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Pelican Technical Article:

Instrument Cluster Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$500

Talent:

*

Tools:

T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New instrument cluster

Hot Tip:

Slide the steering wheel as far away from the dash as it will go

Performance Gain:

Reliable, bright gauges

Complementary Modification:

Clean everything while you're in there

Removing the instrument cluster on your GTI MkV is not a difficult job; you can even do it without removing the steering wheel. The most involved part of the job will be recoding and configuring the new cluster after you install it.

Begin by turning off any electrical equipment, turn the car off and remove the key from the ignition.

Using the steering column adjustment, pull the steering wheel away from the dash (yellow arrow) and lower the wheel (red arrow) as far is it will go.
Figure 1

Using the steering column adjustment, pull the steering wheel away from the dash (yellow arrow) and lower the wheel (red arrow) as far is it will go.

Pull the center trim piece straight back from the cluster.
Figure 2

Pull the center trim piece straight back from the cluster. There are two small clips (red arrows) that sit in mounting holes on the cluster (yellow arrows) along with a small centering notch (green arrow).

This photo illustrates the small clips that hold the trim piece in place (red arrow).
Figure 3

This photo illustrates the small clips that hold the trim piece in place (red arrow). Do not force these clips as there can break and it will leave you with a loose trim piece. The trim piece is part of the upper steering column cover and can not be completely removed with out removing the entire piece. Just rest it on the column.

Use a long handled T20 Torx and remove the two T20 screws (red arrows, screws already removed).
Figure 4

Use a long handled T20 Torx and remove the two T20 screws (red arrows, screws already removed).

Pull the cluster out of the dash (red arrow).
Figure 5

Pull the cluster out of the dash (red arrow). The wiring will automatically be disconnected from the rear of the cluster.

Unlike the previous versions of the cluster the wiring connection is built into the rear of the cluster (red arrow).
Figure 6

Unlike the previous versions of the cluster the wiring connection is built into the rear of the cluster (red arrow).

This photo illustrates the wiring connection mounted behind the cluster (red arrow).
Figure 7

This photo illustrates the wiring connection mounted behind the cluster (red arrow). When pushing the cluster back into the dash these automatically mate up. Installation is the reverse of removal. You will need to reprogram and configure the new cluster.

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