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Old 01-28-2013, 07:11 AM   #211
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i am not sure if you can get a diff led and "cram" it in there.
i know the #74 led bulbs are really really cheap.
but the razor blade and 1000 grit will do the trick for cleaning up the screen/film

i got my led for less than a buck from superbrightleds.com
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:40 PM   #212
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OMG ok, people are getting way to confused over nothing. let me lay it our for you from what I've gathered.

SVT Gage's (I own an SVT) are illuminated by an EL-Glow sheet. NOT LED's. the ONLY bulbs you will ever use on an SVT is for the idiot lights. which are still lit up by a film. I'm almost 100%sure they are all white bulbs.

I'm doing the metal monkey gage swap. now, I'm doing it red. I'd need a #74 RED LED correct?

OR

can I go to my hobby store, Eliminator-RC, and get a 12V red LED, and cram it in the same connector? and if I can, do I need a resistor? I need to know this from someone knowledges please. I'm mainly on FJ, but I get email alerts whenever someone replies here. and I'm going to use a razor and 1000grit sandpaper to be rid of the green.

let me know if anythin I said here is incorrect. I'm not being rude, I'm trying to set the record straight, cause I've read this while thread from front to back and icant get a straight answer and people are getting way too off track thinking this tips the tach color and somehow it magically changes the kmph color or somethin stupid.

THIS IS FOR ODOMETER/TRIP ONLY.
I "crammed" a LED in the socket since I already had the supplies from doing my own blue interior, otherwise I would've bought a #74 bulb. As far as a 12v LED I used one in my old car and it worked fine without a resistor.

I would suggest not using a razor to remove the white card, you can use a fingernail (or something similar) to loosen it and extract it with tweezers.

I used the razor the first time and I messed up the card and the film on the screen. Luckily I have the skills to replace the screen. The card only has a light layer of glue around the perimeter that's very easy to break loose.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:56 AM   #213
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Ya, that's what I did. I used my finger. Here are some close ups of the film sanded and the screen of my spare spedometer I got from the junk yard.

Green LCD screen without the paper.


The sticky side you DO NOT SAND.


The side you can clearly see my 1000 grit sand marks.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:21 PM   #214
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Love this thread.

I registered to thank people like SvviftSVT and Aaron for their detailed pics.

I found this thread because I had the infamous "dark spots" on my LCD from where the white backing was coming in contact with the LCD screen. I had everything off and set but could NOT get the stupid black clip to come off. With the help of the photos, I was able to figure it out and fix the spots.

To those having trouble with the black clip on the LCD, my biggest hangup was the bottom part of the clip. You'll know top from bottom because the bottom is the part that doesn't snap up easily. Ha.

To illustrate the problem, I'll highlight Aaron's pic:


These teeth on the bottom are going to be the biggest reason why the clip doesn't come off easily. On top, you can easily lift the tab over the top teeth because the clip bends or gives. On the bottom, however, there just isn't any real give.

What I did was I jammed a letteropener blade under the bottom of the black clip to lift it over the first tooth. You'll need something strong and narrow to do this because unlike the top, the slots on the bottom won't allow you to wedge anything unless it's directly over the tooth. I'd recommend coming in with the blade/screwdriver/etc. from the bottom of the assembly, that is to say trying to push the clip off the white assembly with your hand near where the white plastic touches the circuitboard. I simply had NO luck trying to lift the clip from the opposite direction, or with the blade pointed towards where the white plastic meets the circuitboard.

Others have suggested lifting the top clip off first, which makes the most sense because it's the easiest. Once I had the top off, the blade took off the left tooth with some ease but I had to really, really work at the bottom right tooth to get the clip up and over it.

Just BE CAREFUL.

Sorry if it's a bit too in-depth but it seems like it's the one step that I, and other people here, were having the most trouble with. Hope it helps someone else in a jam.
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Yeah that part is the worst. And you are welcome. It's what this site is all about, helping each other out.
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Agreed, the black clip is a pita. With a small flathead and a little force, i got it off without a problem.
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Doesnt work on 2007 Fords

I just tried to do this mod, and found that with my 2007 Automatic that they stopped putting green film behind the glass and started using Green LED's behind the glass instead. There are 6 of those little buggers and they are soldered deep down in the white box. Has anyone else run into this issue? Is there a quick work around?
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Yeah, solder new ones in lol. Maybe try using a blue film but I doubt it look good w a green led behind it
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I just tried to do this mod, and found that with my 2007 Automatic that they stopped putting green film behind the glass and started using Green LED's behind the glass instead. There are 6 of those little buggers and they are soldered deep down in the white box. Has anyone else run into this issue? Is there a quick work around?

Aside from just replacing the LEDs, you could use a small el-glow sheet to make it light up a different color.
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