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Old 12-30-2010, 05:37 PM
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Default Stock Gauge LED mod.

Ok guys, I started to work on the stock gauge cluster. I am modding it over to use LED. I got really excited about the first one I did, that was just a quickie. This one is going to be the best one ever!

I started with my stock black tach cluster. Used the dremel with a sanding disc to clean it up.




Next, I marked out were the leds will go, I am drilling and installing them right into the plastic of the cluster. This will provide a perfect EVEN look. No light spots/dark spots.



I have a Dremel drill press that works very well for this. I drilled them about half way thru the plastic. Then superglued them in.



Here are half of the LED's wired up.



LED powerd up.



And with the cluster on:



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The LEDs are brighter on camera, but they are not "that" bright, besides they can be dimmed down with the stock dimmer!
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:29 PM
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Got the tach/speedo done. Here is a pic of it wired. Lights on. And with overlays back on.





I ran 19 LEDs on this part. I have 9 hooked together and a set of 10 hooked together. I think I am going to make a quick connect block that will have one end soldered to the board were the 194's are. This way the LED's will just be able to plug in and if the gauge ever has to come out of the cluster for any reason, they will be able to be seperated.

I might consider building these up and selling them if you guys are interested.

I am going to be changing the turn signals to blue, icons on the gauges will be red. Speed control will be red or blue. 4x4 lights will be red.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:45 PM
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Got the tach/speedo done. Here is a pic of it wired. Lights on. And with overlays back on.





I ran 19 LEDs on this part. I have 9 hooked together and a set of 10 hooked together. I think I am going to make a quick connect block that will have one end soldered to the board were the 194's are. This way the LED's will just be able to plug in and if the gauge ever has to come out of the cluster for any reason, they will be able to be seperated.

I might consider building these up and selling them if you guys are interested.

I am going to be changing the turn signals to blue, icons on the gauges will be red. Speed control will be red or blue. 4x4 lights will be red.
This is an evolution in approach for the method of turning your gauges to LED.

My tips.

Don't use the superflux style. They are not meant for gauges. They are meant for exterior lighting. The whole idea is to place the silicone off the surface so they can cool better. You want SMT design, low current - high angle LEDs.

I would use nothing bigger than a 5050. Get the biggest angle you can, and space them as far back as you can from the clear plastic.

If you don't want to use circuitboards you can use the strips like I did for that same cluster and it will be much easier than glueing them to the clear like that. See my 2003 cluster thread for tons of ideas to save you design work and testing.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:46 PM
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Thinking about selling another?
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:54 PM
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2005's have a different cluster.
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well thats a bitch.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:58 PM
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well thats a bitch.
Not really, I've done both of them and I like the 2004+'s much more.

Stay tuned I'll have a circuit board for sale soon (eventually) for sale that you can just pop in and "whala" all LED, perfectly smooth, bright, vivid results.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:59 PM
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Not really, I've done both of them and I like the 2004+'s much more.

Stay tuned I'll have a circuit board for sale soon (eventually) for sale that you can just pop in and "whala" all LED, perfectly smooth, bright, vivid results.
I will definitely pick one of those up for my truck. I cant wait.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:48 PM
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This is probably a dumb question, but have you hooked them up in the truck with it running yet?

Just asking because your voltage will be higher when it's running than when idle or off & it may create excess heat in your resistors... last thing you want is to melt all your work.

A 7812 12v regulator & heat sink will give you a steady 12v (sure you already know this) but you might need to use a couple if your LED's are going to be pulling more than 1.5 amps total.

I like the light output!!
Don't forget to sand the coloring from around each needle hole opening too

I might have done it a little differently... maybe cut some Plexiglas "PCB's" to mount the LED's to & mount them in the cluster body so you wouldn't need to drill into the clear pod & they'd be removable if you decide you want to change colors later... looks like your idea is workin' pretty well though

You're gonna force me to start modding my extra cluster now darnit!
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:17 PM
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^^^ I have everything set to 14.7 volt. Thats the highest my truck runs. Eehh, if it fails it fails, I dont care, just playing around with it!

Did you get those things ok...?
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:42 PM
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I got all the main LEDs in tonight!

Here is a pic. I know the 6 on the tach is not blue, this is cause it is red, its from an explorer.



Tomaro I will work on the indicator lights.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:05 AM
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Awesome work man! I like it alot dude!
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:53 AM
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^^^ I have everything set to 14.7 volt. Thats the highest my truck runs. Eehh, if it fails it fails, I dont care, just playing around with it!

Did you get those things ok...?
Yea, I totally forgot to thank you for 'em.

Are you going to use blue for the "idiot lights" too or use the same color led's as the OEM filters?
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:10 PM
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^^^Im using blue led for all indicator except seat belt, battery, check fuel, those will be red. things like abs, check engine, will be stock.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:21 PM
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i like the approach and looks really really good man
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