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Old 04-10-2003, 13:51   #1 (permalink)
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EF instrument cluster into XF ute

I just "found" an instrument cluster out of an EF Futura and would like to fit it into my XF ute. Has anyone done this before?
What problems were encountered?
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Old 04-12-2003, 01:08   #2 (permalink)
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From what I have been told via reliable sources, it wont work because the EF/EL dash clusters talk to the BEM and ECU of the car, and since you wont have all that, it wont work at all. You need to source up a cluster from an XH ute, that SHOULD work, but an EF one wont work from what they tell me
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can always hop on fordmods forums and ask someone like xyphoid, im sure he knows.
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Just to inform you. The XH cluster is exactly the same as the EF/L cluster, it just uses a bracket to adapt it to fit the XF holes.

I was looking into this a little while ago and the only problem I have come across is how to get the tacho to work as it doesnt take the signal from the coil like the XF, it gets a signal from the ECU which has been modified in some way, cause the 6cyl and V8 use the EXACT same cluster, so the ECU must get the RPM signal and convert it for use by the tacho.
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I stand corrected then, this was just what I got told, that the XH cluster doesnt use the ECU for the tacho, it doesnt need it.. ah well.
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hey peoples about this ef/el cluster how did you get around the wire harness differences and the tacho gauge not working.

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I have no idea mate. I was hoping someone else might be able to shed some light.

It might pay to get in touch with VDO or something to find out how it actually works.
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Ok, so it's not as simple as wiring it in. As it comes in on a single wire (J2-7) the RPM signal from the ECU would have to be a simple waveform with a frequency directly proportional to the engine speed, so it would be relatively simple to design a signal conditioning circuit. As there seems to be a good deal of interest in this subject I'll work it out and post the answer here.
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Dude why dont goto the wreakers and swap it for a XH XR6 one. Will fit straight into it.
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Dude why dont goto the wreakers and swap it for a XH XR6 one. Will fit straight into it.
It may screw straight in but it still won't wire up simply to an XF harness - same problems.
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