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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



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I see five main 194 bulbs in my gen 4 gauge cluseter that light up the needles and backlight for all the numbering, but my question is, how do you change the color of the odometer display? mine is an ugly green but I do not see the bulb for it. I see four bulbs below for the brake, door open etc, but I do not know which bulb is for the lcd. anybody?
 

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can this make all my instrument panel/ac controls/shifter all blue? thanks..

im real picky and i want it to match the paint job im getting on it.. and the sony deck that i have in it. would it be nicer to just order a new cluster and stuff?
 

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do the bulbs on superlumination come with the bases? if not, do the stock ones just pull out of the base? i'd like to know before I attempt to remove one and break it. thanks!
 

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cheeba said:
do the bulbs on superlumination come with the bases? if not, do the stock ones just pull out of the base? i'd like to know before I attempt to remove one and break it. thanks!
yeah, all the bubls came out of the bases really easily for me except the ones i noted which are non-removable
 

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Ok i got the controls off, i cant seem to remove it from the console. I removed the 4 screws, but it seems to stay in place. It will wiggle but it wont come off, do i have to disconnect something from the back? Are there any pictures of removing the controls to put the lights there?

Omar

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Ok i got the controls off, i cant seem to remove it from the console. I removed the 4 screws, but it seems to stay in place. It will wiggle but it wont come off, do i have to disconnect something from the back? Are there any pictures of removing the controls to put the lights there?

Omar

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Ok i got the controls off, i cant seem to remove it from the console. I removed the 4 screws, but it seems to stay in place. It will wiggle but it wont come off, do i have to disconnect something from the back? Are there any pictures of removing the controls to put the lights there?

Omar

Pictures are worth a million words. or whatever that saying is.
 

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is there any way to get the arrows to change color, for some reason i cant remember what this is called, whatever the arrows that show when u are making a left of right turn
 

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is there any way to get the arrows to change color, for some reason i cant remember what this is called, whatever the arrows that show when u are making a left of right turn
Yeah I did this a few weeks ago. Your turn signals are #74 bulbs (as are your PRND2L and idiot lights).

The trick is that the bulbs for the turn signals are clear. Two round plastic discs right under the arrow are what makes it light up green. Replacing these with colored plastic cut to size would be one way of going. I have also heard of people using a colored bulb and cutting out regular old white printer paper into circles and using those. I wanted to keep them black normally and red when they light up so I replaced the two #74's with red ones, then cut out circles of old window tint and stacked two layers in place of the old plastic discs.

Hope that helps you.

- Paul
 
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