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Old 11-22-2005, 04:49 AM   #226
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Right above my post?
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:23 AM   #227
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I meant daytime as asked above.
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Old 11-22-2005, 08:10 AM   #228
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Daytime ( yes its a little dirty


another with lights on


I'll try to aquire the bosses camera tonight for some night pics

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Old 11-22-2005, 09:30 PM   #229
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umm looks kinda alright during the day... but damnnn is there no way to even out the hot spots and dim area??

btw which sharpie did you buy?? permanent or paint?? what thickness?
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Old 11-23-2005, 06:35 PM   #230
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btw which sharpie did you buy?? permanent or paint?? what thickness?
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Old 11-23-2005, 08:01 PM   #231
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I've just read through every post of the whole 10 pages (took me most of last night and a few hours today). I can't wait to do this mod, but what's the consensus on the best method? Bulb condom, LED, or sharpie?
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Old 11-23-2005, 09:21 PM   #232
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LED and IMHO sharpie looks great.
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Old 11-23-2005, 11:07 PM   #233
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I took the time to look at the back of my '06 gauge faces; as well as the back of a cluster already torn apart...

I counted at least 3 layers; the green tint...covered by white, which is covered by dense black dots. I assume the latter two layers are for light diffusion.

I imagine bulb replacements and whatnot would work better if we could remove those layers and reapply something to diffuse the light to get rid of those hot/dim spots--which is likely impossible without removing the needles to gain full access to the back.

I don't exactly have the nerve to remove my needles though...and buying a cluster to experiment isn't on my to-do list anytime in the near future.
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Old 11-30-2005, 11:52 AM   #234
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hey kevin2.5rs what bulbs are you using behind the sharpie?? stock??
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:27 PM   #235
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I'm testing out a prototype diffuser right now. It makes a deeper red during the daytime and evens out the light.

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Old 11-30-2005, 04:23 PM   #236
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oo where do you get that
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Old 11-30-2005, 05:01 PM   #237
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Thats the best part, anyone should be able to make it themselves. Also, I got the odometer light working great. Once I make sure everything works out OK and there are no unexpected issues I will rework this thread to include rubrducky's method of dissassembly, odometer fix, and how to make and install the diffuser.

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Old 11-30-2005, 11:20 PM   #238
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Thats the best part, anyone should be able to make it themselves. Also, I got the odometer light working great. Once I make sure everything works out OK and there are no unexpected issues I will rework this thread to include rubrducky's method of dissassembly, odometer fix, and how to make and install the diffuser.
sounds goood =DD GO GO GO HURRY UP
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:24 AM   #239
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hey kevin2.5rs what bulbs are you using behind the sharpie?? stock??
Yes, but their painted
the larger bulbs will melt the bulb covers
Theres a layer of sharpie behind the gauge face too

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Old 12-01-2005, 11:22 AM   #240
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Yes, but their painted
the larger bulbs will melt the bulb covers
Theres a layer of sharpie behind the gauge face too
how about just paint on top of the gauge face... then only paint the hot spot areas behind the gauge face?
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Old 12-06-2005, 12:32 PM   #241
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I used blue gels with a ring of about 9 leds behind the tach and spedo gauge faces that are pointed backwards toward the engine bay to diffuse the light better and I don't get hot spots. 3 LEDs were used for the gas and temp gauges. I think they turned out well. I also used LEDs in my stereo, HVAC and gauges, the boost gauge still don't look quite right, but I'm gonna fix it. Let me know what you think!





Pics are from a camera phone so they didn't turn out that great but you get the idea
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Old 12-06-2005, 12:38 PM   #242
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howd you get a ring of LED's?
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Old 12-06-2005, 01:34 PM   #243
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howd you get a ring of LED's?
I soldered them together 3 LEDs and one 510 ohm resistor on a single circuit, arrange them in a ring, 3 circuits for the tach and spedo and 1 circuit for the gas and temp gauge... 9 LEDs total for the spedo 9 LEDs total for the tach, and 3 LEDs total for the gas/temp gauge. I then wired all the circuits in parallel to the + and - running to the cluster from behind the dash(Light purple(+) and black (-) on the far right cluster harness plug). It's a mess of wires but they are all hidden so I felt it was worth it... That green started to get on my nerves!
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Old 12-06-2005, 03:18 PM   #244
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nice... too hard for me to do =(
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Old 12-06-2005, 06:43 PM   #245
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So my saga ended, I finally finished this mod... my fuel, speedo and tach needles all popped out and I haphazardly reattached them at best-guess locations which seem to have been pretty close (within 100k on the tach and 2 or 3mph on the speedo, fuel seems to recalibrate itself).

I ended up with hotspots but they're not severe so I could care less, hotspotted red is FAR better than the nasty green that comes stock. I also for no apparent reason ended up with the bulb behind the fog light button dead. So the green indicator light comes on, but the illustration of a fog light stays dark. Sucks but... too bad. Dealership doesn't sell replacements, don't know where else to look, don't really want to take out my whole dash again just for that one bulb...
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Old 12-06-2005, 06:48 PM   #246
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Also, while the gauges are mildly hotspotted, the HVAC came out great, and the radio came out FANTASTIC. Very bold, clear color, especially on the LCD. If you're considering this mod, bulb condoms work extremely well for the HVAC, fog/cruise buttons and radio, but if you want flawless gauges you will probably want to figure something else out.
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Old 12-06-2005, 07:13 PM   #247
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I soldered them together 3 LEDs and one 510 ohm resistor on a single circuit, arrange them in a ring, 3 circuits for the tach and spedo and 1 circuit for the gas and temp gauge... 9 LEDs total for the spedo 9 LEDs total for the tach, and 3 LEDs total for the gas/temp gauge. I then wired all the circuits in parallel to the + and - running to the cluster from behind the dash(Light purple(+) and black (-) on the far right cluster harness plug). It's a mess of wires but they are all hidden so I felt it was worth it... That green started to get on my nerves!
few questions..

1) are those gels the little "condoms" that cover the regular bulb?

2) what size LEDs did you use? are they white or blue?

3) are you able to dim the lights as usual?

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Old 12-07-2005, 08:13 AM   #248
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few questions..

1) are those gels the little "condoms" that cover the regular bulb?

2) what size LEDs did you use? are they white or blue?

3) are you able to dim the lights as usual?

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1.) The gels are not the condoms, they are thin sheets of translucent colored plastic. You typically see them on stage lighting.

2.) I used 5mm blue LEDs for the gauge cluster and 3mm blue LEDs for the HVAC, stereo, and gauge pod.

3.) The needles still dim in the cluster because they get their light from the regular stock filament bulbs (I took the green bulb condoms off). The LEDs do not dim like usual though because of the way they are hooked up.
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:59 AM   #249
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Soooo professional...I like how it appears stock and not rice (two thumbs up!)
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Soooo professional...I like how it appears stock and not rice (two thumbs up!)
That's what I was going for, thanks for the feedback!
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