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Old May 9th, 2015, 10:39 PM
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New Rebuild = Replace Speedo?

Most of you know I am building a 110 out of a NAS90. The entire drivetrain is new - new motor, new tranny, new tcase, new driveshafts, new diffs, new axle shafts, new CVs, new brakes, pretty much everything is new with the exception of the firewall and front clip.

So the question is, does it make sense to drop in the original 111k speedo? I have no intent of covering up the true mileage as it's documented, but I want to start "fresh" with new speedo.


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Old May 9th, 2015, 11:07 PM
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One thing you might consider is the carfax report if you start over with the mileage at zero. I would consider having the new speedo spun up to 111k.

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Old May 9th, 2015, 11:22 PM
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I kept the speedo in my yellow truck, and it's fun having one run up to like 250k, but I changed it in the NAS 110 and I'm happier with that because I was able to put in a newer, nicer speedo that lights up brighter and looks better. I kept the old one for provenance.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 07:17 AM
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I'd go new.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 07:56 AM
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I currently have the original speedo in my 130 with 193,000 miles on it. I have a new speedo that I will be installing for same reasons that JimC mentioned.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 08:03 AM
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I went new following the rebuild. My main reason was I was switching out the KPH for a MPH speedo and figured why not go new. Most everything else was.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 08:07 AM
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Keep it original until you don't have the choice.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 08:14 AM
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I'd replace it. The miles on your truck are too high for it to even matter in my opinion. I would only recommend keeping an original speedometer if it has sub 80k miles. You can also have the new speedo mileage set to your current mileage.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 08:15 AM
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Why leave the original in? It seems as there is little else that's original why would a speedo matter?

As far as carfax: when does the odometer read out change outside of a sale? It seems like the most common mileage update occurs after a sale. That won't be something visible to anyone during your transaction.

Keep the old one, maybe scribe the reading on the back of the new speedo? But really I don't think I'd care at all.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 08:41 AM
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You can always ask Stephen ( as he install a new VDO cluster ) to have the local ASE ( if he is not one ) certify the change, the Paper will serve as actual miles ; some Speedo shops will place a decal in the engine bay, but they have to do the swap.

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Old May 10th, 2015, 10:04 AM
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I just had this same conversation 2 months ago with Safari HP and a Florida shop they referred me too. In my case, everything on my truck was new except the I really thought it best to match mileage. Unfortunately ULC lost my original speedo. Since the rest of the gauges we're going to be new, it most likely was going to get swapped either way.
Long story short, it's not easy to spin up a new speedo with the old mileage. For my VDO it was going to have to sit on a rig for 2 months to get to the correct mileage. For maintenance purposes, you might as well start new. Everything will be based from zero, and that's the number you'll use more.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 02:24 PM
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Jonathan no one looks at speedos with these things on buying...unless they are represented as a fully documented sub 100K all original when things like carfax and receipts really matter. Yours is going to be far from original. In fact it is actually going to be an "original" build . People want to know mileage after rebuilds and stuff...

So why worry. When or really IF you sell it the person is going to want to know miles from your rebuild. Be very easy to say look at the speedo. Plus like someone else said. Too easy for maintenance purposes to track miles on a 0 speedo after build.

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