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Red/Blue led gauge mod

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by rye, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. maculous

    maculous Guest

    wheres your needles? It's looking sweet and from the pics on the first page it looks like how can change just how many k's your car has done ;) haha! what would you say the difficulty of this job is?
  2. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    needles weren't mounted in the pics....they look ok I need to paint them white instead of the ugly yellow tho...

    I'd say this is probably a 2/5 on the difficulty scale depending on how well you can solder and plan out the cutouts for the led's to go in..if you do it the same way I did...which worked well!

    I tried replacing the signals with led's, but they didn't even try to come on...so I put bulbs back in and now they dont' work at all lol...I'll check the fuse and flasher or whatever in the mornin' but its too dark now!
  3. 86GTMonkey

    86GTMonkey Well-Known Member

    Are the needles really just painted? I thought it was colored plastic.
  4. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    Yellow paint on the back...scrapes right off! They're actually clear...
  5. Letze

    Letze Well-Known Member


    How are you dealing with the voltage?
  6. pike

    pike Guest

    Lookin good

    Lookin good I now understand how you were gonna do the red blue stuff would have been alot of work :D my instrument cluster has 4x5 leds behind it off superbrightleds.com i thought thats what you were gonna go with :shock: you gonna do the rest of the car with leds? (like break lights blinkers ect?) would look sweet imo :wink:
  7. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    brake lights?

    nah....prolly not...but who knows...I have tonnes of them now haha

    they sent me resistor's for 12 v's but they were heating up when using just one so I stuck 2 of them in series and connected all my led's in parallel....seems to be working fine and they're not TOO bright so they'll be fine I think lol
  8. Youds

    Youds Well-Known Member

    leave the needles colorless so they light up bluee :D

    no i dont care about day driving
  9. underscore

    underscore Well-Known Member

    more LED's would even out the brightness a bit more. looking good though, I'd make the needles clear but light up red, and like you said make the redzone red too.
  10. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    There's not much room to play with under there underscore...that's why I canned my original Idea..haha..I thought I might be able to get it to work but it clearly wasn't going to....the needle's are clear so they'll light up whatever colour's behind them, I'm just going to paint the back of them white so it lights up even more
  11. underscore

    underscore Well-Known Member

    haha yeah I know it's pretty tight...though I know you can get pretty creative so who knows.
  12. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    yeah, but I ran out of solder and got pissed off and put it all back together lol....I'll wait till another day to finish this one! But it looks decent in the car at night....
  13. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    finished it all up and took some pics last night...I'll upload em later...I just stuck 3 red led's behind the redline...they're pretty overpowering over the blue so it worked out pretty decent!
  14. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    some in car shots!


  15. 86GTMonkey

    86GTMonkey Well-Known Member

    That looks awesome! Great job! The red is a bit too bright though, is there a way to dim them just a wee bit?
  16. underscore

    underscore Well-Known Member

    resistors. looks sick dude!
  17. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    The red looks brighter in the picture than it actually is....and I'm not taking the cluster out again so they're staying like that hahah
  18. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    actually i'm not a big fan of it. it looks great but just not me. i like the simple green.
  19. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    yeah I can't stand the green :d reminds me of ford....even their brand new cars are all green green green...bah..haha
  20. slow_yota

    slow_yota Well-Known Member

    Love it man. . . .I actually like the green stuff, but you did a good job on it though..the red looks sick.

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