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Old 04-10-2007
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Light died in my guage cluster

A light on the left side by my tank gauge went out the other day :(

what better time then now to buy new gauges while im at it. I can get the gauges, but I want to be prepared for the lighting and I have no idea whats behind there. Any tips?
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Begin cussing. j/k
lol You could always do the LED mod to replace the bulbs... LED's will last a helluva lot longer. oh, and mark your gauges accurately! My speedo is off... I didn't want to wait 4 hours for someone to come home and pace me so I could calibate it. :p
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Yeah, I have 2 burnt out lights in the dash.
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well changing out your gages if prob one of the harder things you will ever do on your truck, they suck, pull your whole dash apart, you'll never have the right speed or tach again, its just a nightmare, im sorry for you.......
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I got one on the left side too, it went out about two weeks ago
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this mess..

for this one bulb..


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skip the white face paneling, they suck.
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After about the third light went out in my gauge cluster, I decided to replace the burnt out bulbs. It actually wasnt all that bad, just took awhile 'cause you have to take the radio bezel off too (didn't realize that until after I finally consulted my Chilton's manual).

Do yourself a favor though. Change ALL the bulbs back there, even the ones that are still working. You don't want to have to tear all that apart again in a few months just to change one more bulb.

Can't tell you about the gauges, I didn't want to mess with mine. The bulbs were enough.
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that looks scary...I dont want to see burned out lights though so im going to have to do it. I dont want my tach and speedo off so I think I will just skip the guage mod.

now what is this LED mod that you were talking about?
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now what is this LED mod that you were talking about?
Replacing the stock bulbs with LED's. You can get a pack of 10 pre wired with resistors for like $12 off ebay... IIRC
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I could probably just make my own. Doesnt seem hard at all. Thanks for the tips. If I wanted to change the green tint in the guages could I just use a translucent paint on the back of them? would that involve removing the needles? I dont want to go through the hassle of getting my tach and speedo all screwed up
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Here is a pretty straight forward how to for removing the guages.

http://www.rangerpowersports.com/tech/?p=109

It is pretty easy just takes awhile. I found it tricky to get the bulbs out of the cluster. I felt like I was going to break something cause I had to turn them pretty hard to get then out. Good luck.
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so is it a pretty simple task to change out the bulbs behind the gauges? How likely are you to break somthing in the process? I have a light out behind my gas gauge and i am thinking about putting in the LED's. Should I do it or not?
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