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Old 12-30-2004, 05:14 PM   #2
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Join Date: Sep 2004
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: NW Chicago Burbs
2003 WRX
World Rally Blue


With the cluster out, put it on a clean table and remove the clear plastic cover, there should be clips holding it in (8 clips - circled red), then remove the black spacer piece (5 clips - circled blue), slide off the black face cover.
After these steps are done it should look like the picture below:
Cut several strips of 100 grit sandpaper into 1x8" strips or so.
Here's a time when you need to borrow a hand for about an hour. What you are going to do is slip the sandpaper behind the thin gauge face and move it back and forth like two lumberjacks sawing - while the helper is pushing down from the top on spots that need to be sanded. The back of the gauge face is covered with black paint with a thin green film under that, you need to sand through the black paint and the film, you only need to sand under the numbers you want to show up. Check your progress by bending the gauge face and shining a light down the gap, if it lights up white you got rid of the film, if its green you didnt. If anyone has questions just ask, I can't think of a better way to explain it at the moment.You need to get over the fact that you will need to gently move the needle pointers out of your way when you are sanding, for the speedo at 180 MPH; for the tach 12k RPM. Also, the fuel and engine temp wont move super freely, thats normal, you can still slowly push them out of the way and back when your done. My best tip is just take your time! Below are some sanding positions you might want to try:

Notice that there are little black rings under the gauge needles, if they pop up, it makes it easier to slip paper under it, just make sure you push them back down before re-assembly. You know there down if the needles move easily - as if in a liquid. All they really do is hold the thing face against the frame of the gauge, they come on and off really easily, the picture below is an attempt at showing them.
When they are popped up and with sandpaper under, the peach thing is your finger or something you are using to apply pressure from the top, make sure the rough side of the paper is facing you.
Now you need to unscrew the bulbs from the back (6 bulbs - circled red) and put new little bulb covers on them, usually 2 on each bulb.
Reverse order of install to put your car back together.
Note: This will reset your tripometer, not odometer.
Note: This may sometimes take more than one bulb cover to get the desired color, on a side note, I tried blue using the lamp cover method, it came out a little too teal for my taste, the red color spectrum works far better.

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