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 Post subject: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:01 am 
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The interior dash lights on my BA falcon are green, i want to change them to blue. does anyone have any idea how that would be done, and what sort of bulbs it would take????
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:43 am 
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BA's use LED's. They are not that easy to change like they used to be.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:15 am 
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sure they are :p. just a whole lot more expensive. You need to procure an XR Cluster and ICC
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:35 pm 
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so basically just get over it and stick with green? lol
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:10 pm 
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Either that or change your whole ICC and Cluster to the XR one. The LEDS are surface mounted even in the cluster which means you need to be pretty handy at soldering to change them without damaging anything. They are very small.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:06 pm 
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I can change the LED's in the cluster for you check my site http://ford.degabrielle.com.au

I currently dont do ICC's , but I am looking at setting up a rig to be able to test them soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:36 pm 
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i wasnt really looking at spending a great deal to do it. so some information as to how it is done would be appreciated, if you wouldnt mind.
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:04 pm 
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so from what i can read you want to change the lights in your ba to blue(the xr clusters are not blue they are purple)
this task is very simple i managed to do it and before i did the conversion i had only installed stereo's and put led's in door handle's so if you know how to solder than you will be fine if you don't well get au matt to do it he does a great job and his work is amazing plus he has a world of knowledge on these parts..

in saying that my conversion cost me $8 becuase i already had a soldiering iron and solder
here is a picture to show you what a ba fairmont cluster looks like in blue "NOT" xr
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:37 pm 
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nice work man, thats exactly what im after actually lol cheers for the pics. btw was that 99999km a fluke?
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:15 pm 
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also, wat type of led would i use? like size wise and luminosity?
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:00 pm 
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the lights are a smd led i just got them of ebay there was a person in ching chong china land that sells them in a roll of 50
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:20 pm 
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so u cant just pick up and solder on standard leds?
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:20 pm 
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They are PLCC2 style SMD LED's. The XR/FPV Blue are 440nm in colour. Not that easy to come by, I ended up buying a reel of 3000 and a largish expense.

Its relatively easy to do but can be tedious if you havent soldered SMD components before. I have a full test bench setup to do this sort of stuff, with custom designed software to allow me to calibrate the needles once I put the cluster back together.

There is a post on one of the other ford forums that describes how to do it.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:22 pm 
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awesome. thanks for that, very helpful.
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Dash lights BA
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:32 pm 
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if you have never soldered before do not even try to attempt this as the copper soldering pads are very delicate and if they get to hot they will lift , if this happens good luck getting it to work ..
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