LED cluster swap. Finally.

Discussion in 'Lighting Discussion' started by Cheez, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Cheez

    Cheez Rockstar 100 Posts

    I got a bit of time and some LED's and finally swapped out my cluster and A/C controls. Now for the pictures!
    I decided to test at the halfway point and you can tell how bright these things are!
    I wouldn't say they are any "brighter" than stock but they are a much more vibrant color. The film gives them a blueish tint that I ended up liking.
    This is the other reason why I don't really have a problem with the blueish tint. It matches the rest of the truck. The A/C controls brightened up a lot after the swap. I really like how it turned out.

    Sorry, all I managed to snap was iPhone pictures. It was drizzling and I didn't feel like setting up the DSLR and tripod in the backseat...
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  2. Cheez

    Cheez Rockstar 100 Posts

    Also, I ended up with a few leftover LED so I swapped out my brothers '96 Tacoma gauges as well. They were twist lock and didn't want to play nice. I managed to get the cluster and the A/C controls though. Pictures of that soon I suppose.
  3. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Nice work, I like the bright blue. I did my cluster about a month ago, my bulbs twisted out and were easy to replace, were yours soldered in?
  4. Cheez

    Cheez Rockstar 100 Posts

    They are actually white LED's. The film over the cluster gives them a blue haze. I did have to solder them in. I had plenty of room to work with inside the cluster so attaching a resistor and an LED on each solder plate was no problem. Here's an inside picture to show what I mean.
  5. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    very nice job :)
  6. 09mgray

    09mgray Member 1 Year

    i Plan on doing this but how hard for a Beginner would it be to do such a thing?
  7. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I have done tons of electrical work on my vehicles, and this is one of those things that I am just scared to do lol. Yours looks great!!
  8. donyms

    donyms Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Looks great Cheez, I swapped out my cluster for one that already had the mods I wanted. Nice to see the upgrades your doing thanks for the pictures. :glasses:
  9. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Nice. I did the same thing to mine before I left last June. Came out great but I have to get one more socket. Have the bulb just not the socket.
  10. aelancaster

    aelancaster New Member

    I swapped in white LED's this past weekend, that was that seems to have been the easy part. Now the gauges lite up blue which is not what I was after. I would prefer the white instead. The LED's I used do not appear to have any hint of blue when on. One company I spoke with said I needed to buy a new metal face from them in order to have white backlighting again since to OE gauge face has a blue tint on the back that cannot be removed. Anyone else had this issue? When I look online at all the vendors that sell these LED's dash conversion kit's I always see white as well as the blues, greens, reds, etc. How do they do it? Any help would be great.

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