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I'd like to find out if the '04 1500 Z-71s come with the wiring all set up for a transmission temperature gauge install. I've heard that if you swapped out the stock bezel with an escalade's (which has the tranny temp gauge) it will work...is this true? If so, srather than drop the $$ on a new bezel, I'd like to add a single gauge and pod (found them on TByrne's site).

Could someone help and explain how to go about doing this? Thanks in advance.
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I installed the US Speedo kit on my '03. The kit consists of the gauge motor, needle, factory-look overlay, and small light bulb. The gauge relies on the factory-installed temp sensor, so nothing to worry about with the sensor installation.

Installing the kit is fairly simple, although there's some meticulous soldering required. It took me about 1.5 hours to install. Works awesome, and looks like a factory install when finished. Best part is that you don't have to worry about re-programming an odometer, or worry about someone later questioning the actual mileage of your vehicle.

I think I spent ~$140 for the kit. Pretty sure you're not going to find an HD or Escalade cluster anywhere close to that price, and a dealer likely will charge for the reprogramming.
 

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Hit Man X said:
Well if you need to reprogram the cluster for milage...why not get a used one? They are ~$150 on car-part.com
Not sure where you're getting those figures. The 2003-2004 is different than '99-02. Also, you have to specify the 'HD' version to get the tranny gauge.

So, when I do a car-parts.com search on 2003-2004 HD clusters, I only see two instrument clusters for $200-$250. I've never seen an '03-'04 HD or Escalade cluster on E-bay or anywhere for less than $200. But maybe you're talking an older cluster. Also, you have to consider the cost of a dealer re-program. If you can find a complete cluster for $150, I agree it may be a simpler way to go.

Installing the kit is nearly the same amount of disassembly, and just requires a small amount of soldering. No hassles with finding a decent cluster, re-programming, etc. Doesn't anybody enjoy a challenge any more?
 
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