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Gauge Overlay Installation

OK, let me start off by saying that this is a very easy way to improve or update the look of your stock Ford F-150 gauges. I got this aluminum gauge overlay from It was a mere $20 plus shipping. A pretty cheap mod if you ask me.

Disclaimer: Please note that this articles are posted strictly for informational and educational purposes only. We are not responsible for any modifications you may make to your vehicle, nor the results you may have. Performing some of the procedures shown on this site may void your warranty. If in doubt, check with Ford or your local dealer for assistance.

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What's in the Box:

What comes in the box - aluminum gauge overlay, instructions, two-sided tape

Let's get on to the install.

1. The first step is to disconnect the negative battery cable

2. You now need to remove the plastic panel around the steering column. Just grasp at the corners and pull to release it. Set this aside. Here is a photo of it partially removed:

Photo of the steering column trim panel partially removed

3. The next step is to remove the headlight switch. To do that:

4. Once that's removed, you need to remove the plastic trim around the gauges. There are seven screws that need to come out: three at the top of the cluster, one hiding behind the headlight switch, and 3 that are now exposed that were behind the steering column panel. The screws have a 7mm head on them.

5. The panel should be loose now. Gently pull the panel away from the rest of the dash and set it aside.

6. Once that's done, you need to remove the instrument cluster lens (the clear part). On my truck, there were five pink screws. Four along the bottom and three along the top. The screws have a 7/32" head on them. Here I am with my socket and extension removing one of the screws:

Photo of me removing the five pink screws that hold the clear lens on the instrument cluster

7. Your truck may or may not have another black trim piece around the gauge cluster. My 1998 truck had it. It had to be removed in order for the gauge overlay to fit on. If your truck doesn't have this, don't worry about it.

8. Now, you should be looking at the actual gauges. Simply place the aluminum gauge overlay over the gauges. The overlay I received had an odometer reset button hole that was just a tad bit too small. I enlarged the hole using a 9/32" drill bit, and it fit over snugly. So if you're overlay doesn't fit over just perfect, that's probably why.

Here is the bare gauges with the overlay on them - now just reverse the steps to put all the trim panels and other pieces back in place

9. Now put everything back together in the reverse order. Here is the finished product, looks good!

The finished product - An aluminum gauge overlay from installed in a 1998 Ford F-150


This tech article was originally posted at It is primarily intended for Ford trucks but most likely also applies to other Ford models.