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2008 instrument cluster bulbs

OK, read the sticky for Ranger bulb lists. Of course, the 2004 and up list DOES NOT include instrument cluster bulbs
I took my dash apart the other day, and low and behold, I have a small toshiba v2 connector with a super small bulb in it. There are 10 that do my instrument cluster.
This bulb is SMALLER than a #74 bulb. So its probably less than half the size of a #194 bulb.
I am on therangerstation as well, and I have not been able to find out anything about this bulb. Nothing is listed on superbrightled.com, I can't find anything on google.
The only writing I could make out in the bulb is as follows
TSD 6
14v1.25w . 5
So I know its a 14volt bulb with a 1.25 watt power consumption.
ANY help would be appreciated at this point. Ford wants $44 a bulb here, and through my dads buisness I can get them for $27. This is outrageous for an incandescent bulb.
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they should be 2721 bulbs.
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I had the same problem. Ford wanted something like $34 a bulb and i wanted to replace all of them. Not an option at that price. I was pulling out my hair trying to solve this problem. What i found was that the #74 bulbs which are a bit bigger in size fit fine and are very cheap to buy. The only problem i found was getting the plastic retainer back into the back of the cluster. The bigger bulb spreads the plastic just a bit more then the old bulb. I just took a small file and took next to nothing off and bingo it worked. The voltage is the same, wattage is slightly higher @1.4w. I have a 2008 sport and they have been in there for almost a year now without a problem. I searched for weeks to find the right bulb at a decent price. I am not a big fan of half a**ing stuff on my truck but they work just the same.

#2721 if i remember right comes with the plastic socket and there too small.
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Those t5 in the led from buggman, i just replaced my stock bulbs with leds in my 2008. i got all of the leds cheaper than one replacment bulb. here is a crappy cell phone pic. looks much better in person
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I had the same problem. Ford wanted something like $34 a bulb and i wanted to replace all of them. Not an option at that price. I was pulling out my hair trying to solve this problem. What i found was that the #74 bulbs which are a bit bigger in size fit fine and are very cheap to buy. The only problem i found was getting the plastic retainer back into the back of the cluster. The bigger bulb spreads the plastic just a bit more then the old bulb. I just took a small file and took next to nothing off and bingo it worked. The voltage is the same, wattage is slightly higher @1.4w. I have a 2008 sport and they have been in there for almost a year now without a problem. I searched for weeks to find the right bulb at a decent price. I am not a big fan of half a**ing stuff on my truck but they work just the same.

#2721 if i remember right comes with the plastic socket and there too small.
2721s work thats what I used before I went led. And they come loose or with a socket
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Thanks guys. With that info i finaly found a place localy that had 2721 bulbs, bought one. It seems to be the same size as the one in the v2 housing that I bought from Ford. I figured, I'll buy one, then I dont have to disassemble the dash again to compare lol.
I guess I will be returning the #74 replacment LEDs i just ordered.... derp.
Ford93, how do you get the red rings around your gauges?
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The 04's should use the t5 base led's as mentioned... I've got several guys using them in their 04+ clusters.

The bases on the led's are plastic, so if they were a fraction too wide they could easily be sanded down for a perfect fit.
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i dont have red rings around the gauges. they are silver, with they way the lights hits off the needles it kinda gives off a glowing effect.
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