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Old 04-01-2007, 12:11 AM   #1
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I did this mod today with dyingsubconsious. I don't have pics (forgot to take them) but can explain what I did. It was done on an 04 so things might be slightly different for you.

Remove the center section of the center console (the part that surrounds the e-brake). Once that is up, take off the shift knob and remove the plastic housing around the shift lever. Remove the light bulb that is attached to the plastic and the gear select indicator.

The gear select portion is a 3 piece assembly. There is the bottom "cup", a thin "slide" (like a microscope slide) with 2 red squares and 4 white squares, and a plastic piece with the gear indication printed on it. These should be glued to the larger plastic piece you removed. DSC had previously removed these so I'm not sure how they originally came off.

Take the slide and scratch the white/green squares off, but leave the red ones. These are quite resilient and didn't come off that easily with nail polish but required more scraping with a sharp implement. Once it is cleaned off, tape a piece of paper over the now clear holes (on the top side). If you don't do this, your numbers will appear black during the day and useless. The white paper will allow them to be visible. We used to a double layer of tissue paper. In hindsight, regular printer paper may have worked better as the gear select was quite bright. On the back side tape whatever color stage gel you want. We used Rosco 68 to match the prosport blue gauges.

The cup itself is made of black plastic. We scuffed this up with sandpaper and painted it with white plastic specific spray paint. This was done to increase the reflectivity of the cup and even out the lighting.

Inside of the cup, wire in series 3 white leds. We used 3 Nichia NSPW510BS (2500 mcd) 5mm leds along with a 68 ohm resistor. Make sure you sand the leds to created a frosted surface that will help disperse the light evenly. Arrange the three leds in the cup to get even lighting. Use additional layers of tissue paper (if needed) to help even out hotspots. We put one LED in the holt facing up and the other two leds were placed at a 45 degree angle (relative to the face of the slide) pointing towards the "1" and "P" respectively. The "1" was dim we put some aluminum foil (reflective tape is better, we didn't have any on hand) on the surface of the cup underneath the 1 and the 3 as they were dim at first. Once you have found a good location for the LEDs (test the brightness with a 9V or 12V battery) epoxy them in place. Check the illumination again for hotspotting, adjust as needed or add/remove foil/tissue paper as needed.

Feed the wires through the hole in the bottom of the cup and crimp on some quick connects. Take two other 3 inch pieces of wire and crimp the matching quick connects on the end of these pieces. Using tap connectors, hook into the power supply that the original gear select bulb was plugged into. Connect the quick connects (if the leds don't light, simply switch the quick connects, LED's are polarized) to make sure everything lights up. Place everything back together and enjoy your new gear select.

At first, in the house, it didn't look very bright so we switched from paper to two layers of tissue. It looked allright but once we got in the car it was brighter than everything else. All in all, the lighting came out quite evenly, he numbers are still white during the day, and everything functions as normal.

If I can get pics later, I'll post them here.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:55 PM   #2
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Thats awesome, when I get some time im goin to do this... Im saving up to have my gauge turned blue still aswell
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