Fit a new UK Speedometer to a JDM ST205

* This article is only applicable to the 205 *

Why do I want to fit a new speedometer?

You have a Import GT4, with an ugly replacement dial, or your speedometer has failed.

What parts do I need and where do I get them from?

One Speedometer unit, Part number: 83110-2D540.

I got mine new from Ebay but Toyota sells them for ~£109 inc VAT.

You may want to replace your dash bulbs at this point or do any other work.


The How to...

It took me an hour, including a test drive on fitting the unit. This is how I removed the unit, there may be an easier way, but this way worked for me!

Original Dash

Remove lower bezel

I recommend taking note of all mileages at this point just in case something breaks

Before you start use the Steering wheel adjuster and lower the wheel as far as it goes, and move your seat back to give you room to work. Also you may want to disconnect the battery, or pull the dashboard fuses

Firstly we have to remove the lower panel surround, this is done by just firmly pulling the surround away as it is only clipped on with spring clips. I have included an image with a blown up diagram highlighting the part to be removed

Once this is removed you have access to the lower screws holding the shroud in place. Unscrew these and the ones at the top of the shroud. You will find two screws at the top of the shroud, and two, one at each end holding the lower ends

Carefully pull the shroud away and you will now have access to the Speedometer housing

Diagram remove glass

Diagram remove inner bezel

In the case of my GT4 there were many screws missing, which I have replacements on their way

At this point we need to remove the glass and inner bezel to allow for easy movement of the assembly to get behind it to unclip the data cables

You will need to unscrew the four retaining screws for the assembly to allow easier movement to unclip the screws

From here unscrew the retaining screws for the front glass. From here you can now unclip the glass using the tabs. Start unclipping from the top then unclip the bottom. Put the glass in a safe place to avoid scratching. If you refer to the diagram you will see red marks, these indicate where the screws and clips are...

Once the Glass is removed be extra careful not to damage or mark your dials, you have been warned!!

Once removed you will have access to the Black inner surround of the unit. The same method applies here. Unclip the top first, then move on to the bottom clips, these are a bit harder to unclip, but a bit of patience goes a long way. Again refer to the diagram for the clip locations

Picture Speedo

Picture Speedo removed

Once removed you will have full access to the unit. At this point you will want to push one corner of the unit into the dashboard hole to allow you to get at one side to unclip the data connectors. These unclip fairly easily, but be careful of the circuit paths on the back of the unit

Now that you have one side unclipped, move the unit to the other side and unplug the other two

In my case I put the right corner into the hole, pulled the left and centre data cables, then did the left corner, and right data cables

Once unplugged you are ready to pull the unit free from the dashboard, take care not to break the mileage reset, or the needles.

Picture speedo rear

Picture initial reinstall

Now you can easily handle the unit and do any other work, at this point I changed a backlight bulb that I had noticed had failed. I replaced it with a 12v 2.2w bulb from Halford's.

From here, turn the unit over and look at the back side. You will see the centre unit, the speedometer is held in place by four small screws. These screws have small washers that also act as a medium for the voltage and data to pass through to run the speedo dial assembly

Unscrew these four screws and carefully pull the old speedometer unit out of place

Now take your new speedometer and place it into the space, it may be a tight fit so take your time and make sure its inserted correctly

Replace the screws making sure the washers are in place. Once you hit the tightening point do not over tighten the screws as you may damage the circuit paths/tracks

Picture final check

Picture Complete

Take this opportunity to inspect the unit and make sure nothing looks out of the ordinary, and if you feel so inclined give the dashboard hole a clean, and inspect your wiring

From here on it's just a case of reinserting the unit. Start by replacing the unit, using the same one corner in method, connect the data cables, move onto the other corner

Next, screw in the four mounting screws for the unit so that it sits solid as it will in final installation. Connect the battery/reinstall fuses. Turn on the ignition and check the following;

The turbo gauge returns to 0 before engine start
Turn on your hazard lights and make sure the indicators on dash work
Turn on sidelights verify backlight operation
Check all external running lights, brake lights, indicators, any other critical electrical systems. Remember you may have been just in the dash but you may have disturbed something else!

At this point I setup my GPS system to allow me to test the speedometer and make sure it was operating correctly. I recommend testing 30mph, 40mph, 60mph, and 70mph speeds. And remember, safety first, if you do use a satnav unit, try and get someone to monitor the speed for you so you can focus on your driving!

After a quick run to verify speeds, the speedometer was verified operating correctly.

Now that the unit is installed and verified working, you can reattach the inner bezel, which will snap into place fairly easily. As before start with the top clips then the bottom

After the inner bezel is in place, you can go ahead and fit the glass into place. Again top clip first, bottom clips second. Also fit your securing screw at the top right and left of the glass.

Re-attach the shroud, being careful not to scratch the glass, once it is in place, hold it in position and screw it into place with the top screws first. I pulled the shroud forward a bit to stop it rattling against the main assembly.

Screw down the remaining two screws

Finally reattach the lower panel surround, and your done!

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This article is intended as a helpful guide and shows how Blair "Godzilla" Speirs fitted a speedometer unit. Alterations away from the manufacturers specification are not recommended.

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