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Old 02-01-2005, 03:34 PM   #76
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Anybody managed this on an 04 yet? Also has anybody turned their cluster blue?
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Old 02-01-2005, 04:31 PM   #77
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i dont think the blue led or lights will get along well with the red needle. its going to turn it purple or even brown?
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Old 02-01-2005, 05:13 PM   #78
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I know that blue using the bulb condom method turns out to be a teal, but using LED's i think it can be a clean blue. I found a pic of a blue cluster (by feiron http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673185)
the needles look green and the rest looks like this:
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Old 02-01-2005, 05:25 PM   #79
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Wonder if its possible to have blue gauges, but maintain the red needles...
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:00 PM   #80
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Anybody managed this on an 04 yet? Also has anybody turned their cluster blue?
i took mine apart the other day and there are some bulbs that are not #74's or #24's .the #74's do fit though...you are probably better off thrying the LED method and posting pics
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:23 PM   #81
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Wonder if its possible to have blue gauges, but maintain the red needles...
There are no separate bulbs for the needles, it may be physically possible but would require a complete take apart of the entire gauge system.
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Old 02-20-2005, 08:51 PM   #82
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I read before that the needles react to the color of the bulbs, like a fiber optic. What if you removed the green film, using the nail polish w/acetone or sand paper method, and covered the back of the numbers on the gauges with a transparent blue film. Maybe that would preserve the red needles, but display the numbers in blue without having to change any of the bulbs. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:46 AM   #83
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Does anyone know the exact amount and # to the leds that are needed to do the 04 wrx gauge pod, HVAC, and key ring. I also need to knwo where I can order them. If the site listed in this post will work then which bulbs do you use? The clear lense or what. I replaced my factory stereo to look like this so I dont need the radio but I want to do the rest in blue but want to do leds. If someone knows what I need and where I can get them I will post pics of the blue when I get it all done. Thanks
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...sPageName=WDVW
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Old 02-22-2005, 04:08 PM   #84
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Some guy said these worked well. http://autolumination.com/74.htm
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:54 PM   #85
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Guys i'm having a problem with my LED instrument panel!

i followed the sticky that was posted on i-club with the change of leds bulb (i used the ones the guys told me to get) but it didn't come out the way it should

the light is very very dim (can't really see at night)...so i decided to sand down the layer with the number on it...the night got brighter but not evenly (that is ok...i think i just need more sanding) but then the needle is not being light up

wut should i do...????? i spend the whole day trying to figure this out!

PS i drive an 05 impreza
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Old 02-25-2005, 06:24 PM   #86
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the LEDs are probably designed for a different voltage so they're not very bright.
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Old 02-27-2005, 03:46 PM   #87
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i got the right ones...they ar 12v as the same ones as the car...

but wut i don't get is the needle...why isn't it being light up at all
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Old 02-27-2005, 04:40 PM   #88
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My needles came out pretty bright, could be a new-gen difference in cluster design?
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Old 03-14-2005, 10:54 PM   #89
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Okay I did HVAC, key ring and cluster. My wife was helping me with the cluster and the mph and tach came off! I was like wow I'll just mark where they were and put them back on no prob. Well I was wrong. the gas and temp are fine and accurate, but how do I calibreate the tach and speedo? the car off I can move them to zero, but when I turn on accessory the speedo goes to 20 and the tach's abot 2300. when running the tach idles at 3000 and the speedo is still 20 off. Do I need to go to the dealership and have them reset?
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Old 03-14-2005, 11:09 PM   #90
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i don't think any dealership is going to be too happy to fix it... you can try, but i don't think it's calibration i think it's just how they go on... the tach should point directly down when it's disconnected and you've pushed it around toward 8k rpm, and then let it fall to the 6oclock position.

don't put them on according to where zero is, put them on according to where the spring/whatever mechanism it is behind it thinks it's pointing... easiest way to do this is to wind them all the way around so they rest pointed full down and make sure they're pointing straight down.
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but get back to us if you figure out how to fix it.

the speedo's probably the same(rests full down once you wind it around past 140) but i have no idea... you can play around with it(how much worse can you make it?) but i don't know any easy fix for this.

i yanked on them pretty hard doing it, they were in REAL good- maybe yours weren't on tightly to begin with... but that's weird.

good luck.
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Old 03-14-2005, 11:57 PM   #91
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ya my dealership is pretty cool. I ahve giving all the shop guys a ride in my stage 4. ( i worked free oil changes into the deal) I will deal with it tommorrow. family guy is on cartoon network!
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:59 AM   #92
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FIXED! you have to have the gauge installed and hooked up to reset the needles. just remove them with assesories on and push in. The have to go all the way down. The first time I tried I thought I might break them due to the amount of force you have to use. also you may have to try several attemps. the may look connected but until I drove it I didn't realize my speedo missed the inner hole. Thank for the advice I would have given up and taken it to the dealership that want $150 to fix it.
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Old 03-25-2005, 12:02 AM   #93
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Doi I need to lift up the gauge to slide under the sand paper? I don't really get what you mean when you said there is a black ring under the gauge. I don't want to pop that up and break something.
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Old 03-25-2005, 01:59 AM   #94
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the black ring is the insert for the needle.it holds the gauge face down.
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:31 AM   #95
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It pops up rather easily, I didnt even want it to, but when you try slipping sandpaper under it it will most likely come up on its own. I'd say being careful around the needles is the most of your concerns, make sure they don't come out. They shouldnt but just take your time, these are very delicate instruments; hence the glass covering.

BTW, any consensus on what works better - nail polish vs. sandpaper, or a combo of both?


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Doi I need to lift up the gauge to slide under the sand paper? I don't really get what you mean when you said there is a black ring under the gauge. I don't want to pop that up and break something.
You are lifting up the thin plastic covering and sanding under it:


There is a black plastic ring that holds the thing "face" of the gauge down. (the red ring above)

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Old 03-28-2005, 01:42 AM   #96
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Also got one more question. I want my dash to be red, but there is no .12 red condoms on that site. The only closest color would be orange. I was wondering if you used the .2 and .12 condoms in orange? Thanks..

Edit: Oh I realized that they do have .12 in red. They just put the condoms picture of it in yellow and blue.
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Old 04-02-2005, 02:51 PM   #97
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For anyone who cares, I did the OEM boost gauge: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=744946
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Old 04-02-2005, 05:16 PM   #98
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FIXED! you have to have the gauge installed and hooked up to reset the needles. just remove them with assesories on and push in. The have to go all the way down. The first time I tried I thought I might break them due to the amount of force you have to use. also you may have to try several attemps. the may look connected but until I drove it I didn't realize my speedo missed the inner hole. Thank for the advice I would have given up and taken it to the dealership that want $150 to fix it.
could you maybe try to explain this a little better? i've read it twice and i still don't understand what you did, but i think this would save a lot of cash from people who mess up their needles...
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Old 04-02-2005, 06:19 PM   #99
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it's kinda trial and error because the angle you are working at, it is not easy and it may take a few trys to get right. Install gauge and turn on car so the gas guage, lights, stereo etc. work. Then place the needles to zero, make sure the metal pin that the needle is attached to lines up with the little white hole in the unit. then press straight back with firm steady pressure. It will take some pressure just make sure that the black ring is flush with face. Remember to line up and then press so the pin will go straight into the hole. Also remember that the Tac and the speedo are not the same length. The Tac needle is just slighly longer than the speedo, if it is reversed it will not spin right. The gas and temp needles are the same so you do not have to worry about that. Good Luck
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working on this project...

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