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Old 12-03-2009, 10:43 PM   #676
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This sounds like a stupid question, but could you just get some red 12v LEDs and then just sand of the green and be set?

If so, are the 12v leds hard to wire?

haha , you got it man,that's how I did mine.But I'd like to let you know it would as bright as white led's with red gule, and I do get a little hot spot.I will post up a picture of mine once I get home.
The 12v is easiler to wire, just + to - and - to +. But remember the sand all led's before you put them into the cluster. and it's also hard to mount the led's( I super glue them and use duck tape to hold them)
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:14 AM   #677
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:53 AM   #678
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Does anybody have any ideas on how to make the needles brighter?

and does anybody know where to get red bulb covers? the link provided does not offer red. But the sti cluster looks a little orange...would orange covers looks better?

Would running white leds in place of the bulbs with no film or covers give me the white gauges?
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:06 PM   #679
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i have an 06 wrx limited and i really wanna do this, what is the nail polish remover for....u say u can use that instead of the sandpaper?.....if so that seems like it would be better because if you have to take the face off anyway to change the condoms on the bulbs, y not do it that way?....im a serious noob....(had the car less than 2 months) so i dont know much....but this faq really caught my eye cause i really really wanna do this....let me know


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Old 12-11-2009, 06:54 PM   #680
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i have an 06 wrx limited and i really wanna do this, what is the nail polish remover for....u say u can use that instead of the sandpaper?.....if so that seems like it would be better because if you have to take the face off anyway to change the condoms on the bulbs, y not do it that way?....im a serious noob....(had the car less than 2 months) so i dont know much....but this faq really caught my eye cause i really really wanna do this....let me know


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nail polish remover and sand paper are for sanding the green film behind the gauge face.I didn't use either of them but just a flathead screw driver.lol
Led's are a lot brighter then just useing comdoms, also better color. And also you can never get some color like blue by just useing the comdoms.
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:12 PM   #681
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i have an 06 wrx limited and i really wanna do this, what is the nail polish remover for....u say u can use that instead of the sandpaper?.....if so that seems like it would be better because if you have to take the face off anyway to change the condoms on the bulbs, y not do it that way?....im a serious noob....(had the car less than 2 months) so i dont know much....but this faq really caught my eye cause i really really wanna do this....let me know


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I would defiantly suggest the LED version of this mod found at this link: LED MOD
The color just seems to be much better, and with patience you have less chance of messing it up(you don't have to worry about those silly "tophats").
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:54 PM   #682
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Anyone???

Does anybody have any ideas on how to make the needles brighter?
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:20 PM   #683
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okay so i just did this and in the process the needles of my speedo and tach got really hard to move around and now when i start my car they stick alot and i dont get accurate readings for example im going 30 its still saying like 20 then pops up eventually then when slowing it stays at 30 even if i was stopped for a little then pops down. How do i fix this
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:40 PM   #684
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okay so i just did this and in the process the needles of my speedo and tach got really hard to move around and now when i start my car they stick alot and i dont get accurate readings for example im going 30 its still saying like 20 then pops up eventually then when slowing it stays at 30 even if i was stopped for a little then pops down. How do i fix this
The same thing happen to me on my 02WRX. There are small of plastic disk, behind the needles and in front of the speedo and tach surface. The are basically plastic washers. It's really hard to see, you must of bend them out of shape, and now that are catching the needles. Don't worry, they are easy to bend back with a butter knife.

Here's what you do.
1)Remove the unit out of your car.
2)Try to tilt the unit until you can see behind the base of the needles. You will see those plastic washers.
3)Bend those plastic washer back into place. Be very careful with the needles, they are very delicate.
4)You should able to move the needles with your fingers. Move the needle up, and let the needle free fall. The needles should fall smoothly, same as you see it when you are driving. If they are not free falling smoothly, then the plastic washer is catching the needles

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Old 02-19-2010, 09:04 PM   #685
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Thank you
Works perfectly now. Appreciate the help
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:22 PM   #686
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I sanded the green film down only. Still haven't put in the supplemental led's that mechie3 has prescribed to remove the hotspots. The needles don't light up as well as they used to either. Kinda bummed about that, but here's some pics of white led's and one of red painted stock bulbs. I decided to just do an STi swap though and will sell this cluster soon. Sorry for the crappy cell pics. Oh and my 36k warranty ended to




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Old 03-04-2010, 12:42 PM   #687
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to everyone who's looking for bulb condoms, here's a link

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

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Old 04-08-2010, 03:17 PM   #688
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to everyone who's looking for bulb condoms, here's a link

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

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Thanks! I ordered these before I saw the LED version.. so I'll be trying this out soon and will post pics. Has anyone tried just sanding the gauges and removing the green condoms? I think white speedo/tach with red redline would look good, with the rest of the controls converted to red.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:53 PM   #689
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i was just wondering,
could i swap a 07 2.5i cluster with a like any sti cluster?
i need to know cuz im not likin the look of my cluster right now after doing this
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:21 PM   #690
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I started with my temp/fuel part in case the needles messed up. sure enough I dont get a gas reading or temp. What could the problem be?

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Old 05-30-2010, 09:32 PM   #691
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I just re-did mine with stage lighting gels, and like the result MUCH better. I did the speedo and tach, but have to re-do the fuel and temp gauge. I made a template for those:



I'll make a template for the fuel and temp gauges when I do them. The gel was like $6.95, I think. I used Lee Filters Red #182, which is a REALLY good match to the needle.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:39 PM   #692
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http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=070-008
Think this LED could work? sorry, complete electrical noob!
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:25 AM   #693
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Which bulb would be the right one for the temperature part on the cluster, I got a burnt out red one and I forgot which bulb that one is.

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Old 10-07-2010, 03:34 PM   #694
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Couldn't you just get red LED's and replace the stock ones behind the cluster and wouldn't it light up red or whatever color you want? Or do you HAVE to get rid of the film behind the cluster?
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:39 AM   #695
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so are the lamp covers new bulbs? or like little condom sheets you place over them? bc when i link to your "Lamp cover" material link all i go to is LED bulbs, they dont look like little condoms lol or maybe im just blind too
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:56 AM   #696
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so are the lamp covers new bulbs? or like little condom sheets you place over them? bc when i link to your "Lamp cover" material link all i go to is LED bulbs, they dont look like little condoms lol or maybe im just blind too
Lamp covers are like little 'condoms' that go over a plain, incandescent bulb.

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Couldn't you just get red LED's and replace the stock ones behind the cluster and wouldn't it light up red or whatever color you want? Or do you HAVE to get rid of the film behind the cluster?
LEDs require a specific voltage in order to operate properly. To my knowledge, there is nothing available that can directly replace the bulbs in the cluster without electrical knowledge, some soldering, and such. So this precludes just changing to LEDs.

Complicate matters more with the needles. They are red acrylic (2004-2007), or orange acrylic (2002-2003). If you light red needles with red light, your output will be significantly decreased. I tried it, and had that problem when I did mine, which is why I went to the stage lighting gels.

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Which bulb would be the right one for the temperature part on the cluster, I got a burnt out red one and I forgot which bulb that one is.
Consult your owner's manual, I have no idea.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:32 PM   #697
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They look awesome, But why so bright on the odometer
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:37 PM   #698
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I have done the HVAC, boost gauge, and the glow ring in red leds. Ill post pics tonight. Have'nt got a chance to do the cluster. Im a lil afraid of sanding the film down. The bulbs i did do look fantastic.
@ Trunk Monkey~ Do you think if i put the red leds in the instead of sanding they will still look greenish?
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LEDs require a specific voltage in order to operate properly. To my knowledge, there is nothing available that can directly replace the bulbs in the cluster without electrical knowledge, some soldering, and such. So this precludes just changing to LEDs.
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What I did was just changing the LEDs directly from the stock ones and had no problem, just one bulb is flickering, had it for around 8 months now.
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Thanks for the tip on using nail polish remover.

If you take the cluster apart you can remove the speedo/tach and the temp/fuel plates. It makes it much easer to remove the green paint.
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