All About Aftermarket Instrument Clusters

Although the modern instrument cluster may seem simple, many of them are complex. The modern instrument cluster includes complexly printed circuit boards, high-grade stepper motors, displays, and onboard diagnostic capabilities. If you have ever wondered "What parts go into an instrument cluster?" This is the post for you.

Most modern gear clusters provide vital metrics such as speed, distance traveled and vehicle mileage. However, when you dig deeper into the list you will see that things can quickly get complicated.

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Speed can be displayed either in English or metric units. At a given speed and with certain gear combinations, indicators might show an upshift arrow or downshift arrow. An "eco" symbol may also indicate efficiency.

Distance traveled (i.e. Trip odometer can be combined with fuel economy readings and engine hours. There can also be multiple trip odometer options. These readings can also be taken in different units.

You can have multiple "paired" functions such as engine speed/RPM and fuel level. It means that a gauge can trigger another indicator if it shows a particular reading. This is possible with modern digital dashes. These functions can be achieved with older digital dashes using a combination of printed circuit boards and dedicated chips.

It's important that you remember that instrument clusters don't only house various gauges or indicator lamps. Instrument clusters are found on many vehicles and store important data such as mileage, engine hours and maintenance information. You can also search online to get more information about instrument clusters.