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Old 01-05-2005, 09:12 AM   #26
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hum..... the lcd display looks kinda dark :\

the price you pay?

then again, how often do you view it?

excellent writeup. i'm going to try this on my older impreza
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Old 01-05-2005, 03:42 PM   #27
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You can make it lighter, all of those are with two bulb covers on each. BTW, dont even look at the pictures for the effect, the camera was crappy.
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Old 01-05-2005, 03:55 PM   #28
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actually, i think the 00 rs cluster shares the same light emitted from the back of the cluster for the clock...

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we will see.... but clearing the green should be the same concept
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Old 01-06-2005, 07:49 PM   #29
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Any feedback from anyone who has tried and dosent get something, wants to correct anything or send me pics?
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:42 PM   #30
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I just followed all the steps.. everything looks nice but gauges dont work anymore I'm go triple check everything again....
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:50 PM   #31
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You have to push in those clips really hard.
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:59 PM   #32
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i think i got the tach and temp to work.. workin on the speedo now..
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:04 PM   #33
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Did you make sure they move freely when gently pushed? Is the ring pushed down? BTW, what was wrong with it?
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:13 PM   #34
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I got em workin.. they just seem a little off...
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:14 PM   #35
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What did you have to do to fix them, also how off are they? Are you sure you didnt pull the needles off?
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:19 PM   #36
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they needles were too far down.. i pulled them up to fix.. the needles aren't really off after driving it.. they just seem a little slower..
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:25 PM   #37
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Cool keep me posted on how it goes, did you try blowing the shavings out of the gauge with a hairdryer or light PSI on compressor? Or maybe its cold weather?
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:27 PM   #38
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tach and speedo all set.. just having some problems with temp and fuel.. the ring for the fuel is stuck..any suggestions? yah i blew on each piece to clear shavings..
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:40 PM   #39
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Take a jewlers screwdriver (the small ones you use on a watch) get in between the ring and needle and push it down. Those two do move a little less freely than the others.

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Old 01-06-2005, 11:00 PM   #40
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Alright.. i'm done workin on this for 2nite... got the tach and speedo working fine.. temp is kinda workin.. fuel.. i dunno not much movement out it.. i'm gonna try the small screwdriver tomorrow. thanks for the help.
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Old 01-06-2005, 11:03 PM   #41
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Alright, the fuel should be sorta stiff, if not a small screwdriver try a knife blade to slip the two apart, they have a tendency to stick together. If anyone needs any other help ask.
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Old 01-08-2005, 10:25 AM   #42
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it wasnt explicitly clear, but is your odometer dead? even with camera issues it looks like theres no light to the trip comp/odo.

is overall light-output (to everything, HVAC, cluster etc) with 2 bulb-doms about the same?

I really like the inexpesive yet challenging nature of this mod, im looking through all the forums to find clock and the other switch light mod solutions too. Prolly will order bulbs later today.
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Old 01-08-2005, 11:42 AM   #43
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I dont think my odo ever lit up (got car used), thats what sort of braught up this mod,I was taking it apart so see whats up, then got sidetracked to say the least. Then I decided to go for it, and I liked it, had 10 people ask me how I did it and then comes in this tutorial. I had to take it all apart again and take pics, so understandably some of the info may be a little bit off because it was sort of a re-run for me.

I tried the HVAC with one on each, not dark enough for my taste. I dont need light output unless its night, so I put two on, it looks good in the dark. Gerbs said he was having some difficulty with the 04-05 cluster, maybe different lamp placement, so ill try and sort it out with my lab gerbs for the new gen before anyone else tries this (new gen people might want to wait a bit before I sort this out with Gerbs)

Kenji, King Fish and others might want to hold off for a bit.

Also, Ill be on AIM from time to time, so if you have any specific questions just ask me, please no theoretical questions before you take it apart, but if your tried and are having trouble feel free to ask.

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Old 01-08-2005, 04:08 PM   #44
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one more final geeky question (i promise!). what happens to the needles? do they stay yellow, or get orange... do they get real dim... annoying n00b I know but just wanna cover all bases.

thanks!
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Old 01-08-2005, 04:11 PM   #45
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anyone have pics of a blue cluster? i remember seeing one a long time ago that was really blue and not teal.
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Old 01-08-2005, 04:54 PM   #46
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Zeker555 - They get really deep orange/red, but with in the day (lights off) they stay yellow and face stays white.

FlynRex - I will intall blue covers and take pic or get pics elsewhere (pending)
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Old 01-08-2005, 05:37 PM   #47
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my cluster is working fine now... when i did mine i sanded then used non-acid nail polish remover and a q-tip to clean up the areas..it worked good.
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Old 01-08-2005, 07:39 PM   #48
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Intrigued, what exactly did you do with the nail polish romover?
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Old 01-09-2005, 05:04 AM   #49
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Trunk-Monkey, thanks for the great write up! I changed my keyring thanks to your guide. I can't wait for your writeup on the boost guage

Thanks again!
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Old 01-10-2005, 04:38 PM   #50
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Boost gauge starter:

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I did mine in green--here's how.
1-Drop the steering column to the lowest point to allow the ample slack to move toward you.
2-Insert one flathead screwdriver @ 3 oclock and another @ 9 oclock, behind the thicker bezel lip/ring.
3-Pry the gauge toward you, while simultaneously twisting the screwdrivers to move the rubber housing in the opposite direction. A half inch is all that is needed to free the gauge.
4-Unplug the electrical harness, rotate the bulb and remove it.
5-It will have a blue condom, which I replaced with a 0.12 inch-diam. green one.
6- Pop everything back in place and you have a near perfect match for the green OEM gauges.
Condoms are at parts-express.com (under bulb covers). Send me a self addressed stamped envelope and I'll send you one of mine (PM me 1st).
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