Toyota Nation Forum banner
1 - 20 of 66 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
126 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
i finally did it!



the gauges are very simple.... just replace all the 194's with whatever color 194's you want. (4 or 5 total, i forget)

and the ring around the ignition is probably the easiest bulb to change, it's a 74



okay, so the ashtray/gear shifter/climate controls are 74's. (4 total)

[A] - okay, the A/C button.... so after you take it apart, you can manage to unscrew the bulb and it turns out to be a super small bulb with a condom on it. this bulb cannot be removed from the base and i dont know what size it is or anything, so i just took off the green condom and sharpie'd it red. the little light wich indicates wheter or not the A/C is on seems to be a green LED which is impossible to get at. so i just left it alone.

- so the rear defogger is similar to the A/C cartridge. except that both the regular illumination bulb AND the on/off indicator bulb can be removed from the bottom. both of these bulbs are built into their bases, and i dont know the sizes. so i removed their condoms and sharpie'd them red.

[C] - the cig lighter has a small bulb with a green condom on it. i thought it was a 74, so i tried to pull the bulb out of the socket, but wound up breaking the bulb, because apparently it is wired into the base just like the A/c and Rear defogger. so i supoose i will wind up going to toyota sometime this week and buying a replacement and just coloring it red with sharpie.

[D] the ashtray...... god, what a bitch! the 74 bulb of the ashtray is held in a little metal house, which has a thick green plastic floor, right aboive the ashtray area. so i just took a drill and drilled the fuck out of the green plastic untill there was nothing there.

finally, there's the clock, which i'm waiting to find red acetate film to cover it with, and see how that turns out.


i will posts night-pictures tonight once i take some. please ask me any questions you may have. i bought all my bulbs from superlumination.com



:thumbup:
 

·
97 BlackWidowed
camry
Joined
·
626 Posts
i found it easier in the climite controll to pull the bulb, ream the hole out bigger and wire in a led 194 bulb. im going to try that blue sharpy on the ac controls
 

·
Man on a mission...
Joined
·
635 Posts
in the first pic, are the two screws along the top the only ones that hold the screen in front of the gauges? the bulb that lights up the right hand side of the tach (~5-6K rpm) burnt out, and I'm too lazy and too scared too fuck it up
 

·
Why not?
1997
Joined
·
226 Posts
Hey, does the the shift letters near the shifter P-R-N-D-L-2 light up?

I never remember mine lighting up.... hmmmmmm
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
126 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Porkch0p220 said:
i found it easier in the climite controll to pull the bulb, ream the hole out bigger and wire in a led 194 bulb. im going to try that blue sharpy on the ac controls
how is that easier? :confused:

all i had to do was pull the old bulb out and put it a red bulb. no making bigger holes/no wiring leds... :thumbup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
126 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
SKYravefever said:
in the first pic, are the two screws along the top the only ones that hold the screen in front of the gauges? the bulb that lights up the right hand side of the tach (~5-6K rpm) burnt out, and I'm too lazy and too scared too fuck it up
yeah, two screws there.... then you slowly pull the black plastic out. then there are four screws holding the actual instrument panel piece down. unscrew those, then you can get at the back of it..... not very difficult at all. :thumbup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
361 Posts
Sick, The car looks "Exactly" like mine.. what Alpine 9827? Haha, but isnt red a little harder to look at? I wonder if they have bulbs the same blue as my Alpine.. Good job, was it easy to take off the instrument panel?

Shuluke
 

·
Lives For The Curves
93 Camry
Joined
·
1,546 Posts
Looks good, but I would've gone with something that matched the deck.
 

·
Ford Powered
1999 Ford Mustang
Joined
·
439 Posts
hmmm...

my mom has a gen4.5 and the dash looks different from the gen4 i guess. hmm i never noticed.
 

·
Mr. A. Wong
Joined
·
634 Posts
wow i never noticed that the inside air circulate/outside air in was a switch on the gen4's. On my gen4.5, that's actually a button.
 

·
Pimpin' In Paradise.
2000 Toyota Camry
Joined
·
343 Posts
MykeLefty said:
the rest.... looks way better in person....



Hey, which bulbs did you use? There are like a million different choices on superlumination.com. I'd like to know which type offers the best light dispersion.

Also, does anybody know if the super white bulbs are really white or more sickly looking?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
126 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
i started this project before i bought my new deck. yeah, it would have been cool to match them, but oh well.

and i used 194 / 74 Incandescent Bulbs.

you can get them in a wide variety of colors inculding super white. (which does look very good)
 

·
Gen 4 XLE v6
02 Toy Solara V6 MT
Joined
·
3,192 Posts
LiLItalian said:
Hey, does the the shift letters near the shifter P-R-N-D-L-2 light up?

I never remember mine lighting up.... hmmmmmm
I had teh problem as well..i couldnot figure it out..i paid someone 40 bucks to have it replaced. (btw; mine is also a gen4..and yeah it DOES light up)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
126 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
grapefury said:
wow i never noticed that the inside air circulate/outside air in was a switch on the gen4's. On my gen4.5, that's actually a button.
yeah, it's pretty crappy. my next project is the wood dash like you. i got mine in the mail the other day and i can't wait to get it done. my only problem is that my Alpine alarm system was installed with a red LED in the top right corner of the gear shifter base, and there's a piece of wood that is supposed to cover that whole base. i suppose i'm gunna have to figure out how/where to re-locate it.
 

·
Registered
2000 Camry LE
Joined
·
63 Posts
cool, Hey MykeLefty, where can you get those 194/74 light bulbs?
 

·
...
Joined
·
422 Posts
how does one find out what size bulb they have to buy, is it written on the bulb or would you have to compare it to another bulb to see?
 
1 - 20 of 66 Posts
Top