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Old 11-15-2009
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04+ Instrument Cluster Bulbs

Need a little help here.

I found Bob's (rwenzing) comments/list and 04Lvl2 stating the need to visit the dealership for 04+ instrument bulbs, but...

I found Sylvania 37, 74, and 2721 (all long life bulbs) that appear to fit/match the bulb holder and bulb. Does anyone know if any of these will work or am I stuck reassembling the dash so that I can go to work tomorrow and then go to the dealer afterwards to pay $10 for a damn bulb?

DO NOT tell me it's the 194 bulb, they are larger and only fit 2003-earlier model rangers.
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i thought they were 194's, they were on my 01, but couldn't tell you on 04-up since i have not had my cluster apart in my 2006, but i'd be interested in knowing incase i ever had to change mine
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They are 194s, but only for 2003 and older. Ford screwed with more small stuff again and in the 04+ cluster case, it results in the back of my cluster having 11 replaceable bulbs, 3 for my tach, 3 for my speedo, 4 for the upper row of idiot lights, and 1 shared for the fuel and temp guages.

I read someone using the 2721 bulb, so I'm going to give those a try. Nothing like spending $3.99 for a set of 2 bulbs * 11 bulbs = $24 worth of bulbs. But I had 2 of the 3 speedo bulbs go out, the tach as 2 down and the single for the fuel and temp is toast too. I'd do LED, but I just don't feel like buying resistors, LEDs, and then spending my Sunday soldering - not after spending 92 hours at work the last payperiod (ended Friday) and then spending 3.5 hours (half hour commute each way) yesterday at work.

EDIT: 2721 bulbs work, so if you don't want to wire up your own LEDs or pay a crap ton for pre-wired LEDs just visit your local Checker/Schucks/Kragen/O'Rielly's/AutoZone/PepBoys for them. I paid $2.99 for them from O'Rielly's, I believe theu were 3.99 at PepBoys, and 4.99 at AutoZone.

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