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Is there any step by step pictures on how to break down the dash to get to the dash gauges i want to change out mine to yellow . Is there anyone in las vegas that has done theres ?
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Excellent idea, Chuck . . .

Sorry, no help because I had mine done by a Speedo Man.

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I know the entire top front dash does NOT need to be removed.

gauge cluster guy only slightly pulled back on dash (after removing screws) over steering wheel and removed cluster.

7mm socket I believe for ALL screws and a swivel socket adapter for the top screws on the cluster is needed.

I believe the cluster guy will be at Doug and Thumper's tech session in Phoenix next month.


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Is there any step by step pictures on how to break down the dash to get to the dash gauges i want to change out mine to yellow . Is there anyone in las vegas that has done theres ?
Chuck, did you ever track down those pictures?


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Hi Sandy;
Just found this excellent link to removing the dash.... If you are only wanting access to the speedo part. You won't undo or pry the cover off past the left side of the radio so the airbags are no concerns. Moody did that disabling thing as he was taking the cover right off and had to work it off around the passenger side area. Shown in his pics.

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Chuck, I assisted OLDXR when he took his gauges out and I removed the cover so I could paint mine without removing the entire dash. If you want to I will be more that happy to help you. Let me know.


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Can't see gauges at night.

I replaced my gauges a few years ago with a new unit from US Speedo and ordered it with the Yellow Gauge face as well. This cluster has always been hard to see at night with the Yellow face. I just recently installed the US Speedo Cube LED's when fixing my stepper motors hoping that I would be able to improve night visibility. It is now completely impossible to see the gauges at night even when turned to the brightest setting. The needles are visible, it is just that my Yellow gauge face is not translucent and the numbers are black so very little light ever got thru. Dicktator posted a pic a while back of some white gauges at night that seemed to have the face translucent and showed well at night. Does anyone have a Yellow Gauge face that shows up well at night. At this point, I'm going to have to remove the LED's and try to find a set of brighter cluster bulbs.
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Just take the front part on dash off, don't have to remove air bag, can lift enough to get to cluster.

I did take the whole dash off first time but found it is not necessary.

1. Remove dash trim and screws (7mm) from dash. Dash only held on with clips and the small screws.
2. Lift dash and set on steering column, put something on steering column to protect from scratching.
3. Remove screws that hold cluster trim and cluster in place, yup, 7mm.
4. Cluster removed, spray with connector cleaner.
5. Yellow replaced, new stepper motors.

Just finished YELLOW one for Damon, Catseye99.

I thought I put this in DIY may not. I have a lot more pictures. PM me with email and I will send them to you.

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1. Taking Cluster apart.
2. OEM faceplate and Needles
3. New Stepper motors
4. My Cluster with WHITE Face Plate and RED Needles
5. At Night
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That last picture is the one I remember. On my Yellow Gauge face, the numbers and letters do not allow anywhere near that much light thru. Does anyone have a night shot of a Yellow Gauge face? I seem to remember when working on my cluster that on the back side of my face the numbers and lettering looked like they were hand painted with some sort of coating. I'm not sure what that was for.
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I had new stepper motors at dougs tech last year and left the dash lites and installed a remote leds with a lot of different colors its crazy looking at nite . When it was reinstalled the unit wasn't properly cleaned that's why it has to be taken apart . I love all the colors and change colors once in awhile . I also had my fanatic name put on the yellow face .
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That last picture is the one I remember. On my Yellow Gauge face, the numbers and letters do not allow anywhere near that much light thru. Does anyone have a night shot of a Yellow Gauge face? I seem to remember when working on my cluster that on the back side of my face the numbers and lettering looked like they were hand painted with some sort of coating. I'm not sure what that was for.
I tried the 360 LED lights that they claimed where as bright as the incandescent bulbs.

They were not bright enough for me. I removed them and went back to the OEM bulbs.

My Secret, I ADDED four bulbs to the PC Board to give me more light.

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You don't happen to know the bulb number for the cluster, do you? I think I'll go that route and look for pads to install additional bulbs as well. Several of my original bulbs were burned out and I didn't see any numbers on those bulbs.
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You don't happen to know the bulb number for the cluster, do you? I think I'll go that route and look for pads to install additional bulbs as well. Several of my original bulbs were burned out and I didn't see any numbers on those bulbs.
I don't have bulb # but I guess someone knows. I had some left from a previous install. May be in Manual.

I just used insulated 22 gauge wire to add bulbs. Worked fine, just used epoxy to glue bulb stand in place, non conductive.

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The bulbs were a strip with a control multi colored lites . And was routed around the new yellow face . I kept all the stock bulbs .
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The bulbs were a strip with a control multi colored lites . And was routed around the new yellow face . I kept all the stock bulbs .
WOW, that sounds neat! OOPS, dating myself by saying "Neat".

That would be a good way to increase light without much draw. LED's I would guess.

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