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Old 05-12-2013, 06:34 PM   #376
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ya I bought an extra guage assy off one of the members here, going to try this myself, just am curious if I can use any old iron or if I need an adjustable one, and if so how low a setting....
I didn't use one with a control setting just be careful and take your time, don't get frustrated if you don't get it the 1st time

This thread is loaded with info and if you have any more questions I and I'm sure the others will help the best we can
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:33 PM   #377
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thx, I got my red LED's in, i have a regular just plug it in solder iron, just cant find my solder removing sucky thingie, going to get another one, think Ill try this on my spare cluster this weekend maybe.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:34 AM   #378
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thx, I got my red LED's in, i have a regular just plug it in solder iron, just cant find my solder removing sucky thingie, going to get another one, think Ill try this on my spare cluster this weekend maybe.
Hi Rhyder,
There isn't much need for a "solder sucker" on these boards. There isn't much solder. If you ever do need to remove solder, it is much easier with solder braid.

Just a tip...it is pretty difficult to get the existing LEDs off the board with a solder iron all at once because you can't heat up both sides at the same time. There are a few things you can do though. If you have a small chisel point on your solder iron, you can gently twist as you heat the solder to raise that side off the board just a little. Then move to the other side. Go back and forth between the sides until it is off. Be careful not to lift one side much, as this puts stress on the other side that isn't melted. This can lift a pad off the circuit board...which isn't good. Just be careful and take your time. Soldering skills are acquired. Keep a clean tip, and be careful not to heat a part for more than a few seconds. Also, go to youtube and search for surface mount soldering.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:56 AM   #379
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I believe I am going to tackle this one Found a speedometer for a decent price might jump on it and do this int he next few weeks.

I guess I will just order these LEDs? I've read through the thread just making sure I've got everything situated... http://www.oznium.com/plcc-2

I need 22 LEDs for the speedometer & tacometer (blue)
I need 5 for the LED screen (blue)
and I need 6 for the needles lights turning to white?

For the LED screen since we can't find the angled LEDs how do we put these in it's place? Thanks!
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:28 PM   #380
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I believe I am going to tackle this one Found a speedometer for a decent price might jump on it and do this int he next few weeks.

I guess I will just order these LEDs? I've read through the thread just making sure I've got everything situated... http://www.oznium.com/plcc-2

I need 22 LEDs for the speedometer & tacometer (blue)
I need 5 for the LED screen (blue)
and I need 6 for the needles lights turning to white?

For the LED screen since we can't find the angled LEDs how do we put these in it's place? Thanks!
this was somewhere in the thread

"I'm the one that's been helping anglwings with her swaps, and we both looked everywhere and could not find the proper right angle leds, I spent over an hour on the phone with multiple companys trying to figure it out, so instead we just cane up with the idea of turning the plcc2s on their sides and it worked perfect..."
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:31 AM   #381
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this was somewhere in the thread

"I'm the one that's been helping anglwings with her swaps, and we both looked everywhere and could not find the proper right angle leds, I spent over an hour on the phone with multiple companys trying to figure it out, so instead we just cane up with the idea of turning the plcc2s on their sides and it worked perfect..."
Yep, this does work perfect. The pads on the side of the LED run the whole length, so it is very easy to get solder to bridge between the pad and the LED.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:43 PM   #382
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Got the LEDs in. Definitely not what I was expecting. They're SUPER small haha. Never worked with any LEDs like this before. Hope for the best. Might try to get some done tomorrow or Friday and see what happens.



There are no leads or anything so how do I solder these? Do I remove all the solder from both sides removing the LED as well. Then put the LED on the correct side and solder on the back side letting the solder go through the tiny hole to the other side? I'll check out YouTube and see if there are any videos of how to do this as well. Just wondering if anyone has some tips.


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Nevermind I believe this video helped me out. Looks a lot simpler than I thought.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:08 PM   #383
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cool, thx for everyone posting, I know your helping me with my planned work
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:07 AM   #384
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Very tedious!! Got one side done but I may resolder them as it doesn't look pretty........ I used too big of a solder cause I can't find my smaller roll. Also going to buy a sharper tip for my soldering iron today.

For those of you that painted the tac needles, how'd that go? Thought I saw someone do this but I'm not sure.... maybe I dreamt it. Lol.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:56 PM   #385
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I am finally done soldering and went to plug in the new speedometer. All is great except there are 8 LEDs that aren't lit. Are these for something else? They are the same ones on both sides - looks like the ring around my speed is missing some lights but my rpms ring is complete. Help!




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Update: got everything fixed and installed. Overall not a bad project. Now I've just gotta find a stock radio to do this to in case i mess something up.

Also for some reason my Service Power Steering notification came on after swapping the speedometer. Not sure what's going on with that... :(
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:56 PM   #386
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I can not remove the board from the back. Do i need to remove the needles first? If so then what?
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:43 PM   #387
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I can not remove the board from the back. Do i need to remove the needles first? If so then what?
Just a lil bump for the thread....if you follow the instructions at the beginning of the thread, you should have no issues...the only thing is I believe anglwngss redoes the explanation on how to remove the bezel, that's the only part that's a tad difficult. ..

Once again, if anyone has any issues, please feel free to contact me and I will help you as much as I can, and I'm sure anglwngss will too...

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Old 01-31-2014, 12:16 AM   #388
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Can you just do white needles?
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:38 AM   #389
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You mean the white LEDs under the needles?

Yes, you can just change them, but the only effect it has, is a lighter semi red for the needles.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:59 AM   #390
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You should be able to...don't remember the type of needles the cluster has, but you can change the leds under the needles to white and then take the actual needle apart and scrape the paint off and repaint it white...

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Here's a link on a detailed writeup of how to do it on a scion tc...same concept applies to the camaro...
http://m.scionlife.com/forums/showth...694&styleid=11

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Old 02-01-2014, 10:14 PM   #392
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Here's a pic of how I pull the needles off of the cluster...I use 2 spoons so it puts equal pressure on the needle and gives you good leverage using the bottom of the spoon as a fulcrum...



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Old 02-02-2014, 03:28 PM   #393
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Does any one know where I can send a speed/ tech unit out to have the leds changed to a different color?
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:25 PM   #394
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Here's a pic of how I pull the needles off of the cluster...I use 2 spoons so it puts equal pressure on the needle and gives you good leverage using the bottom of the spoon as a fulcrum...



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always wondered how that worked!
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:48 PM   #395
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Does any one know where I can send a speed/ tech unit out to have the leds changed to a different color?
You can send them to me...

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Old 02-03-2014, 08:36 AM   #396
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How much do you charge?
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How much do you charge?
Just depends...PM me exactly what you want and we can discuss prices...

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Old 02-03-2014, 09:44 AM   #398
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I did this back in the summer and it looks awesome. For some reason though I get an airbag message when using the new speedometer. I bought it off of someone on here, maybe they had an issue with their airbags? Also how do you calibrate the speed and rpms? My car is a 2011 which the needles wrap when starting the car but I think the speedo I got was from a 2012 which doesn't do that. Any suggestions? Currently it's just hanging on my wall gathering dust. If I can't fix it I will redo my speedometer I'm using currently just wanted to have a backup in case of any issues.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:03 AM   #399
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These look to be top facing LED's, am I wrong? Will these work?

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The ones above are PLCC-2 and are .35 each, free shipping.
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