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2004 Ranger Cluster LED conversion question

This week I converted my AC HVAC controls from boring green incandescent bulbs to super bright vivid Blue LED. The results are amazing. I tried to take a picture but the exposure of the camera dosent really do the mod justice. The color is so vivid, so alive looking. I even used a reflective foil tape to "bounce back" the "hot spots" of light after I removed the dungeon-green shielding inside of it. Worked like a charm! There are NO hot spots whatsoever!

This weekend I am going to continue taking the dash apart and get my cluster out to do the ultimate LED mod: a 2004 and newer LED cluster. I'm going to use the same LED bulbs. The question I have is: How many will I need to convert all of the night-time running bulbs in the cluster from dungeon green to bright blue? I don't plan on changing the warning lights, or turnsignals - just the night-time lighting bulbs. I am using "#24" led's with the twist lock bases. - this is the same one inside of the HVAC - there were 2 of them.
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I can't help ya there on number of bulbs...

But..i highly suggest getting an extra cluster just in case, as this mod has never really been done successfully.
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My only concerns are:

1: Getting the needles off the motors
2: Putting the needles back on in the correct position

I am fairly sure the HVAC led's I used will work excellent in the cluster. Also the foil tape trick.
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abouts were did you put the "foil tape" is that like HVAC tape or something?
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abouts were did you put the "foil tape" is that like HVAC tape or something?
Yes, I cant explain without showing you pictures - and I'll add those later. The foil tape trick works wonders.

Someone try and help me - how many bulbs do I need to buy? I wanted to place my order today so I'll have them before I get everything apart.
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(pulled off of FMD's thread)


You've got 5 bulbs to replace, the 4 in the middle are all for the trouble lights, 2 on the smaller gauges are for the turn signals
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Cool - I just bought 8 to play it safe. And I bought an extra cluster incase I need spare parts....
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any shiny tape (shiny on sticky side and non-sticky side) will work for the foil tape trick. Shineyer the better.
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can you tell me how the odometer gets its color? is it back lit?
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