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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Cobalt Gauge Cluster Swap

I didnt find any info about this swap searching the forums so I did some of my own research and decided it was worth a try. This cluster is from an 2006 Cobalt SS. The swap itself was super easy and completely plug and play. The one problem I've found is the DIC buttons dont work anymore. Odometer shows on start up then it switches to Coolant Temp (what I usually leave it on). Those buttons have been sketchy since I bought the car so its possibly unrelated. If you guys have any ideas I can try to get that working again I am all ears. Other than that little hiccup, I really like this cluster! The black faces and font are easy for me to read, the night illumination is also very readable and I think has a little more contrast between the needle and the scale. The little bit of silver makes not quite as boring and the new "top speed" is certainly fun to dream about!


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Nice, but now your refuel opening locator is on the wrong side
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See my response to this on the KP forum (What did you do to your Kappa today - Part 2). But you didn't post as much info there. If your top speed is different, then the speedo may be registering the wrong speed across the dial. Have you verified this (i.e. using a GPS with speed readout)?

Also, if the steering wheel buttons were flaky to begin with, it could be dirt in the contacts. It's not too hard to remove the airbag and switches and pull them apart to clean them. Steering wheel buttons problems - a possible fix

Also see: New gauge faces - with corrected "trunk open" icon

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Nice, but now your refuel opening locator is on the wrong side
I Knew someone was going to point that out! lol! it doesnt matter to me, I know where it is!

The top speed has automatically corrected, I verified that with a handheld GPS.

I'll clean the contacts on the controls and I will probably plug the original cluster back in to see if its an issue with the cluster (most likely)

You mentioned on KP about swapping faces, this wont work because then the speed will definitely be incorrect. I would have to swap with a GXP cluster (iirc), Also the cobalt uses a clear bulb because the numbers light up white and the scale lights up red so all the coloring is within the gauge face. I may still go with a custom black cat face but I would want it to look largely stock like this one.
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Not that you're doing this anyway, but the red bulbs in the Sol's gauges are normal incandescents but with little red silicon 'hats' on them. Those hats can be pulled off, but even so the light may still be very orange, because the bulbs are under-driven so don't light up particularly white anyway.

Good luck - seems like you know where you're going!

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