B8 Blue/Red ABS Control Unit
B9 Red Gauge Lights, Dash Light Dim
B10 Red/Black Gauge Lights
B11 Black/Yellow Charging Sysem & VSS
B13 Green/Blue Left Turn Signal Indicator
B14 Green/Yellow Right Turn Signal Indicator
B15 Red/Green High Beam Indicator
B16 Green/Red Parking Brake Switch Light
Is the a6 pin on the DA not connected when doing this swap?? What about pins b6,b11,d9 in the DC plug and b10, b11 on the DA.. How did u wire these up? ?? One more Q..... These are the only wires I have left to connect.. Thanks
the ac section with the dial is very hard. i messed up the first one i did. basically i took some goof off and a q-tip and rubbed off the blue. Also had some windex to clean off the remover real quick. Didn't want it to sit on too long. it took a long time. cause you do a little, clean it off, remove some more, clean it off. and then you gotta try to not take off the white under the blue, or the black that is around the outside. the black is thicker, but will come off too. maybe some 1000/1500 grit sand paper could take it off easier. but once i got the blue off, i got some tamaya transparent orange paint, and painted orange in place of the blue.
The selector part where you select where the air comes out of is easy. The blue on there doesn't really need to come off as it doesn't shine though. so i just took some orange film (stuff used for dj lighting) and put a layer or 2 over the images and put the strip back onto the panel. Then also took off the blue covers over the blubs, and also painted the tamaya paint around the clear plastic that goes around the buttons so it reflect orange around the buttons instead.