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Odometer Question

I have a JDM cluster that has less about 150k on it. My OEM gauge cluster shows about 240k. Is it safe to manually change my JDM odo to match my OEM one? I want my odo to reflect the true mileage of the car.
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Re: Odometer Question

I had to do this with my pickup when I bought a new cluster for it. The 5th gens will be a little harder with the manual counter, but it can be done. There is a general how to on mechanical ODO's here, How To: Roll back your odometer - GTRPWR Forums but more research may be required if you are not comfortable.

Electronic ones are easy, its literally plug and play if you have the right software. But the legality of it is not terribly hard to scoot around if that is your worry, especially if you are going to try to get as close as possible to true mileage. Easiest to do if you just got the car and before registering it, but thats a small timeframe. Best of luck man.
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Re: Odometer Question

Thanks, I'm actually trying to increase the mileage on the new cluster though, not roll it back. The car has about 240K on it, but the new cluster only shows about 150K
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Re: Odometer Question

if its a jdm cluster its in kilometers not miles so even if you do fix it to read 240k its not going to add miles correctly from that point .. you can however use a speedo healer to make it convert the kpm to mph and read correctly ..
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1 km isn't the same length as 1 mile
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You can take the idea of Ferris Bueller and put on 90,000 miles with a jack stand and a rock. But it didn't work out too well for him either...
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if its a jdm cluster its in kilometers not miles so even if you do fix it to read 240k its not going to add miles correctly from that point .. you can however use a speedo healer to make it convert the kpm to mph and read correctly ..
I'm in Canada, we do kms just like Japan

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You can take the idea of Ferris Bueller and put on 90,000 miles with a jack stand and a rock. But it didn't work out too well for him either...
That was to roll the odo back, I'm trying to increase it to match the mileage of the entire car. Even if I was to do that just to increase my odo, it would still add mileage to the entire car and thus negate what I'm trying to do
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It's illegal in Canada to alter you cluster mileage in any way and if it doesn't fit the original recorded part number or whatever they use to identify the stock part, you might get in ****.
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It's illegal in Canada to alter you cluster mileage in any way and if it doesn't fit the original recorded part number or whatever they use to identify the stock part, you might get in ****.
It's illegal to alter it if you're trying to defraud someone when trying to resell or when reporting to the Department of Transportation by rolling it back.

If anything I'm trying to make it more legal by adjusting the odo to match the true mileage of the car since the new cluster shows less clicks than what's actually on the car.
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That was to roll the odo back, I'm trying to increase it to match the mileage of the entire car. Even if I was to do that just to increase my odo, it would still add mileage to the entire car and thus negate what I'm trying to do
It's the same principal. Instead of putting it in reverse, put it in drive. It would've put that many miles on his car too, that was part of the joke...
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Re: Odometer Question

Just pop the gauge face off and use a small screw driver and move the dials. they will still work. i just did it on my car with another cluster
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It's the same principal. Instead of putting it in reverse, put it in drive. It would've put that many miles on his car too, that was part of the joke...
Yes I get the principal and the joke, but you still don't seem to see the flaw in this. If you do this just to run the odo numbers up, you're also adding mileage to the entire car...which defeats the purpose of trying to match the odo to the true mileage of the car.
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Just pop the gauge face off and use a small screw driver and move the dials. they will still work. i just did it on my car with another cluster
Thank you, this is all I was looking for
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Just pop the gauge face off and use a small screw driver and move the dials. they will still work. i just did it on my car with another cluster
I read a while ago that if you do this the rate at which the dials move will not be the same as they were originally, thus never having the true 1 mile be the same.
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First: is your new odo measuring in km?
Second: it's a bunch of gears of varying sizes like a watch.the gears have teeth. If just start moving the numbers (gears) with a screwdriver, you stand the risk of stripping said gears. If that don't strip the teeth , they may stretch or become mis-shapen.
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Take it apart, twist the gears in the positions you want them, reassemble and enjoy the fact you out engineered the engineers. It probably won't be ez.
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I'm sure there's a way to use a power drill to do it but for the life of me I can't remember :(
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