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Dash lights mod

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by dud122, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Jan 18, 2009 at 5:37 AM
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    dud122

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    has anyone switched the dash lights to a different color on a 1st gen??

    pics??

    write up??

    help???????????????
     
  2. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:03 AM
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    Andrew H

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    how weird i was just wondering this last night. id like to switch mine to blue but i dont know if the bulb is what gives off the color or just the color it seems to give up, being as the numbers and lines the light shines though are colored orange, same with a/c controls and what not.

    i tried doing a search but so much other random crap came up with the results so i dont know.
     
  3. Jan 18, 2009 at 2:37 PM
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    trailinTaco

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    ive been thinking about doing that too. ive already done the ac controls to match the blue light on the radio but didnt turn out that great.
     
  4. Jan 18, 2009 at 2:49 PM
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    can you post photos of the blue you did?
     
  5. Jan 18, 2009 at 3:16 PM
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  6. Jan 26, 2009 at 8:30 AM
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  7. Jan 29, 2009 at 1:23 PM
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  8. Jan 29, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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    awesome... thanks for the info
     
  9. Jan 29, 2009 at 1:34 PM
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    I had to change the bulbs in mine ( two) and getting that dash off is a royal pain in the ass. But the color is from a little green transparent rubber sock that covers the bulbs. Thus if you change to blue or red, it'll look blue or red through the speedometer.
     
  10. Jan 29, 2009 at 2:01 PM
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    i havent even looked at mine yet but is that rubber sock needed? is that what keeps the bulb mounted in?

    also the last part of your message doesnt make sense. wouldnt it be a different color coming through the speedometer?? did you mean it say it WONT look blue or red?

    you know if the 04s have the exact same cluster as yours a 96?
     
  11. Jan 29, 2009 at 3:40 PM
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    Sorry about that. I was pretty un-specific. What I mean is that the light bulbs mounted in the dash have these transparent green "rubbers" stuck on them. The bulbs are clear, but the rubbers make them green. If you remove them, then the lights could appear to be white instead. I'm not sure about the newer Tacos. The last version of the "old" taco looked about the same inside if I recall.

    Oh- and here's a few tips. You don't need to remove the cluster. I just pulled mine forward. The bulbs are twist-locked into the back of the panel via little plastic sockets that come out in one piece. You just feel for them and turn them and then pull them out. Otherwise, getting that cluster out would be a nightmare.
     
  12. Jan 29, 2009 at 6:34 PM
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    thanks. and if i remember correctly the lower two bulbs are the for blinker indicator right? im gonna do this tomorrow...
     
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    I'm going to do mine sooner or later. I just hope I don't mess it up too much.
     
  14. Apr 21, 2009 at 4:24 PM
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    Thanks for the great write ups
     
  15. Apr 21, 2009 at 7:13 PM
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    yeh i have done it before. turned out retarded and i ended up just making the bulbs white super bright though.
     
  16. Apr 21, 2009 at 7:17 PM
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    What do you mean it turned out retarded? You didn't like the color bulb you got?
     
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    Let me find the write I printed,. But I have all of the part numbers you need to switch to color Leds!
     
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    hmm how do i say this. you know where the light shines through so you can see the lines and numbers. i tried a blue bulb and it was really dim. but i guess it was the blue bulb. i just put some white lights. but i was 15 when i did that shit so i couldnt drive at night back then hahah. i did this on my 02 taco. thats just me i guess :(
     
  19. Apr 22, 2009 at 9:11 AM
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    I have my shifter knob, and my gauge lights blue. it looks awesome, but I would suggest if anyone does it the get 5 or 6 LED brightness. i have 4, and i wish it was brighter.. and you CAN dim them. I would say just do it. but it is a bitch getting the dash apart the first time, but after youve done it once, youll be able to change the lights out in like 30 mins.
     
  20. Apr 22, 2009 at 5:21 PM
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    Mikey, do you remember what brightness LED you got?

    Thanks for the info robb
     
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