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#1 Madness

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 04:40 AM

This was posted in my project thread but should be more helpful here.

This write up is for the 521 gauge cluster but should be fairly universal.

First step is to remove the chrome surround and glass which is done by removing several screws on the back side of the cluster.
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I bought my LED's from SuperBrightLEDs.com, 2 green 90* viewing angle for turn indicators, 3 red 90* viewing angle for warning lights, and 4 blue 360* viewing angle for the cluster lighting.
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Inside the cluster there are green filters that you have to remove (especially if your going to change the color)
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To remove the filters, carve away at the melted stems on the back side and carefully break them from the cluster.
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For the newer models you may not have to do this, they may just have a condom over the bulb.

Now just pull the old bulbs out of the sockets and replace them with your new LED's. Most have a polarity so you may have to flip them in the socket to get them to work. Testing before you put your dash back together.
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No use for these anymore
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Good luck :thumbup:
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 10:01 AM

Good writeup! I notice that all the lighting upgrades don't cure the one 521 and 410/411 gauge cluster problem. From 40MPH to 80 MPH the speedometer has piss poor lighting. But then, does anyone drive 55MPH anymore?

By the way, a 510 voltage regulator, with a bend in the mounting/grounding tab, will fit the 410, 411 and 521 mother board.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 12:25 PM

While you have your cluster out and apart, I recommend repainting the gauge needles with new fluorescent paint. It makes the needles glow again, and helps with the effectiveness of your new lighting. I bought some little jars of orange off ebay, but you may be able to find some at a crafts store.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 01:28 AM

While you have your cluster out and apart, I recommend repainting the gauge needles with new fluorescent paint. It makes the needles glow again, and helps with the effectiveness of your new lighting. I bought some little jars of orange off ebay, but you may be able to find some at a crafts store.


i got the paint for my needles on my GLI from Fred Meyer. and YES it does help in making the needles visible.

and i REALLY need to do this.
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 10:49 PM

nice write up may have to consider some day

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 08:20 PM

That looks awesome,thats going to be next on the to do list for my 510

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 08:07 PM

THAT IS AWESOME!!!

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 08:05 PM

AWWWWWWWWWW SHIT!

Thread revival.

I just ordered some LED's for my dime. Got four blue 360degree wedge for main lights, two 90degree green's for the turn signals, and three red 90s for the dummy lights.
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 08:05 PM

Soon as it gets here ill snap some photo's
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 10:02 PM

Soon as it gets here ill snap some photo's


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Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:20 PM

Heres mine in the 411.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:54 PM

Soon as it gets here ill snap some photo's


yes please do, I've been wanting to get some new lights for my gauges, I just didn't know which to buy when it came to the angle and all that.

To the OP, the gauges look awesome.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:02 PM

yes please do, I've been wanting to get some new lights for my gauges, I just didn't know which to buy when it came to the angle and all that.

To the OP, the gauges look awesome.



I wasn't sure either when i first ordered them, however. This is what i figured. The regular gauge lights are just round lights, there for 360 degrees of light. So i ordered 4 of those, in blue. So i can either leave the green condoms on there, and have a cool green effect, or pull the condoms off and have blue lights. the turn signals & dummy lights are the same bulbs, however i dont see the need for 360degrees of light for them so i purchased 90degree lights.

I received an email saying my order was shipping. as SOON as i get them, ill be sure and show!
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Posted 18 November 2010 - 04:08 AM

Remember kids, order the LED's in the SAME color of whatever color shroud/lens you are using for ultimate brightness!! A red LED is brighter than a white LED behind a red color lens due to none of the light is blocked by the lens. White is ALL colors combined so there is a loss when it hits a single color! :D

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 04:48 AM

I wasn't sure either when i first ordered them, however. This is what i figured. The regular gauge lights are just round lights, there for 360 degrees of light. So i ordered 4 of those, in blue. So i can either leave the green condoms on there, and have a cool green effect, or pull the condoms off and have blue lights. the turn signals & dummy lights are the same bulbs, however i dont see the need for 360degrees of light for them so i purchased 90degree lights.

I received an email saying my order was shipping. as SOON as i get them, ill be sure and show!


Sounds logical, which ones did you order?

The WLED-x-x LED bulb for the red/dummy and green/signal lights? And the WLED-xHP5 Wedge Base Bulb for the 360 degree main lights?

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 09:55 PM

Sounds logical, which ones did you order?

The WLED-x-x LED bulb for the red/dummy and green/signal lights? And the WLED-xHP5 Wedge Base Bulb for the 360 degree main lights?



Eh, Wled-B5 for the main lights, and wled-x-x for the turn/dummy lights. I may have ordered the wrong main lights, pretty sure they were 360, but cant remember now that they are in the car. Sorry for the shitty pics, but you can def see the difference. I didn't remove the condoms yet, i am going to double check the bulbs to make sure they are 360 before I go that far.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 11:31 PM

win^^


Im so gettin me some :cool:

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 12:10 AM

Wow!!

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:06 AM

h2theizzo - looks good. Looks like I'll be ordering some tonight.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 08:44 AM

i ordered some thursday. I will be putting them in next weekend