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Old 07-23-2005, 05:23 AM
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Default Gen 2 Reverse Indiglo installation

As promised, here are the instructions with pictures.

After an unsuccessful search for Gen 2 reverse indiglo gauges for a manual tranny CR-V, I bought Gen 7 Civic (2001-2005) gauges off ebay for $23, shipping included. This is a 2 piece deisgn with a dimmer and Blue/Green switch.
First thing first is to test them for functionality.

I connected the gauges to a 12 V battery I had laying around (any 12 V source will do)


To replace the gauges you have to get the cluster out of the dash. Remove two screws holding the lower dash cover. One is in the change pocket and the other is in the fuse box.



Once you remove the screws, pull the bottom of the cover STRAIGHT UP, or you will break smoe clips. Then pull the top of the cover towards you.
This is what your car will look like once lower dash is removed, not for the fain of heart!!!

Pull the gauge cluster bezel toward you. It is easier to get it going from the top and then pull the bottom.
Remove three screws holding the cluster in place, 2 at the bottom one on top.

Slide the bottom of the cluster off the pins a little bit, then tilt the top towards you. Reach in and unplug the blue and green connectors. You have to squeeze the tab to relase them. It is better to undo the left one first, as it has shorter wire, then the right one. Pull the cluster out and bring it home.

Push the tabs on the endges of the cluster to remove the glass and the bezel. Turn the needles to 12 o'clock position. I found it is easier to slip the new gauges that way.

Lay the new faces over the gauges and put the bezel back on. Trace the cut outs for the signal lamps with a pen or a sharpie. Remove the bezel, remove the faces and cut along the traced line.

Hobby scissors, or curved scissors for manicure should work. Put the gauge faces back into the cluster.

Install the bezel. Since you have added faces, the bezel clips may not want to clip any longer. Honda uses two Neoprene strips folded in half at the top of the cluster to hold the bezel in place.

I used the gauge face material that I cut out. I cut it in strps and folded in half to place under the bezel tabs.

Put the glass back in and clip the clips in place.
Install the cluster in the dash, and secure with screws.

Install the lower dash cover and secure it with screws.
The kit I got came with a dimmer and a Blue/Green switch, I just placed it in the coin box, ran the wires through the hole in the top of the coin box.

I used "add a circuit" from auto parts store.

Gen 1 had the headlight fuses in the under-dash fuse box, but Gen 2 has then in the "under hood" box. I simply removed one of the fuses for the circuits that are on with the ignition on. Add a circuit has a place for original fuse and an additional fuse with a wire.



Enjoy.

P.S. Bing, please make it into an article or something.
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Old 07-30-2005, 05:11 PM
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You made it look easy. Nice job and the pics really help (except it shows us how dirty your floorboard is ).
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Old 08-01-2005, 04:38 AM
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Thanks :-) It is not difficult that a DIYer can not do. Total of 5 screws, and a bunch of clips (I hate clips!!!)

I guess I should have photoshopped the floor, or just give it a little vaccuming. :-)
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:26 PM
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The add a circuit is a first for me. Never seen one. I guess it works just like a double phone jack, plug and go?
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Where are the holes for the gear selection lights, or is it a manual?
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Old 08-02-2005, 12:38 PM
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Yeap, manual. I think I mentioned that I could not find gauges for a manual, hence I used the Civic's. There are gauges for CR-V's out there for auto. The guy I bought mine from has silver faced reverse indiglo gauges for the auto CR-V. I did not want to spend a whole bunch of money on silver faced gauges to find out that they don't work. These were dirt cheap, $23 including shipping.

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The guy I bought mine from has silver faced reverse indiglo gauges for the auto CR-V.
Do you have a link or a refrence to the guy that sold you yours?
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Old 08-03-2005, 12:10 AM
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http://www.procarparts.com/store-lis...%2DV&year=2002

He has regular reverse glow and silver faced reverse glow. Both for auto. $45 with shipping to my zipcode.
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Update. One of the faces has already burnt out. Time to look for another :-)
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Wow, that looks pretty good!!! The numbers on the gauge look similar to an older VW's. Really nice, sorry to hear it burnt out though. Id love to find one of those for an automatic, I hate the ones they have now with all the cheesy looking decorations and writing. I just one a plain one like yours! good luck to you
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