WHITE FACE GAUGE KIT INSTALL
Written by Mustangworld.
Want the look of the SVT Cobra in your GT? Well you can have it with a set of white face gauge plates from BBK. They really make your stang look intense. They are available from BBK for the GT stangs and from other manufacturers for the 120mph base stang versions. See our V6 page for parts info about faces for the V6.
They cost $120, which may seem like a lot for a set of thin plastic pieces, but compared to a whole new Cobra cluster ($500) it's a deal. Plus these plates are a bit brighter than the stock Cobra cluster (at night during illumination) ) and can even be seen better than the factory stock black GT gauges at night (believe it or not)! They really illuminate brightly ! Apparently BBK took this into account when assembling this kit, some Cobra owners complain about night time gauge visibility, this kit is no problem to view at night, and *much* easier to read than a stock black cluster during the day! The real bottom line... they look cool.
things to take into account:
You can always go back to your stock gauges if you remove them carefully. They are simply "laid on". BUT they are ultrasonically "fused" (like the seal on a bag of chips) to the cluster pod itself. Kind of like tack welded here and there. To remove the stock plates without damage you may need to use a spackle blade (like we did) to get them off without any damage.
Document your current gauge settings! If you do not, you will be "up the river" ! You can take photos of your stock gauge needle locations with a Polaroid camera, video camera, digital camera, etc. or write it down on a sheet of paper. DOCUMENT THEM WHEN THE ENGINE IS OFF AND WHILE IT'S RUNNING AS WELL!!!! See where your stang idles at, how much gas, oil pressure, etc. You'll need to know this info in case your gauge needles are off after you install the kit.
You may need to keep the plastic cover off (after you install the new white faces) and power-up your gauge pod to accurately set needle locations. Set needles according to your recorded stock settings. So don't be so quick to re-install everything. You may need to drive your stang around to check speedo, tach and other needle settings BEFORE closing everything up and finishing. If you speedo is off you may need to have a buddy drive down the road with you, for you to set your speedo properly (or use a radar gun or other device). Here's your chance to set your stock speedo to match those new 17"rims you bought ! The speedo and tach needles may need to have their travel start BEFORE the pin stops, so you may need to remove the pin stops (on the TACH, SPEEDO and OIL PRESSURE gauges) to do this.
BBK actually has an excellent "how-to" on this installation. But it does not come with the kit! You'll have to ask for their Full Color Catalog. It is printed inside. The directions in the kit tell you to reference your Mustang shop manual. Below is our version of the install, pointing out some additional things we think you should know.
Disconnect your battery before starting:
OK... HERE WE GO!