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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 was wondering if anyone knew about the twist locks for a gen3 camry. I think they are soldered in because i tugged forever and could not get one to come out.

If this is the case, where can I get new twist locks??
 

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shuluke said:
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.
If your controls are like my 2000 there are two screws under the left and right knobs. Once you remove those you can pull the panel out and disconnect the cables.
 

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here are pics of my project..ill get some more of the trunk soon too =)
its a lot brighter in real life i promise :clap:



 

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sharpied mine =) worked great if u just be careful and make it look good...like pre-school u know, just stay between the lines =P doesnt smudge either, but if u dont like it just use a bit of rubbing alcohol
 

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I have a gen4.5 with the push button RECIRC push-button on the Climate Control.

Has anybody changed the green LED backlight for this? It's different from the A/C and DEF push button switches which just uses bulbs.

 

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rndmheroxx said:
sharpied mine =) worked great if u just be careful and make it look good...like pre-school u know, just stay between the lines =P doesnt smudge either, but if u dont like it just use a bit of rubbing alcohol
I sharpied my gauges red too but they look to dark. I decided to get them back to stock (clear) so I tried using rubbing alcohol, windex, all purpose cleaner, and even an exacto knife to scrape off the ink but now they look pinkish. Are there any other methods of removing the ink completely?
 

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90% rubbing alcohol worked fine for me....
 

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how did you remove the gear shifter thing to change the bulb?? for gen 4
 

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They'll be a pale yellow if you just take the green covers off. I bought bright white LED's, and mine appear to be a bright blue even though i was going for the white look... Be that as it may, twenty dollars including next day shipping for everything isn't that bad.
 
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