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Old 10-11-2011, 02:57 AM   #76
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OMFG!! The red rings rings with white lettering is SEXXXX
I WANT!!! Awesome work guys!
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:55 AM   #77
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I'm changing my dash and door ABL to red. So I want to change the LED's inside my window switches. I see they're about the size of Roosevelt's nose on the dime. I don't have the means to solder something that tiny and I don't want to have to ship them somewhere and wait for them to come back. Maybe I'm asking for too much but i have the LED's, what kind of local place could I look for that could do that for me? I don't know what type of business to do a google search for that does tiny soldering jobs like that so I can take it there and pick it up.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:31 PM   #78
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Here's Lightner75's. First pic is with the key in and it also shows the newly changed LEDs in the steering wheel, and the second picture is with the ignition turned to on.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:53 PM   #79
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I actually did this mod on my Old Celica.. it turned out pretty sweet =)

I'll upload pictures when I get home.

I did burn the crap out of my hand though. That soldering gun is HOT!
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:36 PM   #80
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I'm trying to figure out how to get pictures to come out. I just did this mod...using white for numbers, white for the DIC backlight, and red for the halos. This combination looks VERY good. White looks very good for the DIC, and putting the LEDs up on its side was easy. Waiting for instructions on the radio.

For me, the difficult part was getting the covers/shrouds off of the gas gauge & temp. I ended up prying them off, and that broke several of the clips. Fortunately, it still fits very tight. Expanding on this part of the instructions would be helpful.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:32 PM   #81
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To post pictures, Click 'Go Advanced' under where you'd normally type. The page will refresh. Then click the paperclip icon which will bring up a new box. You can then browse through your computer and find the picture file you want to use. Click upload. Then 'Submit Reply' You can also use this method to attach pictures from other websites using the URL.


As for the gas/temp covers, are you talking about the small covers that are in front of the needles for the gas and temp?


I'm very interested to see your pics for the White LEDs on the DIC screen.

I should be done with the radio this week. I got it back from creektrack once, but the hashmarks line up funny with the LEDs on the A/C side and I didn't like it, so it was sent back to change a few LEDs. I believe he put it in the mail yesterday, so I should have it tomorrow or Saturday.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:40 PM   #82
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Yes, I had difficulty with the covers for the gas & temp needles.

I was trying different cameras/settings to get the lighting to come out well.

Can't wait to see the radio. Can you expand on the hashmarks? I'm probably going to tackle that soon (as soon as I hear from you on any tips :-)
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:48 PM   #83
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Where did you get your LEDs for the 4 gauge? My hubby tried to use white LEDs for his, but burned up a chip. He's going with red instead. :(

I like everything, all looks nice
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:32 PM   #84
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Angel, I also replaced the LEDs in my 4 gauge to white. I used the PLCC2s from oznium.com.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:25 PM   #85
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Hmm. That's wacky.. That's where we buy from too.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:11 AM   #86
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Where did you get your LEDs for the 4 gauge? My hubby tried to use white LEDs for his, but burned up a chip. He's going with red instead. :(

I like everything, all looks nice
I also used plcc2. Required 8 for the cluster. I have the headlight switch completed too. I believe this used 6 of the 0805 chips. I took apart the automatic shifter, and it uses a single 5mm LED. I'll have to order a white one. Still have the overhead console (I'm going to do a homelink fiber optic upgrade when I do). Also still have the steering wheel, the door switches, the HUD switches, and of course the radio. All switches will be white. I did put red in the traction control switch. I think I'll leave it though.

Angel, do you have a link to a good radio removal guide?

Those 0805 chips are fairly difficult to work with. I can't imagine working with anything smaller!
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:52 AM   #87
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Angel,
Do you have an LED size/count for the radio yet? If so, could you please post. Need to make sure I have enough before I pull the radio.
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This is an awesome thread. Does all of this stuff require soldering because I am not to good at doing it?
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Do you have an LED size/count for the radio yet? If so, could you please post. Need to make sure I have enough before I pull the radio.
I hope she doesn't mind, but here are the 2 pics she sent me of the radio...The single leds inside the knobs were pretty tricky, and make sure to use 0805s cuz the 1206s are just a tad too big....

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This is an awesome thread. Does all of this stuff require soldering because I am not to good at doing it?
Yes, everything that involves the plcc2 or the 1206/0805 leds need to be soldered, but i believe the 5mm leds do not...

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I haven't made a DIY on the radio yet, but it should be done within the week. Do you see in the first pic that Creektrack posted? on the right where the a/c knob is located, there are 4 LEDs that go in a semi circle just above the knob? In the picture, they alternate between a green circle, white x, green circle, white x..

Well, I discovered, the LEDs share the hash marks. See pic... I wanted to keep the blue and red circle, but couldn't the way the board is designed. There are only 4 LEDs behind the knob, yet they light up 3 hash marks, 2 circles and a snowflake..
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:20 PM   #91
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So is this approx 35 0805s and 16 plcc2s placed on end for the radio? Going to need more LEDs so I'd like to get an idea of what is needed.
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If you change exactly what I changed, that'd be right. When I sent it back to Creektrack the second time, instead of having green, blue, green, blue LEDs for the right side A/C knob, I changed it to blue, green, green, blue, but it's still the same number of LEDs.

I didn't change the ones in the knobs that light up the rings around the a/c and volume control knobs, but it could be done. I also did not change the LED for the hazard lights and the 2 amber LEDs for the front and rear defroster buttons.
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Those 0805 chips are fairly difficult to work with. I can't imagine working with anything smaller!
Oh, you are going to hate the doors and other controls, then. Some of them are TINY!!!
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Oh, you are going to hate the doors and other controls, then. Some of them are TINY!!!
As long as they are 0805 I'm good. I'm actually starting to get pretty good at them.

Here are two more inventory items:
HUD switch: (3) 0805
Convertible top switch: (1) PLCC2

I just finished the HUD switch and the convertible top button. The HUD switch is a royal PITA. It requires three 0805 LEDs. One of them is underneath the dial. What makes this difficult is that the dial has 3 plastic tabs that sticks through the circuit board and were heated and pressed down to mushroom the plastic. What I did to get it off, was heat up a pair of needle nose pliers and then squeezed the mushroomed tabs back into shape. I did this several times and took my time to be sure I didn't ruin the tabs. Once this was finished, it came right off. I replaced the LED and put the tabs back through the circuit board, heated up a screwdriver tip, and mushroomed the tabs back down. I took my time just to be sure I didn't mess it up. Took me about an hour to do it.
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That's a good idea. I just cut off the plastic tabs on the HUD switch then used 3 tiny screws to put it back on
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That's a good idea. I just cut off the plastic tabs on the HUD switch then used 3 tiny screws to put it back on
I like that idea! That would have saved me a lot of time. You are FULL of good ideas! Thanks for starting this thread, and all of your exploratory work.
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Are you changing the LEDs in the HUD too? not the switch, but what displays on the window?

I probably would have attempted melting the tabs on the switch, but I didn't think I'd be able to get them back through. The image in my mind had plastic melting and dripping all over the place.. Either method works though, which is always good!
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:24 AM   #98
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This is an awesome thread. Does all of this stuff require soldering because I am not to good at doing it?
Yes, it requires extensive soldering (not beginner stuff either). The alternative is to remove the parts and send to someone like creektrack. As much as I am enjoying doing this work myself, I don't think that I would enjoy doing it on someone else's parts as much.
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Are you changing the LEDs in the HUD too? not the switch, but what displays on the window?

I probably would have attempted melting the tabs on the switch, but I didn't think I'd be able to get them back through. The image in my mind had plastic melting and dripping all over the place.. Either method works though, which is always good!
I would like to do the HUD. Kinda waiting for your lead! I'll have to go back and review the HUD installation instructions. I remember it required removing the dash. Hopefully I'm wrong though.

Looking back through your pics in the first post, I see that you removed the speedometer trim with the rubber piece and top of the steering column plastic in place. How does the top of the steering column come off? I have been pulling the rubber tabs out of this plastic. Easy coming off, but very difficult to get the rubber tabs back in. I think that pulling the steering wheel column trim may be a lot easier.
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I have completed the steering wheel. Twice actually. I put in white LEDs, which is what I was planning for all of the switches. I have already completed the headlight and HUD switches. Unfortunately the color of the white steering wheel LEDs did not match the white LEDs in the headlight and HUD switches. The steering wheel switches have a rubber membrane with tinted covers over the LEDs. I believe that this is to dim the LEDs, since they are right there in front of your face. Unfortunately this changes the color. These LEDs look more like incandescent after going through the tinted covers. So I pulled them back out and replaced them with red. Looks better. I guess I could have cut out the tinted covers, but I was afraid that the LEDs would be too bright, and it would be very difficult to put the tinted covers back in.

I'm still in the process of doing the overhead console. I've replaced the LED for the convertible top switch. I'm getting ready to put in some fiber optics for the homelink buttons. I'm going to use 0.02" instead of the suggested 0.03" since I already have that size. Quite a bit smaller, but I think it will still be sufficient. I hope to get that done tonight. Unfortunately the overhead console on the convertible is much more difficult to remove than on the coupe. The whole overhead trim and pillar trims have to come off.

I also finished the LED in the automatic shifter. As stated before, this is a 5mm LED that is just soldered onto some wires with a diode and a resistor, all of which was reused with the new LED.

Still to do: Radio (tonight/tomorrow), finish overhead console (tonight), window switches (tonight or tomorrow). Then try to figure out the HUD. Come on Angel!
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