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Old 02-13-2004, 06:29 AM   #1
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Default Converting BF DEFI gauges to RED backlight

hey guys just bought sum DEFI BF gauges and i just saw that they will be coming in the red baclkight at the end of the year,

was wondering if it can be done to change the white lighting to red. ie does any1 know if this can be done. has any1 pulled their gauges apart.

any help would be appreitated as i would like them to look like my sti cluster.
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Old 02-13-2004, 10:58 AM   #2
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It can be done ... I got some guy back in Singapore to help me with it. I heard that there are 8 leds in each Defi Gauge. But I have no idea how he did it, just know that he did ...

Scroll to the middle of the pages ... you will see them.

http://sqc-ny.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2812

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Old 02-13-2004, 11:24 AM   #3
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Jin - you are the FIRST person I've encountered who has managed to change the backlighting on the Defi gauges. I have the BF series, and have been keeping a sharp eye out for threads such as this. I read on another forum that the 2 screws on the back of the gauges are solely to loosen the "guts" inside the gauge, and that you need to pop the face off of the gauge to gain access to the LED's. Is there any way you can get more info. on how your friend in Singapore managed this? There would be a LOT of appreciative STi owners on this kinda info....plz let me/us know. Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:58 AM   #4
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hey jin.

yeah could u PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell us wot he did, do u know how to remove the cover off the gauges and did he put lil condoms over the leds or did he replace them.
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Old 02-13-2004, 04:05 PM   #5
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I would also like to know how the gauges come apart.
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Old 02-14-2004, 06:01 AM   #6
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Hey guys i tried it.

to pull the gauge apart u need to unscrew the 2 silver bolts then pry gently with a flat head screw driver. because it is aluminum u well c where the bend marks are. this is the only way to separte the two pieces as defi has crimped the face onto the holder.

anway taking the gauge apart i found 8 leds around the outer and 4 in the inner which are already the red colour. BUT these leds are wot ive neva seen before only bout 2mm in size and height.

i tried to put a red backing to turn the colour red howver it isnt as bright and dosent look rite. wot needs to be dun is to replace the leds i will post up a picture so we can source these then all we have to do is replace the leds.
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Old 02-14-2004, 09:49 PM   #7
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Yeah, I wasn't there to watch him do it, as he did the change to all my gauges including the control link unit. However, he did tell me he replaced the all 8 leds. He has successfully changed the STI V8 Cluster to white too ... but there were repeatedly problems with the speedo or oil or something else not working correctly. Furthermore, the leds for the V 8 Speed Cluster were really difficult to get. So I chose the safer route. Thats all I really know ...

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Old 02-15-2004, 06:24 AM   #8
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bump for a solution
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Old 02-15-2004, 07:39 PM   #9
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here is a pic of the circuit board.

LEDS from defi board
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Old 02-16-2004, 01:54 AM   #10
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BUMP for DIY
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:01 PM   #11
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are these directions for the 02 - on or for every year subaru?
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:33 PM   #12
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Ok you guys gata help me, I tried doing this mod tonight and now my tach won't go below 3k what the hell do I do?
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:59 PM   #13
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im talking about defi gauges not the subaru cluster.

clocks maybe u havent put the needle back in at the rite spot so it thinks 3000 is the 0 point of the rpm.
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Old 02-16-2004, 11:08 PM   #14
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you remove the needle? that is a bad no no.....
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Old 02-16-2004, 11:52 PM   #15
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hey fry rice. for the defi gauges u have to remove the needle but yes i wouldnt remove the on the odometer as now it would probaly be out of calibration.


hey fry rice this is wot we need.

the leds are called surface mount SMT LEDS high intensity red.

the size is 3.4mmX 2.6mm
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Old 02-17-2004, 12:34 AM   #16
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Tino, I no not really have the numbers to that shop. The only way I can think of is to ask him again when i return back to Singapore, and that will be a while ... sorry about that.

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Old 02-17-2004, 01:00 AM   #17
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hey jin do u know the guys name or the name of the shop i have a friend in singapore at the moment who may be able to track him down
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Old 02-17-2004, 09:38 AM   #18
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As I suspected....VERY interested Defi/STi owners. Any more info coming thru on this possible mod???
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Old 02-17-2004, 10:48 AM   #19
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Yeah ... the company is called Espace. If your friend in Singapore knows anything about WRXes ... he will know that company. Its in Ubi ( near the driving center and another well known tunning shop called 'Jeep Chee' ). The guy whom I talked to is called Andy. He is the boss there. The guy who did the actual install was called Peter. Thats all I know.

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Old 02-17-2004, 10:43 PM   #20
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thanks jin ill chek it out.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:08 AM   #21
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Please, let's hope someone finds something. Those red Defis, I don't think they're going to come out until 4th quarter 04, that's what gruppe-s said anyway.
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Old 02-18-2004, 02:08 PM   #22
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anyone tried this with d-series defi gauges?

if not i may have to be the first... now!
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Old 04-05-2004, 11:05 AM   #23
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Wow, somebody painted the leds ... cool idea!

http://forums.s2ki.com/forums/showth...highlight=Defi

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Old 04-06-2004, 10:37 PM   #24
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nice i wounder if it can be done with a red marker?
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Old 04-07-2004, 02:22 AM   #25
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DAMN THAT IS O SO NICE im going to do that tomorrow

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