MOVING THE MEDALLION DISPLAY
On the '04, the Medallion Display is located near the left knee, and behind
the steering column. You would have to nearly stand on your head to read
it, and the original display was hard to read at the best of times.
Replacing the display with a newer version and moving it to the headlight
switch position is a huge improvement. You can easily view the screen and
make selections even while you are driving. The screen that I choose as
the default is the Speed in Kilometres (Unless I am State side), the RPM,
and the gear actually engaged. The headlight switch is in the former
display location and closer to the left hand. Now the display is actually
useful and you will be surprised how much useful information is available,
while you are driving.
The first step was to remove the display, by removing two phillips screws
from the back, a few from the front and pulling the wire harness. Then to
remove the headlight switch you have to remove the gauge cluster by
removing the 6 phillips head screws in front, and all the screws along the
top edge of the dash cover. With the cluster area open there are four lag
bolts on the inside that hold the cover onto the dash. With them removed
and the cover removed you have full and easy access to the headlight
switch. I removed the switch, and the harness. The harness easy reaches
the former display area. I fashioned a plastic cover because the display
area is a bit larger. I just used large screws through the front of the
plastic cover into holes on the centre of each side of the switch and it
holds nicely in place.
For installing the display I had to enlarge the hole in the dash, further
to the right with a dremel. Be careful because you certainly don't want
the hole too large. Measure twice, cut once is a good rule. I carefully
drilled 4 holes, two for the two rear screws, and two to hold the front.
With the display in place, I checked to make sure it works properly.
Replace the dash cover and the four lag bolts, and the top edge screws,
and the guage cluster, and you are back in action.
Medallion Instruments, a division of Borg Warner, direct or through
Freightliner, have the new display unit available. I bought mine at the
Freightliner booth, at the Minot FMCA, for $75 US. It has large, LCD
characters, and a white background, and the light intensity varies with the
dash light dimmer. Changing the display alone, is a huge improvement, even
if you leave it in the original location. The new location is better yet.
I am very pleased with how it looks and more importantly having access to
such important information while driving.
Submitted by Jack Myton