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I have a ram express with the bare bones instrument cluster... can I swap it out for a sport or something else with the MPG calculator and other features and have it just plug and play?
 

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the best thing to do is to phone or go to your nearest dealer and simply ask them barbecue they will know best what is all behind that gauge cluster. best of luck hope this helps
 

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The swap not too complicated if you know what needs to be done but it is not a plug and play swap.

Some wiring and will need to be cut and spliced. Also you will need the upgraded steering wheel to control the EVIC and a sales code added to your VIN.

The plus side is that you get the EVIC and steering wheel controls including radio controls.

Not all of the EVIC funtions are automatically there. I am in the process of adding the overhead console to get Homelink and compass. I hope that the compass will work when I get the sales code added at the dealer.

The other function that I have not yet figured out is how to get the TPMS to display the tire pressures for each wheel. There may be another module needed for that?
 

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The dealer will likely tell you that it "cannot be done" just like they "cannot add a remote starter, or keyless entry". All of the wiring is present, it is a little more complicated than simply "plug and play" but not to difficult. The easiest thing to do is find a wrecked truck with similar mileage for the gauge cluster, and I believe the cluster is the exact same from all of the 4th gen trucks.
 

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The dealer will likely tell you that it "cannot be done" just like they "cannot add a remote starter, or keyless entry". All of the wiring is present, it is a little more complicated than simply "plug and play" but not to difficult. The easiest thing to do is find a wrecked truck with similar mileage for the gauge cluster, and I believe the cluster is the exact same from all of the 4th gen trucks.
That's exactly what I was intending on doing... getting a cluster from a junkyard. The mileage doesn't bother me too much because if I ever sold it I'd swap it back out and add the mileage up, but most likely I will keep the truck until it becomes a mud buggy beater. Basically I was just wanting the better look and the ability to calculate MPG's... steering wheel controls I could care less about
 
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