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Old 11-10-2004, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, here is the deal...I got some aluminum gauge frames for my speedometer and the other guages in my tachyometer.
I managed to get the whole unit out from behind the steering wheel like the DIY link says. but I can't get the glass off to install the rings onto the gauges...see pictures...The glass seems to be glued on(is it?) used .

Anyone know how to get inside the glass to get the actual gauges?

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Sorry - no idea

but i posted to say nice steering wheel!
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but i posted to say nice steering wheel!
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thanks...its a cool wheel I got off of ebay...I'll post pics in the product review section later...but I gotta get those rings on...I stayed up til 12 am trying to figure it out... that glass has got to open somehow!
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I'm not 100% sure on your model, but I think the glass does't come out. Instead the guts of the instrument cluster come out of the plastic case from the rear. You then have access to the face of the dials.
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I have a 1995 E36 318i. And you say the glass is immovable?
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I have no idea but that might make sense. Try looking for some sort of a release on the gauges. A clip or a screw of some sort! Or try calling the dealership, just do give them your name, or telephone number, they might bill you for their time!
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You take the cluster out and open the whole thing from the back. Here's a link for a DIY http://www.logun.org/gauges.htm
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You take the cluster out and open the whole thing from the back. Here's a link for a DIY http://www.logun.org/gauges.htm
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whew.....that is one hell of a DIY! Thanks Kevin...this will be my entire weekend...I'll post pics when I'm done..
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wow, that IS some DIY
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The BMW factory cd's could have told you all of that and saved you alot of time.

If people would use these cd's it would eliminate three quarters of all the diy's in the faq section!!

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Okay, here is the deal...I got some aluminum gauge frames for my speedometer and the other guages in my tachyometer.
I managed to get the whole unit out from behind the steering wheel like the DIY link says. but I can't get the glass off to install the rings onto the gauges...see pictures...The glass seems to be glued on(is it?) .

Anyone know how to get inside the glass to get the actual gauges?

Thanks
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The BMW factory cd's could have told you all of that and saved you alot of time.

If people would use these cd's it would eliminate three quarters of all the diy's in the faq section!!

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Okay, here is the deal...I got some aluminum gauge frames for my speedometer and the other guages in my tachyometer.
I managed to get the whole unit out from behind the steering wheel like the DIY link says. but I can't get the glass off to install the rings onto the gauges...see pictures...The glass seems to be glued on(is it?)* .

Anyone know how to get inside the glass to get the actual gauges?

Thanks
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What Cd's? used is there a DIY on these Cd's ? Cuz' I don't remember any Cds that came with my car....

Anyway the DIY links is definately cheaper and more honest than anything that would come out of a BMW factory!

Thanks for the imput
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Just use the part about taking apart the cluster. They have crap about mounting guages and stuff.

Once you're inside the case all you do is turn the 3 nobs and take the guages out the back. Then you can glue on your new rings and put it back together.

It's really not bad, quite straight forward.
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I saw those on ebay a while back, they were way over priced, im just wondering, how much did you pay for them?? Post some pics when its all done im interested in how it will look.
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I saw those on ebay a while back, they were way over priced, im just wondering, how much did you pay for them??* Post some pics when its all done im interested in how it will look.
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I did an extensive search on ebay and I found this guy to be the CHEAPEST for these rings. Whats even better he's shipping from Germany and charging $7 for S&H and it got to me within a week.

Here is the link.... for $29.00 I thought it was a good deal . Now I just gotta put them in .

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...7934117841&rd=1

Here is a stock picture of when the rings are in....
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Old 11-13-2004, 01:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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it is a TOTAL PAIN IN THE ARSE to get that out without a telescoping or at least tilting steering wheel. If you don't have one, you need to take off the steering wheel or you'll most likely really damage and tear up the leather around the gauge cluster trying to wiggle that thing out...

I was merely triyng to replace a burnt bulb where you just gotta twist it off in the back and put it back in... I couldn't do it, the process was so hard.
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