Member Credit: EddyMaxx (Additional photos/info by chrisaust and CleanMaxx)

Are you looking to get rid of that orange cluster on your 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima? Well you can install an 07-08 cluster very easily as everything is plug-n-play. All you need to do is purchase a cluster with miles closest to your car and cluster cover/hood. The 07-08 cluster will also work on 04-06 6-Speed 6thgens (even if you are HR swapped lol). 

Below is a photo of the 04-06 OEM cluster  (all orange….yikes). The only members I’ve seen that like the orange are the ones with the peanut butter elite orange Interior (only because it matches the  theme of the car). You can also add custom LEDs to your existing 04-06 cluster but most members just want a newer and refreshed look.

The first step is to buy a speedometer/cluster from eBay or local junkyard (or Facebook Classifieds). Try to get one as closest to your current mileage. You can also pay for an odometer adjustment but just easier to get a closer one to your actual mileage.

The pricing for the cluster is anywhere between $60 and $120 depending on where you get it from. Make sure to also buy the cluster cover/hood as well. Some people forget about this. The cover is usually around $40-50 bucks.

The whole swap takes about 45 minutes to an hour. 

You will also need the following tools:

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver (or preferably something thin and plastic)
  • Socket wrench only if you need to disconnect battery to work on electrical system (not really required)
  • Something to cut plastic (for creating hole to route cluster plug/harness)

Photo of the Purchased Cluster/Speedometer (Miles were very close)

Photos of Cluster Cover/Hood

Steps to remove the old cluster and add new cluster

Underneath the steering wheel there are 3 screw holes… Remove these screws with Phillips screwdriver.
Click the image to open in full size.Adjust the steering wheel all the way out and down. Inserting flat-head screwdriver in between two plastic pieces on the right side of the steering wheel where the windshield wiper knob is. Carefully pop apart plastic housing surrounding steering wheel and set aside.
Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.Remove plastic covering over gauges. Using flat-head screwdriver or thin plastic, slide under top middle plastic piece and slowly lift up to pop out. Then slide under each piece on left and right, pop out front part first, then lift and pull towards you.
Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.On top of gauge cluster is one single screw, remove this:
Click the image to open in full size.Under gauge cluster are two hidden screws, unscrew both but don’t remove, it’s easier to pull out gauge cluster and screws will come out with it, then you can take them out.
Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.

Mount new cluster on the dashboard.

You will notice that the speedometer plug is on the opposite now. Since the plug is short, you will need to cut a hole and route the plug over to the left side. You can also stretch the harness if you don’t want to cut a hole. Just very careful.

Cutting the hole out will make it easier for you to route the plug into the new cluster. Simple and EASY!

Follow the reverse steps of removing the cluster and add back all the screws. Put the cover/hood back. Start the car and you are all SET! Enjoy your new cluster. 

Below is an example of the final product. The clusters below have modded LEDs which you can also add.