Sorry if I was a little upset when I wrote that reply, I had an A-HOLE I work with question what I did, and told my boss that I didn't do a procedure when I have a sign-off sheet and data to back up what I did.I'm not asking if you care or trying to criticize your car. I'm asking to be sure for myself, because that would drive me crazy.
After thinking about it, I'd agree. I'm sure I could have cut a little more of the stock plastic back-dash part, and then made my mounting hole to the back dash thru my aluminum brackets in a higher location to therefore bring the cluster down. Then I could have done something with the right-side.Also no I don't think it has anything to do with your oil psi gauge. It's because the cluster is a completely different shape than the stock one. They all look like that I've just never been able to really be sure with the lower quality pics posted online. That's why they come with foam to shove in the hole.
I was excited about having it installed, and getting my complete lower dash back together, since I've had the two mechanical gauges out, along with the cluster bezel for a few months. I also redid the headliner in black, had all the seatbelts serviced, with the front ones getting new black webbing, wet sanded and painted the A, B, and C pillar, and front and rear rocker panel cover plastic parts in flat black, and installed new stainless steel screws to mount the respective pieces. Then I installed LED light bulbs in the headliner center, as well as the two rear lights @ the clothes hanger hooks.Thanks for answering my questions. I think I'd be better off with a gauge pod and a tach on the A pillar.
I actually found my 'White Whale" in a local junkyard about a month ago. It's a cherry-red lower dash complete with no broken tabs for $16!! In the eventuality that I install a new stereo, and paint the lower dash gray, I will prob. tweak the cluster mounting at that time.
I'm picky about the stuff I do, but this doesn't bother me, so I'm just going to ride with it.