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Can't get indicator needles off for LED mod

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Petep, May 22, 2012.

  1. May 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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    Petep

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    Got my dash taken apart to change out the amber LEDs. No issues with getting the instrument cluster out but I'm stuck at the point where the indicator needles need to come off to get at the circuit board. Gave them a healthy tug but they didn't budge. Seems like I should just be able to grab them and slide them straight off the panel. I'm worried that if I tug on them any harder than I have something is going to break. What's the trick to getting these needles off so I can proceed with my LED swap.
     
  2. Jul 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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    OP, did you get it figured out? I'm tearing apart one now and am in the same position.
     
  3. Jul 17, 2012 at 5:56 AM
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    I did get it figured out -- the indicator needles are friction fit onto a pin about the thickness of a needle. They can be removed by prying them straight up using some type of prying tool preferably on both sides of the indicator needle simultaneously. If you try to pry on just one side alone, the fit is so tight that you will surely bend the pin. The tools I used were a set of hard plastic prying tools I purchased from Crutchfield back when I did my stereo head installation to get door panels removed. They work perfectly for these indicator needles as well. Whatever you use, do it with steady even pressure on both sides. Putting them back on is just a push down onto the pin with a finger or thumb.
     
  4. Jul 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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    try two teaspoons. this works for motorcycle clocks...mini fulcrums if you will
     
  5. Jul 18, 2012 at 8:02 AM
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    That sounds much better than the way I ended up doing it. Good to know, I'll definitely keep the teaspoons handy for next time!
     
  6. Jul 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM
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    Pics of how ur led mod came out!
     
  7. Jul 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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    Mine personally might take a while before I'm ready to show anything. I'm redesigning both the dash and the radio circuit boards to allow for 125 or 256 colors, programmable (multi-colored, pulsing to music, running in patterns, etc), with both a smartphone app or manual controls.

    On that note, if anyone is selling a stock radio unit or a gauge cluster, I'm interested! I'll be reselling all of the successful conversions once I have a solid method down.
     
  8. Jul 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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    A fork is supposed to work good but I just pulled up with my fingers, don't forget to mark them! I had a hard time resetting mine
     
  9. Jul 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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    use the spoons... have faith fork slips you bent the needle
     
  10. Jul 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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    There is no spoon.
     
  11. Aug 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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    Similar topic, but what is the clear plastic portion of the dash bezel called, and where can I find clear/frosted/white needles?
     
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