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Old 10-10-2003, 12:36 PM   #1
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I want to take my factory column mounted '04 STI boost gauge apart to put a red light bulb condom in it. Anyone know how to do this?

I tried searching, but it just times out...
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Old 10-10-2003, 12:59 PM   #2
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The cup is rubber, so you can bend the lip back, one bit at a time, and get your finger or a screw-driver in there to pry it out. Some lube may help, but I have never needed it. After you pry it out slowly, the bulb is just a twist-off part.
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Old 10-10-2003, 05:24 PM   #3
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The cup is rubber, so you can bend the lip back, one bit at a time, and get your finger or a screw-driver in there to pry it out. Some lube may help, but I have never needed it. After you pry it out slowly, the bulb is just a twist-off part.
I used a few wooden tongue depressors. The rubber cup has a pretty good grip on the gauge.
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Old 10-12-2003, 01:56 AM   #4
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I just put my lil Subaru issue screwdriver in between the rubber and the gauge (be careful not to scratch the part of the ring that u see) where their's a lip from the gauges face and pryed it out till i could get a hold of it...then *pop* comes right off...it helps to put the steering wheel down too when u do get it off so the boost hose isn't to tight...then inside their is a lil connector that u can pull off and also the light is in that black nub that u just turn and then pull out. You'll notice their is already a condom on it but it does diddle sqaut.
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Old 10-13-2003, 12:13 PM   #5
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are there any direct replacement colored bulbs that fit? I am thinking about doing this for my 04 sedan. What size bulb is it?
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Old 10-13-2003, 04:03 PM   #6
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are there any direct replacement colored bulbs that fit? I am thinking about doing this for my 04 sedan. What size bulb is it?
There are no colored bulbs. But there are bulb covers, also called bulb condoms. The stock bulb has a blue condom on it (to make the light slightly white). I ordered up some green bulb condoms from www.partsexpress.com (the 0.2" ones). The color isn't exact, but it is better than stock.

I offered them for sale a little while ago as a favor to the community since I had plenty left ($1 each via Paypal), but only three people bit. If you want a green one, you can PM me.
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Old 10-15-2003, 02:27 AM   #7
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I just tried to remove the stock boost gauge... I can't get it out at all. When I stick a screw driver in the housing I start to "bend" the damn part that is mounted on the steering colum... I DON'T want to break anything... I just want to change the condom to red because I did that with everything else in my car... Why is this so hard?

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Old 10-16-2003, 04:40 AM   #8
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Hey Orson,

I couldn't find where the bulb condoms were on that site, could you direct me please?

And you said the factory has a blue bulb condom? So then does that mean I can't make the guage light up blue?

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