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pootermobile 10-06-2011 05:23 PM

LED Gauge Swap..... Done!
 
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just finished my led gauge swap, what do you guys think?http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/att...1&d=1317946877

2011tacotrd 10-06-2011 05:52 PM

Awesome!!! I love it. SO how hard is it to do and how much did it cost?
Details brother I need this :)

pootermobile 10-06-2011 06:32 PM

Cost is 49 cents per LED plus $4.50 for shipping. I used 26 LEDS so it was only about 18 bucks! And i had never soldered anything before and lets just say it works better than it looks lol. Not that hard, you just need patients and don't leave the soldering iron on the led too long or you'll burn it up:)

saugus 10-06-2011 06:34 PM

Are those different colors of blue?

pootermobile 10-06-2011 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by saugus (Post 3831762)
Are those different colors of blue?

No, they are blue backgrounds with white needles. I took a nail file and scraped off all the orange from the needles so they would only show up white.

Ghost9 10-06-2011 07:43 PM

Looks good! Just got mine done couple weeks ago by Yosh and they turned out amazing. Was to scared to do them myself.:(

07TaCo07 10-06-2011 08:20 PM

I really want to do this and have even practiced my soldering. Only thing stopping me is pulling off the needles and getting them back to the same position. Was that easy or is it just guessimated?

Jerez 10-06-2011 08:23 PM

Looks good man!! :thumbsup: u didn't paint the needles after taking off the orange paint?

Bloodhound 10-06-2011 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by 07TaCo07 (Post 3832537)
I really want to do this and have even practiced my soldering. Only thing stopping me is pulling off the needles and getting them back to the same position. Was that easy or is it just guessimated?


Mark the needle positions with a piece of painters tape cut in a triangle with one point at the tip of the needles "dead" position. By the looks of my dash the only one really needing a bunch of attention is the coolant temp.

Jerez 10-06-2011 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by 07TaCo07 (Post 3832537)
I really want to do this and have even practiced my soldering. Only thing stopping me is pulling off the needles and getting them back to the same position. Was that easy or is it just guessimated?

Not trying to thread jack but, what you do so u don't lose you place is get 4 pieces of tape n mark where the needles are on the cluster with a marker or something. It helps so u can out them back on there no prob

Bloodhound 10-06-2011 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by pootermobile (Post 3831747)
Cost is 49 cents per LED plus $4.50 for shipping. I used 26 LEDS so it was only about 18 bucks! And i had never soldered anything before and lets just say it works better than it looks lol. Not that hard, you just need patients and don't leave the soldering iron on the led too long or you'll burn it up:)

I thought there was only like 10 or 11 LED's to replace :confused: Did you replace every LED on the back of the panel?

Jerez 10-06-2011 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Bloodhound (Post 3832588)
I thought there was only like 10 or 11 LED's to replace :confused: Did you replace every LED on the back of the panel?

Background for automatics is 11
For manual tranny is 10
But he changed out some other lights n his needles so it starts to add up lol :cool:

Bloodhound 10-06-2011 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerez (Post 3832596)
Background for automatics is 11
For manual tranny is 10
But he changed out some other lights n his needles so it starts to add up lol :cool:


Thanks for clarifying that, much appreciated.

Joben7726 10-06-2011 08:34 PM

For ya east coasters, I'll be doing this for us coming up next month. I'm getting stuff together to make it run smoothly.

If anyone is interested, keep me in mind!

Jerez 10-06-2011 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Bloodhound (Post 3832597)
Thanks for clarifying that, much appreciated.

No prob man.

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Originally Posted by Joben7726 (Post 3832610)
For ya east coasters, I'll be doing this for us coming up next month. I'm getting stuff together to make it run smoothly.

If anyone is interested, keep me in mind!

:thumbsup: I 2nd this motion :spy: lol

pootermobile 10-07-2011 06:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Bloodhound (Post 3832588)
I thought there was only like 10 or 11 LED's to replace :confused: Did you replace every LED on the back of the panel?

There's 7 for the backlight of the gauges, 3 for the odometer, and 7 for the needles. I also did the blinkers(4), low fuel light(1), 4WD/4LO lights(2), headlight "on" indicator(1), and cruise control(1). And there are a lot more back there too. I drew a picture of the whole board and all the LEDs and which way they were notched so I wouldn't forget:)

pootermobile 10-07-2011 06:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Jerez (Post 3832570)
Not trying to thread jack but, what you do so u don't lose you place is get 4 pieces of tape n mark where the needles are on the cluster with a marker or something. It helps so u can out them back on there no prob

^^^^ this for fuel and temp gauges definitely. For the speedo and tach however, I plugged in the cluster and turned the key full on engine off. These gauges always go to zero bc of no speed and no rpms.

Jerez 10-07-2011 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by pootermobile (Post 3833814)
^^^^ this for fuel and temp gauges definitely. For the speedo and tach however, I plugged in the cluster and turned the key full on engine off. These gauges always go to zero bc of no speed and no rpms.

true that...the first 3 i did i did that way....:thumbsup:

DOUBLLD 11-13-2011 02:56 PM

my led gauge swap is done
http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...m/taco3100.JPG


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