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Old 04-26-2010, 08:33 AM
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Default Re: 2003 Ranger Cluster - LED Lighting Project

ahh damn.but yea its a 2003 though and i might just have to get another was and modify it then..but all the help would be very much appreciated
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:22 PM
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Default Re: 2003 Ranger Cluster - LED Lighting Project

I am still working on mine but I too am using the strip SMD LEDs and some Bulb type w/4 SMD LED Each no time to really work on it but will soon.


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Old 04-27-2010, 02:33 PM
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I am still working on mine but I too am using the strip SMD LEDs and some Bulb type w/4 SMD LED Each no time to really work on it but will soon.


Your cluster body design is much cleaner and will probably even provide better results than mine if you optimize if for enough LED strips.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:40 PM
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I have added a few strips in the areas left and right of the larger hole and two additional strips under the top bulb location but there is still a small amount of shadowing.
I haven’t tried the bulbs yet, just got them, but I have two red ones to put in near the center two locations, one on each side and then add white ones until I see what I want for coverage.
Only time will tell, I plan on working on the Cluster tomorrow after I give some of my blood away.
Thanks for the thought.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:53 PM
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Got some more pics of the LED Strips and how it lights up the new gauge face.

The first two show how the gauges light up with just the White Strip SMD LEDs.
Both had the Shop Lights on; may need to turn them off next time:





The auge Faces show a couple of lighter spots from the Plastic Transducers under the faces. I might need a way to eliminate them.


The next three show the pattern used in side of the Gauge Cluster w/o any additional Bulb type LEDs for fill.

Left Side of Cluster:
Notice the two Light Tabs on the transducers this will be where I place the RED LED Bulbs to check out the LED Bulb spread.



Center of Cluster:



Right side of Cluster:





Tomorrow I hope to have the Fill bulbs tested and see if there is a difference.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:18 PM
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keep postin both of them on here because im very interested..just need to locate myself another cluster because my truck is my dd and dont think ill be able to get this done in just a simple weekend
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:40 PM
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keep postin both of them on here because im very interested..just need to locate myself another cluster because my truck is my dd and dont think ill be able to get this done in just a simple weekend
if your truck is 04+ you can't swap in the new cluster, only the body of the cluster as the brain of the cluster is married to your SJB and ECU with software. Now if it were an Evo ot STI I'd be able to reprogram the ECU but I don't have Ford software, just Mitsubishi and Subaru.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:56 PM
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He's got an '03...
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:59 PM
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kinda wish i had an 04 i kinda like those gauges alot..but yea its an '03 and jp7 you seem like the lighting guru just so much knowledge!lol
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:03 PM
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Looking good, I like the color. Very original.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:21 PM
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Did HVAC to match today, was getting tiresome just working on the cluster




39 LEDs total in the hvac alone.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:23 PM
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want to pimp out my cluster and hvac aswell? lol
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:25 PM
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want to pimp out my cluster and hvac aswell? lol
Sure, but I'm not cheap.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:27 PM
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i still need to get my hands on a sport trac cluster, but ill let you know
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:45 PM
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Night pics

You can't even compare the HVAC to the stock lighting in the radio and cluster, wow what a difference. Those will be changed soon....





The one thing I noticed right away is the blue "cold" doesn't show through as well because orange and blue are opposites, and since amber is so close to orange I only get some light. It looks less dark than this in real life, its just that the amber is so vivid the camera is trying to compensate the exposure down some.
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