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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1-3-2-4
    yeah I know but at least when I last had LED's in the bulb holders if you dim it down all the way it was pretty good but then the rest of the dash is dim :P
    Next step is to use the same LEDs in the rest of the dash then... LOL.

    Brandon did you ever get my PM? it was months ago when my car was still not running. I had asked about if you could do the LED install for me if I shipped my cluster to you. Drop me a PM if you're still interested.
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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    lol that would just be the buttons for the rear defroster and fog light left.
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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    From yesterday

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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    ^^^That looks so much better then the OEM!

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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    Is it easy to get the gauges off without breaking the needles? Seems to be not much info on HOW you do it. I saw the post from before, but still looking for more info.
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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    I never took off the needles..

    Are you referring how to sand under to get the kph and x1000/min?
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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    Quote Originally Posted by d1giPhux
    Is it easy to get the gauges off without breaking the needles? Seems to be not much info on HOW you do it. I saw the post from before, but still looking for more info.
    Yes, once you get the gauge unit out of the cluster with the #2 phillips screws on the back, you will see a black mask of dots on the back of the faces. That mask is how Subaru dealt with the hotspots from the bulb locations. More dots equals less light to the front of the face. The green dye is under that mask so you loose the mask when you sand off the green stuff, hence the hot spots.

    Also if you go with replacement LEDs that fit in the original bulb locations, you end up with two different styles of LED. My choices from Superbrightled have a different color temperature.



    There are two #1 screws on the face of the speedometer and tach that hold the face on. Remove those and the face will spin without messing up the needles. Spin it 180 degrees and screw it back in to clear the rest of the face.
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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    Does this work for the BH? If so, where did you order the strips from?
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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Huffer
    Quote Originally Posted by 1-3-2-4

    Brandon did you ever get my PM? it was months ago when my car was still not running. I had asked about if you could do the LED install for me if I shipped my cluster to you. Drop me a PM if you're still interested.
    yes i got your pm and i responded with my mailing address... I need to order new LEDs then what color did you want to do?

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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    I did This last night.
    Acetone will take the green off, instead of sanding.
    I just wish the needles would glow too.

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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    The acetone won't eat through the paint and destroy the number markings and such? Guess you just gotta be careful about not getting it anywhere near the front!
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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    Too much acetone will Destory it, yes.
    Take your time.
    I sprayed some acetone on a paper towel, then did a quick wipe on the back, let it dry.
    Wipe again, dry, wipe.

    At first I was using a dremel, the little drum sander, low rpms,
    After awhile it looked like the plastic was going to warp.
    Acetone took half the time.

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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    Heres
    i have 2000 LGT and if i want to do that
    how do i know which is +/- red blk?
    can you tell me how can i find out please

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    Re: LED gauge cluster conversion.

    legacy89 can u bump me a link where i can get a set of red for my subie please>?

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    bringing this one back from the dead... looks like you went with 3528 series LED strips, at night, how bright is it? is it so bright it affects your night vision? I am looking at going with Red, this looks awesome!
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    Just saying (and reviving this brilliant thread) that there is a company in the 'states (you guys) called Import Intelligence who do glowing needle type stuff. By all reasoning these should work on our cars. Anyone tried them?
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    Just pulled my spare BE gauge apart- it does not look easy at all
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    Hol up... no one has this done for a BE5 legacy? The gen 3? if so can I get a link or feedback? cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChickenJoe View Post
    Hol up... no one has this done for a BE5 legacy? The gen 3? if so can I get a link or feedback? cheers!
    Sure you can, I think there are some pictures around here somewhere.. that said, the BFM upgrade is a much bigger difference and far more impressive.

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