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My AC Controls Light Mod - How To

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by m3zy6, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Aug 30, 2010 at 4:26 PM
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    memario1214

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    Easy to mess up the clock... Be VERY PATIENT!!! I got a little excited and melted mine beyond repair, and I find mtself searching for a new one... Haha. Got super lucky and I think I found one though
     
  2. Aug 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    dang that sucks! i did mine yesterday and dug into it by accident once but not terrible. I used blue uline packaging tape for the back
     
  3. Aug 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM
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    Yep, that's by far the worst step. Its so tedious that if I were to do it again I would break it up into more than one session, just because I tend to start rushing after a while. Take off some, take an hour or so break, then finish up.

    Glad to hear you found a source for a new one, thank goodness for totaled trucks.

    I'll have to look for that tape Fighter, Im still not quite happy with mine. Any pics?
     
  4. Aug 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM
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    And now it looks as though I may be springing on a 2011 Super White! Ahh!!! I am getting this done first though!
     
  5. Aug 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM
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    i kinda have one pic. ill post another one up later

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Aug 31, 2010 at 12:25 AM
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    heres the other pic

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Aug 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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    That looks good. The clock looks clearer than mine.
     
  8. Nov 4, 2010 at 11:39 PM
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    more dash light mods any????
     
  9. Nov 5, 2010 at 6:58 AM
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    Everything is done on my truck except for the A/C controls... That's the next project and then everything will be blue and white
     
  10. Nov 5, 2010 at 3:48 PM
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    I am pretty satisfied with them now that they are all blue or red. The only things I may do in the future are swapping out the map and dome lights for some better LEDs.
     
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    how hard was the gauges to you???
     
  12. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:46 PM
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    Hello, I really appreciate your posting. I am changing out the orange LEDs for super bright white ones. I have two questions. First, where I bought my 3mm superbrite leds I was told I have to solder an inline resitor for each led on the longer side of the led. I did not see that you had to do this. Second question, I have taken apart my a/c control assembly and while I was studying the pc board, a short fat spring fell out. Do you remember where this goes? I am fairly sure it goes on the far left end of the 3 ac adjustors, but where? I went to my local dealership, but they only had a picture of the assembly together and were no help. So any suggestions would help. Thank you, sweet pea
     
  13. Nov 22, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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    I did not add any resistors, I just swapped out the stock, amber leds with the new, blue ones. I'm pretty sure that you would only need a resistor if you were replacing a non-led bulb with an led.

    The only spring I remember is for the detent ball in the left-hand knob.
    [​IMG]

    For additional pics check out the other thread -
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/106324-ac-controls-disassembly-pics.html

    Good luck.
     
  14. Dec 31, 2010 at 6:11 AM
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    Working on this mod today - and discovered that you can remove the amber/orange paint from the inside of the AC/Recirculate buttons using a Q-tip and fingernail polish remover (acetate) it comes of VERY easy, no mess and no danger of ruining your buttons.

    Generic 5mm 3v LEDs from radioshack work

    Just need to swap the bulbs for blue LEDs and figure out how to clear that amber from the bezels...

    Thanks for the help on taking it apart and putting back together - SUPER HELP!
     
  15. Feb 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM
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    so does fingernail polish not work to remove the amber color from the clock? just the recirculate and ac buttons?
     
  16. Feb 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    I tried acetone before breaking out the Dremel, it didn't do anything. Would be so much nicer if that was all you needed.
     
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    Awesome write up! I hate my amber gauges and was back and forth as to what color to do everything else because I didn't want blue gauges, clock, and radio with amber AC. I will have to start my blue led mod soon!
     
  18. Aug 9, 2011 at 10:02 PM
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    So you can only do this with the AC and recirculate buttons? That would make things a lot easier if you could do this all the way around, and with the clock as well.
     
  20. Aug 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM
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    For the clock you only have to replace the 3 LEDs behind the screen in the 10 and up year models. Your numbers on the clock should appear larger than the pictures in this thread because it is a different clock set up between the pre-10s and the 10-11 year models.
     
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