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Yes, it is possible to install the gauge pod / cluster in an FJ without doing a dash swap. And it is very easy. It took me less than 3 hours. You do not need the Fjammer stereo, nor do you have to remove nor modify any existing harnesses. Sorry I did not take any pictures to document this, but when I started this work, I was only planning on locating the wiring junction block and then install the gauge pod at another time. As soon as I found the wiring connector, I just kept working and before I knew it, the install was complete.

You need the following parts
83179-35020 Meter Cover
82142-35070 Wire Harness
83290-35081 Meter Assembly
83297-35050 Bracket
90080-17191 Nut (2 required)
90467-07138-B2 Clip (2 required)

1.You will first need to remove the center dash bezel and then remove the stereo to gain access behind the dash.
2.Remove the glove box. The one on the passenger side, bottom of the dash.
3.With the glove box removed, look up under the dash and remove the upper cover piece of the glove box. The is held in place with 1 phillips screw located next to the glove box latch striker and a slide clip towards the front of the vehicle. Use caution when removing this cover because there are 3 wiring connectors attached to the top side of it. There is a yellow connector on the right side and 1 blue and 1 white connector on the left side. I am not sure what the yellow connector is for, but the white connector is for the front speakers and the blue connector is for the clock and the gauge pod.
4.Unplug only the blue connector.
5.Unplug the clock connector located on the back of the clock.
6.Install the new harness (part # 82142-35070). Plug the blue connector of the harness into the blue connector located on the glove box top plate. Run the clock connector and gauge pod connector up to the center of the dash. This is the only part of the new harness that you will need to use. You can remove or tape off the antenna coax and speaker connections of the new harness. I left the original factory harness in tact and in use, rather than running new antenna coax and speaker wires from the new harness. The only connectors of the new harness (part # 82142-35070) I used is the blue connector, the gauge pod connector and the clock connector. I removed the coax and speaker wires from the new harness and re-taped it.
7.Next is the toughest part, mounting the gauge cluster. I covered the center part of the dash with blue painters tape to avoid any scratches or damage to the top of the dash. I centered the mounting bracket on the dash and traced the inner outline of the bracket onto the painters tape. I then centered the gauge cluster over the bracket tracing and marked a 3” x 5” hole where the gauge pod was to be located. I measured, re-measured, checked, double checked and triple checked the placement and measurements before cutting. Using a hand held drill bit, I drilled a hole at each of the 4 corners of the outline. The dash material is very soft plastic and I turned the drill bit by hand. I then cut out the dash using a utility knife. I then marked and drilled, by hand, the 4 holes needed for the mounting bracket.
8.Mount the bracket on the underside of the dash using the 2 # 90467-07138-B2 clips.
9.Plug the new harness connector into the gauge pod and install the gauge pod on the dash. Tighten the mounting nuts and install the gauge cover. Plug the new harness connector onto the clock. Re-install the stereo, center dash bezel and glove box.

It looks exactly like a factory install and it was very easy to do. There is no need to swap dashes, and no need for an Fjammer stereo. I know a picture is worth a thousand words, but I don’t have any pictures, so here are my thousand words. If anyone has any questions about my install, I am more than happy to answer them and help out as much as I can.
 

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I believe the swap the OP is referring to is that a few members have actually swapped their entire dashboards because the one who had the gauge cluster did not want it and the one who did not have it did want it. So, they decided to swap the dashboards. And from what I'm reading there were no donor parts. Just go to the local dealership and buy the parts!! :roller:
 

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what is this swap you speak of? What vehicle did the donor parts come from???
This is the install of the 3 gauge cluster (compass, outside temp gauge, inclinometer) on an FJ without an upgrade package option.

All parts were purchased new from Toyota
 

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maybe i missed something, but did you have to install a temp sensor, or is it already there from the factory?
The outside temperature sensor was already there from the factory. It is located behind the front grille just in front for the radiator, next to the horn. I believe the outside temp sensor also provides info to the engine ECM.
 

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Can the individual gauges be removed?

Ive been thinking about getting rid of the compass (I have GPS) and putting a 2.5-3 inch speaker in the center gauge slot.
 

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Can the individual gauges be removed?

Ive been thinking about getting rid of the compass (I have GPS) and putting a 2.5-3 inch speaker in the center gauge slot.
I would go with these gauges in the pods.



I would go with BOOST gauge to go with the Supercharger(when I get it).
Oil pressure and Oil Temp.
 

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I just installed my gauge pod and it was pretty straight forward following VooDoo1's instructions.

It was fun cutting a hole in my dash :)

Now I'm waiting for the part to install radio controls on my steering wheel.

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/stereo-electronics/3605-steering-wheel-mounted-controls.html

I'm glad it worked out for you. I thought it was very easy. I bought an FJammer on Ebay and installed it, but I did not do the steering wheel controls. I wasn't too sure about cutting the steering wheel trim cover. Cutting a hole in the dash didn't bother me because the gauge pod covers the cut, but if your cut on the steering wheel is off, you have to look at it all the time. Let me know how the radio control install goes. Maybe I'll get brave.
 

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I'm glad it worked out for you. I thought it was very easy. I bought an FJammer on Ebay and installed it, but I did not do the steering wheel controls. I wasn't too sure about cutting the steering wheel trim cover. Cutting a hole in the dash didn't bother me because the gauge pod covers the cut, but if your cut on the steering wheel is off, you have to look at it all the time. Let me know how the radio control install goes. Maybe I'll get brave.
I'm sure you could buy the trim piece with the cutouts.
 
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