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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:48 pm 
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This cluster is from 00Beast’s 00 SSEi. Most of the display bulbs were burnt out so I couldn’t sell it. I figured I would try to fix it before I junked it. Last time I tried to take one of these apart, the pins that the gauge needles mount to pulled right out of the motors when I pulled off the needles. The cluster was ruined. I didn’t really change my technique, but this time everything came apart perfect. Here is what I found.
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These were the only 3 bulbs that worked 100%. Some of the others would work if I flicked them, but they wouldn’t stay on. Weird.
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Here are the bulbs I replaced them with. I probably could have found a better match, but I happened to have these laying around and wanted to see if they would work. I replaced all 8 display bulbs.
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While I had everything apart, I figured I should customize it. I have added blue LED’s into my radio (theftlock LED), my ECC, heated seat switches, traction control switches, fog light switches, and rear view mirror. Why not the cluster, right? I replaced all 7 LED’s that light up the orange part of the “P, R, N, D, 3, 2, 1” with a 5mm blue LED. Here is the result. It might not be for everyone, but I love it.
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Here is a video of it in use.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:06 pm 
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what happens when 6-7 of us watch the video at the same time? PB goes a little slower :lol:

pretty cool never the less :)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:19 pm 
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I thinking the little seatbelt dude needs to go blue too. Actually, what can you not turn blue ?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:23 pm 
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Basically, anything on the board that is an LED can turn blue pretty easily. To convert those incandescent bulbs to blue LED's would be tricky because of the addition of a resistor. The airbag dude is something I never see, I always wear my seatbelt.

I was going to do the turn signal arrows, but they aren't LED's. I think just the "PRND321" is enough.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:04 pm 
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Cool mod Andrew.

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Very cool, the blue looks great!

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I like it. :beerchug:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:12 am 
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Very nice! I also agree that the gear selector should be enough blue.

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that's sweeet!!!!!

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Very cool mod and I like how easily you seem to be able to pull things apart. :hail:

What is the size and description of those replacement bulbs? Where do you find them?

Why don't they make them like my older Pontiac that has plug in bulbs. :roll:

All my bulbs still work for now. :-$

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:29 pm 
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I used ML-2174 bulbs as the replacement, they probably aren't the direct replacement, but they work. They are 5x11mm.

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The stock bulbs that were burnt out were the same as the display bulbs in 94-03 1.5 DIN Pontiac radio's.
There's a seller on ebay who sells them for $18 and I've ordered a couple for a local car dealer.
If anyone is looking to buy any he'll sell them directly for a $3 discount which is how I went about getting them.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-PONTIAC-DELCO-D ... 7C294%3A50

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Man that looks great! I need to do this to my car cause I have some spots were you can tell the bulbs are burnt out and it bothers me so bad. On a scale from 1-10 (10being hardest) what do you rate this as? What tools were all needed?

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7 or 8... its delicate work. You have to know that there is a chance of breaking the cluster when you pull the needles off.

Just basic tools and a soldering iron.

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Ok, do you have a write up on how to do this?

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If you can't figure it out from these pics, you shouldn't be doing it.

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These lights look very cool in person. Good Job, Andrew!

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Now I want to see a custom overlay for the gauges made up. I tried to figure out how to get this apart and decided not to mess with it. Cool to see it done.

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i'de so love to get my hands on a gxp cluster! i dig the white ANYONR NO WHERE I CAN FIND ONE 4 MY 02


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that looks SICK!!! great mod, did it take long?

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