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Hello everyone,
The 2001-2003 Durango and Dakota come with RPM and MPH needles that were manufactured incorrectly. On most models, light should shine throughout the whole needle, however on the 01-03 Durango and Dakota, the needles are underwhelmingly dim. A red LED set under the cluster will brighten the needles, but dim the rest of the face unless you're smart and already put in glow gauges so you won't have to see that hideous teal/orange combo. However, even with the red LEDs, the stock MPH and RPM needles are not fully lit.

I am here to let you know that there is a solution to this, albeit care must be taken.

Before anything, I must advise you to get a prying tool to remove your needles. If you do not have one, a fork from your kitchen will work just as well. Also, it is a great idea to take a picture of your needles before doing any extensive work.
Any MPH and RPM needles designed to fit the 2007-2013 makes of the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and Silverado, will ALSO fit the 2001-2003 Durango AND Dakota. They also maintain perfect accuracy and are about as plug and play as it gets.

https://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=107261&thumb=1 Speedo needles BEFORE replacement

https://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=107263&thumb=1 Speedo needles AFTER replacement

Where it gets a bit more complicated is the smaller side-needles. These are also less of an issue. Physically, the ones for the 07-13 Chevy Tahoe Suburban and Silverado will fit, although the needles on the 01-03 Durango/Dakota have a stopper nibby under the needle that the Tahoe needles do not have.
You will need a very small drill bit, and you will have to drill a hole right above the shaft on your new needles and glue in a small piece of a paperclip. MAKE SURE your paperclip is straight.

I left the original needles for the gas and temp in. The needle didn't want to go in for the temp, plus it was always overwhelmingly bright compared to the others. Which reminds me, if the new needle really does NOT want to go in, don't force it.
I also left the original needle for gas, as I just simply do not like messing with the gas gauge.

Hopefully you enjoyed this thread and maybe inspired to do some optimizations of your own:biggrin::biggrin:


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