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Old 07-27-2010, 09:53 PM
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Default Dash lighting

Are the 3 circles (off, parking & dash, headlights) above the light switch supposed to light up in my '03 XL ? Also, how about the ashtray? Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:49 AM
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Yes they are suppose to light up. Only problem is you cant just replace a bulb. You either have to buy a new switch of solder in a new light.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:33 AM
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it's pretty easy to do. when i did mine, i think it took more time to get the panel out than it did to swap the bulb.

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Old 07-28-2010, 05:10 AM
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Have they always done this?

As in, would my 97 have this?
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:33 AM
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Have they always done this?

As in, would my 97 have this?
easiest way to find out is to pull out the switch and check if it has a bulb. if it does, then yeah lol. easy to "mod" and replace the bulb with an LED just make sure you dont get one at radioshack that only has 6000MCD and pay like 5 bucks for it....go on ebay or whatever and look for 13000MCD output 5mm leds for it. its like 6 bucks for 100 of them haha and you can get basically any color!
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:00 AM
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Have they always done this?

As in, would my 97 have this?
yes. the pic i posted is in my 95. what color do you want? i have a couple extra red and blue leds.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:44 AM
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easiest way to find out is to pull out the switch and check if it has a bulb. if it does, then yeah lol. easy to "mod" and replace the bulb with an LED just make sure you dont get one at radioshack that only has 6000MCD and pay like 5 bucks for it....go on ebay or whatever and look for 13000MCD output 5mm leds for it. its like 6 bucks for 100 of them haha and you can get basically any color!
Radioshack is rape for LEDs. You don't want high MCD here, you want even distribution.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:02 PM
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Radioshack is rape for LEDs. You don't want high MCD here, you want even distribution.
ok so get low MCD and have it be equivalent to a tea candle in football stadium
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:29 PM
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ok so get low MCD and have it be equivalent to a tea candle in football stadium
good one
High output LEDs will give you a really bright "running lights" logo, but the headlight and "off" settings will be too dim.

You want a nice high angle LED, which naturally the wide pattern will lower the MCD rating.

My LEDs in my 2 trucks are 700/800 mlm (at .020a) respectively and they look very bright.
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