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Swapping Stock head unit LEDs

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Rakso, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Oct 19, 2010 at 7:43 PM
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    Rakso

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    Last night I decided to start changing the LEDs on my stock stereo.
    I have no pics of how to take the HU off but you can check how to do it here:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/audio-video/571-stereo-upgrade-basic-how-2nd-gen.html#post3556

    Ok, so once I took the HU out, I took off this screw as well as the other one on the opposite side.

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    Time to take the knobs out.

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    Sorry I have no pics of how to take the front of the HU apart, it's really simple, looking at the unit from behind there's 1 plastic tab on each side (left and rght), 2 tabs on the top and 3 on the bottom. What I did was pulling the ones on the side first, then the top ones and finally the ones on the bottom.

    I ended up with this:

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    Then proceed to take all the screws on the board out, they are 9, 3 of them holding a plastic bracket (you can see it on the third pic above):

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    Once the screws are gone, I got the PCB free:

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    Then proceed to take the stock LED's out, this pic just point the stock LED

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    By the way, these are the LED's I used:
    Bought from here: http://www.oznium.com/plcc-2

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    Left is stock, right is the new one:

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    Ok, time start taking LED's off the board:
    I used a 40 Watt Weller, flux and wick.

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    And solder the new ones on:

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    The procedure of taking the LEDs off and soldering the new ones on is pretty much the same. I would really like to explain HOW to solder by showing you with pics, but the only way is doing it yourself.

    So after swapping 40 LEDs, I put the PBC back in place. (I didn't do the display cause it was late and I had to work the next morning)

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    This is what I used:

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    OK... BEFORE:

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    AND AFTER:

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    Questions? Comments?
     
  2. Oct 19, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    Viet2100

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    Nice job. No flux?
     
  3. Oct 19, 2010 at 8:16 PM
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    yup, not on pic though.
     
  4. Oct 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM
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    Looks nice, I want to do the same to my truck one day. The white/blue combination looks real clean.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM
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    No screen?
     
  6. Oct 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM
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    Nice job ...switch my LEDs
     
  7. Oct 21, 2010 at 4:02 PM
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    The screen is a PITA! Good job.
     
  8. Oct 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM
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    Looks great dude.
     
  9. Oct 21, 2010 at 11:29 PM
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    Thanks everybody! :)
     
  10. Oct 21, 2010 at 11:31 PM
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    Give me some money, buy the LEDs and ship me your HU along with the LEDs.
    LOL :D
     
  11. Oct 21, 2010 at 11:33 PM
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    No for now, I believe I have to take the display off to get to the LEDs underneath. But I'll do it for sure.
     
  12. Oct 22, 2010 at 2:03 AM
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    Looks good. I'd like to do mine at some point. How long did it take and how muck did it cost for the LED's?
     
  13. Oct 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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    Do it- it's worth it! Here's mine:

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    Yeah you have to get the white support out by removing the silver frame and then snapping off the bottom corners on the white thing and sliding it upwards and out. Once you have gotten down to just the screen you need to bend it back and tape it in place. Now you have room to get to the LEDs. PreRunnerSeth does this without bending the screen, but he has fancier toys than I do.

    I would also recommend covering the edges of the screen with tape so you don't burn it by accident.
     
  14. Oct 22, 2010 at 6:27 PM
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    Yeah I tried that, but the white thing is attached to the display, like glued together. I don't know maybe I was trying to do it wrong, I just didn't want to pull too hard and mess up the screen.
     
  15. Oct 22, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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    It was $30.33 total. It took me around 1.5 hours more or less, I didn't take time.
     
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