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Accessing lights in dash panel in a 1996

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Gabba, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Jun 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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    Gabba

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    I've been wanting to change out the dash lights to LED bulbs in order to make looking at the panel a little less boring at night. (I work overnight and am in my truck 6+ hours a night.)
    How hard is it to access these bulbs, and what type of bulbs are these? I got about half way to taking that half of the dash apart once (Had to replace blinker indicator for LED turn signals), and it almost looked like it wouldn't take TOO much more work to get into the dash panel. However, I HAVE to be able to take it apart and put it back together within a 3 hour period of time. Is this possible, or am I asking for a miracle?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Just to get to the instrument panel?
    Why does ALL of that have to occur to just get to that? Or are there steps on there in which I can skip?
     
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    In a 3 hour window???
    Personally, I think you'd be pushing it.

    Of course you could always divide it up into two sessions & be fine.
    I've taken mine down enough to install Indiglo gauge faces & driven with it not fully re-assembled.

    Good luck. Let us know what you end up with for LEDs.
    I'm gonna do this eventually too.
     
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    Yup. It's an overlapping puzzle-like process
     
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    I figured that. (I've taken chunks of my dash apart before)
    But how does taking apart the glove compartment have anything to do with getting to the face of the instrument panel?
    I mean, I suppose if I felt enthusiastic, I could separate the project over a course of a few days, but then I would be concerned about what will still work in the mean time, how hard it would be to put everything back together, etc. I suppose if I wanted to do this, it would be smart to do any other lighting additions I have planned in the same process, too.
    Hadn't expected it to be so overly complicated. So, it's a debate whether to take the risk, or wait until the day I start tearing everything apart. (It's going to become a project vehicle within the next 2 years)
     
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