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Custom Gauges

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by zaoc, May 31, 2012.

  1. May 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM
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    zaoc

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    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)
    [​IMG]
     
  2. May 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM
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  3. May 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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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
     
  4. May 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM
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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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  6. May 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM
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    hmm well maybe its a good time to learn to solder
     
  7. May 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM
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    Is soldering required for a '98?
     
  8. May 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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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
     
  9. May 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    That faceplate looks obnoxious. Just do white or blue lights.
     
  10. May 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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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
     
  11. May 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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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
     
  12. Jun 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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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
     
  13. Jun 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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    are they just bulbs instead of leds ?
     
  14. Jun 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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    Look at build!
    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.
     
  15. Jun 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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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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    This^^ 1st gens are 194 bulbs that is al plug and play.

    2nd gens require a bit more work :anonymous: and yes I do ship now :cool: thanks for the rep guys!!
     
  17. Jun 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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    Look at build!
    :thumbsup: 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
     
  18. Jun 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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    how many leds are behind the gauges and AC ?
     
  19. Jun 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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    4 behind the gauges, 3 behind the ac
     
  20. Jun 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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    thanks man. cant wait to get started
     
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