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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-24-2012, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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LED Gauge Cluster Build

So I fabricated a circuit board for behind the main gauges in the cluster (speedo, tach and gas) and hooked them up.....and man does it look like shit! It looks like someone shot up the overlay with a BB gun and little dabs of light are shining in. I'm not too happy with it, so I'm going to make a hybrid board and LED swap and see how it turns out. Anything will be better than how it looks now!

I'd take pics but my phone crapped out last week and as a result so did my camera...damn technology dependence :(
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I searched the world over for 12V inverted LEDs in xenon white. No luck. So I might try regular inverted 5mm xenon white LEDs with a resistor.

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You obviously dont have any problems with soldering so they should work fine for you...and way cheaper! It just gets tough in a small area like the door lock buttons for example, but even then I managed to squeeze in an LED and resistor.

With these gauges too, you need more than just swapping the 2 bulbs, if you do just that, the gauges get very dim. I'm putting 9 in the tach and speed gauges and even then its a bit dimmer.
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i bought the black cat customs LED kit when i had my overlay and to be honest the $35.00 was worth it except i wished they were a little brighter but overall i was very pleased because you didn't need any resistors or anything, plus it was pretty easy soldering because i managed it with no problem

idno how much your spending on supplies so yours might be cheaper but i didnt have a single easy with mine i had it in for a whole year and i installed the whole kit
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mine are costing about $2 each time i change the color.
its solid red now and looking way better than before. I'll post pictures in a few weeks when I get my phone fixed.
The main reason I wanted to get a PCB working is just for simple swaps. I have changed the colors at least 5 times now and with the board, its two connections and youre done (once its set up), but it's just not going to work on these gauges and look decent.
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