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Old 06-16-2006, 06:48 AM   #11
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I used either 14 or 16 gauge wire too... Whatever size AutoZone sells. You could probably go down to a 22gauge wire even...

I'd recommend using a smaller diameter wire, because it's easier to tuck back behind the plastic from the door when you put it back together. With the wire I used, I actually had a problem because it was too thick with both wires AND the electrical tape and I had to do a little readjusting.
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Old 06-16-2006, 10:25 AM   #12
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Ok thanks guys. I thought I had some 16ga lying around, but I couldn't find it yesterday... it's gotta be here somewhere...
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Dash color how to? What is that? Change the dash light color?
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Old 06-22-2006, 05:06 AM   #14
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Yes. Give it a read... then you'll see what it is exactly. ;)
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:46 AM   #15
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My computer sucks and it says that it cant convert the pictures or some garbage like that. My computer oppened it as a .doc file. So can some of you guys post the pics in the "How To" document file in here? I would like to see what the results look like. Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:05 PM   #16
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What? Stock gauges in blue?

This one goes out to all the other poor college kids on ff.com who HATE the green nastyness glaring at you all the time but dont have the cash for a new piece of plastic to put behind your needles

Or if you just like the stock or sleeper look. to you too.

So I finally got around to getting rid of the icky green monster of an interior in my focus, and decided to begin with the gauges. I wanted to try just changing the bulb color to blue (stick 194b's in the back of the cluster). Followed how-tos on getting it all off and everything, only to confirm that the black face has green paint inside it. Oh well, there goes that cheap mod right? WRONG! As I was pulling off the sticky stuff, some of the green paint ripped off onto the clear plastic backing... revealing a not-as-green 100mph! I get to thinking, pull out my x-acto razors, and bada-bing, bada-boom, white plastic numbers. I tried the electrical tape mod for the LCD filter, but ZERO light got through. Then I thought about it and realized it doesnt need a filter, the light going into it is now blue (changed the bulbs)!

Here's the gauges in the scratch-off stage. It turns out you dont have to be too careful, everything is basically bordered by a wall of black plastic.



Halfway there!



Yay, finished product!



Now, how does it look?

Stock (at night with flash) (note the 155067 ):



Not so stock at all:



A pic including the head unit to compare brightness, sorry the nightshots aren't so good. I had the brightness dial about 3/4 of full on:



These pics do no justice to the real thing... you gotta see it for yourself. Plus, you get the satisfaction of a real DIY job

Larger images available at: http://www.putfile.com/illinipo/images/53198

Questions? Comments? Let me know.
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Old 11-22-2006, 11:15 PM   #17
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i've got so many different colored bulbs...i would love to try this myself! just too worried that mine won't come out the same. is the light even, cuz it looks kinda varied in the pic...anyone else willing to try this as well?
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Old 11-23-2006, 12:13 PM   #18
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You're right, the light isn't perfectly distributed, but its only noticable if you're looking for it, or if you're real picky about your interior. Again, the pics show very little of the crazy amazingness that my gauges actually have now.

Honestly, I was worried about the uneveness about halfway through the scraping... a real oh * moment. If you do this mod, you'll see how Ford painted on some light filtering spots all over the back, moreso where the lights come through the circuitboard. But I like how it turned out. It's a nice effect.

In any case, this wasnt meant to be an OMFG THATS AWESOME! mod, I just wanted to gid rid of the crappy green for a low price aka just $1.59 for the bulbs. The green dries out my eyes and makes me squint when driving in the wee hours (resulting in snoozing at the wheel - BAD SITUATION!), and I just like blue interior lights.

Oh, and sorry if this is a or if I'm not the first to do it. I don't mean to take credit from anyone
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Old 11-23-2006, 01:26 PM   #19
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yeaa i tried this in summer but it was F ed up...

with what did you get rid of the green paint? i know the back side of the gauge its hard to get rid of that.. its kinda sticky and you have to peel only the numbers if you peel the outside the numbers than you also peel the black cover at the edges of the numbers so all the gauge panel will transmit the light...

also what about the needles? u need to unplug the needles to take out the gauge face and when it comes to plug the needles its hard to find the correct place... not a problem for tach but engine heat and fuel are damn hard to adjust...
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Old 11-23-2006, 01:31 PM   #20
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thats what i have done after i * my stock one...

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