Thanks! Yeah the Facebook groups to me are okay for some things, but for most things I prefer the forums, especially when it comes to build logging and technical stuff. I'd hope to stick around, as this board always had info I needed.
So as far as my gauge cluster project, with mine being an 06 it has the red and white gauges and the lettering is kinda vanilla. I just prefer the 2003 gauges that are all red and slightly slanted
. The red is easier on the eyes at night and to me it just looks sporty. I also plan to invert the polarization of the odometer lcd.
So I bought a Canadian XRS/GT 2003 cluster, as seen here. I have the factory diagrams for a 2004 and 2006 Matrix and the cluster is actually mostly plug and play across all years and trims. The main difference is the OD Off pinout for autos are different and I have a fuel level issue. Probably due to the change in tank design from 04 to 05.
I actually plan on swapping the 8 pin IC to transfer my mileage and stuff over. But I feel like dabbling into the cluster programming to see if I can get it to display over 300k.
So here it is installed for testing, along with my original. It all works fine minus the fuel gauge. I'm just having a hard time finding the resistance values for the gauge to make it compatible.