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Old 03-24-2009, 08:37 PM   #201
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guess no help....really wanted to do this.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:59 PM   #202
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guess no help....really wanted to do this.

i ended up using red model paint on the radio. looks really good, and i will be switching the gauges to red paint also. havent mustered up the gall to wire LED's in the HVAC yet. but for your car, you can probably paint them too.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:30 AM   #203
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The HVAC controls on the '08-? Impreza, I just disassembled, and it turns out they are illuminated by two tiny white light bulbs - which is to say, not LEDs, so they have a slight yellowish tint. The light from these two bulbs is spread out via a translucent piece of specifically curved red plastic, and then the backs of the HVAC dials are also painted red.

So, if I want to make these any color other than red (and I do), I'd have to remove that red paint first. This can be done with a Q-tip and nail polish remover, correct?

Then I'd have to discard that red plastic piece, which will unfortunately cause the light to be spread non-uniformly, and that's sort of a bummer, but not necessarily a deal-breaker. I mean, what else am I going to do? It isn't like I can just make another one of those made out of clear plastic.

And, lastly (almost), I'd have to replace those two white bulbs with LEDs. That's probably the only easy part of the entire process, and even it won't be that easy, as I didn't see how to even remove those. They should screw out easily enough, if I could expose the back of them.

How does one remove a HVAC control panel from a car, any car, with those metal cables attached to it? It seems pretty tightly tethered in place.

Finally, though it's really not important, I'd also love to replace (or have replaced for me, rather) the red LED for the AC on/off button, and that's soldered to that circuit board. That light totally should've been blue, and I truly have no idea why it's not.

Sigh.

It looks like getting rid of all this red lighting (which I really want to do!) might not be possible. Or, at least, it sure as hell won't be cheap.

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Old 06-03-2009, 11:30 PM   #204
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Alright, I've been reading several threads, but I can't seem to get a 100% confirm. What exactly are the bulb sizes I am looking for?

HVAC: ?
Gauge Cluster: ?
Keyring: ?

anyone?
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:38 AM   #205
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i like and i want!
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:47 PM   #206
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here's a link to where i got my bulb covers, hope this helps someone!

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T1 = 3 mm diameter
T1 3/4 = 5 mm diameter
Just ordered some of these. Will post some pics when I'm all done. Ill be doing the key ring, OEM boost gauge, and hvac to red with the bulb cover method.
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:39 AM   #207
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Alright, I've been reading several threads, but I can't seem to get a 100% confirm. What exactly are the bulb sizes I am looking for?

HVAC: ?
Gauge Cluster: ?
Keyring: ?

anyone?
should've read this one http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...11&postcount=4

and because i'm a nice guy...

gauge cluster: 8 x 5mm (T1 3/4) and 4 x 3mm (T1)
04 hvac: 2 x 5mm
keyring: 1 x 5mm

you're welcome...
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:16 PM   #208
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here's a link to where i got my bulb covers, hope this helps someone!

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T1 = 3 mm diameter
T1 3/4 = 5 mm diameter

Thanks antho!! ordered and installed. Was a little worried b/c in the baggy they looked orange but in the car red
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:20 PM   #209
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i have done this mod to my 07 over a year now.. done it all by myself.. the hvac , the windows switches , replaced my cluster with an sti one..basically everything is converted into red... and it looks awesome..
you just need some soldering skills for the hvac
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:46 AM   #210
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It seems that Parts Express no longer stocks the red bulb covers, but I found another resource, Electronics Plus.

However, they list the covers as .125" inside diameter (1/8") x .187" outside diameter (3/16")

Are these the same as the covers that you've used? They also list ones with a .125" outside diameter.

Just want to make sure to order the correct size so any help will be appreciated!

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Old 09-16-2010, 04:00 PM   #211
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hey have you done the clock conversion yet? send me the link if you have
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:19 AM   #212
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So in order to do just my HVAC, my OEM Boost Gauge, and My Key ring, i would need about 8 .2 covers?

What about the window switches??
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:59 PM   #213
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anyone know where to get the red codom light covers from? Parts express no longer carries them.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:47 PM   #214
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Autolumination.com sells led bulbs that have up to 5 LEDs a bulb on them if you go to the site then scroll down look for the #74 bulbs click there those should fit they are wedge style bulbs.



I know this cus I changed my gauge cluster with them :-) (in my 05 Wrx)

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Old 12-10-2010, 11:59 PM   #215
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how to replave HVAC color on 05 WRX?
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:27 AM   #216
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^^^ sorry


Take hvac controls out, locate bulbs, fig out how many it takes I'm going to guess two or three. Go to autolumination.com scroll down look for #74 click then buy the color and how many LEDs per bulb you want. Wait for shipping then install, sit back and enjoy your new colored hvac controls
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:28 AM   #217
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05 model has different type of bulbs, they are really small with 4 connectors and require precize soldering
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:18 AM   #218
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^^ for what part the hvac?
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:25 PM   #219
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Thanks for the idea will try
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:48 AM   #220
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i just re-did my gauge cluster the other day and took all the red condoms out. they didnt look very good, anyways. i cleaned up all the green and black filament coating with nail polish remover and sandpaper, then used a salmon red stage gel. you can find them at any stage lighting/equipment place. it looks infinitely better than before, and the color is clean.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:43 AM   #221
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This doesn't work on the '06-'07 WRX HVAC. They changed to surface mount LEDs. Each knob has 3 white and 1 orange. The plastic that the knobs are made of is actually tinted green with silver/grey paint on the face. Even if I change the white LEDs I doubt I'll end up with the color I want. Any ideas?
just replace the LED's with red one's and it will work trust me .
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:17 PM   #222
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:21 AM   #223
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would this work or does any one have a diy of this for a 05?
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:36 PM   #224
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I just did mine because they were missing ordered from autolumination.com got 5 bulbs with holders and already had red bulb condoms on them,for $13.47 shipped.They look like the stock piece,10mmx3/8 19mm tall.Fit perfect look very good.And only took like 3 days to get.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:34 PM   #225
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Great info! I wasn't sure how to get those bulbs out and I really didnt want to break them. Question tho, the light in the ring around the 12v plug is a smaller led compared to the regular bulbs. Obviously you can buy the regular bulb covers anywhere, but where can I pick up those smaller bulb covers that fit that light??
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