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What bulb and how many leds?

I want to change my guage lights and a/c control lghts to leds going to order the white face guages tommorow. How many bulbs and what are they ? 194s? and im doing blue.
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9 bulbs to do both, and yes they are 194s. but you have to replace the red needles. they dont light up with blue
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ok thanks i found the white gauges on ebay and you can order needle paint but how exactly do the needles come off and if i paint them will they glow?

and the kits for a 04 -08 but mine are the same right they look the same as the picture
2004-2007 Ford Ranger white face gauges 04-08:eBay Motors (item 360189770190 end time Nov-14-09 1029 PST)
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you cant paint the needles, they are actually red plastic not painted. the 09 faces should still be the same as 04-08 so no worries there, and as for removing hte needles, there is a good video on youtube, i'll find it for you!

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thanks and they go back on the same way without being outta wack?
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and the odometer will change color with the new bulb it wont glow green?
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they don't go back if you don't put them in the right spot...but the easiest way to do it is know what your RPMs sit at for idle, where your temp gage is for when your engine is warmed up, and where your gas sat at before (a full tank is always easy to find) and the way to make sure your speedo is right, just drive behind a friend on the highway and tweak the needle a bit if you have to, so when you put it back in to test, leave the plastic cover off so you can tweak the needles a bit with the truck running, and yes the odometer will be blue with the new bulbs so no worries there
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oooook thanks man bout to start ordering will update this thread when everything comes in .
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The gauge bulbs aren't 194s, its like 74 or 78. Fx4wannabe01 will know more about it. You'd have much better lighting from component LEDs than plugins anyway.
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i dont have the patience to sodder every little led in there.
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apparently the strips are the best, super brights has them, i got some just havent wired them yet, right now i just have plug ins and its fine
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Yeah the oznium strips are the way to go. You could get Jp7 to do it for you, hes offered before.
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now im lost and confused i thought this was going to be a somewhat cheap and easy weekend mod. lol
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it is, the only pain in the *** part is the needles, either finding replacements or just dealing with it til you find a solution
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It can be if you want it to be. It will turn out a lot better if you put some time and effort into it though. The single replacement LEDs will cause hot spots where some places seem brighter than others. I am just pretty particular about stuff like that so I like to go the extra step and make it perfect.
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i just read the overlay intstructions and they are just vinyl overlays so the needles dont have to be removed.
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You have to remove the needles to do the LED strips
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i ordered some white led lisence plate lights just now. and the overlays .still debating on the dash lights may wait until i get my new headunit. the only reason im doing blue is my xm radio is blue, and my amp and capacitor have blue leds that make behind my seats and my back window glow blue at night.

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as for the hot spots, the picture i put up is with plug ins and the hot spots arent that bad...if you have to throw some scotch tape over it
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i decided not to do the dash blue i thought about it and i would hae to change my cruise and window switchs. but if i change the lights to green led in the dash it will change the light right to more of a glow or would it be a waste of time and money
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hey shadow i hope you and autozone were right bout the 194s lol i ordered them on ebay should get them from china in like 6 months lol or 2-3 weeks like they said. also ordered a HO LEE CHIT bumper sticker made me laugh bought 2 1 for each truck lol
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those 'Xenon' bulbs are just painted halogen bulbs, junkkkk and they arent bright at all
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Well im leaving the house now to go get some 30X10.5 all terrains on craigslist and the factory drop in bedliner will post pics shorlty if i get them .
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nice, did ya end up getting them?
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