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Old 04-05-2005, 01:01 PM   #101
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trunk_monkey, may i add a suggestion, or rather a technique i just came up with?

I got fed up trying your way and the nail polish was pissing me off so i stopped, took a big swig of red bull and had an epiphany....

take your strip of sand paper, and tape it over a rigid plastic ruler. fit this ruler under the gauge face and with two fingers pressing on the intended part to be sanded, file away. i did the whole tach in about 5 minutes, and it is spotless, no green at all. i'll post pics tonight
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Old 04-05-2005, 04:53 PM   #102
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Nice idea ^
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:33 PM   #103
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Okay i finally got all the green films out. The needles is not moving as smooth as when I first took it out. So should I press hard down on the round black part of the needles? Also, how many red condoms should I use for each bulb? I remember you said you used two condoms for each bulbs?
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:44 PM   #104
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yes push down and get a can of air to blow out the dust.
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:05 PM   #105
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DONT PUSH IT. You want to get the rings, not the needle! Push down reasonably hard remember they are only a thin piece of plastic, take your time and be precise. Looking back at this I'm surprised no one has really broken anything yet, you need to take it easy, these things are as delicate as watches, threes a reason they are covered with glass. BTW, fuel and temp are ok if they feel sticky, but make sure all the rings are down. As for bulb covers, I used two per bulb.
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:09 PM   #106
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The red part:
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:30 PM   #107
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DONT PUSH IT. You want to get the rings, not the needle! Push down reasonably hard remember they are only a thin piece of plastic, take your time and be precise. Looking back at this I'm surprised no one has really broken anything yet, you need to take it easy, these things are as delicate as watches, threes a reason they are covered with glass. BTW, fuel and temp are ok if they feel sticky, but make sure all the rings are down. As for bulb covers, I used two per bulb.
I just tried hook up the cluster first to see how is the lighting. It looks similar to yours (red). At that point I only used one condon per bulb. Could you explain why you used two per bulb? Wouldn't that dim the lighting a bit, but make the lighting even more red? I will use two condoms like you said just in case.
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:50 PM   #108
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i've had only one cover each on for a little while now(few months, ~4k miles) and they really are orange, not red. i'm thinking of putting another on each of the big ones(the .2 diameter covers) so they'll be more red.

it does dull it down, but the color is a lot truer. the bulbs are plenty bright, making them a little duller is going to be worth the true red.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:41 PM   #109
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i'm currently trying to make a MY04 wrx have a blue cluster (and still get visible needles at night)

so far:

blue LEDs = pretty decent blue, almost no needles (none to speak of)
blue incandescents = more teal, but SOME needles

this is all without sanding off the green.. next test is remove green film and use blue incandescents

after that, it's no film, OEM incandescents (clear), and some sort of blue film (would cellophane work or would it melt?)

any ideas?
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Old 04-06-2005, 02:07 AM   #110
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I've recently finished my red cluster. Everything seem to be fine, except the numbers from 0 to 80 mph was not as bright as the rest. Any thoughts on that? Also, a little bit of smoke came out from behind the gauge and it has a burnt smell. I'm guessing it's from the new comdoms being burnt. Is that normal?
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Old 04-06-2005, 02:35 AM   #111
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i dont think so.
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:03 AM   #112
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i dont think so.
Have you done this mod before?
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:14 AM   #113
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wicked, i noticed a slight burning smell too. I am not sure if this will cease, but the stock condoms were melted on two bulbs as well.

I used two covers on each bulb and it looks really good except for two little spots that are not quite as bright. i might leave it though.


On a side note, someone noticed that Trunk_monkey odom. did not light up, mine did the same thing after the mod. This confused me so i examined it closer. turns out it is lit, but it is not bright enough. it did haver a red tint too. i am thinking that it is a by-product of using two covers on that corresponding bulb. I will test this theory later.

any one got a clock change faq
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:21 AM   #114
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ya I need cruise control/fog lamp and auto mirror tutorial to complete the set. I had smoke on mine. I used nail polish though ( didn't want to wait for condoms).
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Old 04-06-2005, 12:56 PM   #115
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wicked, i noticed a slight burning smell too. I am not sure if this will cease, but the stock condoms were melted on two bulbs as well.

I used two covers on each bulb and it looks really good except for two little spots that are not quite as bright. i might leave it though.


On a side note, someone noticed that Trunk_monkey odom. did not light up, mine did the same thing after the mod. This confused me so i examined it closer. turns out it is lit, but it is not bright enough. it did haver a red tint too. i am thinking that it is a by-product of using two covers on that corresponding bulb. I will test this theory later.

any one got a clock change faq
The only dim part on my cluster would be 0-80mph. The rest is pretty bright. I'm thinking what if I switch the small .12" bulb from the dim side to the bright side. And the bigger .2" bulb can go on the dimmer side. Maybe that will help? Or is there a place where I can buy more .2" bulbs and replace all the .12"? I think that would make the cluster really bright....
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:34 PM   #116
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The rest are not that simple, (fog, clock, switches, etc), when im done with my carputer ill spend some time trying to come up with a way to do them. Wickedrex, get back to me on if moving the bulbs helps the hotspotting. Ghost you too. BTW, I noticed a hot plastic smell too, after day or two it stopped.
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:30 PM   #117
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so does anyone have pics of this done and a working LCD? I wanna see what the Trip and OD look like when done.

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Old 04-06-2005, 07:39 PM   #118
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so does anyone have pics of this done and a working LCD? I wanna see what the Trip and OD look like when done.

Bryan
i would also like to hear some opinions on this...

is it possible to flip a film inside the LCD and have the numbers light up instead of the background? i know you can do this on some watches... is anyone willing to try?
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:44 PM   #119
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first off, i can't get over how sharp this mod looks.

on my way home from the hospital tonight my mind started wandering, and then something occured to me, what about the gels they use for theatrical lights? they have to be super heat resistant to go on stage lights so no worries there. I was thinking you could sand off the green and then cut strips to just go behind the parts you want colored. This would allow the needles and odometer to retain their original colors/ brightness and you could even mix colors up so the the Km on the speedo would be blue and the MPH would be red and so forth. you could even fit a gel over the odometer.

what does everyone think? anyone have any experience with these? I am going to do some research
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:50 PM   #120
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http://www.fullstageonline.com/main....e%2Findex.php3

I think i am going to try this, it is pretty cheap and the sheet is big enough to do several clusters.

the color choice is amazing.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:53 PM   #121
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so you are effectively coloring the back of the gauge? so taking off the green and coloring whatever you want?
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:04 PM   #122
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exactly, this way more light passes through as there are not two layers of rubber directly over the bulb. i think the reason for the dim spots on my cluster is because the bulb's light is not able to radiate as far.

and yes, this would allow multiple colors on a cluster. the Gels are actually sheets, not a liquid. you could cut itand fit it where you want. for instance, your gas gauge could be two different colors. maybe blue all the way down to a 1/4 tank at which point you could make it red. Something along those lines might be possible. I am going to call around tomorrow and see if i can't find a place that sells the gel locally. i will post pics and results afterwards
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:08 PM   #123
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sounds cool, but there are so many colors available, gonna have to try a few, also, how will it stick to the back of the gauge?
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:25 PM   #124
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that part i am not sure of. i think i could just tape it to the edges of the gauge faces. I should be able to tape it so that it is tight enough and the gauge bezels cover quite a bit of the gauge face so there is room to tape it.
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:04 AM   #125
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i remember this trick back when the 2.5rs owners wanted to change their cluster lights. dont know if it ever worked, but good luck.
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