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Old 01-22-2010, 12:29 AM
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Sanding Your Speedometer Gauge HELLLLLP!

Hey Guys,

I just did the LED ENTIRE fog/sunroof/dimmer, speedo cluster and climate control in RED. most of the speedo cluster is good but i want it A LOT brighter. I read and follwed exactly the 5th Gen DIY LED gauge cluster write up and got the right bulbs and everything. But towards the end of the 8 pages, guys were complaining of "dead" or "hot" spots. Then i read of guys sanding the film on the back side of the speedometer and that was better.

But how do you get to the back side of the speedo without ruining the copper wiring calibration of all 4 needles?

Then does anyone have a way to get my climsate control brighter?
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Re: Sanding Your Speedometer Gauge HELLLLLP!

dude post post some pics of your work up that would help alot we luders need to see it ha ha! and why not just go buy some new gauges dude like the l.e.d ones and save money? and half the time you put into it.



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Re: Sanding Your Speedometer Gauge HELLLLLP!

he already put LEDs in. what hes asking is how he can sand the colored film off the back of the gauge face. id love to help, but ive never done it
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Re: Sanding Your Speedometer Gauge HELLLLLP!

I know what you mean man! I havent gotten around to brightening them yet, but the cruise and climate clusters are bright enough for me. Although Red is a really faint color for leds, the light just isnt strong enough. I've heard of people simply using a razor to get the film off of the back VERY CAREFULLY w/o removing the needles. You just have to take the cluster apart. Also, I'm planning on strategically placing some reflective elements in my cluster...I haven't done it yet so I don't really have a specific plan yet, really though your kind of goin to have to wing this one bro. If you get good results post it up man. Hope that helps some, no one has really solved these problems yet. Too many lazy luders around lol.

Oh yea, try google, some other car owners may have ran into/ fixed this. I haven't looked though...
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Re: Sanding Your Speedometer Gauge HELLLLLP!

Im pretty sure prelude1897 knows how 2 do it and he does it for a fee.(correct me if im wrong). Hopefully he chimes in with some more info
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Re: Sanding Your Speedometer Gauge HELLLLLP!

EPIC FAIL. I would like to preface this with, i DID KNOW the needles could get ****ed up but still went ahead anyway.

Well I took off the needles, turned over the gauges and scraped the number off. The Hot Spots are brighter and the Dead Spots are darker. Doesnt look THAT bad.

HOWEVER, my needles are officially ****ed up. Im thinking about eventually going to the dealership for a grease up and a bend over to get them re-calibrated. But for now, later this week im getting a JDM Yellow Needle Cluster with my exact mileage on it.
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Re: Sanding Your Speedometer Gauge HELLLLLP!

the cluster seperates (the clear from the black) then you take the needles out and the gauge face pulls out, you can move the needles freely and it wont hurt the calibration....
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Re: Sanding Your Speedometer Gauge HELLLLLP!

i thought i read somewhere that nail polish remover can get the color off. and when i put leds in clusters i use a nail file on the led's themselves all the way around so it lights up more like a light bulb and less directional. it gets rid of hot spots
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