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I'm writing this because I've seen several people swapping to ex clusters to have tachs and not realizing they could have kept their mileage. It is very easy to do but for the sake of this being my first diy write up I will try to be (overly) thorough.

This is not how to change/modify the miles on a speedometer but how to replace the speedometer in the cluster (implying your speedometer and odometer need to work).

Be gentle with the plastic and take your time to ensure you don't break anything.

Step 1: remove the clear cover. There are a total of 7 tabs; 2 on the top side, one on each side, and 3 on the bottom.
pictures:

http://i.imgur.com/5AjxSYFs.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/WbIweXms.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/iFDwc2Bs.jpg

You will be left with this:

http://i.imgur.com/GvbBSqTs.jpg

step 2: remove the black housing. This is almost identical to the clear cover part with 7 tabs again. I would recommend unplugging the bulb here

http://i.imgur.com/Tv88cevs.jpg

then proceed to remove the tabs

http://i.imgur.com/7rSGEFRs.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EjK7MdWs.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/b7vgBtas.jpg

The black housing has these 2 clips that hold onto the white part at the top be careful not to break them

http://i.imgur.com/5Jpiz23s.jpg

now you will be left with this:

http://i.imgur.com/nrVec3gs.jpg

remove the black backing by peeling it straight up to see this:

http://i.imgur.com/2efKDX3s.jpg

remove the 4 screws holding in the speedometer gauge circled here:

http://i.imgur.com/UuI4WPJs.jpg

the speedometer will fall right out

http://i.imgur.com/1xrUftts.jpg

Remove your old speedometer and assemble in opposite order.

I found out how to do this when I bought an ex cluster years ago for cheap because the speedometer didn't work. The cluster should be plug and play.

I suppose you could even do this with an SI or some other jdm cluster if you swapped out the needles and face-plate of the gauge as well but that's just my speculation, don't quote me on it.
 

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Swapping the speedo is really easy on 96-00 clusters. When I bought a CRV cluster for my sedan, I bought one as close to my mileage as I could, and then just held onto it until my speedo hit the mileage on the cluster I wanted to swap.

I wouldn't mess with pulling any of the needles off. IMO that's just asking for issues.
 

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Grey area.

You might have a different motor but the body still has those miles on it.

I swap mines out in my 93 civic tho. The old cluster went out and I just got one around the same milage. But I'm sure it was all off since the cluster wasn't working before I got the car.

Either way when I got the title transfers they lady x out the mileage due to the cars age.
 

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When I did my cluster, I just swapped the original odometer assembly into the new cluster. Not too hard to figure out, easier than rolling or any other making a mountain of a molehill process. The screws that hold it all together are pretty obvious, it goes back together the same way it came apart
 

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When I did my cluster, I just swapped the original odometer assembly into the new cluster. Not too hard to figure out, easier than rolling or any other making a mountain of a molehill process. The screws that hold it all together are pretty obvious, it goes back together the same way it came apart
that works but what happens when you want an si cluster or a jdm cluster, then you have to put a ex style speedometer into it and it looks retarded
 

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They see me rollin they hatin.
 

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well dang I didn't even realize you could roll them.. I'll have to try it out at the junkyard
 
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