1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

1st gen Speedo needle mod!!!!!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jab08, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Apr 23, 2013 at 7:16 AM
    #81
    RMAN808

    RMAN808 S)(AKALO)(AWAII

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Member:
    #72797
    Messages:
    3,151
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Reid
    Pearl City, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    '99 PreRunner
    OME 883' w/5100s, Toytec AAL, 265/75R16 Treadwright Guard Dog's, 16x8.5" Level 8 Strike 6 wheels, 14" Magnaflow, 4" Deck Plate Mod w/Screen, Grillcraft, etc. Check build thread in sig for more info...
    I'm sure that wasn't a normal fill-up. I've done this as well. You just fill it up no matter how much you currently have, so it makes it much more accurate when placing the needle at F rather than guessing where it should be without filling up.
     
  2. Apr 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM
    #82
    jab08

    jab08 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Member:
    #22883
    Messages:
    1,567
    Gender:
    Male
    Alabama
    Vehicle:
    02 T4R 4wd
    ^^^ Correct! Plus that was like almost 2 years ago lol! Gas at that time was around $2.75 if I remember correctly.
     
  3. Jul 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM
    #83
    yamahahauler

    yamahahauler Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2012
    Member:
    #77126
    Messages:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    tyler
    Culver
    Vehicle:
    98 white
    bilsteins all around with emu springs.
    So if I understand correctly all you do to set the needles is move them in the direction they need to go?? And if I get blue bulbs ad paint my needles white they will glow blue at night and white in the day when the lights are off? I've got the black background for my cluster btw
     
  4. Jul 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM
    #84
    jab08

    jab08 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Member:
    #22883
    Messages:
    1,567
    Gender:
    Male
    Alabama
    Vehicle:
    02 T4R 4wd
    In order to set the needles you have to take them off the pin and adjust them accordingly. If you just move them while still on the pin they will just go right back to where they were. And I would assume that by painting the needles white they would light up whatever color the bulbs are. That combo would look pretty sick!!! Keep us posted!
     
  5. Jul 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM
    #85
    yamahahauler

    yamahahauler Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2012
    Member:
    #77126
    Messages:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    tyler
    Culver
    Vehicle:
    98 white
    bilsteins all around with emu springs.
    Thanks for the quick reply! That makes sense now I know tere is a pin and what not. And I hope so I just ordered the led off eBay yesterday so it might be a week or so until I post some pics
     
  6. Jul 17, 2013 at 3:12 PM
    #86
    jab08

    jab08 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Member:
    #22883
    Messages:
    1,567
    Gender:
    Male
    Alabama
    Vehicle:
    02 T4R 4wd
    Good deal!! Hope everything turns out well! Ill be waiting on the pictures!
     
  7. Jul 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM
    #87
    PreRunning

    PreRunning Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    Member:
    #84646
    Messages:
    115
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Clayton
    Missouri
    Vehicle:
    01 Lunar Mist Prerunner SR5
    Window Vents, Westin Bull Bars, Kenwood Deck, Kicker and Kenwood Door and rear Speakers, Alpine 660 RMS Amp, Twin Kicker 12 inch CompVR Series Subs, 265/75/16 Wrangler ArmorTrac Tires, Uhaul Towing package, removed mud flaps, Flowmaster 40, Cold Air.
    x2
     
  8. Apr 21, 2014 at 6:23 AM
    #88
    RocktheRed

    RocktheRed Guest

    I tried this mod....broke one of the needles off of the metal pin so I guess I'll be replacing the whole cluster asap!
     
  9. Oct 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM
    #89
    cynicalrider

    cynicalrider Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2012
    Member:
    #83399
    Messages:
    4,491
    Gender:
    Male
    Jersey
    Vehicle:
    01 SR5 TRD 4x4
    Drop bracket lift and booger welds
    I did this mod recently but never pulled the needles. Acetone and q tips will take the old paint right off. Applying the new paint was difficult but doable.

    Paint removed. I used this idea to mask at first but blue painters tape was much easier.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Blue on blue makes night time visibility of the needles a little harder but not impossible.
     
  10. Oct 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM
    #90
    jab08

    jab08 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Member:
    #22883
    Messages:
    1,567
    Gender:
    Male
    Alabama
    Vehicle:
    02 T4R 4wd
    Very nice!!!!! I need to do my 4runners but never seem to have the time anymore. I originally thought of using something like acetone, but was scared it would eat the needles up. Glad to see you had no issues! They look awesome!
     
  11. Oct 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM
    #91
    keakar

    keakar Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2014
    Member:
    #139537
    Messages:
    3,640
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    karl
    louisiana
    Vehicle:
    2004 SR5 Tacoma 2wd Prerunner 3.4L v6 ext cab (white)
    I was just about to ask why you couldn't do this mod just as easy without messing with taking the needles off :cool:

    looks great

    did I miss something? why do you need to acetone the needles? cant you just paint a color over the white that's on it? I mean its supposed to be see through paint on it for them to light up.

    I just wouldn't want to do more then just the minimum to reduce the chances of messing up the gages by dripping acetone on em
     
  12. Oct 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM
    #92
    cynicalrider

    cynicalrider Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2012
    Member:
    #83399
    Messages:
    4,491
    Gender:
    Male
    Jersey
    Vehicle:
    01 SR5 TRD 4x4
    Drop bracket lift and booger welds
    I don't think it ate the needles but I was careless on my second attempt painting it and chipped the tip of the gas needle off.

    Also I had to open the dash up twice because the paint dried to the little black stoppers and the speedo/tach needles weren't moving when I put it all back together originally. :eek:

    Acetone was used to remove the original orange paint.
     
  13. Oct 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM
    #93
    jab08

    jab08 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Member:
    #22883
    Messages:
    1,567
    Gender:
    Male
    Alabama
    Vehicle:
    02 T4R 4wd
    You could just paint the front. However like you said you would need a transparent paint. If you paint the rear of the needle which is how it is factory you can use any paint you have handy and they will still light up at night. And the acetone is to get the factory paint off the needle.
     
  14. Oct 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM
    #94
    BamaToy1997

    BamaToy1997 ASE Master Tech Vendor

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2012
    Member:
    #71846
    Messages:
    9,482
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bill
    Navarre, FL
    Vehicle:
    1997 Tacoma 4X4 AKA "Blue Beast"
    Multi-point tow hooks, new bored 2.7L engine, custom paint. 3 inch adjustable Fabtech front coils, 2.5 inch rear AAL. Front Aussie locker. LED bed lights. Full LED conversion interior and exterior. Relentless Fabrication front and rear bumpers. 4X4innovation sliders. BAMF bed rack. CVT rooftop tent.
    I wish I could do that with MY Tacoma. It's a 97 and the needles are not PAINTED orange, the plastic IS orange. Not like the newer 1st gen where the needle is transparent, with a painted surface. Looks nice!

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2014
  15. Oct 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM
    #95
    keakar

    keakar Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2014
    Member:
    #139537
    Messages:
    3,640
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    karl
    louisiana
    Vehicle:
    2004 SR5 Tacoma 2wd Prerunner 3.4L v6 ext cab (white)

    ohh ok so your painting the back of the needle not the front, I had not understood that part
     
  16. Oct 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM
    #96
    jab08

    jab08 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Member:
    #22883
    Messages:
    1,567
    Gender:
    Male
    Alabama
    Vehicle:
    02 T4R 4wd
    Dang Bill I forgot about the older tacoma having those needles. I wonder if the newer style needles could be swapped over?
     
  17. Oct 23, 2014 at 3:49 PM
    #97
    BamaToy1997

    BamaToy1997 ASE Master Tech Vendor

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2012
    Member:
    #71846
    Messages:
    9,482
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bill
    Navarre, FL
    Vehicle:
    1997 Tacoma 4X4 AKA "Blue Beast"
    Multi-point tow hooks, new bored 2.7L engine, custom paint. 3 inch adjustable Fabtech front coils, 2.5 inch rear AAL. Front Aussie locker. LED bed lights. Full LED conversion interior and exterior. Relentless Fabrication front and rear bumpers. 4X4innovation sliders. BAMF bed rack. CVT rooftop tent.
    Don't know. Might have to take a look at that. Would be an interesting conversion!
     
  18. Oct 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM
    #98
    97TacoNM

    97TacoNM Riding a 97 Taco

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2014
    Member:
    #135833
    Messages:
    459
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jim
    NM
    Vehicle:
    97 Taco LX 4x4 Ext Cab
    Rampage halogens Custom bed rack
    Now I will be looking for an instrument panel in the junk yard that I can grab to try and paint the needles on :) That way if I screw it up, no big deal! if it works, swap it in to my Taco.
     
To Top