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how easy is it to get in there and switch out the bulbs?

same for the AC controls..

ive been meaning to do this to my ranger, i'm tired of my headunit not matching the rest of the interior lights.
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tys...it was easy for me ive taking my dash out so many time i just had to look on here for a cupple things llike the gear selction and that was about it.
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Ty...you'll need to take a look at jp7's build up thread, as it pertains to a '04+ style gauge cluster.

AC controls can be done easily with 194 plug in's that are soldered to the hvac panel...that's how my set up was prior to this new set up that's linked in this thread.
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actually disconnecting the battery wont stop the air bag from going off. they have capasitors to keep power to em while the key is off. if you wait like three hours after the battery is disconnected they might have drained enough by then. but they are easy to handle if your not dumb about it. all the connectors are designed to ground out when disconnected to prevent static electricity from setting them off and when carrying it keep the bag pointed away from you and just be gentel with it and you'll have no prblems
totally TRUE!!! i used to work for a saturn dealer and we had people w/new cars that had scratched the emblen on the bag and wanted it replaced. We used to take them out back after they pulled them and set'em off. We'd put them face down and run a hot wire about 40 ft to INSIDE the building and set'em off. Those things would go about 30 - 40 ft in the air!!!! Be EXTRA carefull!!!!
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I did this on my truck i love it. Its maybe one of best mod i have do on my truck I have over 40 Leds blue in the dash 10 Led blue in the air and 2 blue Leds and 2 red Leds in the steering wheel it does take time to do
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^^HAHA!! we did that as an expirament in auto shop in high school!









If you've got cruise pods.....just be careful and you're fine. I disconnected the battery, pulled the battery out in fact. Gave it 10mins, then started wrenching. Took the bag off carefully. set it face down in the bed while i was working on it, that way it'll be safe and out of the way. 2 phillips screws to each pod. be careful on the electrical connectors....they can be a pain in the butt to take off the pod. Pods come apart. I modded mine with 2- 5mm LED's each. lol....soldered them at work when it was slow. That's where i do alot of my small mods. lol. Just be careful....now i just sorta take the bag off and set it in a safe place and do what i'm going to do. Be careful, nothing will happen.

Take it from someone who's done this mod: you'll want to remove the bag and unscrew the pods. That way you can actually disconnect the wiring from the pods, and you can test you your aiming of the leds using a 9V battery and some wire.


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shane did you do a how to on removing of the bag or was that someone else.
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Shane that pic is sexy
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shane did you do a how to on removing of the bag or was that someone else.


It;s so easy, no how-to is needed.


Look at your plastic cover infront of the steering wheel. on each side, there'll be an approx 1.25" round cover. take a screw driver or something to get those covers off. then bam! there's the air bag screws. take an 8mm socket, one on each side of the wheel. Carefully pull straight out on the bag, and unclip the electrical connector. then set the bag in a safe place. I like to do it with my body to the side, should something bad happen with the bag while removal.

I'm sure the same method can be applied to 04+ trucks.
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I would love to do this I just dont think im savvy enough to get the job done without messing something up
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It;s so easy, no how-to is needed.


Look at your plastic cover infront of the steering wheel. on each side, there'll be an approx 1.25" round cover. take a screw driver or something to get those covers off. then bam! there's the air bag screws. take an 8mm socket, one on each side of the wheel. Carefully pull straight out on the bag, and unclip the electrical connector. then set the bag in a safe place. I like to do it with my body to the side, should something bad happen with the bag while removal.

I'm sure the same method can be applied to 04+ trucks.
Yep its the same for 04+
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I have tried on purpose to set airbags off (for fun) by jumping 12V to them. Couldn't get it to work. I think you guys are overreacting.
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Looks real good. I'm not willing to tear apart my dash to do that though.
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Mr. Carr....what happens when a cluster bulb burns out?? lol.






I suggest this to anyone attempting this mod on their 03 and older truck: Get yourself an extra cluster to play with. for $50, you can have an extra cluster to mess around with and learn on.
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That looks awsome, I hope to do something like that in the future.
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