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Old 01-23-2021, 01:13 AM   #1
Chi_San
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So, I've decided, after almost 3 years of fighting this thing, that I'm going to keep it, and make it into what I want it to be.

Part of this involves fixing the annoying crap. Like having half my cluster's lights burned out.

To start out with, I'm going to replace the alternator and battery (for a second time), convert the front turn signals to LED's (rears already done), and repaint it (eventually).

For now, I'm looking at the gauge cluster, cruise switch, fog light switch, and cargo lamp switch lighting.

The cluster takes #74 lights, so if I get LED's, does the shape matter? I don't want to have the stupid bright and dim sections, as I have seen on some vehicles, so... I decided to just replace all of the bulbs with red LED's (I find red to be the easiest on my eyes at night). Ideally, I would like to replace the high beam lamp, cruise, and low fuel light with red, but... I haven't taken the cluster out of this, so I'm not entirely sure if they all can be replaced or not.

So, should I just grab whatever #74 bulbs I can find, or should I avoid the triangular ones?

I think I'm going to leave the HVAC lights alone, but... There's at least two bulbs in the cluster and every light in the left side switches are all burned out (except one), thanks to the previous owner either running a garbage alternator, battery, or both for many years. >_>

Follow up question: The passenger front door needs a new skin. Previous owner got a big dent in it, and I would like to replace the door skin, are the 2000-2004 Legacy the only option for replacements other than Baja, or do the Outback doors fit, too?
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Old 02-02-2021, 01:02 PM   #2
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Interested, the bulb near my coolant gauge is out and it makes me nervous sometimes.
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Old 02-03-2021, 04:21 AM   #3
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Interested, the bulb near my coolant gauge is out and it makes me nervous sometimes.
Hah. That's the bulb that irritates me, too...

Every single bulb in the left panel switches (the fog light, cruise, and bed lamp) are ALL burned out. Well, there is one bulb in there that still works...

I grabbed 10 T5 and 10 T10 bulbs (#97 and #194) and I'll be pulling the cluster out, swapping all of the lights for LEDs, pulling the three switches and replacing all of those bulbs, and if I feel frisky, I'll replace all of the lights in the HVAC control panel.

I like feeling like I'm on a WWII submarine, so I went with all red LED's. Nothing like a red CEL.
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Old 03-22-2021, 09:26 PM   #4
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Probably too late for this, but it is something I have thought about doing someday and changing the color. Did you see these in the Collection of Baja Mod Tutorials sticky?

Dash Light Color Change - http://tinyurl.com/dashlights by YBajaSteve
Useful post concerning bulbs - http://tinyurl.com/dashlights2

Either way, if you figured out which bulbs to get please post for those of us who may remember this thread when we get around to doing it.
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Old 03-22-2021, 11:36 PM   #5
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Probably too late for this, but it is something I have thought about doing someday and changing the color. Did you see these in the Collection of Baja Mod Tutorials sticky?

Dash Light Color Change - http://tinyurl.com/dashlights by YBajaSteve
Useful post concerning bulbs - http://tinyurl.com/dashlights2

Either way, if you figured out which bulbs to get please post for those of us who may remember this thread when we get around to doing it.
T5 for the gauges. T10 for the backlighting for the cluster.

I ran all red bulbs. The Cruise light and the High Beam lights are really dim, and very, very purple.

The Battery Charging light and the Brake light both should probably stay incandescent. I had problems with the alternator loading up and the light being on constantly (for the battery charging light), or being on but super dim all the time (with the Brake light), that only was 'fixed' with incandescent bulbs.

If you want to keep the 'stock' color, then get white LED's all around. The larger bulbs for backlighting the cluster itself are white incandescent with a blue condom on it, so you could either get a green LED, or if you want a slightly more yellowish look, white.

You can also try and get red LED's for the red lamps and Yellow for the Yellow lamps. Personally, I like the red/purple, though.
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