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Old 07-27-2005, 11:38 PM   #26
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how different would it be if you have the factory gauge pod? where do i get a 2723 bulb from? i remember when i had an autometer, i could use different wedge bulbs
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:16 AM   #27
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Can someone take pics of the stock bulb and the brighter bulb? Just want to see if it's really worth changing the bulb for .2 watts of light?

Same question as above, where can this bulb be had?

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Old 08-22-2005, 11:14 PM   #28
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Can someone take pics of the stock bulb and the brighter bulb? Just want to see if it's really worth changing the bulb for .2 watts of light?

Same question as above, where can this bulb be had?

Thanks,

-Nigel
I dont have pics to show you, but I first colored my boost gauge light with a sharpie and it was rather pink. I then got the 2.3w bulb and it was MUCH brighter, but the sharpie didnt hold well. I then got some red covers on the 2.3w bulb and its a NICE clear RED. Not pink, not red washed out, pure bright red!

The bulb can be found at your local pepboys, kragen, and radioshack. If you pull the bulb from your boost gauge, you will see it clearly marked "74" somewhere on it. Take that into the auto parts store and look around. You will see normal 2.1w #74 lights and you will also see a 2.3w version (not sure if its still called a #74), but I found them at two different stores.

I also heard you can use a #24 bulb, which is bigger in size, but Im not sure on that.

And finally, the LED ones do work well color wise (speaking about boost gauge only), but I found the lighting to be pointed towards the top of the gauge only.

My suggestion, do LED for the speedo gauge cluster, do the 2.3w #74 light for the boost. And the HVAC, I dont know much about what looks best.
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Old 12-10-2005, 05:50 AM   #29
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i did the ghetto mod and used a red sharpie. looks great, but i would like the look of LEDs, which ones fit an 05? when i took the gauges out, they were little bulbs, i thought they would be bigger wedge bulbs, kinda like what autometer uses.
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Old 08-11-2006, 02:49 AM   #30
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Also I see your gauge doesn't read 0, unfortunately this is very common.
Mine is a tiny bit off 0 when idling. What should it be at when the engine is off? Mine is around -.75

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Old 08-11-2006, 03:05 AM   #31
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I dont have pics to show you, but I first colored my boost gauge light with a sharpie and it was rather pink. I then got the 2.3w bulb and it was MUCH brighter, but the sharpie didnt hold well. I then got some red covers on the 2.3w bulb and its a NICE clear RED. Not pink, not red washed out, pure bright red!

The bulb can be found at your local pepboys, kragen, and radioshack. If you pull the bulb from your boost gauge, you will see it clearly marked "74" somewhere on it. Take that into the auto parts store and look around. You will see normal 2.1w #74 lights and you will also see a 2.3w version (not sure if its still called a #74), but I found them at two different stores.

I also heard you can use a #24 bulb, which is bigger in size, but Im not sure on that.

And finally, the LED ones do work well color wise (speaking about boost gauge only), but I found the lighting to be pointed towards the top of the gauge only.

My suggestion, do LED for the speedo gauge cluster, do the 2.3w #74 light for the boost. And the HVAC, I dont know much about what looks best.

Ok so sounds like to better match STi gauge cluster you would use a brighter bulb and single? (or did you use more than one?) red bulb cover.

Has anyone experimented with brighter bulbs and different number of red bulb covers for the key ring and HVAC? I am just trying to make everything match the stock STi cluster as closely as possible. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 08-11-2006, 04:53 PM   #32
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Scotty, was wondering if blue sharpie would end up looking teal like the condoms do? or do they look bluer than condoms?

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I used blue sharpie for door step lights in my old honda accord and it did look teal. At first it would look fairly nice and blue but within a few days to a week it would start to fade and look teal. Within a month or two they would look almost clear again so I would have to keep painting them over and over.
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:49 PM   #33
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What is the likelyhood that the '06 WRX factory gague has the LED rather than the bulb? I'd like to do this, but I'm afraid that I'll have the LED due to it being newer, as the first post suggested....
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:09 AM   #34
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I really have a stupid question, but I really never knew what the "MY" in posts that have "MY04" for example, meant?

Does anyone know, I'm pretty sure someone does.
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:35 PM   #35
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MY = Model Year and definitely wrong thread to post this question in
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Old 10-11-2006, 05:45 PM   #36
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Well, I tried this out on my '06 STI today and it looks like I have the LEDs.



....Just a heads up to any '06 STI owners wanting to do this.
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Old 10-12-2006, 07:51 PM   #37
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thanks for the heads up..i guess i shouldnt have gotten the boost guage option :T
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Old 01-22-2007, 06:24 PM   #38
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I tried this modification with green bulb covers from Parts Express, hoping to match the stock 2002 interior illumination. Unfortunately, it came out too dark. I ordered the brighter bulb as referenced earlier in the thread, as well as several other incandescent bulbs and leds. I'll report back my findings to those who are interested in trying to match their factory interiors.

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Old 02-20-2007, 05:02 PM   #39
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partsexpress doesn't carry the bulb covers anymore...does anyone know who else does?
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:18 AM   #40
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i have an 07 sti... im not even going to try to change mine... im sure its led
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:51 AM   #41
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has anyone with the 06+ changed the led in the boost gauge?
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:38 PM   #42
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I just did this mod and it worked out great. One thing that you may want to try is instead of prying the boost gauge out of the housing... see if you can used the hose/wiring in the back to push it out...
Worked for me and saved me a lot of hassle...
now onto the keyring... which isn't nearly as easy on my MY05 STi

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Old 05-02-2007, 12:13 AM   #43
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Well, I tried this out on my '06 STI today and it looks like I have the LEDs.



....Just a heads up to any '06 STI owners wanting to do this.
Must be a thing on all the new WRX/STi's cause I tried on mine and got the same result. Does anyone know of a solution?

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Old 05-05-2007, 12:37 AM   #44
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Old 05-11-2007, 04:01 PM   #45
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partsexpress doesn't carry the bulb covers anymore...does anyone know who else does?

Just to clarify > I did find them on parts express http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage....TOKEN=32012139
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:25 AM   #46
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Anyone know what size bulb the cig lighter bulb is? Is it a .12 or .2?
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:31 PM   #47
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bringin it back to life! thats the way it looks like on the back of mine. i got the boost gauge off of a 06/07 sti. anyone try opening it up and change the LED?

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Well, I tried this out on my '06 STI today and it looks like I have the LEDs.



....Just a heads up to any '06 STI owners wanting to do this.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:58 AM   #48
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^^^
luckily my buddy had an older model boost gauge laying around thinking it was broke but it was just a burnt bulb.
I used bulb 2723 and colored it using a fairly new green sharpie.
i turn it on and it looked like a nasty teal color.
so i put the blue condom over it and it comes pretty close to an exact match of the wrx green interior color.
overall i'm satisfied, but i wish it would match the stock interior even closer. maybe a green condom would do the trick?
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:08 PM   #49
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i opened it up...i didn't see anything that looked like an LED or bulb...what the heck?

if there is one, it's super small and sits under this yellow foam piece...
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:10 AM   #50
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so what youre saying is even if you open it up there is no way to replace the bulb for the new gen boost gauges?
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