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Instrument cluster swap

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I have 1999 Frontier, 4x4, auto, with the non-tach instrument cluster. I've been doing some searches and can't find a definite answer if a swap with an instrument cluster that has a tach is possible. My present cluster is operational, but I hate looking at the empty spot where the tach belongs.

Has anyone done this swap?

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Of course it's possible to do a transplant. That's not the problem. The problem is, does your vehicle have the wireing already there for the tach? If not then what? Might be cheaper and easier to get an aftermarket tach kit and install that. Unless you only care about the visual appearance of a tach.

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Download the 1999 service manual from the link on this site. Find the color code for the tachometer wire at the instrument cluster, then disconnect the battery (air bags), wait 30 minutes, then remove panels and pull instrument cluster a few inches rearward to look at the wires, to see if that tach wire is present.

I just did similar on my 2004 Frontier to find the VSS wire on it, for a future aftermarket cruise control installation (I soldered a pigtail wire onto it). That took under 20 minutes.
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I have a Scan Gauge II so I do have a tach function available. It's more of a cosmetic thing. Plus the plastic on my current cluster is scratched up.

So it is possible that it may be prewired, which is what I was hoping for. When it gets warmer out I'll have to check and see what I have for wiring.

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