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Old 10-15-2003, 11:21 AM   #1
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Question Impreza Brighton gauge help

I couldn't find anything on the 'net to help me, so hopefully the knowledgable folks who frequent this message board can. I have a Brighton, which as I'm sure you all know is the barest of the bare bones subarus for its time. It's a 1997, and it has no tachometer, which isn't really that big of a deal, but I'd like to install one. The tachometer I bought has 4 leads: Pos, Neg, Input, and one for a light. I've been all over under the hood, and I've had the gauge pod out looking for the wire to use for the signal and I havn't had any luck. I know it's a solid green wire on the later subby's, but mine has no such wire. Perhaps there is no lead for the tachometer, but behind that guage pod are all kinds of wires not connected to anything, so I'm sure it's there somewhere. Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer!!
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Old 10-15-2003, 11:55 AM   #2
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Not sure if this helps, but there's a wiring diagram for the ECU pinout of my1997 Impreza 2.2 L engine at:

perhaps you can tap the engine speed output off the ECU. There are wiring diagrams for other model years too, but I'm not sure if any of them are compatible with your Brighton.
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Old 10-29-2003, 03:53 AM   #3
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I to have a Brighton and you can either wire your input signal wire to the back of the printed circuit board or even go to the ECU Pin location 64 i Believe its a red wire but mine's a 96 and they may have changed the wire color's. If this doesn't help or you have any other questions let me know


PS What are your future plans for the Suby?
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:02 AM   #4
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On the '97 Brighton cluster, are there mounting holes for an OE tach. on the circuit board? If there are, you can trace the conductors to the connector slots on the sides and see if the signal wire is in the harness. The tach. connections should be for power, ground and ECU signal. The first two, at least, are easy to spot. On a '95, the tach. signal is at the 5th pin from the top on the right side of the board, looking from the back, and the wire is solid red.
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Old 10-29-2003, 04:46 PM   #5
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PM RSimport. I know he did this with his Brighton. I believe that he just put in a normal cluster with the tach.

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Old 10-30-2003, 09:45 AM   #6
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that would be correct all you have to do is put the tach in and it works there is no wiring required just a few screw turns and you should have it working. If you need any help just let me know.
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