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Old 10-06-2005, 02:25 AM   #201
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sharpie???


thank god, someone's more ghetto than i am!


Handsdown will be trying the red sharpie mod once he can get his hands on one.


here's a video, you can see what i mean by uneven.

http://media.putfile.com/Movie_00012646

you can also pump it up so you can jam to new coheed.
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Old 10-08-2005, 08:48 AM   #202
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Have a Nice Day? Daytime pics

140 mph is reflecting the flash



this ones a little blurry camra still not geting the color right


I'll get a night pic soon
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Old 10-08-2005, 08:54 AM   #203
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here's a video, you can see what i mean by uneven.
http://media.putfile.com/Movie_00012646
All I see is black
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Old 10-08-2005, 01:49 PM   #204
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you need XviD codecs

those sharpie pics look badass!!!!!
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Old 10-08-2005, 03:44 PM   #205
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Agreed, but I'm still a little curious as to how good it could really look in person. Sharpie's don't lay down consistent color on plastic surfaces, so I'd be afraid that it'd be noticable in person. The red looks great, though. If it looks as good in person as it does in the pics, that's awesome.
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Old 10-08-2005, 11:36 PM   #206
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sharpie???


thank god, someone's more ghetto than i am!


Handsdown will be trying the red sharpie mod once he can get his hands on one.


here's a video, you can see what i mean by uneven.

http://media.putfile.com/Movie_00012646

you can also pump it up so you can jam to new coheed.
Thats the same problem that Im having. Any ideas on how to fix it besides going with LEDs?

The pic doesn't show it that well but its just as bad as yours.

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Old 10-09-2005, 12:07 AM   #207
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well there's the sharpie idea, i'm really hot on the red stage lighting gel film over the back... other than that i don't know of anything else.

it always looks different. here...
http://media.putfile.com/dash79

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Old 10-09-2005, 01:02 AM   #208
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I dont think the stage lighting gel film works. Thats basically what I have and the faded spots are pretty bad. Imjust trying to get white light instead of red or the yellow that you get with just the bulbs. I used a light blue filter behind the gauge faces that gives me the color I want but seems to block just enough light to give me the faded spots.

I might try to just put the filter around the bulb holes and see if that helps.
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Old 10-09-2005, 03:12 PM   #209
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If you just get all the green off and put in white LED's, it should work exactly like you want it to. Youd have white numbers with red needles, which would look pretty cool, IMO. Like I said before, my wife's Alero has white LED's. Since her stock gauges had a blue filter behind them, they show up as light blue with white needles, which looks great in place of the faded green of her incandescent bulbs.


If you want to see a video of what her "7 color LED" gauges looked like, check out this video. As you can see in the video, it was kind of cool when they were first lit, but after a while they fell wayyyy out of sync with each other and made it look retarded. Also, the red didn't show through the blue filter, so just the needles lit up for that, and the gauges were completely black in between colors, so you couldn't read them half the time. The novelty wore off quickly, which was why we decided to just go with the white LED's.

7 Color LED gauges lol

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Old 10-09-2005, 04:59 PM   #210
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warning ^ is a 20MB file
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Old 10-09-2005, 06:04 PM   #211
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lol...yeah, sorry. That's kinda big for what it is, too. You may have just talked me into further compressing it, since I uploaded that video quite a while back.
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Old 10-09-2005, 07:37 PM   #212
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ok, now it's a 6mb file
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Old 10-20-2005, 10:41 PM   #213
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is the 06 hav same procedure as this?
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:16 PM   #214
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for those ghetto enough to try the sharpie
DO NOT PUT 2 COATINGS ON THE FRONT IT WILL COME OUT LIKE CRAP
During the day, at night is better though

I see a STI gauge cluster in my near future

Also dont try it if you dont have steady hands
Sharpie on the black stuff looks a little shinny

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Old 11-16-2005, 06:40 PM   #215
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I plan on trying this with my '05, I have yet to see a definitive answer as to sizes for LEDs. Could someone that used them let me know what size. I noticed the link to the 74 bulb, will that replace all the bulbs or just the large ones or small ones??
This is what I plan on buying ....
http://www.superbrightleds.com/1157.htm

scroll to the bottom it has #74 bulbs listed, you can purchase them with the socket or by themselves with a blunt end. I think I am going to purchase them by themselves, as the blunt end will spread the light more evently and help light the needles.

Also what type of remover should I get w/ or w/o acetone???? I hope to work on getting the film on this week, then once the bulbs come in .... I'll post a pic.

Thanks for your help Trunk_monkey ... you've inspired me.

hey for the #74 it comes with the end right? so it means i dont have to remove the old bulb and install the leds in the stock end..

also the #74 will fit the .2 and .12 size??
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:56 PM   #216
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Ordered my bulb covers today from partsexpress and they miraculously shipped same day even though I posted my order two hours past their cutoff time! This is frickin exciting. My second DIY mod, hopefully this one will go as well as my debris screens...
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:21 PM   #217
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Ordered my bulb covers today from partsexpress and they miraculously shipped same day even though I posted my order two hours past their cutoff time! This is frickin exciting. My second DIY mod, hopefully this one will go as well as my debris screens...

yea i got the bulb covers too.. but it is really dim after you put 2 on, only a few part will be visible, also it barely have enough light for the needles.. so at night, you cant see them.

thats why i ordered the #74 bulbs from superbrightled.. i hope they work better

also when i was using nail polish remover, i got so fed up.. some part are really hard to get into.. soo i stopped after i did speedo and tach and left the gas and temp green.. when i was doing it, the speedo needle popped out.. scared the crap outta me but it was very easy to fix actually.. put your gauges vertically.. and play around with the needle. when you see the black ring comes out a little, get something thin and try to push it down =DD also the gas needle was kinda messed up .. but after i went out and fill a tank of gas it went back to normal =DDDD everything went well.. except i spilled my nail polish remover everywhere and got it on my key fob.. which made it partially white .. very digusting nowww NOOOOO

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Old 11-17-2005, 12:17 PM   #218
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Old 11-18-2005, 01:34 PM   #219
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Your needles look like they got dimmer..?

My wife's Alero with white LED's from superbrightleds.com. Her stock gauges have a blue filter instead of a green one like ours. Her's look green with an incandescent bulb behind them, though.
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Old 11-18-2005, 02:45 PM   #220
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that rainbow led cluster was the worst thing i've ever seen.

but yes, the yellow needles get extremely dim with red lighting. i hope to remedy that with some extra LED's mounted inside directly behind the needles...
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:12 PM   #221
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I also used the sharpie for the fog, cruise, and heated mirror buttons
came out better than i thought it would

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Old 11-19-2005, 12:05 AM   #222
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that rainbow led cluster was the worst thing i've ever seen.

but yes, the yellow needles get extremely dim with red lighting. i hope to remedy that with some extra LED's mounted inside directly behind the needles...
my needles are red
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Old 11-19-2005, 12:06 AM   #223
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SHARPIE

LOL we have almost the same km on our cars =DD im just 7km behind you lol
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Old 11-21-2005, 08:02 PM   #224
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Kind of sad that the sharpie method produces the best results as far as I can tell...

I'd love to get rid of this green and go red...but I'm not going to do it at the expense of having hotspots and/or dim lighting.

Wouldn't using a sharpie make the gauges look like crap during the day?
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Old 11-21-2005, 08:54 PM   #225
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Any sharpie pics?
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