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I recently purchased some new rubber Gauge rings for my 66 Lightning and was wondering if anyone has any tips for installation....getting them out was a pain!

Should I put the rubbers on the cups first or put gauges In the cups in then install the rings...really stiff.

Thanks

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Rubbers on cups. Put some kind of rubber lube on ring and push instrument straight in. Sometimes a bit of heat from hair dryer might help.


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Thanks for advice Beach! 👍


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The first ones I purchased off eBay were so stiff that they would have been impossible to use. I ordered some from a reputable supplier and while they were still difficult they actually worked.


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The first ones I purchased off eBay were so stiff that they would have been impossible to use. I ordered some from a reputable supplier and while they were still difficult they actually worked.


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You can always warm them up with the heat gun before installing them. Then some rubber lube to help them slide into place. Those rubbers really can be a pig. They were too stiff from new and caused instruments to have an early lifespan. Hence why they used the full rubber cups later on.

But I have reused original rubber mounts that have hardened with a bit of warmth and some Vaseline.


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in time they will develop a split or 2 around the top edge, ok it doesnt look flash but leave them unless they are real bad, makes getting speedo/tacho out way easier ..

..if you want a pig try the A10 narcel one ....damm near impossible to get the speedo sitting straight


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Thanks for all the reply’s. The ones I bought were a cheaper aftermarket set that were not the best , but after lots of heat and fluid manipulation I managed to get them together...what a pain!

Thanks again.

Nate.

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I use P-80 Emulation on all rubber installations. It may seem expensive but once you use it you’ll never go back to anything else.

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I found the new ones on the market to be a problem, one of the reasons why we stopped stocking them years ago

Someone was selling NOS rubbers on eBay, much easier fit over the gauges and onto the cup


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