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Old 09-26-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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Alot of people have been having questions about this, including myself. OldSchoolEuro helped me out in the selection of LEDs, and other than that, all was straight foward! Super easy

Now his does not cover the Instrument panel, as they take halogen bulbs and would take some work to get LED's to function in there as well as the halogen bulb would.

First off I ordered

74-xHP for above the switches
two 74-xHP for the HVAC controls
Four 74-xHP for my small VDO gauges

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b....23874&next=50

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13th item down the list




Now that the hard part is over, It's time for installation. All you are doing is pulling the old bulbs out of the plastic holder and installin the LEDs, then re-inserting them back into their hole.

Old bulb and the holder that I pulled it out of:


New LED inserted in the holder:


While I had everything apart, I replaced a burnt out halogen bulb in my cluster

Old bulb:


New bulb. Be careful not to touch the new bulb's lens surface. It reduces the lifespan.



Now It's time to start on the lower portion of the dash to replace the little ambient light above the switches and the lights in the HVAC controls

Start by removing the two screws on top:



You will also have two torx screws on the side of the panel. You cant miss them

Pull back the panel and find the bulb holder above the switches.



Replace:


Do the same on the HVAC controls. There is two on each side.

Reassamble and admire!



^sorry about the crappy pictures. I just had my little Canon ELPH out in the car with me

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Old 09-26-2008, 03:25 PM   #2
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superbrightleds.com FTW
i replaced my 744 SE's cluster lights with ones from there, they look great. i also replaced the craptastic filament bulb that was included with my autometer pro-comp ultra lite boost gauge with a 4 LED bulb, and it looks great at night.
i have yet to do the rest of my controls/switches..i'm kinda lazy..i'll take pictures of my cluster and boost gauge setup one of these nights soon
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:40 PM   #3
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Do you have any "before" pics? I can't tell if the LEDs made it better or worse! I'm guessing the boost gauge isn't the same type as the others and thus didn't get the LED and can't be used for comparison..
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:49 PM   #4
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wait,
so those add 74 whp? it says so on the packaging.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:13 PM   #5
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Do you have any "before" pics? I can't tell if the LEDs made it better or worse! I'm guessing the boost gauge isn't the same type as the others and thus didn't get the LED and can't be used for comparison..
I did these awhile ago and it is much better. I can actually see stuff on my dash at night now. You can search for the thread I made after i did it, I think I did before and after.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:27 PM   #6
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LED's don't dim, do they?
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Old 09-26-2008, 10:34 PM   #7
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wait,
so those add 74 whp? it says so on the packaging.

Yeah they are the high power white bulbs. The tint on the gauges make it blue
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Old 09-26-2008, 10:35 PM   #8
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LED's don't dim, do they?
Yep! just like the stock bulbs
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Old 09-26-2008, 10:46 PM   #9
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Really Cool
I would love to do that, if i had some spare time.
great, significant difference.
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Old 09-27-2008, 01:21 AM   #10
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Old 09-27-2008, 03:10 AM   #11
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I should do this for my license plate lights.
I know, chintzy, but it would clean it up.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:52 AM   #12
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shellshock.

this is mine;

BEFORE;

Very dim and hardly noticable at night..

AFTER;


I Love 'em..! just like shellshock said, the tint on the gauges made them blue it's white LED actually.
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Old 12-21-2008, 04:37 PM   #13
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oh, this was a way better way to do it, than what I did to the 245 I had :P


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