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Old 11-02-2011, 08:50 AM   #101
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(giggles) Well.. HUD, yeah. lol I've got a car show to go to this weekend and one in the middle of November as well. And.. since I can't solder, plus I don't have a clue how to get to it, etc. It'll be a while before that even gets attempted. Seems I read somewhere it takes several hours (5 to 6) to take apart the entire dash just to get to the HUD. So my car will be down for a few weeks, I'm sure. So.. it'll be a while before this one even get started.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:53 AM   #102
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Taking out the dash is 4+ hours yea.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:03 AM   #103
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yuck.. I'm so not ready for that next mod.. I'm ready to go all green, I'm just not ready to actually DO that last part!
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:11 AM   #104
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This is awesome. I'm doing the planning and gathering of parts at the moment to get crackin' on these and I have a couple of quick questions for you smart folks.

- is there a way to power up the board on the bench to test the LED's before re-installing in the car to verify the LED's work? I'd hate to have one backwards and not find out until it's all installed already.

- does anyone have a good picture of the sideways LED's mounted for the DIC and stereo screen? I think you guys said you coulnd't find 90 deg. LED's so you mounted some PLCC2's sideways? I'm curious what that looks like, to save me time when it comes to it.

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:41 AM   #105
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This is awesome. I'm doing the planning and gathering of parts at the moment to get crackin' on these and I have a couple of quick questions for you smart folks.

- is there a way to power up the board on the bench to test the LED's before re-installing in the car to verify the LED's work? I'd hate to have one backwards and not find out until it's all installed already.

- does anyone have a good picture of the sideways LED's mounted for the DIC and stereo screen? I think you guys said you coulnd't find 90 deg. LED's so you mounted some PLCC2's sideways? I'm curious what that looks like, to save me time when it comes to it.

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No way to safely power up the boards. I'm sure you could figure out which wires...but that could take awhile. I just would go out and hook it back up in the car. For instance, on the speedo/tach, I hooked up just the circuit board before I put it back together. I'm not sure this works with all multi-meters, but on mine I can put it in continuity test mode, and then touch the leads across an LED. If the polarity is correct, it will light up VERY dim. This is how I check polarity of all of the LEDs whether they are on the board or not. I test the one I am about to desolder, put a little dot on the board with a sharpie, then replace it. I test it again after I'm done. The dot also lets me know which LEDs are finished.

On the first page, is a picture that Angel posted showing the LEDs on the side. The way that the PLCC2 is made, the entire side of the LED is the solder pad. There is nothing difficult about it. Just stand it up on the side, and solder it to the pad. It just works that easy. I was wondering the same thing. Nothing to worry about. I didn't take any pics of the speedo/tach, and it is back in the car. I will be starting on the radio tonight or tomorrow, so I'll take some pics then.

One suggestion I have is to use a small screwdriver-shaped tip for your solder iron. This is helpful to pry up one side of the LED at a time. Work each side a little at a time so that you don't pull up the solder traces. Professionals have SMD tweezers that heat both sides at once and you can pull the part off in one motion.

For those that are not sure about their soldering skills, there are people that will do this for you...like creektrack.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:45 AM   #106
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It's the two pictures immediately before this statement "I didn’t change all the LEDs. In addition to the LEDs under the screen, I only changed the blue ones to green and the red ones surrounding the needles to white."
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(giggles) Well.. HUD, yeah. lol I've got a car show to go to this weekend and one in the middle of November as well. And.. since I can't solder, plus I don't have a clue how to get to it, etc. It'll be a while before that even gets attempted. Seems I read somewhere it takes several hours (5 to 6) to take apart the entire dash just to get to the HUD. So my car will be down for a few weeks, I'm sure. So.. it'll be a while before this one even get started.
I talked with Ofer and he said that the dash wasn't too difficult but would take 6-8 hours. Ouch. I'm not going to tackle the HUD anytime in the very near future.
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No way to safely power up the boards. I'm sure you could figure out which wires...but that could take awhile. I just would go out and hook it back up in the car. For instance, on the speedo/tach, I hooked up just the circuit board before I put it back together. I'm not sure this works with all multi-meters, but on mine I can put it in continuity test mode, and then touch the leads across an LED. If the polarity is correct, it will light up VERY dim. This is how I check polarity of all of the LEDs whether they are on the board or not. I test the one I am about to desolder, put a little dot on the board with a sharpie, then replace it. I test it again after I'm done. The dot also lets me know which LEDs are finished.

On the first page, is a picture that Angel posted showing the LEDs on the side. The way that the PLCC2 is made, the entire side of the LED is the solder pad. There is nothing difficult about it. Just stand it up on the side, and solder it to the pad. It just works that easy. I was wondering the same thing. Nothing to worry about. I didn't take any pics of the speedo/tach, and it is back in the car. I will be starting on the radio tonight or tomorrow, so I'll take some pics then.

One suggestion I have is to use a small screwdriver-shaped tip for your solder iron. This is helpful to pry up one side of the LED at a time. Work each side a little at a time so that you don't pull up the solder traces. Professionals have SMD tweezers that heat both sides at once and you can pull the part off in one motion.

For those that are not sure about their soldering skills, there are people that will do this for you...like creektrack.
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It's the two pictures immediately before this statement "I didn’t change all the LEDs. In addition to the LEDs under the screen, I only changed the blue ones to green and the red ones surrounding the needles to white."
Aha! Much appreciated, I didn't notice those pictures before. Very helpful. I'm excited to dust off my soldering skills, I haven't done anything this intricate since school. Probably going to start with the window switches and such to get back in the swing of it before dismatling anythign major
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:32 PM   #109
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Aha! Much appreciated, I didn't notice those pictures before. Very helpful. I'm excited to dust off my soldering skills, I haven't done anything this intricate since school. Probably going to start with the window switches and such to get back in the swing of it before dismatling anythign major
I haven't done the window switches...but the headlight switch is pretty easy (and even easier to get out...just carefully pry it out, and unclip the harness). The 4-pack gauges (if you have them) are really easy too.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:35 PM   #110
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Here is a link to the HUD installation instructions:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=146851
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:24 PM   #111
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Be easy on the headlight switch. When I took mine apart, it ALL came apart, thankfully I was able to find some different DIYs here on the switch so I eventually got it together. It took a while to line up the knob again. When Jason (Lightner75) did his headlight switch, his did not come all apart, so his was much easier to put back together.
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:30 AM   #112
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Good & Bad

Good news: I finished the radio.
Bad news: I chipped a corner on the LCD. Several rows of pixels across the middle of the screen do not work. Looking for a used dash unit from someone who swapped theirs out with a metra kit.

I have to imagine that it happened when I was taking it apart. I wasn't sure if the LCD had to come out of the frame. IT DOES NOT!!! You have to unsolder the two heater wires, and then pop out the PCB by itself. This is only if you want to change the backlight.

The radio was very challenging. What makes it so difficult is all of the 0805 LEDs, all of the screws, and getting to the two LEDs in the middle of the volume and menu button/knobs. I ended up desoldering the rings for the knobs so that I could get to the LEDs.

Not knowing what the HUD has in store, the radio is definitely the most challenging of everything.

Window switches still to go, then I'm done until I have a wild hair for the HUD. (Oh yeah...replace the LCD in the radio when I can find one.)
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Sorry, you had problems with your LCD screen. I did the same thing with my first one. Luckily, hubby changed his to the Metra kit, so I could traded screens with his. However, I did put there was no need to remove the metal bracket. I'll edit the post though and put it bigger/red font maybe so hopefully the next person won't do the same thing..

Also, you might want to post this in the radio thread, lol. This one is for the speed/tach. And, yes, this IS the most challenging mod I've done yet.

Edit: Changes have been made to the Radio thread.
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:51 AM   #114
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Sorry, you had problems with your LCD screen. I did the same thing with my first one. Luckily, hubby changed his to the Metra kit, so I could traded screens with his. However, I did put there was no need to remove the metal bracket. I'll edit the post though and put it bigger/red font maybe so hopefully the next person won't do the same thing..

Also, you might want to post this in the radio thread, lol. This one is for the speed/tach. And, yes, this IS the most challenging mod I've done yet.

Edit: Changes have been made to the Radio thread.
I didn't know about the radio thread
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:53 AM   #115
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I thought that was how you took it apart?
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:53 AM   #116
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:17 PM   #117
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how can i change my led for my bottom 4 gauges?
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:04 PM   #118
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I can't find any of the DIYs for the 4 pack gauges at the moment. What kind of help are you needing? How to take it apart? or How to get the 4 pack out of the car to begin with? lol
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Here try this from 2SSRS, he's done a lot of mods. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138468
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Okay, anyone have any links to DIY for the Window Switches and headlight switch? I Figure ill attack both of those before i dive into something like the speed/tac gauges or DIC. Thanks guys, i can't wait to do it. I have been reading articles on ow to solder all day and will be buying some wire soon just to play around and practice with lol.
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Headlight:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ht=disable+drl

That thread is actually for a different purpose, but it'll suffice to figure out how to get it back together. The switch itself come out of the car very easily. Use fingernails and pull it towards you.

I don't think I've seen one for the window switches. Have you ever taken apart the door panel? Once it's apart, the window switches is just in a box with some plastic tabs to hold it in the door. There are two LEDs in the driver side and only one on the passenger side switches.
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i need help taking the 4 gauges apart and changing the led on it
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Black, the LEDs in the 4Pack are pretty easy, comparitively speaking... In fact, of all the lights I have done, these were definately the easiest.

I may have mine off again this weekend, so when I do, I'll take some pics (I'm not planning to take the guages completely apart again, but I think I can show what needs to be done...). Let me know if you need me to do that.

And Kumar, If you can use a screwdriver and a soldering gun, you won't need any help.
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My best advice for any gauges is to use two spoons to pry up on the needles...and make sure you wipe off the gauge faces before you put it back together, fingerprints can be a huge eyesore...

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Black, the LEDs in the 4Pack are pretty easy, comparitively speaking... In fact, of all the lights I have done, these were definately the easiest.

I may have mine off again this weekend, so when I do, I'll take some pics (I'm not planning to take the guages completely apart again, but I think I can show what needs to be done...). Let me know if you need me to do that.

And Kumar, If you can use a screwdriver and a soldering gun, you won't need any help.
i would like some pictures thanks.. and i have never changed my leds yet and im planing on doing it really soon. when i change them do i just take the led off and put the other one on? or is there a way to take them off
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