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Old 05-31-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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Custom Gauges

does anyone have experience with custom gauges? I don't like the amber glow so I'm replacing all the lights with something more pleasing. I was just looking around and saw this one to use as an example. Anyone ever installed one like this? (top is daytime, bottom is when the lights come on at night)
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...auge-swap.html

This guy does great work. I had Syntonization do mine for me, but if you're handy with a soldering gun you shouldn't have any problems on your own. No need to mess with the backing vinyl.


Here's how mine turned out.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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oh yeah i was just looking at that thread. but i'm all the way over here in texas ha.. did he decide to do the long distance shipping? I didn't feel like going through 50 pages to find the answer ha
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:32 PM   #4
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Hahaha no I don't believe so. Don't know for sure though. Do what I did, find someone who majored in electronics and have them do it for you. You bring the drinks and food. Do not supply a touch lamp as your sole light source. Trust me. Hahaha. Most electronic repair shops can do it for you too.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:34 PM   #5
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I posted a how to on here about how to do the radio colors to match,and I believe that I linked a how-to for the gauges...here's the link for the gauge swap..

http://www.xr-underground.com/forum/...ght=cluster%5D

and I got the list of the LEDs needed from here..BUY EXTRAS !!

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...uge-swaps.html

I did my own and they came out really nice ! If you can solder and take your time with it I highly suggest it !



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Old 05-31-2012, 04:45 PM   #6
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hmm well maybe its a good time to learn to solder
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:45 PM   #7
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Is soldering required for a '98?
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:57 PM   #8
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i'm seeing that first gens are just bulbs we could replace with LEDs. simple swap. but I havent seen inside the cluster yet
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:02 PM   #9
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That faceplate looks obnoxious. Just do white or blue lights.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:05 PM   #10
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yeah that was just an example. I'd probably go with blue lights. still have some more to learn before i start ripping the cluster out though
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:09 PM   #11
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My '06 Legacy GT had the nicest gauge cluster lighting I've ever seen.

I'll try to find a pic
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:28 AM   #12
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To replace the ugly orange thats factory is real easy in 01-04 and just a hare harder in the earlier models because of the speedo cable. takes all of about 20 minutes from start to finish in my truck(01). Pretty sure all you need is a #2 phillips, 1/4" ratchet and 12mm iirc and thats it. the cluster is all electronic in the 01-04 models so its simple
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:21 PM   #13
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are they just bulbs instead of leds ?
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:46 PM   #14
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Its a 194 bulb with LEDs but its just plug and play.
Got mine from superbrightleds.com
Been through white, red and finally settled on blue in the dash and for my AC lights.
You can see the dash lights in blue in the upper portion of my build.
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yeah i just looked. the blue looks great. appreciate the help man I'll probably order the leds next week and get to work
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #16
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Its a 194 bulb with LEDs but its just plug and play.
Got mine from superbrightleds.com
Been through white, red and finally settled on blue in the dash and for my AC lights.
You can see the dash lights in blue in the upper portion of my build.
This^^ 1st gens are 194 bulbs that is al plug and play.

2nd gens require a bit more work and yes I do ship now thanks for the rep guys!!
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:15 PM   #17
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yeah i just looked. the blue looks great. appreciate the help man I'll probably order the leds next week and get to work
you wont regret it!
If you opt to do the ac bulbs just take your sweet baby jesus time cause there is one in there that can be a PITA to get the new longer LED bulb into place but ive done it twice... One with good results and one requiring some soldering the computer chip back together
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how many leds are behind the gauges and AC ?
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:33 PM   #19
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how many leds are behind the gauges and AC ?
4 behind the gauges, 3 behind the ac
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:38 PM   #20
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thanks man. cant wait to get started
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