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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 3:02 am 
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love the dials...very original.
i wanted to attempt something similar to my EB Sports Cluster...hopefully it's possible cauz i'm feelin creative all of a suddenly!

Anyone got a scan of the EB 6 gauge cluster i could use??? (PM me)

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 11:03 pm 
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Just a couple of questions? how did you frost the LEDs? and how did you change the internal resistor?

(I am a bit of a noob with electronics, but i am getting there!! :P)

I am slack, and considering using these do a blue led mod, are these suitable?

 

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 11:30 pm 
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hey bud, that looks a f**k teat, nice mod i like it :D
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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 11:41 pm 
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slimjim wrote:
hey i got blue lights in my ef dash
and u say use white leds

i still wanna keep my blue dash but i also wanna do this mod
will the blue light come through and still be bright enough?

oh yer
is your dash acctually brighter than wat the pic shows? coz it look like cant c bugga all


Yeah you could keep you're blue LEDs, I guess the 'red' warning areas would look funny, and any pictures you had may look funny unless you masked them off.

The dash is heaps bright IRL. My camera doesn't do it justice. The 'ticks' light up bright and clear, and red areads glow, as does the Ford logo.

nicco wrote:
Just a couple of questions? how did you frost the LEDs? and how did you change the internal resistor?

(I am a bit of a noob with electronics, but i am getting there!! )

I am slack, and considering using these do a blue led mod, are these suitable?


sandpaper, sand the top flat, then the sides so they are 'frosted'.

Pull the things apart cut off the old resistor, solder in a new one (380Ohm) put back into holder. done.

as above, you could use any colour LED you want, just any colours you do on your print will go funny. But I guess if you're just doing something basic, the coloured highlights may work great. Wasn't something I though of in any detail.

 

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 11:54 pm 
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Image

Here's a "digitally enhanced" version getting somewhat closer to what it looks like to me (minus the blur and hotspots, you don't notice them).

 

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Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 1:53 am 
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s**t hot
cheers
thanks for that much appreciated
oh yer by the way good job looks awesome..

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:22 am 
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I just have one question, for your low fuel, seat belt, and high engine tmep warning lights, how did you get around those, or did you just ignore them?

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:09 pm 
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Cant see s**t :<

 

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Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:34 pm 
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Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:45 am 
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hey

ok i just did the above mod, without frosting... i dn't have any hot spots as such, except that the top parts of my dash are dim, and harder to see

by "frosting" them, will it make it more disperse?

Also, how exactly do you get "inside" the led, to reach the resistor, so that you can replace it?

wouldn't that involve, removing the entire plastic casing around it? is that even possible?:S
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Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:51 am 
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also,

my "dimmer" knob that previously worked when it had globes in it, has stopped wroking now that i have LED's in it!

Now it is either on, or off...no difference in brightness at alL!

is this a byproduct of using LED's? or is something else the probleM?

btw, my car is a toyota, but i found alot of people doing the same mods, as i tried to do to my toyota, so i hope u guys can help
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The warning lights still work fine, they light up the white 'logos' for the fuel, engine temp. I just ignored the seatbelt guy one.

frosting disperses the light better and removes the hotspots. 'A Good Thingâ„¢'.

Changing the resistor (if like me you bought the NARVA premade LED globes) involved pulling the LED fron it's plastic holder, where you'll see two metal 'tabs' (these are the contacts), and the LED wired up to both via a resistor on one leg. That's what I changed to get them brighter.

The dash dimmer still works, just you won't notice it, because the LEDs are very efficient, it'd take a much bigger 'dim' to be noticable. I never used my dimmer anyway, always had it on bright with regular bulbs, and have left it there since.

 

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Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 1:28 pm 
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ah ok so the dimmer works :p

I didn't buy narva led's , i bought monza and some other brand as well

not sure about the monza, the resistor MAY be under the holder like you said, but the other brand has the led's inside the plastic casing, so that i can't access em

I'll see what i can do with the monza's


i know frosting reduces hotspots, but will it get rid of the dimmness that's near the top part of my dials, because the lights won't reach that far? i'm assuming yes, as it disperses the light better, but i just want confirmation b4 i do it, as otherwise there is no point, coz as i said, i don't have hotspots
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Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 2:40 pm 
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data_mine wrote:
The warning lights still work fine, they light up the white 'logos' for the fuel, engine temp. I just ignored the seatbelt guy one.


Cool. will have to see what i can sort out soon. hrmm... i need the little seatbelt lad, he helps me to find the diagnostic mode for the cluster!! :D

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 7:17 pm 
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Anyone want the EB scans I made?

http://members.dodo.com.au/voxace/cluster/Speedo2.jpg
http://members.dodo.com.au/voxace/cluster/Tacho2.jpg

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