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Old 07-07-2011, 09:08 AM   #76 (permalink)
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amazing thread. Good job Digi!
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Amazing! Great job on all of it!
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Big ups for all this hard work!
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This mod is very simple like the 350Z. There is plenty of room to squeeze in a board with an array of LEDs. I decided to use Luxeon K2 Star for this custom mod.

First, pry the inner edge (toward the center) of the map light cover. This side is beveled to make it easier to pry. There are 4 pegs total to pop out. Pull straight down, not sideways.


The bulbs are 194 type like the license plate and trunk light, so you can simply swap them for an LED bulb. My custom K2 Star with BuckToot driver is on the left side.

Any hints on how to remove the plastic cover without destroying and scratching it?
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Any hints on how to remove the plastic cover without destroying and scratching it?
Long fingernails haha, or you can get a flat blade or flathead screwdriver and wrap it with masking tape. The goal is to pry toward the plastic lens from sides and out to pop it out. That way you don't scratch up the visible parts.
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Long fingernails haha, or you can get a flat blade or flathead screwdriver and wrap it with masking tape. The goal is to pry toward the plastic lens from sides and out to pop it out. That way you don't scratch up the visible parts.
Got it thanks!
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nice work !
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dang how will i do this!!! i dont know how to solder? is that how the color changes?
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Yes, you'll need a steady hand and learn how to solder surface mount components. Cheap soldering irons from Radio Shack won't work because you need a fine tip.
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Any hints on how to remove the plastic cover without destroying and scratching it?
Yeah the way I did it was press it (as you would to turn on/off the light) and while it is pressed, wedge in a screw driver and then just lift out.
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Hey man, What kind of LEDS did you use on that strip where the fuel gauge is.? i used PLCC-2 and they didnt work...
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Hey man, What kind of LEDS did you use on that strip where the fuel gauge is.? i used PLCC-2 and they didnt work...
PLCC2 works, but you have to mask off one of the pads or it'll short to ground. If you look at the photos, I used yellow masking tape to mask off one of the pads. Then I was able to place the LED over the same spot and solder both sides (leaving the masked pad isolated from solder).
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PLCC2 works, but you have to mask off one of the pads or it'll short to ground. If you look at the photos, I used yellow masking tape to mask off one of the pads. Then I was able to place the LED over the same spot and solder both sides (leaving the masked pad isolated from solder).

so you put masking tape over 4 solder pads? and just soldered the LEDS ? even the 4 solder pads with the tape underneath the LED? and i have a problem..my screen where the fuel and all that is is now half blank...i think i ruined something.. =(
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And also my needles arent in the right position ..i just screwed everything up lol =(
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That's fine. After re-inserting the needles, turn it against the "stopper". It will still slip around the shaft when applying enough force against the stopper. You'll be able to put it in place without the need to pop it back off.
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