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Old 10-05-2007, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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3rd Generation How to change the dash lights?

Now for my next crazy modification. XD (Hey, It's a hobby!)

I was wondering if anyone knew how to change the lights in the dash (speedometer, etc.)? In the 96 model the lights are all green and I thought it would have a crisper look if I were to change the bulb colors to an extra white-blue like the newer Corolla dash lights (white-blue and red bars).

Couldn't find a good example online of a corolla but here's a good example of a different car;

http://imgup-lb.automotive.com:8080/...05727.w579.jpg

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I've never changed out my bulbs in my dash..but I've seen it discussed here...I bet that search button would help ya find the information u need

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Old 10-05-2007, 05:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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buy the corresponding bulbs to what you want to change and then you just undo the screws, pop the cover off, unscrew the screws holding the cluster itself, take it off and unplug the back then just twist and remove the bulbs and replace and reinsert and close it all up.

i would give you more descriptive step by steps but there are plenty of detailed guides just run a search
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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one question, how many hours does this conversion take........ realistically? for your average back yard mechanic. I've always been tempted, but scared by the possible If work involved. If it would take a mere afternoon........I'm game
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i did it for my first time granted the gen 4 is a tiny bit different but not really all that much and it took me an hour or 2 and thats with me running all over looking for different tools and driving out for parts. After the first time I can have it out within like 5-10 mins
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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one question, how many hours does this conversion take........ realistically? for your average back yard mechanic. I've always been tempted, but scared by the possible If work involved. If it would take a mere afternoon........I'm game
Start to finish...about 15 minutes. Well...that's how long it took me to change the bulbs. Just remove the trim around the radio, remove the main dash panel (which is held in by 4 screws ans 2 clips), disconnect the hazard switch, clock, dimmer, and mirror switch. remove the 4 screws that hold the gauge cluster, and gently pull the cluster forward to access the bulb sockets on the back of the cluster. The gauge bulb size is 194, but size 168 will work too. If you want to change any other bulbs...

Here's the bulb list for the whole car form sylvania's website:

92 - 96 TOYOTA Camry

Low beam headlamp
9006
9006SU Silverstar ULTRA for Ultra Night Vision - The Whitest and Brightest Halogen
9006ST Silverstar High Performance Lighting: The Whiter and Brighter Halogen
9006XV XtraVision Halogen Upgrade: Up to 20% Brighter
9006CB Cool Blue Halogen Upgrade: White Hot; Super Cool; 100% Street Legal
9006LL Long Life Halogen Upgrade: Lasts one and a half times longer

High beam headlamp
9005
9005SU Silverstar ULTRA for Ultra Night Vision - The Whitest and Brightest Halogen
9005ST Silverstar High Performance Lighting: The Whiter and Brighter Halogen
9005XV XtraVision Halogen Upgrade: Up to 20% Brighter
9005CB Cool Blue Halogen Upgrade: White Hot; Super Cool; 100% Street Legal

Parking light
168

Front turn signal
1156
1156LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Rear turn signal
1156
1156LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Tail light
1157
1157LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Stop light
1157
1157LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

High mount stop light
921
921LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

License plate
168

Back up light
1156
1156LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Front sidemarker
168

Rear sidemarker
168

Glove box
74

Map light
67

Dome light
DE3022
DE3175

Step/Courtesy light
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
DE3021
DE3175

Trunk/Cargo area
DE3021
DE3022

Instrument-general
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
74
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This is what I did for my lights: http://s11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...icture5645.flv No good pic, only video that will show it.

From start to finish for a 1st time, I;d say 1-2 hours for a Jap made car (VIN starts with JT), or 1.5-2.5 hours for a US made car (Vin 4T). The difference from what I have seen, heard, but not 100% sure, is that the Jap made bulb holders have the bulb that pops right out, while the US made bulb is soldered in, just making it a little bit of a pain.

VERY briefe DIY. You need to take the radio U shaped trim off, then the entire panel from the AC/Heat controls to the vent on the other side of the steering wheel. Unscrew the cluster, and unplug the 4 plugs.

Cluster uses 4 #168/194 bulbs, and 1 #74 bulb.

Feel free to ask me anything else, or anything in more detail.
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^^^ nice timing with the 100k mile turn

yeah, tell me if you spot any of the 168/194 bulbs in that size and color of blue. that'd look real nice in my cam, considering the headunit is blue as well.
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Ok, I may as well post this then. the ONLY LED's I have found that work on the Camry's cluster is from: http://superbrightleds.com/mini-wedge.html I tried 5 different types before getting these, which disperse the light correctly in out clusters:

WLED-x5 LED Wedge Base Bulbs
5-LED super wide angle 194/168 wedge base bulbs
4 radially mounted 3mm LEDs emit most of the light from the sides of the bulbs
1 High Flux LED emits from the end of the bulbs
These bulbs are non-polarized
Available in all of our standard LED colors and Warm White
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Instructions: How to change the dash lights on a Tercel

Here are detailed instructions on how to change the dash lights on a Toyota Tercel and how to fix it if you pull the whole thing out by mistake.
Includes Pictures.

http://www.ssasuppliesltd.com/htctlontdb.pdf



Thank you for reading.

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I forgot what thread i saved this from, but is this correct?

4x 194 Bulbs for the gauges
10x 4mm Neo-wedge bulbs in the Gear Indicator of the cluster
2x 74 bulbs in the HVAC
1x 4mm Neo-wedge for the AC Button
1x 4mm neo0wedge for the Hazard Button
1x 3mm for the Defrost button
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