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Old 07-27-2006, 12:16 PM   #476
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thexxshogunxx, did you read this whole thread?
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:34 PM   #477
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aaaaa....i just did........
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:25 PM   #478
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blue light... I would like to do this, change out key ring ,and gauge color, to blue....so you guys that have tried this with not being able to see the needles at nite . Has anyone tried luminescent(?)you know ....glow in the dark or florescent paint on the needles..... I have changed all
other interior blubs out to blue leds ..so I guess this kind ov thing voids the warrenty ?....
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Old 08-21-2006, 10:46 PM   #479
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I don't think that would work, the paint would add too much weight. Try to stick a tiny piece of scotch tape on the end of the needle and watch what happens.
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Old 08-28-2006, 01:44 AM   #480
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All the information provided is very helpful for cars up to 2004. Does anybody know how to go about changing the HVAC colors to red in an 05 STI? I pulled out the controls, and they have some sort of green plastic stuck on the back of the face. I tried scraping it off with a screw driver, but it was'nt as easy as that. I would appreciate any information on this; if possible with pictures and the finished product.

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Old 08-29-2006, 12:30 AM   #481
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I used this info on my 2006 WRX and didn't see any differences - I used stage gels instead of bulb covers and got the same hotspotting issue as everyone else. I ordered some leds and am going to convert to those after I get them in. The green film is on all the years and removing it has been discussed at length...

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Old 08-29-2006, 01:25 PM   #482
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Thank you for your response, but it is not a film on the rear of the buttons. Its a plastic, from what I saw and felt. I tried scraping it off, like some people say, but it does'nt come off like a film. Is there a specific way of doing it? I'm sorry, I'm not trying to be difficult. Is there a way you can direct me to where it says how to remove it? I've looked all over and can't find it. Thank you in advance.


Where you talking about the gauge console or the HVAC. My question is relating to the HVAC units on an 05 STI, which should be the same as your 06 WRX.

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Old 08-29-2006, 05:26 PM   #483
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I don't know if it will help you on your problem, but I found somewhere that you can paint all the clear plastics inside the HVAC controls the color you desire and it will come out good.
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Old 08-30-2006, 01:21 AM   #484
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you cannot paint the HVAC cluster backings because they are not clear, they are green and there is no way to change or remove that green. So far the only technique a select few have accomplished is overflowing the green film color by adding LED's to the HVAC controls and painting the stock ones to the color they choose. It's a tricky mod. (read 05's/06's only)
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:05 AM   #485
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Thanks for the information. I thought there was a problem with the 05 and 06 after I saw the backings of the HVAC. If any updates on how to change the color, please let me know.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:22 PM   #486
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We (small army of electrical enthusiasts on Nasioc) are working on an efficient way to mod the 05/06 HVAC cluster so someone with basic knowledge can do it themselves. Right now the current mods people have accomplished are satisfactory but have not been proven long term or there is a loss of full button movement by sticking LED's behind them.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:29 PM   #487
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I did the HVAC mod to mine and I made it so it still have full button movement. But it was a little tricky as I had to drill into the clear plactic relectors inside the knobs. Here's what they look like. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1076768
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Old 09-02-2006, 10:56 PM   #488
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Old thread new way to get the green of the backs, disassemble the gauge cluster. Bend metal tabs in back pop out gauges. Get dremel tool with small fine grinding bit, have brass balls, grind off the green crap.
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Old 09-03-2006, 05:36 AM   #489
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gte123v, can you explain in more detail how you did the color change (drilling?).

GC_ANTHONY, why do you say brass balls. When grinding is it posible to scratch the paint off the HVAC gauge face from the back?

I'm sorry if being stupid about this, its just that I want to do it right. This thread started out with a picture and written explanation on how to do the gauge cluster. Is there anybody that's done that for the HVAC?
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Old 09-03-2006, 01:17 PM   #490
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you guys have to admit 20pages is a lot to read through, so im just gonna ask this even though it may have been addressed. Has anyone been able to get the needles to light up using blue bulb covers in anyway? It seems that only people using the orange or red covers have the needles lighting up.
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Old 09-03-2006, 01:51 PM   #491
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richiehemp, to do the color change, you basically have to insert a new led in side the knobs. However, there's no room in there to fit the led. So once you pop out the knob, you'll see there's clear plastic used to reflect the light that makes everything light up. So, in order to put in the led, you have to drill into the clear plastic with a bigger diameter bit than the led, then that way everything will fit. It will be a very tight fit but it'll work if you take your time. Oh yeah, also, you can grind off the top (dome) of the led to give you more room.
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Old 09-03-2006, 04:27 PM   #492
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Do you mean drill a hole on the small clear sort of tube that runs from the stock led to the green backing on the knobs, that goes inside the solid white plastic? If so, does the red led shine through the green plastic?

Thank you for the information.
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Old 09-03-2006, 05:42 PM   #493
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yeah, the clear tube thing. The red will flood over the green and the colors won't mix.
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Old 09-04-2006, 02:03 AM   #494
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When i did my HVAC i just ripped the green bulb condoms off, i didnt grind anything off the HVAC.
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Old 09-04-2006, 02:53 AM   #495
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God damnit, went for a drive. The RPM and MPH gauges needles move smoothly by hand but skip while driving. It better be those little black rings. Anybody got any ideas?
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Thanks for the information gte123v!

What about simply replacing the stock led, for a red one? Won't it do the same thing?
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Old 09-04-2006, 08:58 PM   #497
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no prob man. You can't really replace the stock one since it's pretty much embedded on the circuit board, that and it's a very small led and it won't be enough to make everything red.
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:16 PM   #498
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What kind of LED do you recommend, and what size?
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:01 PM   #499
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usually led's require a 3V supply, but your car only has a 12V supply, so you need a resistor to step down the voltage. I didn't feel like soldering resistors and led's seperate so I went the lazy way and got some led's on ebay that already has a series resistor built-in, like these
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:55 AM   #500
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Hey hows it going. Does any one know any way of fixing the gauge needles back? I have a 06 WRX & it seems that after the mod for lights, my Speedometer & RPM readings arent correct...that & they move slow & seem in-accurate.
Also wondering if anyone knows the pricing for new one? 2nd thought would be swapping the cluster to a STI.. will it fit right? Just has to be the same year 06 right? will 05 work? That or anyone selling a 06 cluster? Thanks for the help.. I'ma needa big lift of help on this situation.
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