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Greetings!I picked up a 1988

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I picked up a 1988 200 XLC last year. She was pretty rough, but still solid. After a good bit of work, she is running great. The one thing that is still an outstanding issue is the dashboard.

The trim button on the throttle works for down but not for up (have to use the trailer button to raise the trim). I was told by our mechanic that the reason is a short in the wiring of the trim gauge, and that to fix it would mean replacing the trim gauge. The speedometer also works only intermittently.

So given those, I don't have faith that the rest of the gauges, while seeming to work, are actually accurate.

My question is, do I replace the entire instrument package? Or can I selectively replace gauges? Is there a particular brand or type that is better? How would I determine compatibility of gauges with my boat? Or are they universal?

Thanks for any assistance!


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I would suggest that your trim may not be operational due to a sending unit issue instead of wiring at the gauge.

As for your speedometer, if you have a pickup hole on your drive, check to be sure it is clear of obstructions and that the tube going from your drive to the back of the speedometer is clear. If you use air to clear the line, be sure to disconnect it from the speedometer first. If you have a pitot tube measuring speed, and the issue is erratic speed, then you may need to adjust the placement of that tube.


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