Earlier I featured the AE86 GT-Apex Digi Dash and obviously it raises many AE86 enthusiasts hearts. This time I’d like to feature the normal AE86 cluster versus the AE85 cluster.
In case you feel you have a deja-vu by now: you are completely right about that! I did post the AE86 gauge clusters earlier, but repost it once again with additional information.
JDM AE86 gauge clusters
If you ever owned an AE86 (or watched too much Initial D) these clusters should be quite familar:
The top one is the standard JDM zenki AE86 cluster (83010-1A730) and the lower one is the kouki cluster (83010-1A731), both for RHD cars. Difference between the kouki and zenki cluster are the the white vertical lines, white needles that replaced the old orange needles and the orange indication you are driving over 100km/h.
In general these two clusters were always present in the GT and GT-V editions, while the GT-APEX editions did feature quite frequently the popular digidash option.
Another variant is this Black Limited gauge cluster:
It is the orange version of the zenki gauge cluster. Remember that the Black Limited actually is a kouki Sprinter Trueno with black/orange elements, so it is a bit surprising to see its gauge cluster being a zenki item. On the other hand I would not be charmed of a cluster with vertical orange stripes… 😉
AUDM Sprinter SR AE86 gauge cluster
Almost similar to the zenki JDM dash is the Australian dash:
They only sold the Sprinters (as they were called) till 1985, so they only received the zenki dash. The tacho’s redline is at 6K as these Sprinters received the 4A-C engine and not the 4A-GE. They were still featuring the AE86 chassis code, just like their USDM counterparts.
Big thanks to Fez for contributing this picture!
UKDM Corolla GT AE86 gauge cluster
Difference between JDM, AUDM and UKDM gauge cluster is the speedo that reaches 150mph (240km/h). Unfortunately I haven’t found a picture of that cluster (yet)…
EUDM Corolla GT AE86 gauge cluster
Difference between JDM and continental EUDM gauge cluster is the mirrored layout and speedo that reaches 240 km/h.
As you can see every gauge has been mirrored and the EUDM tachometer starts where the JDM ends (if you mirror it). Some of the warning lights have been mirrored as well and not to forget the trip-meter reset. Apart from that the difference of EUDM zenki vs kouki is similar to the JDM zenki vs kouki differences.
USDM Corolla GT-S AE86 gauge cluster
Difference between JDM and USDM is the mirrored layout and the speedo that reaches 150mph (240km/h) and reads “Unleaded fuel only”. As you can see EUDM and USDM are pretty much the same, apart from the mph speedo scale and the “Unleaded fuel only” marking.
JDM AE85 gauge cluster
USDM/CADM Corolla SR5 AE86 gauge cluster
Swiss/Other Corolla SR AE86 gauge cluster
The Corolla SR sold in Switzerland and some other undefined countries (like the Dutch Antilles) and was basically nearly identical to the Australian Sprinter SR, but then mirrored as it’s a LHD car. The gauge cluster of the SR models had a tachometer on the left with a redline of 6k rpm and a speedo on the right that reached 180km/h.
There is also an gauge cluster overlay available from Torparts which has a tacho meter layout going all the way up to 10k, but then you will have the USDM layout and a mph speedo. The overlay just extends the 8k rpm range to 10k rpm on the same scale so your tacho needs to be recalibrated or replaced.
Another one off 220km/h JDM cluster.
Last but not least AEU86 member Ivan141 is currently busy on a RGB dash project where he uses several PCBs to backlit the AE86 gauge cluster in any color by using RGB leds. The project is still in its development phase, but he might sell it as a separate kit in the (near) future.
I know there might be a couple of other variaties around the globe, for instance I could not find anything regarding the AU/NZ clusters. If you have such a cluster: please compare it to what I posted here and tell me if it is similar to any other model.