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Old 09-28-2014, 12:04 AM
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Icon14 Removal of 90-91 Gauge Cluster

Ok so I was searching the site and the PDF manual and I did not find this, so I decided to do a small right up.

To remove the Gauge Cluster from the 90-91's are just a little different enough to frustrate any one.

So here it is for those who want to remove it to get to those LED in the cluster for replacement for brighter ones or just replacements.

1. Remove the steering wheel with a 19mm socket and ratchet or electric impact which I used, and then the switches from the front panel of the gauge pod with a flat screw driver be careful not to break it so take your time and be patient. And if you still have them remove the three screws at the top of the pod with a stubby philips screw driver.

2. Once the switchs are all removed here is what you will have to contend with:







Unscrew like so, but ensure to have some type of magnetic pick up because those screws will fall down and you may never find them again:


3. The upper pod has clips that are holding the front portion of the pod together, you will need to get all 4 clips undone with flate head screw driver.
Just get to the clips and get the flat head in there and pull down when I say pull down, (I mean to say use the screw driver as a lever to push up on the screw driver to pull down ont the clip) to unclip them and slightly pull on front portion of the pod and it will slide out.
You have two per side.





Here is what the clips look like from behind to get a clearer picture for all:






And before you can pull that front portion off, you will need to unclip one harness connector on left side of the pod like so:




4. Once that is done you will now be able to get to the rest of the screws to get the gauge cluster out and this is what you will be looking at below:

I have circled all the rest of the screws that you will need to undo to get to the cluster out.






5. Once all the screws are removed, you just slowly pop the cluster out and start with one side under both sides of the cluster are a harness connection, so start with one side then the middle top of the rear of the cluster, then on the opposite side is another harness connector.

After all three plugs are out you can remove the cluster and do what you will.

Enjoy!!!! :)

The reason I removed mine is if you have not noticed I painted the needles with highly reflective gauge paint and then put it back together as you can see on the full shot of the cluster above.

I will be upgrading to brighter LED's again on this lude just like I did on my old 88Si setup. The factory ones are just too dim now.

Here was what it looked like:




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Re: Removal of 90-91 Gauge Cluster

That sucks that you HAVE to take the steering wheel off, just to get the instrument cluster out... Glad I have an '89!
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Re: Removal of 90-91 Gauge Cluster

I did all that work and more cause I had to remove the whole dash just to change out the heater core. Yes I'm one of those guys who had to deal with that. Honestly 1FUNRYD, Those lights look good as hell! Nothing incandescent there at all!
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Re: Removal of 90-91 Gauge Cluster

I remember doing this on my first third gen after reading the how to on prelude3g.com...
I wish I still had pictures! Does painting the needles however make enough if a difference to outweigh the hassel of doing so? Intricate instruments those needles are I think
Nice write up though man it's been a long time coning
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Re: Removal of 90-91 Gauge Cluster

Yeah, get some of that black light reactive paint and watch them glow! It looks like that blue leds in the cluster are close enought to violet to make them glow... LEDs do a better job at that anyways.
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Re: Removal of 90-91 Gauge Cluster

I swapped out my bulbs for red LED's earlier this year. I don't really like the look of it. Maybe blue would look better. I'll probably try that this winter. I have a spare gauge cluster to play with, I just need more LED's.
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Re: Removal of 90-91 Gauge Cluster

I lost my spare set of LED's so I have to order a new set, so once I get them in I will just plug and play and then I will take a picture of them at night and post up. Or maybe a little video.



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That sucks that you HAVE to take the steering wheel off, just to get the instrument cluster out... Glad I have an '89!
And guys you do not have to take out the steering wheel, but its so much easier to have that much space to work with that I did.

And since I have always done it this way it does not take more than two minutes for me to remove the steeringwheel.
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And guys you do not have to take out the steering wheel, but its so much easier to have that much space to work with that I did.

And since I have always done it this way it does not take more than two minutes for me to remove the steeringwheel.
I agree totally Sean. No puller is needed with Honda steering wheels if that's what people are worried about. Remove the nut and simply pull it off the steering shaft. Just make sure you have the steering wheel straight before removing it so that you can get it back on correctly. It took me longer to type this out than it would take to remove the steering wheel.
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I agree totally Sean. No puller is needed with Honda steering wheels if that's what people are worried about. Remove the nut and simply pull it off the steering shaft. Just make sure you have the steering wheel straight before removing it so that you can get it back on correctly. It took me longer to type this out than it would take to remove the steering wheel.
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