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Old Sat, Oct-28-2006, 09:21:21 PM   #61
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thanks for this diy! i bookmarked it... do you happen to have a DIY for the bulbs?
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thanks for this diy! i bookmarked it... do you happen to have a DIY for the bulbs?
1. remove cluster
2. replace bulbs (they twist out)
3. replace cluster

Sorry, couldn't help myself, but this is incredibly straight forward once you have the cluster out.
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Old Tue, Aug-21-2007, 03:18:37 PM   #63
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Well, I am doing this now with my cluster...I had nothing to do tonight and was itching to do it.

When I bought my car, there were already dark spots on the top of the speedo and the top of the rev meter...after a few weeks of ownership, the entire right side got dark...and a quick knock on the cluster had it back to normal again.

Well, tonight when I drove the car, the right side was gone again, and the knock on the cluster did not work anymore...

Without reading the entire posts, I dismatled my cluster and started cleaning each of the bulbs, which were all very dusty, with microfiber cloth. Now that I have read all the posts, I think I might have a burnt bulb...will try to buy new bulbs tomorrow if I can find any of them...although the bulbs looked fine to me, all the wires inside are still intact....will also buy spray adhesive tomorrow since I already removed the overlays.

Does anybody think this is a bulb issue?
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Old Thu, Aug-23-2007, 04:05:33 PM   #64
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Well, I just did it...changed the bulbs and stuck the overlay with more glue to be sure. I just finished installing the guage cluster, and I am very happy. Makes the car feel like new again!

With the new bulbs, I had to dim the cluster a bit more as it became too bright...now my problem is the aircon cluster switches are not bright enough...that will be my next project.

I think the bulb I bought has a little more wattage than the orignal one...would that be a problem?
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Old Tue, Aug-28-2007, 07:33:54 AM   #65
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Well, I just did it...changed the bulbs and stuck the overlay with more glue to be sure. I just finished installing the guage cluster, and I am very happy. Makes the car feel like new again!

With the new bulbs, I had to dim the cluster a bit more as it became too bright...now my problem is the aircon cluster switches are not bright enough...that will be my next project.

I think the bulb I bought has a little more wattage than the orignal one...would that be a problem?
replace the bulbs immediately with 3watt OEM ones.

You will melt your light refracting frame and light output will be ruined.

Glad you got the cluster all fixed tho
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Bump, I know a lot of you are riding around with dark spots.
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Bump. Has anyone else done this? If so, how did it go?

I just got my gauge rings so I'll be opening up the cluster this week to put those in, and I think I might go ahead and do this while I'm in there. I see people talking about removing the old glue, sounds like a PITA. Is it necessary to do this? It doesn't look like you did in the write-up...

One other thing, I found some of this 3M Super 77 multipurpose adhesive leftover from my sister's school projects, what's the difference between this and the 3M spray mount adhesive? Will the Super 77 stuff work, or is it not transparent or something? That stuff's $15 a can! Here's the two for comparison...

3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive
http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...CG821:CL162329

3M Spray Mount Adhesive
http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...CG821:CL162329

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The mount is removable and the only kind I have tested.

Dont buy it at staples, get it at Michaels or Joanne Fabrics.
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I just had to say what I great DIY. I joined this site so that I could post a comment!!

If I ever need to do this I will know what to do. Thanks for taking the time do put this up.
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Is there anywhere els where I can locate this DIY? All of the original posts on the topic have been removed by Braymond141 and it looks as though he no longer wants to answer questions on the topic. I was hoping another member may have them on file somewhere.
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