I found out a way to change the bulbs and such on ur stock instrument cluster so u can have a very personalized and custom look. I found this out here on HT, but i decided to do my own write up on this subject alone. This is my first write up so let me know if things need to be changed or if you have questions...new to this write up stuff lol
Total Time estimated: 15-20min
what u need:
Phillips Head Screw Driver
Pliers(just in case you cant get them damn holders out with the bulbs)
oh and dont forget smarts!(like u need much to do this lol)
I got the new LED blubs from:
1. Ok so first was to take out the cluster by removing the bezel and removing the 3 connectors on the back.
Arrows indicate screws to be removed in order to take out bezel,connectors, and cluster.
2. Next is to remove the colored plates that give the color for your directionals, high beam light, main. req. light, door open light, ect. This is because behind the face plate of your cluster there are these plates that make up the actual colors of your stock lights. Its a pain to remove the face plate but this is the only way to remove these plates. If you dont remove these then all of your LEDs wont show the right color(except the ones for your speedometer, tach, and backlighting) I didnt have pix of removing the face plate but i ended up breaking mine...just be careful with it. 1 bulb you cant change from the back like the rest so if u wish to change this bulb u need to do so while the face plate is off....its the SRS light.
These are the plates needed to be removed and where they are placed under the face plate.
3. Ok so now that you have the plates removed you can place the face plate back on and then turn the cluster over to find the bulbs and which ones are placed where. The first bulbs i change were the easiest, the bigger main bulbs. Then changed a bunch of the smaller bulbs.
The bigger bulbs are for the main lights behind the speedometer, tach, ect. and the smaller ones are for the other stuff(the gas light indicator bulb is a larger size bulb so i didnt bother changing it.
So big bulbs first.....
Then i change out the other bulbs....
4. Be careful which bulbs you buy and how long the wedge part of the bulb is...i bought some that i thought were right but they were short..i actually dont know if they even make the wedge part longer. The problem i encountered was the new LEDS, was that they tended to push the stock holder for the bulbs apart, this in turn made it harder to put the holder with bulb back into place. Not a huge deal, you will just need to play around wit the bulb and holder until they work.
5. Now replace your cluster and bezel. If the lights arent working then you need to take the cluster back out and wiggle
the bulbs around. I ended up taking the bulbs in and out a few times. Not such a big deal but all my bulbs now work! So may be a little bit frustrating, but you just need to relax and play around alittle
....with the bulbs that is! silly people..what were u thinking?
here is some pix of my stuff from earlier this morning....im gonna take more in just a few min...
well i will brb wit more pix
just did new pix...ok...new camera (not used to it yet) so the pix came out crappy..... lol
main lights in red.
check engine, mani req. and ABS in the UV(came out purplish)
blinkers and high beam in white.
door open and trunk open in green.
ebrake and seat belt in blue.
other lights i didnt change are the natural yellow-orange ones(thats what they look like cause of the color plates being removed.....
ok....i will def try to get better pix next time...but these lights look sweet in person...and the red isnt even that bright....so it looks good...the red ones are the 120 degree bulbs not 90...i think the 90 would have been alot brighter
look for more of my DIY stuff to come!
Modified by BDaTurboTeg at 10:01 PM 7/13/2008
Modified by BDaTurboTeg at 8:07 AM 7/14/2008