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Old 12-06-2006, 09:13 AM
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You have to be very very careful when removing the needles, as there is a highly wound spring soldered to the needles which is extremly difficult to remove without poping the spring, and rendering the needles and cluster useless. I have a few BMW cluster that I took apart to do some mods on when I had an e39 540 and, removing the needles is something that an expert needs to do. I even have a set of red M5 needles that I removed to install on my 540 but when I went to remove the needles the spring popped so it put me off touching the original cluster.
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Old 06-30-2007, 04:10 PM
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what happen to this group buy?
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You have to be very very careful when removing the needles, as there is a highly wound spring soldered to the needles which is extremly difficult to remove without poping the spring, and rendering the needles and cluster useless. I have a few BMW cluster that I took apart to do some mods on when I had an e39 540 and, removing the needles is something that an expert needs to do. I even have a set of red M5 needles that I removed to install on my 540 but when I went to remove the needles the spring popped so it put me off touching the original cluster.
I agree with you, it's a very delicate process. I tried doing this with my E38 and to make a long story short, I had to purchase another cluster to replace the one I screwed up.
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:41 PM
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any updates on the group buy?
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very bad idea to remove the needles, i was doing the grey overlay on my 4.4i, removed the temp needle, and the spring popped out, i finally got the needle back in, but took forever to get the right spot, would always be a little off, so the second time i took off the needle, the spring broke, had to fabricate my own spring.. not worth it, and the worst part was, i ended up taking out the overlay, i liked the black better afterwards with the chrome rings..
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:28 PM
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i agree with jonblayz, just like him, i have removed the needles on my temp, and spring popped up. I was able to move it to right spot, but the needles goes up to 11 O' clock only.
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