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looks like you've got all but the hardest part done!
the cluster was easy, i figured the cruise buttons would be the hardest part for me.

looks good. i have to attempt this some day when it gets warmer
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the cluster was easy, i figured the cruise buttons would be the hardest part for me.

looks good. i have to attempt this some day when it gets warmer
Pics of your cluster!?!?
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Pics of your cluster!?!?
I believe I sold him the LED's. They were plugins if I can remember right.
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Ohhhhh... I want to be #2!!! Haha.. I'm going to try to do somewhat of a How-To. Atleast take pics anyways. I'm not really good at explaining what I'm doing sometimes.
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Ohhhhh... I want to be #2!!! Haha.. I'm going to try to do somewhat of a How-To. Atleast take pics anyways. I'm not really good at explaining what I'm doing sometimes.
You will be #1 with the oznium strips. It will be better than mine, but you should paint it too.
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damn dude idk how i missed this but good work
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Here's some pics I found of gauges with the same LEDs I'm going to be using.. Pure sex...





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JP did in fact give me the LEDS, and they were plug ins. very easy stuff, and still looks good.

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as you can tell, the red needles don't show up too well. I still have to replace those... just haven't really felt like it yet.
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as you can tell, the red needles don't show up too well. I still have to replace those... just haven't really felt like it yet.
LOL yes I have been telling everybody that the red stock needles dont work. Call Rusty, buy the GM ones.
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some day i'll get around to it haha.
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some day i'll get around to it haha.
"I'm sorry officer, I didn't know I was doing 80 because I had modded my cluster with the stock needles and blue LED's so it wasnt really visible to me..."
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haha they'd totally understand, they would be ok with that :P
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I got out of a ticket once because my gauges weren't lit. When I was having all my dash light problems..
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I got out of a ticket once because my gauges weren't lit. When I was having all my dash light problems..
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Put a breaker switch in the Evo so when I get pulled over racing a Z06 I can try this trick.
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wow, i didn't think that would actually work haha. i can see the needles alright in the dark, sometimes its a pain though. i have to debate what color needles i want, probably have to be blue though. since red doesnt work and everything else would probably show up blue anyways

JP, you said when you ordered they had to do something to them to make them work, do you know what they did?
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It was only a campus cop, but still it worked. He didn't believe me at first, then I further explained my electrical problems to him. He clocked me at 26 which is 5 mph over.. lol
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wow they actually give you a ticket for 5 over? here you wont even get pulled over for doing 20(km) over. unless its a 50km (30 mph) zone
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wow, i didn't think that would actually work haha. i can see the needles alright in the dark, sometimes its a pain though. i have to debate what color needles i want, probably have to be blue though. since red doesnt work and everything else would probably show up blue anyways

JP, you said when you ordered they had to do something to them to make them work, do you know what they did?
LOL you guys are so lazy...

I called Rusty today just for S&G, he said "nobody has called looking for GM needles for a ranger that I can remember"

I asked him, and it is the 2003-2006 GM ones.

With the inside he has a special tool to open them up some so they fit the ranger. You guys have to make it PERFECTLY clear that when your order the 2003-2006 GM needles that they are for a 2004 or newer ford ranger and the inner where the shaft goes needs to be opened up by Rusty.

The reason why the stock needles suck with blue lights is because they are actually really orange. The plastic is transparent orange, and what color is the opposite of orange? Blue!.

The usspeedo.com needles are all clear with a certain paint on them. My blue needles came as clear needles with bright blue paint on the bottom of the needle (so you can see it during the day) and because they are clear plastic you can see them at night when I turn the lights on. Remember that the hats of the needle will be silver, I just painted mine to match the body.
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ok, im going to have to make a call to him this week or next then, i just wanted to make sure to know what to ask for.
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So the stock needles don't show up well with blue since they are orange? What about the stock needles with RED led's? Do you still need to replace the needles? I don't like the idea of having to remove my needles and hope that I get them back on correctly.
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So the stock needles don't show up well with blue since they are orange? What about the stock needles with RED led's? Do you still need to replace the needles? I don't like the idea of having to remove my needles and hope that I get them back on correctly.
You are too worried. Watch my videos and you will have no problems.

Red LEDs will work fantastic with the stock needles.

Buy the LED oznium adhesive backed ribbon strips in red, don't buy the component LEDs.
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I'm ordering my LEDs today and getting my spare cluster Saturday.
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Dude, I've been dreaming about doing this mod, I didnt know that anyone else had done it yet. Looks insanely badass! I can't wait to do mine. Good work!
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04 Gauges are NOT swappable. Mileage is stored in the Cluster. If you swap the gauges and something happens where the truck wiont start due to a security measure you could find yourself in a very interesting situation.

I did NOT swap clusters. I simply used 'parts' from an 05 cluster inorder to 'modify' my cluster so that I have level 2 gauges.

I repeat, 04 gauges ARE NOT swappable as the mileage will be off,. Milage is stored BY THE ODOMETER. Having a dealership do it, will ensure that the 'mileage on odometer is not accurate' check box being checked on your title.

However, 04+ gauges DO have interchangeable parts.
no offense but i just finished this, still have some minor touches, like my speedometer needle but my truck starts and runs fine. i used an 04 cluster i ordered from ebay, i wanted black faces on my guages. my dad(he's a parts manager at the ford stealership) said some vehicles have the anti-theft where it wont start, but it will start if you replace it with your old cluster, but aparently not my ranger.
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So you changed clusters and it started fine?
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