Can you put a 130 or 150mph speedo in an '81 cluster?

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  1. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

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    I have an '81 sport coupe with the 85mph speedometer. Can I swap it for an older speedo? I'd like to have a 130mph and I'd love to have a 150! Thanks guys.
     
  2. MotionClone

    MotionClone Veteran Member

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    The 81 gauge bucket is different where the speedo mounts so you would have to alter your bucket to accept the 130 or 150 gauge
     
  3. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The 81 cluster housing has different mounting points for the speedometer due to the Speed Sensor.
     
  4. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

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    Ok. Is there anything I can do to get a better speedometer into the original cluster.
     
  5. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

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    Has anyone ever adapted one to an '81?
     
  6. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    Have you tried a 1979 Camaro Z-28 it came with a 130 mph speedo.
     
  7. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

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    You can just swap the entire cluster. That's what I did. I did not know the mounting points were different. Interesting.
     
  8. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    Looked at trying to find a good speedo head for a 79 Camaro. just not available in the aftermarket world and iffy on the used market. this site does have a sponsor that does rebuild gauges. But I went with the Dakota Digital offering. Still am able to use my original bezel but get the latest in electronics. I had other reasons to do so but am happy with the choice. If you can swing the price tag may be worth it.
     
  9. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

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    Is it just the speedo mounting that is different on the 81 or do the rest of the gauges mount differently, too? I ask because last summer I modified all of the gauge cover plates on the back of the cluster to retrofit my own gauges. It only had dummy lights before and no way in hell I could run like that! If all other gauges are the same, I could just swap my modified plates into an older cluster with a better speedo. Ya?
     

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