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Old 02-11-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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Replacing Guage Faces on 2004 E46 330CiC

I am trying to convert my stock guage face from black to white. The problem i am having is removing the needles. I was able to remove one of the needles using a fork, but the others will not come off, partially because i dont want to pry to hard. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:40 PM   #2
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That is how I ended up breaking my speed meter. Another problem is that afterwards you can never readjust the needles precisely right and they well be a little off with the readings.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #3
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Hmmm. You could try using a little rivet-remover tool? It's just a two-pronged fork. You should be able to find a small plastic or metal one, hopefully at an auto parts store. It should be angled shortly after the prongs to get better leverage. A flat head would be fine too I'm sure. Breaking it is definitely a risk you're going to have to take though, just take your time and have the dealer's # handy incase you need new needles.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:30 PM   #4
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I am trying to convert my stock guage face from black to white. The problem i am having is removing the needles. I was able to remove one of the needles using a fork, but the others will not come off, partially because i dont want to pry to hard. Any suggestions?
I suspect your next post will be "how to fix broken gauge cluster after swapping out the gauge face"
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:09 AM   #5
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Hi,

Try these

http://www.lockwoodinternational.co....ails-i363.html

I put some on an E30 I owned. No need to take the needles off. Look great. Very easy
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:29 AM   #6
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All needles can be removed in the same way.
I've done that on 3 cars and was succeed.

Try to apply pressure directly.
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