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Old 01-12-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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re: 96 SSEi
I pulled the cluster a while back due to the usual gauges/DIC/Compass wigging out. I disassembled, cleaned up the contacts and reassembled. Worked great for about a week, now back to 30sec-infinity before it wigs again.
I've seen many listed on ebay, but they list as 92-95, or 97-99. Which one(*) will work for a 96???
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Far as i know it goes 92-95-And 96-99 so if its listed as 97-99 i would personally go with one of those
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Thats what I was hoping, thanks!

Any way to transfer my mileage chip to the new cluster? I'm assuming its an EPROM? Is it socketed, or will it have to be desoldered?
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I am not sure...Have not taken a bonne cluster apart...Make sure it is out of an ssei obviously so you get your stock boost guage
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The one thing to consider is what ohm reading the cluster expects for the fuel gauge. GM did a little work in there at some point and that may be an issue.
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I thought the resistance range changed in 96. Think I saw threads where there is issues using the 96+ clusters in 92-95s.
As long as the cluster actually works for more than 30sec I can use the trip meter to gauge the fuel level. Worst case I can swap the fuel gauuges.
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Well, got the new cluster today and spent the last 30min swapping it out. Works very well, hopefully it won't wig out and go dead.
They must have made the fuel gauge change between 96 and 97. This cluster is out of a 97; the 96 gauge showed 3/4 tank, the new one 1/4. No big deal as long as the trip meter works. I'm used to monitoring fuel level by mileage since none of the bikes I've had over the last 5-6yrs have had fuel gauges.
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Looks like the gauges are 0-90 ohms in 96 and switched to 33-240 ohms in 97 or 98. I'll either have a really low, narrow scale, or I'll have to put a resistor in line to raise the scale to keep the check gauges warning away.
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I noticed another anomaly on the way to work this morning. I normally don't have the HUD on, but did this morning and noticed the new speedo reads slightly different than the original. The original was about 2mph under the HUD display @ 70mph, the new one is about 7mph under.
Not sure if there was a global change in the speedos, or if its just an individual variance, needle position, etc.
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