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Old 11-02-2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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DIY Change Radio LEDs

Sorry for the wait everyone. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions, though I can't guarantee I'll be able to answer them all! lol

Anyway, onward to the DIY.












There are 4 different sizes of screws to this thing. Unfortunately, I did not mark what went where, sorry about that.














Somewhere around here, I skipped a step. The larger circuit board is connected to the black housing by a white connector plug. You will need to disconnect the circuit board from the black housing. I don't have a picture of this, sorry.

Do NOT attempt to remove the screen from the metal housing bracket. It is not required in order to get to the circuit board. Most likely, if you do this, you will end up damaging the LCD screen.



Do NOT attempt to remove the screen from the metal housing bracket. It is not required in order to get to the circuit board. Most likely, if you do this, you will end up damaging the LCD screen.













The LEDs used in the picture below were 1206s.




To put back together, Follow in reverse order... Here are some tips to keep in mind and hopefully, help out as well.

































My final products





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Old 11-02-2011, 01:06 AM   #2
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Awesome job, you going to do one one the gauges as well?
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:08 AM   #3
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Speed/Tach gauges? Already done:http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=162226
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:56 PM   #4
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Angel,
Awesome job as usual! I wish I would have found this thread before doing my radio. It would have saved my LCD!!!

FYI...white backlight looks amazing. I'll post some pics showing my damaged LCD also.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:30 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'd love to see the pics. Are you doing all the LED mods to both cars, or only one?
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:40 PM   #6
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Only the convertible. I'm not doing any mods to the coupe. Trying to sell it.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:50 PM   #7
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Pics in the dark are difficult!

Here is everything completed (less changing out the LCD panel when I can find a replacement and the HUD when I find time).
  • Backlight of Speedo and Radio changed to white.
  • Halos on speedo changed to red.
  • Numbers on Speedo and 4-pack gauges changed to white.
  • Shifter LED (5mm) changed to white.
  • Headlight,HUD,Convertible top,window switches changed to white.
  • Traction Control changed to red.
  • Steering Wheel changed to red (white did not match others due to light filters).
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:37 PM   #8
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I also posted this in the "What did you do to your Camaro today" thread, but heres what I did to my radio this weekend:



And here's the whole dash, now:



In this pic, the letters look orange - but the display is actually a deep red and looks much better IRL. I shorted the board on one light, but it's difficult to see where unless I point it out. Also, I had planned to change out all the controls, but I really like the contrast with the blue/red, and am thinking I will just keep this as is. Now just need to tackle the switches in the steering wheel, and the interior is about done
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:30 PM   #9
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That looks kinda neat. Good job!
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:00 AM   #10
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Pics in the dark are difficult!

Here is everything completed (less changing out the LCD panel when I can find a replacement and the HUD when I find time).
  • Backlight of Speedo and Radio changed to white.
  • Halos on speedo changed to red.
  • Numbers on Speedo and 4-pack gauges changed to white.
  • Shifter LED (5mm) changed to white.
  • Headlight,HUD,Convertible top,window switches changed to white.
  • Traction Control changed to red.
  • Steering Wheel changed to red (white did not match others due to light filters).
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:04 PM   #11
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So how did he get the Blue circle blue, but the snowflake and the nearest hash mark to be white if your greens ones bled thru to the others?
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:25 PM   #12
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So how did he get the Blue circle blue, but the snowflake and the nearest hash mark to be white if your greens ones bled thru to the others?
Because the blue and red circles ARE actually blue and red. So any LEDs behind that will slightly alter the color of the circles. White LEDs make them more, ah, vibrant?, while the green behind the blue makes it more of a greenish color.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:12 PM   #13
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After posting a "Wanted to Buy" thread for a dash unit and being patient, I was finally able to purchase a unit from a member who swapped theirs for a Metra dash kit. I received it in the mail about an hour ago, and was able to swap the LCD.

I wish I would have seen this thread before venturing out on my own...cause I would have been warned about not removing the metal plate on the LCD.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:44 PM   #14
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I wish you would've seen it too, but I am glad you got it back together and looking good!
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:14 PM   #15
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I wish you would've seen it too, but I am glad you got it back together and looking good!
No harm done! I still very much appreciate you starting these threads. Without the speedo thread, I would haven't taken this on.

Fyi...if anyone (now or future) needs anything else on the dash control...I now have an extra functioning unit but the LCD is missing some rows, and there is a thin scratch on the front cover over the LCD.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:19 PM   #16
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I also posted this in the "What did you do to your Camaro today" thread, but heres what I did to my radio this weekend:



And here's the whole dash, now:



In this pic, the letters look orange - but the display is actually a deep red and looks much better IRL. I shorted the board on one light, but it's difficult to see where unless I point it out. Also, I had planned to change out all the controls, but I really like the contrast with the blue/red, and am thinking I will just keep this as is. Now just need to tackle the switches in the steering wheel, and the interior is about done



Shut the hell up!? The RED looks AWESOME Cary!!
Great job on that install... wish I can do that to mine!? I really miss that about my '01 Friebird I traded for my RS, it's the all RED dash lighting
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:55 PM   #17
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Has anyone figured out how to change the color of the rings on the radio and a/c knobs? I'd like to make mine blue if I could.
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:57 PM   #18
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not unless you can find someone to make that interior ring a different color. See picture in first post, 5th up from the bottom.
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Yeah I figured that was the case. Wasn't sure if there was a scrape and paint method like for the gauge needles or if the rings were red plastic. I'll keep thinking about it! Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:19 PM   #20
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They're red f*&%$$# plastic!! (which I absolutely HATE-can you tell??) But if you do find something, let us know!!
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:39 PM   #21
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:16 PM   #22
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Wish i knew how to do that
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:14 PM   #23
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How many of each type of LEDs r needed for the radio. Are only 1206s used or can I use 0805s
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:01 AM   #24
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Exactly how many LEDs you need are going to depend on which LEDs you're wanting to change.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:56 AM   #25
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i just want change all the aqua leds to dark blue
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