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Old 12-04-2002, 11:30 AM   #1
silvertoy
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So I saw the how to on scooby mods on how to change your Climate control lights to blue. I actually want to change all of my dashboard lights, HVAC and every other light i can find to Red, does anyone know of any problems I might run into?

Also... Where can I find the bulb covers (condoms) that they refer to in that write up. I went to radioshack and asked for bulb covers and they looked at me like I had 3 heads, I told them what they were and they still said they didn't carry them.

One last thing, Any tips on how to get a really nice deep red color, or any problems I am going to experience by trying to make all of the interior lights red? I especially want to avoid getting a pink/orange color.

I see lots of work using the blue LED's in combination w/ 330 OHM resistors, would it be simpler in my case to use red incandescent bulbs or bulb condoms, since red is more readilily available in those colors?
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Old 12-04-2002, 12:15 PM   #2
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i want to do the same mod.....sorry i cant hep any.
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Old 12-04-2002, 12:38 PM   #3
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Ah and I almost forgot the most important one of all... I want to change the bulb in the factory column mounted boost gauge !!!

I can't stand having the white gauge against the green gauges.
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Old 12-12-2002, 10:25 AM   #4
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Okay here's what I've done so far with the help of some posts on the appearance forum. I ordered Bulb condoms from partsexpress.com Search for lamp covers. Remember I did this on a 2003 WRX, other models may very well be different.

I ordered 10 ( would recommend getting 20) of the .2" covers (5 mm) and 10 of the .12" covers (3mm) At first I took off the radio trim and then removed the faceplate for the HVAC controls and removed the bulbs and removed the green bulb covers and put on 1 red .2" bulb cover. This made the HVAC controls appear pinkish, solution... 1 more bulb cover and with 2 covers on each of the 2 bulbs in the HVAC I obtained a deeper red hue which matches the red LED's on my JVC head unit perfectly. NEXT>>>>
I removed the 2 screws at the top of the gauge cluster trim and removed the trim. Then I removed the 3 screws that attach the cluster itself. There are 3 connectors in the back that you need to unplug to get the unit out, after I figured out what bulbs went where I plugged it back in and left it in the dash but flipped up so I could still reach the bulbs which are located on the very back of the housing. As I pulled each one out I removed the factory bulb covers and replaced them with red ones, same deal as before, 1 red is pinkish, 2 is a nice deep red. The two bulbs that light the Fuel and Temp gauges are only 3 mm, so you need to use the .12" bulb condoms on these, the .2" will fall off. But they are a much tighter fit than the 5mm. THere are 3 other bulbs remaining at this point that need to have the green swapped w/ red and they will all accomodate the .2".

The good: Nice deep red color for the gauges and HVAC, much more pleasing than the green in my opinion. Only cost me $5 in parts.

The bad: The trip meter is still green!!! I'm assuming it's another bulb and I remember reading about it somewhere, but I can't find it now. I would like to change this color to blue however, I think red would work as well, but a little contrast won't hurt. The blue dot on the HVAC is barely visible, it is definitely purplish in color. Leaving the Bulbs white and using a red film (w/ hole for hvac) might be a better solution to make the HVAC look good. This was my original plan but I have problems finding red film around here, I tried michaels and some other craft stores and nothing.
I'll Keep you all posted.

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Old 12-12-2002, 10:29 AM   #5
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One other thing.
Could someone PLEASE tell me how to change the color of the factory boost gauge, how does one go about getting that rubber cover off? Do I need to take apart the column?
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Old 12-12-2002, 11:44 AM   #6
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hey silvertoy, got any pictures of what it looks like now?
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Old 12-12-2002, 04:16 PM   #7
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No Digital camera, I can take some pics w/ a regular camera, and they should be ready sometime in the next few weeks, all I can say is that the new red color is similar to the red one would see from an LED. I'm really tempted to try some of the LEDtronics LED's in there to see if they would be brighter or dimmer, but seeing as how one bulb would cost more than my whole experiment... NAH.

Here's the 2 posts that helped me the most...

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I wish I had time to go through both of them right now and find the info on how to do the odometer.

But I know it doenst' say anything about the gauges... Hrmm... Anyone... Should this get moved to the dress-up forum for more attention?
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