Welcome to my 3rd write-up, How-To Install Amber/Red Dash Lighting on 92-95 Civics!
I originally got the idea from AztecEJ (original thread is here: http://www.honda-tech.com/zerothread?id=304289
). I was getting tired of my ricey white gauge faces and white climate control, so I figured, why the hell not…lets give it a shot. I got new cluster and climate control bulbs and painted them EXACTLY how AztecEJ said to. It turned out really REALLY good and I am extremely pleased with the results. MAKE SURE YOU USE NEW BULBS. I painted the stock bulbs the first time, and my dash was so dim I could barely see it. Make sure you use all new bulbs when you do this! Because I love sharing my knowledge, I documented everything and now have a step-by-step writeup for j00! Lets get going!
First thing, you need to go to Michael’s or wherever and pick up a can of Testors Competition Orange #1628(spray can works best):
You also need to go to your local pep boys and get five #24 automotive bulbs (they come in 2-pack, so you’ll get six) and also three #74 bulbs. The cluster takes five #24’s and one #74, and the climate control takes two #74’s. Take a piece of scotch tape and wrap it around the bottom to make sure you don’t get any paint on the connectors. I used several coats, but you can use as many or as few as you want. I let them dry overnight, to make sure that they were nice and dry.
Okay, now that your bulbs are drying/dried…we can start ripping the dash apart.
First, take these two screws out:
Then, pop your hazard switch out:
Make sure you pull this plug out:
There is a screw behind there:
Then, gently pry away at the trim piece, there are about six or seven clips holding it in. Pull on it until it comes out, don’t worry if you break any of the clips, all of mine are gone
Make sure you don’t forget the plug behind the clock:
Now we gotta remove the gauge cluster. There are two screws, here:
Once you pop the screws out, turn the gauge cluster face down and jiggle it around until it comes out. Once you get it out, there are four plugs on the back:
Okay, the cluster is out. Now its time for the climate control. There are four screws for the lower dash console:
When you pull it out, don’t forget the plug for the cigarette lighter:
Once you get that out, you’ll have easy access to your radio. Every radio is different, but mine just kinda slid out if you pushed on it from the back:
Look ma, no cluster or radio:
Now its time to get going with the climate control. First thing you do is take the heater control cable off the bracket, and then off of the heater control mechanism (all located under the dashboard near the glovebox on the passenger side):
Here’s me workin hard (or hardly workin)
Okay, now to get to the climate control, there are three screws. Two underneath the front of it:
And then one on the bottom in the center:
Once you get the three screws out, pull the climate control out. There are two connectors on the back that are a bitch to get to, but just keep ****ing with them and you’ll get it. The locking clips are on the bottom. Now your EG should look like it just got recovered from a theft:
Now…lets put the bulbs in. For the cluster, there are five #24’s (in blue), and one #74 (in red).
Here are what the cluster bulbs look like when taken out:
Get rid of those things!
In with the amber!
Now for the climate control. First, unhook the faceplate by pulling the tabs off:
Then there are a few screws. You need to unhook the buttons from the heater cable and blower control unit as well for the faceplate to come off:
Once you get the faceplate off, here are the two bulbs you need to replace (both #74’s):
Installation is reverse of disassembly. Just read from the bottom up
A few things to note, the #74’s are a bit too big for their sockets, but if you shove them into the sockets, they work just fine
Also, when I put my climate control back in, I only used the bottom center screw, because the other two are a bitch to get to and I didn’t feel like ever dealing with them again <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.honda-tech.com/set1/smile/mad.gif" BORDER="0">
OKAY…time for the RESULTS!!!
Here was my old setup, ractive white gauge faces with stock climate control:
:Drumroll Please: TAA DAA! The new Hotness is in!
Climate control, check:
The color came out to be a dark orange/red color just like AztecEJ said…I love it! Looks much better than the pale yellow/orange that the JDM cluster gives. Make sure you use all new bulbs when you do this! Don’t want you guys to be unhappy with the results as I was the first time. Hope you all enjoyed it! Hopefully it will inspire and help others, just as it inspired me