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Would anyone know what the reasoning is for having the tach and speedo mounted on an angle? I had thought that it was just my gauges that were twisted, but I've noticed the same in other Esprits (V8's anyways). The attached pic isn't of mine, but the gauges are turned the same.

 

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Somehow the previous owner like the gauge a little bit angled or his eyes is crossed.
Pretty easy to open the cluster and position the gauges in any which way you want.
 

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Not sure about that slight turn, but some do it so the needle points up (or where they want) when they need to shift or are at the speed they want. This can make looking at the gauges faster to look back at the road.
 

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That looks sooo silly.
 

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Keep it like that and you could name your car 'Crosseyed Mary' after the song. I've seen gauges twisted for tach reading but never that. :scratchhead:

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Would anyone know what the reasoning is for having the tach and speedo mounted on an angle? I had thought that it was just my gauges that were twisted, but I've noticed the same in other Esprits (V8's anyways). The attached pic isn't of mine, but the gauges are turned the same.

Sort of reminds me of a Morgan's headlights.
 

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I was a little hesitant about clicking on this thread given the title. Very glad to see its just a speedometer issue and not anything else.
 

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I was a little hesitant about clicking on this thread given the title. Very glad to see its just a speedometer issue and not anything else.
My thought exactly... -eek-

rotfl

The thread DID garner responses from several non-Esprit owners...Hmmm....
 

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Not uncommon. The speedo is held in place by a large plastic nut around the circumference and it loosens or cracks allowing the gauge to turn. Glue it in place.
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Not uncommon. The speedo is held in place by a large plastic nut around the circumference and it loosens or cracks allowing the gauge to turn. Glue it in place.
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Thanks David. I thought perhaps it was done for some specific reason, such as the "redline at 12 o'clock" suggestion. But, I guess its just another one of those things that rattles loose on these cars. Funny that I've only ever seen the speedo and tach rotate in opposite directions. Never both the same way. :scratchhead:

I was a little hesitant about clicking on this thread given the title. Very glad to see its just a speedometer issue and not anything else.
Haha... The thread title was purely an accident. But you still had to look anyways, eh?
 

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I would have never guessed that was on purpose.

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It's a fairly common thing in racing- as stated above, the gauges are turned so that normal readings are at 12 o'clock. That way drivers can check the gauges with minimal eyes off the road.
 

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Having all gauges nominally pointing straight up when things are "normal" is an airplane thing. That way when you do your scan of the instruments you don't have to read each one. Especially when you have multiple engines and a lot of "steam gauges". That's what they call the old analog circular gauges. Newer instrumentation is all going electronic on displays so you can present information in a lot of other, different formats like graphs, blinking lights, colors, etc. The other thing done is to use color in the gauges so you can quickly see at a glance if it is green (OK) or red (not so OK) or yellow. They also use tick marks for specific action points.
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