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LED Dash Mod

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by OMAC4, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. OMAC4

    OMAC4 [OP] avidoffroad.com

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    Thanks Oat. I'll check that out. I'm really just poking around with some ideas that i had. But i really wanna paint it. and its really not that cheap. Im just organizing my ideas. thanks for the link though!
     
  2. OMAC4

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    Havent read the comments to see if you have it yet but here's a "how to" on taking apart the dash to access the cluster.
    http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=77
    I went on superbrightleds.com and ordered 4, 194 (5 led 360 degree) wedge base bulbs and replaced them with blue

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    you need 2, 74 lights for the ac pannel.
     
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    DUUUUUUUDEEE! thats how i would want mine. thats sick. And yes. Jab08 beat you by a couple posts. but the effort is appreciated haha. what did you do about the gear...for some reason i cant think of the word...but where you switch from park to drive hahaha.
     
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    Did you do the AC panel? i tried but the orange film on the control panel made it look like sheet.
     
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    nothin lol, but yea get the 360 degree, if you dont itll look like this.
    Look at how some places are alot brighter than others.

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    Yeah I done the ac lights and yes it was kinda disappointing.

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    But the gear selector lights are also 74's. Not really sure how many you need though.
     
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    Maybe it'd look good if you got a dull yellow color for the gauges hahaha. ;)
     
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    The blue looks really good. I like my stock red, but blue is really nice. I did buy the non smoked-version of those tail lights, but they came back in the mail cracked, so im hesitant to buy the smoked version.

    They look frekin' sick on your taco tho jab!
     
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    OBG: yeah Jab already told me about that too. i guess he ran into the same exact thing... Are you the same person on two different accounts...:spy: haha jk. thanks to both of you. i really dont know jack about lighting.
     
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    yea i read his comment saying that and i was puting more emphasis on it lol. cause if you do it, itll piss ya off. :mad:
     
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    Haha I think if you could get some real bright ones it may offset some of the yellow???? But thanks for the compliments on the taillights I love them!! And that blue looks absolutely sick!!!
     
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    ahh what the hell. Ill throw mine in their. Mine is an 03 so it has the white backface. Looks pretty much like Jab's though. I did the gear indicator too, Just one 74.

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    Nice dude that looks like a clean job! Can you post pictures of the gears?
     
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    Just wanted to say, this is an awesome thread with a lot of good info. I have been thinking about doing this and I believe this thread has convinced me to do it
     
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    I did it in my old truck..it's pretty straightforward.

    I did red.
    I don't have pictures.
     
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    what the bulb size for in the dash
     
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    194's you will need 4 of them.
     
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    I need the collective brain power of TW!!!! Well lets just say this could be epic or an epic fail. But I work at a parts house where I noticed that we have some neon tube stuff that just went on clearance and it kinda caught my interest. It looks small enough that it could be glued or somehow attached to the back of the needles. My only concerns is that there may not be enough clearance between the back of the needle and the face of the panel. If it does fit would the added weight cause the needles to not operate accurately? And another thing is how to actually get into the instrument panel? I tried to take the clear cover off the last time I had it out and it was not wanting to come off without braking. So if I could get some help and input on if this is actually possible and worth attempting it would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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    Looks like it can be cut and wired back up?? Am I correct in assuming that??
     
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