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161 LED's

Anyone know where I can get some 161 LED's? I ordered some 194's and what I thought were 161's. They came today and they were all 194's. I checked the website that I ordered them from and it had a list of comparable bulbs for the 161...194 being one of them. So here I am with a bunch of extra 194 LED's and a grand total of zero 161's. I want to get my new gauge cluster installed but I really don't want to rip the dash apart any more than I have to.
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Do these 161 bulbs slide into a holder and lock into the back of the cluster?

If thats the case I have seen these, but have not checked dimensions to see if they fit.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/specs/74_t15.htm
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I think those might be it, but I'm not sure. I'd like to be sure before I order them.
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You going to need to measure the sockets you have then check the specs on the technical drawing. They look like they are in millimeters. You will either need good eyes, or a metric caliper. Assuming these are out of the truck for measuring.

With out buying them, there really is no way to tell. I was going to swap the idiot lights over when i did the led conversion, but I didn't find these till after the fact.

Other option would be to mod the sockets you have with 12v leds. This is not fun. I burned my fingers a few times modding my theft light to blue.
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161 and 194 both share the same "male" end. the plug. they are interchangable...like you can have 194s in your third brake light....but 194s never came in there. Gosh...i'm tired and this is hard to explain. lol.
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Ahh crap. I thought the idiot lights were 161's and the back lights were 194's. So what bulb goes to the warning and indicator lights, cuz they're much smaller than the 194's.
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So what bulb goes to the warning and indicator lights, cuz they're much smaller than the 194's.
On my 2003 they are #74.
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I thought the 161 were the small cluster bulbs too. That link i posted is for the #74 leds, at a massive cost of 1.19 for the 2 lumen and 2.49 for the 6 lumen.


I may just have to order some. I got few 194's flaking out needing replacement anyway.
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Just found a lot of 20 for 15 bucks on ebay. That oughta do it!
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Down side for me would be, I would want different colors.
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Down side for me would be, I would want different colors.
Only problem with that is that you have to tear apart the entire cluster, then scrape off the green tint and re-tint the numbers with a new color or put in different color bulbs. Not something I want to try...I'd screw it up.
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Only problem with that is that you have to tear apart the entire cluster, then scrape off the green tint and re-tint the numbers with a new color or put in different color bulbs. Not something I want to try...I'd screw it up.
Ive done it once. I would have to redo it for the idiot lights. As those are the 74's i would need to replace.

Although white leds would make the colors more vibrant.
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All I'm looking to do is NOT have to tear into the dash again. That's why I want to get all LED's for the new cluster before I put it in. I thought about changing the colors, but I actually like the stock green.
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