I don't know about this recalibration deal but it sounds like worth a try. Recalibration probably means adding a resistor to the circuit or something to have them dim at the same level as the others no big deal.
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OK here is the skinny on the best bet for my dilemma.
I spoke with the gentleman who offered to sell me the needles. He has a deal with a Lexus dealership that he does work for. Price for 2 needles? $350, wow. The guy was very cool, and informed me that even if I did shell out the money I would most probably mess up my gauges. He suggested I just get the top plate of the instrument cluster (as it is made up of a top and bottom "plate") from a junkyard and just replace the entire top plate.
So I guess you can really mess up the gauge itself if you try and replace the needles alone.
Now lets see if I can find a decent junkyard in the Boston/Hartford area.
1994 Lexus ES300
1987 Mercedes Benz 300E
Here's an idea. After reading all the replies to this HOT subject about crucial needles going out for MANY people. How about contacting the guy that gave the 350.00 quote and inform him that MANY people will be purchasing the needles from him. How about working a deal with us all? I think that we can nego. starting @ 200.00 then work up. I think that if we all combine our needs for these needles then maybe we ALL can strike a price.
I have that top plate for a 93 ES for sale. It is brand new. It will probably fit other years. I bought it thinking that it would work for my problem, but when I took it to my dealer to have it installed, they said that I needed the whole cluster because my RPM guage isn't working at all. So if anyone wants this top plate, let me know.