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  • blueray0512
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    Thanks for your teaching.

    I disassembly odometer just for clean the miles number module,
    I have no idea why my instrument cluster internal have many black smoked trace,
    that caused the difficult to check miles clearly, also set the miles to my real own period,
    in remove pointer step, I broken the pointer plastic trim, remind this step, you must pry the pointer center, instead edge, luckily adhesive fix after, not obvious.

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  • Andrew325is
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    I stumbled across this thread looking at E30 cluster issues, faulty odometer and fuel gauge, etc. This is nice to know for anyone who has needed to swap a cluster (or speedo) so they can match it to their car's correct mileage. However, I don't think it's a good idea to zero it out or match the engine. I think the chassis mileage should always match the odometer. I've kept the original mileage on both of my vehicles that have received an engine conversion. I'm proud of the mileage the vehicles have travelled and I think that history should stay a part of the vehicle reflected in the odometer.

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  • MrSlacker
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    I just use compressed air to blow at the gears and make them spin in any direction you want it to go...

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  • Bimmerguy91
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    Thanks for this write up! I was wanting to do this once my car was done since a) I don't have the original cluster so I don't have a clue the mileage on the chassis and b) everything is new except the body. My car is mileage exempt anyway

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  • Bochka916
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    I've done this to my civic. Looks easier on civic

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  • EyExR
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    Ragtop - please post the VDO version! :D

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  • tfrain
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    Hey thanks! I was wondering how to do this without putting a drill to the odo. I just replaced my gears and wanted to spin it UP to 140K (replacement is only at 40K) to match the documented mileage for the car. Awesome. I did not take the face off and it was not too difficult. Just make sure you have a small pair of needle nose or something to pull the "axle" up a little, then spin the number with a tool or finger (I used the round tip of a mini screwdriver set my wife got for a buck off meritline). It'll take a few tries to get the number to line up, but still less chance for messing up the face of the gauge. I really, really, really appreciate the tutorial post from the OP!!!!

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  • u3b3rg33k
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    Just found this thread. Makes replacing the old cluster & matching miles on the new cluster much quicker.

    Thank you.

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  • rlddlr53
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    I had to fix the mileage on my current cluster, very easy to do, and dont have to take off needle/face as mkcman17 said

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  • mkcman17
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    if any of you are too afraid of doing this, i have a couple dozen speedos leftover and can set em up and ship em out with new odogears.com gears for less than the cost of the gears themselves.

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  • jeffnhiscars
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    I replaced the VDO odo gears in 2 cars recently. On the 318i it had been broken for ages and as much as I wanted to bring the readings current, I did not want to risk taking it apart. On the 325 I was following the recommendation from odometergears.com by blowing out all the bits of debris with an air compressor. Turns out there is a paddlewheel (I cant recall which end of the gear shaft it was on) that when you hit it with air, it will wind the odometer back or forwards. This speedo hadnt been broken for long so I didnt change the readout, but I would guess that I could have wound it back to zero from 200k in 15 minutes with NO disassembly.

    As for Federal Odometer Statements, cars over 10 years old check the "exempt" box. Case closed :-)

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  • mccor023
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    This is a great write up matt, thank you,
    I was wondering if you knew where to order the plastic gears for the odo on the other side of the motor. I have 2 large gears that the teeth started to tear off, and the same for the very small black one.
    Thanks

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  • Broom Broom
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    damn...

    i think i lost the tiny bearing from the motor,

    i have a vdo and replaced the gears in it and it hasnt been working and should be, and i remember taking that motor out and not seeing a bearing, shit...

    i need a new one...

    only realised this is why my new gears are not working after reading this thread

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  • mkcman17
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    that's a lot of work to just change the mileage. you don't really need to remove the face for vdo or moto.

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  • Dj Buttchug
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    just did this. reclocked to my 287 miles on brand new engine :) :) :)

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