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    I have seen on another site alot of guys are converting their dash light bulbs to LED. Has anyone here done that yet? I am wanting to do it on my 99 yukon (obs). I am just wondering what all has to be done. Is it a matter of just replacing the bulbs or is there more to it?
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    I have done all of my dash lights (gauges, ac, etc.) I have the nbs truck, but my understanding is the install is similar between the two. You just have to remove the cluster and swap in new type 194 led bulbs. To make it easier, you can get new bases that you dont have to break the factory bulbs out of their standard bases (very difficult...). The rest of the dash is more difficult (if youre interested). I am yet to find led setups that would swap right in as the sockets on everything else are soldered down. I bought a bunch of leds and resistors and soldered them in place of the old sockets. Note here that bulbs are spaced far enough apart on heater controls (and headlight controls are the worst) that you may have to improvise a way to install more than one from a certain spot. The system can handle it, but LEDs are very directional and may require additional lights. Also note that if the construction of the headlight switches are similar, the metal they use is VERY difficult to solder to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf608 View Post
    I have done all of my dash lights (gauges, ac, etc.) I have the nbs truck, but my understanding is the install is similar between the two. You just have to remove the cluster and swap in new type 194 led bulbs. To make it easier, you can get new bases that you dont have to break the factory bulbs out of their standard bases (very difficult...). The rest of the dash is more difficult (if youre interested). I am yet to find led setups that would swap right in as the sockets on everything else are soldered down. I bought a bunch of leds and resistors and soldered them in place of the old sockets. Note here that bulbs are spaced far enough apart on heater controls (and headlight controls are the worst) that you may have to improvise a way to install more than one from a certain spot. The system can handle it, but LEDs are very directional and may require additional lights. Also note that if the construction of the headlight switches are similar, the metal they use is VERY difficult to solder to.
    Nope 99-02 they dont need soldering they have twist lock bulbs.

    buy blubs plug them in thats it.


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    Thanks for the help guys.

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    Anyone try using conductive epoxy on the hard to solder materials? Might be easier than heating things up beyond their normal tolerances. Just a thought.

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    i'm looking to do this in my 02 tahoe. from what i'm told they are just the twist and lock bulbs. would anyone happen to have a part number for the replacement also do any of the local parts places, autozone orielly's ect carry bulbs like this to replpace them......i love this site every question i have about this new tahoe i check here and find someone has info on it........thanks GMTC!!!!!


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    I'm working on a build thread for my 04 silverado LT. It will cover my complete sound system, viper 5904 auto start and security system and an almost complete dash conversion to LED.

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    zigger215 bring on the pics and a how to write up

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    Quote Originally Posted by zigger215 View Post
    I'm working on a build thread for my 04 silverado LT. It will cover my complete sound system, viper 5904 auto start and security system and an almost complete dash conversion to LED.
    Yeah would def like to see some pics, I have been looking at the viper system myself just dont want to spend the same amount on labor as the system itself costs....I hate cali labor cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooter View Post
    Yeah would def like to see some pics, I have been looking at the viper system myself just dont want to spend the same amount on labor as the system itself costs....I hate cali labor cost.
    Recommendation: Buy a Python. It's the same manufacturer as Viper and has the same set of options available. (In fact the window roll-up module, tilt sensor, glass break sensor, etc are identical regardless of which you buy!) The Python is lower in cost than the Viper and has none of the dealer-protection crap (a la no warranty unless you purchase a Viper from a Viper dealer) going on. This means with a Python you can spend far, far less on the equipment, put it in yourself, get the same capabilities, and still have a warranty.

    One heads-up -- be prepared to flash the unit you buy, which means make sure you get the kit that allows you to connect to your PC and flash it. You'll likely need to.

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