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With 90 LEDs its one big hot spot.

HVAC = 39 LEDs
Cluster = 90 LEDs
Radio - next.
Wooo man, thats a lot of light
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well whats your pricing? and a round about on parts pricing?
I spent 60$ on LEDs for this one, if you wanted the same design I could probably get away with about 50$ in parts but it took me about 40 hours. I probably could do another in 20-30 hours - probably about 400$ for the labor.
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i would love a red led in mine... buti get killer migranes somtimes and light is my enemy.... this would not help.... i somtimes have turn my guages all the way down and still can be much...ha now my ohc is not helping!
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Looks AMAZING turb'z!!



How's the coloring in person? More yellow than orange or more orange than yellow?
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How's the coloring in person? More yellow than orange or more orange than yellow?
It looks like a very vivid amber light from a traffic signal... maybe just a tiny bit more orange than that. These LEDs are 590 nanometers dominant wavelength. I used a 587 nanometer 360 degree LED for the headlight switch, which is basically identical to traffic signal lights. They match really good. Im going to paint the radio bezel the same glossy white tomorrow. I'll do matching amber in the stock radio.
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dude this is amazing im going to try this
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You know ..... it rained today so I used my lights because it was so dark out from all the cloud cover, and I noticed the hot spots in my cluster ......... now it annoys me haha Thanks a lot!
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where do you buy the ribbon led's at and how do you wire them into the pre-existing spots for the lights?
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The contrasting color of the "trim ring" looks really nice.

Do you have to wear sunglasses at night with all those LED's?
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geeze next thing this guy will be building an iron man suit... your talented with wiring my friend...
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Jp7...

Would you mind posting a complete list of meterials used, amount used, and links to said materials??

Thanks!!

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where do you buy the ribbon led's at and how do you wire them into the pre-existing spots for the lights?
I think I got these from superbrightleds.com, I bought 50$ worth of the 19" strips I think, and I've got one left. I did both the HVAC and the needles with these though.
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The contrasting color of the "trim ring" looks really nice.

Do you have to wear sunglasses at night with all those LED's?
No its not too bright its just very colorful. The camera overexposes LED light. If you want to understand first hand take a picture of your dash with no flash and look how much it will overexpose it compared to real life.

Also - someone asked how I wired things in. I used one of the stock sockets that used to hold one of the bulbs, and I soldered the wires wires to the socket holder itself so that I can just plug it in like a bulb.
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geeze next thing this guy will be building an iron man suit... your talented with wiring my friend...
No actually the next project is to RE-LED the stock radio with Amber LEDs instead of the green ones that come from ford. More tricky because Amber LEDs have lower nominal voltages than Green, also use less current too.





Then after that I'm going to be building some LED scrolling turnsignal tails for my Evo IX. I have Evo VIII tails to practice on.









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Jp7...

Would you mind posting a complete list of meterials used, amount used, and links to said materials??

Thanks!!

Shane
Headlight switch:
Chose any color 360 degree LED here: Super Bright LEDs - Component LEDs

Strips:
Chose any color - I bought 5 of the 19" ones. NON-waterproof.
NFLS & WFLS series Flexible Light Strips
If I had to do it again I would probably just buy SMD LEDs and glue them directly to the back, because then I could get even better results with LESS leds and LESS cost.

I would also have bought my stuff from LEDSUPPLY.com if I could do it again.
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Not to divert any attention from Jp7 but here is the ones I m using.
They come in 10 ft Roll and you can cut every 2” and still hook up to 12 V.
This company sells connectors and angle pieces.

Flexible LED Ribbon Light strips for Lighting applications
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Finished converting the stock radio to the same color Amber LEDs today!

check it out....!










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Still don't understand why mess with a basic am/fm radio...but whatev. lol. Looks good!
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Still don't understand why mess with a basic am/fm radio...but whatev. lol. Looks good!
LOL, I never listen to it actually... its just cosmetic.
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I was going to say I had a Silver Faced Pioneer CD6 that would fit the same space, I guess I was too late.

Your Radio’s PCB had std LEDs mine was all SMDs, PITA to work with.

Looks good,
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Solid work, looks cool. I might make this a future weekend project.
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Hey Jp7,

How did you re-assemble the trim ring & clear cover on your gauge cluster (where you broke apart the sonic welds)??

What type of glue did you use to attach the clear cover back to the (painted) white trim?

Now you've got me wanting to paint my trim ring gray.
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Hey Jp7,

How did you re-assemble the trim ring & clear cover on your gauge cluster (where you broke apart the sonic welds)??

What type of glue did you use to attach the clear cover back to the (painted) white trim?

Now you've got me wanting to paint my trim ring gray.
I drilled itty-bitty holes and screwed it together where the plastic was thickest in 4 places. you have to be really careful here or you will crack it.

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I drilled itty-bitty holes and screwed it together where the plastic was thickest in 4 places. you have to be really careful here or you will crack it.
WOW, itty-bitty holes, is that the right word, “00” tap or what ?

That is the best idea, I wanted to add the aluminum trim inside of my cluster and wasn’t too happy about breaking the thing apart, little lone putting it back together.

Great idea, what size drill and tap did you use ?

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WOW, itty-bitty holes, is that the right word, “00” tap or what ?

That is the best idea, I wanted to add the aluminum trim inside of my cluster and wasn’t too happy about breaking the thing apart, little lone putting it back together.

Great idea, what size drill and tap did you use ?

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it was a drill bit that looked a tad smaller than the smallest screw i could find in my shop drawers.. no tap.
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