LED Gauge Cluster Lights - Page 8 - LS1TECH



Appearance & Detailing Interior & Exterior Appearance Modifications

LED Gauge Cluster Lights

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-22-2009, 11:21 PM   #141
Staging Lane
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 68
Default

That is awesome.I was wondering if that color could be sanded off or removed with some kind of chemical.I really didnt want to spend $ on an overlay.You say it cannot be done with hvac and headlight overlays.What grit sandpaper did you use?Your guages nice.Also I read on here you can change the color of your needles by sanding off the color and painting the back of it?
Quote:
Originally Posted by LT4vert View Post
You can sand the color coat off . ITs just a transparent paint , toped with a translucent white coat . The numerals and icons and black background are applied from the front of the face . ***This does not apply to the hvac and headlight overlays , all color is applied the back ***




Heres and example of what Im talking about . This is on my Cobalt SS , same concept applies to the f-car gauges .






Before


After with white LEDS , no needles in the first pic.



Same concept applies to the F-cars . I did a Camaro cluster too , but cant find its pics .
InfernoTA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2009, 08:19 AM   #142
TECH Fanatic
iTrader: (2)
 
LT4vert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: South Bend , IN
Posts: 1,694
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by InfernoTA View Post
That is awesome.I was wondering if that color could be sanded off or removed with some kind of chemical.I really didnt want to spend $ on an overlay.You say it cannot be done with hvac and headlight overlays.What grit sandpaper did you use?Your guages nice.Also I read on here you can change the color of your needles by sanding off the color and painting the back of it?
I used 400 grit and just sanded lightly . It doesnt come like right off , but it doesnt take to much effort either . You cant do it to the HVAC and headlight overlay because the ALL the color is applied from the backside , black included . You will sand the incons off . The gauge face applies the black color to the front of the face , so when u sand the color off the back , your just left with a transparent clear icon . The needles arent as easy as just sanding off the color and appling new . Most paints will not uniformly reflect the light passing thru the needle . The factory uses a reflective red , with an opaque white topcoat . You also get into the issue of weight . The needles are calibrated to the air cores and when u make them heavier or lighter , both of which can happen when you painting , it does throw off the calibration .
LT4vert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2009, 06:49 PM   #143
Staging Lane
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 68
Default

What did you use to remove the adhesive in the back.Damn,i just ruined my factory overlays. I was trying to remove it with lacuer thinner and it ruined them.I should have known better.That is potent ****.Now i got to look for some guages in the junk yard.Also did you use 3M adhesive to put them back together?Thanks for your help<
Quote:
Originally Posted by LT4vert View Post
I used 400 grit and just sanded lightly . It doesnt come like right off , but it doesnt take to much effort either . You cant do it to the HVAC and headlight overlay because the ALL the color is applied from the backside , black included . You will sand the incons off . The gauge face applies the black color to the front of the face , so when u sand the color off the back , your just left with a transparent clear icon . The needles arent as easy as just sanding off the color and appling new . Most paints will not uniformly reflect the light passing thru the needle . The factory uses a reflective red , with an opaque white topcoat . You also get into the issue of weight . The needles are calibrated to the air cores and when u make them heavier or lighter , both of which can happen when you painting , it does throw off the calibration .
InfernoTA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2012, 12:23 AM   #144
Teching In
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 32
Default

Just Ordered my LEDS from superbrightleds.com and they should be here by friday...i did this same thing to my 01 GT with a 32v and it came out ****!
Broke98z28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2012, 02:59 PM   #145
On The Tree
iTrader: (5)
 
LS1SSZ28's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 187
Default

IM thinking of doing this also, ordering my LEDs now
LS1SSZ28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 04:20 PM   #146
On The Tree
iTrader: (5)
 
sic2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: huntington beach CA
Posts: 142
Default

Here's what mine look like. I got mine done from the guy at the WS6 store Im pretty sure but he said he wasn't gonna do the 200 MPH gauges anymore so I lucked out. I used the cool white bulbs not being sure if the blue in the gauges was a film or not and it turns out it was so it's dark blue as you can see. There's a couple places where the light is kinda dim but it was worse before I changed them so I am very happy with the way it came out. I used the WLED-CW5's as was suggested by a couple guys on here and as usual they didn't steer me wrong. I also did the HVAC lights since they burned out and that was as simple as could be but I had to bust the bulb and reem it out since the bulbs in there refused to budge. I'll post the pics befroe and after with a shot of the car as well. Thanks guys for all the help and paving the way for the rest of us!!LED Gauge Cluster Lights-img_5180.jpg

LED Gauge Cluster Lights-img_5184.jpg

LED Gauge Cluster Lights-img_0271.jpg
sic2001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2013, 08:41 AM   #147
Teching In
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 14
Default

How do you keep the red parts on the gauges red and the rest of gauges another color?
Donkey SS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2013, 09:29 AM   #148
12 Second Club
iTrader: (116)
 
BIG_MIKE2005's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Skiatook, OK
Posts: 5,195
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Donkey SS View Post
How do you keep the red parts on the gauges red and the rest of gauges another color?
He used white LED's. The Camaro clusters look like his with white behind them while the Pontiac's will look red. It's the differences in the factory overlays.
BIG_MIKE2005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2013, 05:04 PM   #149
Staging Lane
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: South Texas
Posts: 82
Default Angle 90 or 120

I have done my map lights, dome light, and transmission indicator so far and love the results. How hard is it to get the dash out to do this?

I am looking at the different prices and light intensity this is what I am going to do with but the intensity only has a 1, anyone have thesse installed how bright are they and do I go with 120 0r 90 degree beem angle?
Part Number: WLED-R-120 | UPC: 847781008487

Also what do you guys think red or blue?
TxOutlawZ28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2013, 06:52 PM   #150
TECH Fanatic
iTrader: (15)
 
Empatho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Internet
Posts: 1,073
Default

Its pretty easy to take the dash out, just make sure to lower the steering column first to speed up the proses.
Empatho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #151
Staging Lane
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: South Texas
Posts: 82
Default

Where is this light on the door I have a 01 z28 and have never seen a light on the door panel area
TxOutlawZ28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2013, 02:41 PM   #152
TECH Fanatic
iTrader: (5)
 
nightmarechevy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: San Angelo, Texas
Posts: 1,230
Default

There is a small light in each handle bezel, near the mirror switch on the driver side. Most of the time they are blown.
nightmarechevy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2013, 02:57 PM   #153
TECH Fanatic
iTrader: (5)
 
nightmarechevy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: San Angelo, Texas
Posts: 1,230
Default

It will be the black dot in this pic:

nightmarechevy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 06:51 PM   #154
Staging Lane
 
rgCarGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Tulsa, OK area
Posts: 54
Default

I realize this is an old thread, but I am changing over to LEDs and have something to share. I have found a way to pull the #74 Light bulbs (Doors, HVAC, Gear Selector) out without busting them.

Use a small piece of Gorilla Tape, wrap it around the bulb really tight a couple times, making sure you use a piece big enough so that is covers the bulb and gives you room above the bulb to pull. You don't even have to squeeze the bulb this way, and it will come out pretty easily.

Update: The HVAC lights were too small to get a good grip on, so same theory... Use a little sandpaper on both bulbs, then, use a VERY SMALL amount of superglue - right on the tip of the bulb (DON'T GLUE THE BULB to the connector or you just made it worse!) then put the tape on tightly, hold for 30 seconds, I gave it 20 more minutes to set up, and they pulled right out.

Last edited by rgCarGuy; 03-18-2016 at 08:07 PM.
rgCarGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2017, 03:21 AM   #155
Teching In
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 1
Default

Hi,


I just changed my camaro cluster bulbs with new LED but i can see no change than the original one even still very dim. could you please help if there is somthing need to be done other than this.


Thanks
guessz28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2017, 02:47 PM   #156
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: sanford florida
Posts: 1
Default

where did you get your bulbs at, i would like to change mine out for some blue ones
4thgencamaro83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LED gauge lights help!!!! mcginnis22 Appearance & Detailing 8 01-29-2016 08:05 PM
Anyone have a firebird/TA with full LED interior? Slash8915 Appearance & Detailing 1 09-14-2011 05:04 PM
Anyone have pics of LEDs in Trans Am Gauge Cluster? chon79 Appearance & Detailing 7 01-06-2011 11:45 PM
LED gauge cluster question??? nickx07 Appearance & Detailing 3 06-17-2009 04:39 PM
gauge cluster bulbs ROUDA Appearance & Detailing 6 05-04-2008 11:11 PM


Tags
1995, 2000, 74rhp, 98, blue, camaro, cluster, clusters, custom, gauge, hvac, leads, led, lights, trans

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13 AM.