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Old 12-30-2004, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default Interior Color Change Tutorial: Key Ring

Key Ring Color Change Tutorial

What you need:
1-2 (.2) Lamp Covers CLICK ME
Philips Screwdriver
Procedure:
Take the Philips screwdriver and take out the one screw under the steering column:
Drop down steering height adjuster arm:
Pull off the bottom half of the plastic trim surrounding the steering column, use some force.
Slide off the plastic ring towards the passenger side.
Unscrew the bulb from the plastic ring, replace the lamp cover. (Make sure you leave your door closed and the light it off for 5 minutes, bulb will get HOT)
Reverse order of install to put your car back together, There is a notch that the plastic ring goes back on to.
Note: This may sometimes take more than one bulb cover to get the desired color, on a side note, I tried blue using the lamp cover method, it came out a little too teal for my taste, the red colors seem to work far better.



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Old 12-30-2004, 03:13 PM   #2
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Very nice job with the included pics!! Thanks!!

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Old 12-30-2004, 03:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for the great pics...

...now if someone will tell me if I can make all 3 of my factory guage pod guages red I'll be set!!!

I'm pretty sure I can do the boost guage...not sure about oil temp and voltage.
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Old 12-30-2004, 03:55 PM   #4
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Anyone else with an STi done this, or maybe even an '05 STi? I did it and don't recall being able to slide the plastic ring off, which made it a real PITA. Maybe I just didn't pull hard enough though...
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Old 12-30-2004, 04:09 PM   #5
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Ill have the green->red factory gauge cluster up within an hour, maybe even the boost gauge, I did em all so im workin on tutorials for them. I also put up how to do the radio and HVAC, take a look on the interior mod forum. WR^2X You just have to give it a wiggle and then slide it off, I imagine the design is the same.
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Old 12-30-2004, 04:11 PM   #6
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Maybe not an hour, those 2 took the life outta me.
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Old 12-30-2004, 05:32 PM   #7
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Old 12-30-2004, 05:55 PM   #8
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you should have all 3 threads stickied.
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:04 AM   #9
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Is the stock bulb green? Wouldn't that make kind of a dirty red color? Or is the bulb clear with a green bulb condom on? Either way, I think I'll be doing this mod for fun.
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:12 AM   #10
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It's clear with a green condom on.
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Old 03-23-2005, 02:16 AM   #11
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How come my 02 WRX doesn't have a key light? It's just a round black plastic....
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Old 03-23-2005, 02:38 AM   #12
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oh is THAT all you have to do... wow that's great. I have some leftover bulb condoms too
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Old 03-23-2005, 10:51 AM   #13
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How come my 02 WRX doesn't have a key light? It's just a round black plastic....
That's the way Subaru made them in '02.
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Old 04-02-2005, 01:42 AM   #14
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Question is- can you add a lighted key ring to a 2002-03????
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Old 04-04-2005, 11:35 AM   #15
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Question is- can you add a lighted key ring to a 2002-03????
Short answer: Well I donít think that question has been answered one way or the other.

In theory you would need the illuminated key ring, a new upper and lower steering wheel cowling (or whatever it's called) due to the fact the ring needs a larger opening around the ignition barrel. The problem lies in the wiring since the existing wiring works off the dome light circuit. I compared the diagram of the 04 RS with a STI and noted there is no wiring for the RS.
I also physically checked it. So how would you power it? My idea would be to install the ring and see if the light could be powered off the positive brake light switch. Get in the car in the dark, push the brake and illuminate the ring.
If that worked , then buy the cowling to go with it.
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Old 04-04-2005, 11:49 AM   #16
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Short answer: Well I donít think that question has been answered one way or the other.

In theory you would need the illuminated key ring, a new upper and lower steering wheel cowling (or whatever it's called) due to the fact the ring needs a larger opening around the ignition barrel. The problem lies in the wiring since the existing wiring works off the dome light circuit. I compared the diagram of the 04 RS with a STI and noted there is no wiring for the RS.
I also physically checked it. So how would you power it? My idea would be to install the ring and see if the light could be powered off the positive brake light switch. Get in the car in the dark, push the brake and illuminate the ring.
If that worked , then buy the cowling to go with it.
Sweet. Basically, fitament is no issue- just coming up with a viable power source eh? I can swing working with that

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Old 04-04-2005, 12:27 PM   #17
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Sweet. Basically, fitament is no issue- just coming up with a viable power source eh? I can swing working with that
Well from what I can see I donít think fitment is an issue but I cant say that with a high degree of certainty. Having had a WRX, a STI and an RS I did not see any structural difference in the key barrel or in the cowlings.(other than the increased barrel hole size) but it's always possible there is something i am not seeing. After all , for example, if the two metal posts that hold the bottom cowling were a 32nd off in the two different models that would not be noticed in a visual inspection. Nor am I certain if the bulb in the ring can be powered by a full 12 volt source. I will give this a try sometime this summer but have a few other priorities right now. Currently I am using a blue glow wire
inserted into the space around the key barrel and using the brake light as a power source.
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Old 06-15-2005, 09:07 AM   #18
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...now if someone will tell me if I can make all 3 of my factory guage pod guages red I'll be set!!!
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Old 06-15-2005, 10:55 AM   #19
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the 03 had a lighted key ring... one of the very minor changes to the 03 from the 02.
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Old 06-15-2005, 05:50 PM   #20
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Old 06-17-2005, 02:40 PM   #21
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NO
NO
I need info on the factory 3 guage pod (BOOST,VOLT,OIL TEMP)
Will the gauges pull out from there?
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Old 07-01-2005, 02:32 PM   #22
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So it seems im the only one with the performance gauge pack
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Old 10-06-2005, 02:05 AM   #23
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I originaly had the Per. Gauge pack install but decided to go with the Defi Cluster setup mainly for the JDM look and function but also cause they matched the stock G cluster on the 04 STI so well + monitor the vitials when haveing her tuned.
But to answer your question is to remove the two screws on the cup holder and pull it out, then the rest of center console and vents just pop out with a lil tug. now you have ease of access to the bottom clips of the gauge cluster w/ out diging up the dash w/ a screw driver! Push them in in the front and then work your way to the back and it easily pops out. Now remove the cluster and unscrew the bracket bolts that hols the gauges one buy one. Now this I have not done but would imagine that it would be possible! By observing the gauges after removal, I'd imagine that you can remove the face and then access the bulbs. The removal time for all is 10-20 min tops, so its not hard if you have time to experiment.
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:31 AM   #24
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When you pull the bottom half of the column plastic off, do you pull it straight down, or do you pull it toward the rear of the car? I'm not looking at the piece right now so it could be that i just have to look at it to know how to pull it off.
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Old 02-20-2006, 01:03 PM   #25
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I pulled straight down. Just did it last night actually.
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