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does any one know if you can swap an analog dash for a digital dash for a 81zxt?
 

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> does any one know if you can swap an analog
> dash for a digital dash for a 81zxt?
Yes, We have done this a long time ago, and it seemed that you also need to change the dash harness. We just got in a perfect running 81 280zx turbo, and I believe it is analog, if you want to try that. Joe
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Do you mean you have an analog dash right now and you want to swap in a digital, or visa versa? The way you worded it is kinda ambiguous.
 

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> Do you mean you have an analog dash right
> now and you want to swap in a digital, or
> visa versa? The way you worded it is kinda
> ambiguous.
I've got an analog.
I'm Thinking about putting in a digital if it's not too much more work than just remove and then re-install.
Tom
 

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How to do the conversion dig-analog

Here is something I recieved from someone on ZCAR.COM. I can't remember who it was though... It would probably work both ways, ie analog to digital.

>I HAVE DONE a digital/analog swap. It is easy, but rather time consuming. Get
an analog dash WITH the Revolver shaped connector. the digital dash has a
different connector. you cannot reuse it. STEP-BY-STEP:
1 remove horn fuse, pule off horn cover on steering wheel. Use 22mm socket to
remove steering wheel.(My X shaped lug wrench fits perfect :).)
2 A phillips screwdriver is all you now need to remove everything else. remove the
plastic cover between wheel and dash. Disconnect wires from turn signal/wiper
assembly. Loosen the screw on the bottom of the assembly to slide it off the
steering shaft.
3 Four screws hold the gauge cluster in place. two on the bottom and two on top.
4 acrobatics are necessary now. disconnect from behind the gauges the
speedometer cable and the connector full of wires.
5 pull out the gauge cluster. It will catch on top so get a flat screwdriver to kind of
wedge in between the dash and gauges. Hard to explain that but once you get
there you'll understand.
6 Now you have to cut the wires from the digital connector. Cut approx 1 from
connector. you want to leave enough there in case you want to go back to digital.
ALL the wires WILL match up. Splice the same colored wires together. Oh yeah,
along with the analog connector you need to have a chunk of the wires that go into
it, to splice together. The ends that go into the connectors are different and will not
switch over from one connector to another. Ther will be a few extra wires. Thats
OK! They just power the dash. Cover those ends and forget'em. I hooked up the
defog mirrors to the floor temp light to tell me they were on.
7 A HAYNES, or shop manual WILL BE necessary to put the correct wires into
the corrct holes of the analog connector.
8 befor you do this order a few new dash bulbs and some new green bulb covers
from Nissan. It will take some time for them to come in so dont start until you
have those.
9 After you have the wires hooked up, plug the turn siganl assembly back in and
turn the ignition on to make sure everything lights up the way it should.
10 Now you can reverse the order to put everything back together. But be aware,
this is a very time consuming and tedious task. You will have alot of screws to
keep track of. so take the time to do it correctly.
11 Enjoy your new green lit analog dash!
 

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How to do the conversion dig-analog

Here is something I recieved from someone on ZCAR.COM. I can't remember who it was though... It would probably work both ways, ie analog to digital.

>I HAVE DONE a digital/analog swap. It is easy, but rather time consuming. Get
an analog dash WITH the Revolver shaped connector. the digital dash has a
different connector. you cannot reuse it. STEP-BY-STEP:
1 remove horn fuse, pule off horn cover on steering wheel. Use 22mm socket to
remove steering wheel.(My X shaped lug wrench fits perfect :).)
2 A phillips screwdriver is all you now need to remove everything else. remove the
plastic cover between wheel and dash. Disconnect wires from turn signal/wiper
assembly. Loosen the screw on the bottom of the assembly to slide it off the
steering shaft.
3 Four screws hold the gauge cluster in place. two on the bottom and two on top.
4 acrobatics are necessary now. disconnect from behind the gauges the
speedometer cable and the connector full of wires.
5 pull out the gauge cluster. It will catch on top so get a flat screwdriver to kind of
wedge in between the dash and gauges. Hard to explain that but once you get
there you'll understand.
6 Now you have to cut the wires from the digital connector. Cut approx 1 from
connector. you want to leave enough there in case you want to go back to digital.
ALL the wires WILL match up. Splice the same colored wires together. Oh yeah,
along with the analog connector you need to have a chunk of the wires that go into
it, to splice together. The ends that go into the connectors are different and will not
switch over from one connector to another. Ther will be a few extra wires. Thats
OK! They just power the dash. Cover those ends and forget'em. I hooked up the
defog mirrors to the floor temp light to tell me they were on.
7 A HAYNES, or shop manual WILL BE necessary to put the correct wires into
the corrct holes of the analog connector.
8 befor you do this order a few new dash bulbs and some new green bulb covers
from Nissan. It will take some time for them to come in so dont start until you
have those.
9 After you have the wires hooked up, plug the turn siganl assembly back in and
turn the ignition on to make sure everything lights up the way it should.
10 Now you can reverse the order to put everything back together. But be aware,
this is a very time consuming and tedious task. You will have alot of screws to
keep track of. so take the time to do it correctly.
11 Enjoy your new green lit analog dash!
 

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Thanks, but one more question.

Thanks for the info.
Is green the only color they were made, Did they come in amber?
Tom
 

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Re: Thanks, but one more question.

> Thanks for the info.
> Is green the only color they were made, Did
> they come in amber?
> Tom

The few I have seen were green, including mine.
 

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Re: Thanks, but one more question.

The digital dash was introduced in 83, and the instrumentation on 83 280ZXs were converted to green, so unless there is a rare case where they had orange displays, I don't think you'll have much luck. Maybe find some green gauges for the oil, amps, and clock off an 83 and swap them in.
> The few I have seen were green, including
> mine.
 
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