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Old 10-03-2008
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I have a 99 ranger and i want to do somethign to my gauges/dash.
First i want to change the lighting from looking green and make them blue. Is this possible to do without getting new gauges. i would like to keep everything the same jsut change the lighting to blue instead of green.
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i did take off my stereo harness and everything and noticed that on the 4x4 switch, there is a little LED and it just has a green cover on it to make it green but i do not know whats behind the gauges.....
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or like what number LEDs or whatever bulbs are used throughout the inside liek whatever lights up green...
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I'm not sure about the 99 models , but behind the gauges on the older Rangers are small light bulbs, like the style found in the marker lights. All you need to do for an inexpensive color change is replace the bulbs w/colored ones.I hope this was some help.
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Searching is awesome! There are a ton of threads about converting dash lights to LED. Heres one:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...light=LED+dash
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yeah, i just posted that! lol
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Wow that looks a hell of a lot better than my cheap a$$ idea ! I shall retreat in shame
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ok i am going to find sport trac gauges and buy eveyrthing and give it a whirl.
i just have a few questions on the needed materials.

1. for the number five material needed, Transparent glass paint, where do i get it and is this what i should get in color blue?
2. The LEDs, where do i get those? and how many did you use? ill go with what you did.

Please let me know i am eager to do this now that i have seen it.
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I recently converted all my lights to LEDs. Check out post #31 in this thread it might help you out a little.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...t=updated+pics

All the lights that i bought for the gauge cluster, hvac controls, and cruise control buttons were direct replacements there was no soldering or resistors involved
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You really don't need to go to leds for color...you can use that LED how-to on my gauges to sand your green paint away and paint on new color and rock the stock bulbs. John Griggs is who i got the idea from...He's a member here by the name of N3elz. His how-to on his cardomain covers the same as the LED thread, but uses stock bulbs and painted other stuff. You can also do the same thing to your heater controls, and LED conversion on your other associated switches.

IMO....gauge clusters aren't that expensive..it's always nice to have an extra(or for me a few extra) to mess around with. lol.

For the color, I(i mean trevor) used transparent glass paint purchased from a craft store....came with like 8 different colors. And you really only need one kit. The kits are basically water color little packets.

'03 and older is what your want your cluster from if ranger, 01 and older explorer, 05ish? and older explorer sport trac or explorer sport.

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you mean like mine?

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no...like mine. not yours. totally different. lol.
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