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Old 09-02-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
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Lightbulb DIY: Dashboard Ambient Lighting (ABL)

ok, here we go.

The first pic is the hidden abl connection that we have all been searching for its behind the guage pack, hidden in the cloth tape. I tore the car apart looking for this connector. Thanks hylton
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:32 AM   #2
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update 2

Let me start by saying that is not a mod for everyone. It's not easy....I know I was hoping for a plug in play also but.......

2SSRS and I have been chatting picking each others brain for the last 2 weeks about this mod and many others. That's what makes this fun though!!!

First you need to get the light tube from digi-key. part #A99861-ND

You also need 2 door connector abl connector/lights gm part #92228416 (red)

I am still waiting for my other red light bulbs to come in so I used the blue for a demo.

Then you cut both pieces to match the length of the plastic inserts plus +1/2 inch. That will allow you to hook up the light connector to the light tube via the guage cluster. Nice job 2SSRS!

Then you will have to cut /drill a hole in the corner of the dash behind the plastic. This will allow you to slip the tube behind the plastic pieces on the dash.[ I also notched out the dash piece. AS seen in the picture. I used a razor blade witch lets you make a slit. I think it'sa better way to go so you can adjust the light beam. ATTACH]51312[/ATTACH]
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:38 AM   #3
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update 3

After you have cut the hole. You will need to notch the plastic clips that hold the plastic dash pieces in the dash. This will allow you to have the 5mm tube slide behind the plastic piece. As seen in the picture. Then you will need to sand the top of the plastic dash piece. I used 300 grit, after the main paint was sanded off I used 800 which gives you a little haze. It really helps the light show up. I tried to buff it to a sheen finish and the light doesn't show very good. The slight haze made a big difference. This will allow the light to show up evenly.
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Old 09-03-2009, 01:12 AM   #4
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Update 4

Here we go! The pictures doesn't do it justice. If you have any questions let me know.

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Old 09-03-2009, 02:30 AM   #5
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:59 AM   #6
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This looks sooo great, you guys are awesome, but there is no way I can do this on my own. I'm sure a lot of other females can do things like this but I am not one of them. Don't trust my husband to do it, I still haven't even let him drive it. Maybe I can get my big brother to do it, he is really good at things like this.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:17 AM   #7
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wow
you guy's are good,
you mind sharing what the cost of this mod will set you back and also please a step by step process....thanks
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:17 AM   #8
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Here we go! The pictures doesn't do it justice. If you have any questions let me know.

RHARON
Cangrats. to all of us on this site, you want farther than me i did not think of thinning the clips like that, As you know i was thinning the light pips to make it work for me.

Can you tell me if you put it on the thin plastic of the clip board ?.

Thank you Camaro5 for all the help.

rharon why don't you start the new Thread for the DIY on this with all the part # i do think you have all of them now.
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:40 AM   #9
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Too cool congrats Rharon, 2SSRS and Teccboxx.

Now does anyone have the part number for the blue lights????
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:53 AM   #10
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very nice. .. Let us know when a parts list gets made.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:15 AM   #11
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Is it me, but the light is not showing up evenly. it is really noticeable on the left side of the gauge cluster. Does it look like this in person as well?

I know this is getting very picky, but would it be possible for before and after pictures in your new DIY thread. You show pics of the modified parts, but i have no idea what they looked like beforehand, and what it is you changed.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:53 AM   #12
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Kick Booty Guys, you guys have done a excellent job, far beyond what I ever did. Looks like I will be ripping mine out and going with what you guys did, blus it is a hell of a lot cheaper LOL.

Super sweet job, I agree close this thread and start fresh.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:53 AM   #13
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A couple of quick questions:

Can I ask about the wiring. Am I correct in believing the small dash piece connects to the ABL connector by the fusebox, and the longer (passenger side) dash piece connects to the newly discovered ABL connector behind the speedometer cluster?

Also, is it safe to disconnect and remove the dash cluster? I do not want to fry the computer or get error messages once it's reconnected and I start it up...

Finally, aside the small hole being drilled to allow the tube to pass through, are there any other physical modifications that need to be done to the dash itself?
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:11 AM   #14
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I have a question, the tube gets cut to length, correct?

So why do you need to drill a hole in the dash? Couldn't we just cut the tube to fit snug behind the acrylic piece?
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:21 AM   #15
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Yes please! We need a step by step with part numbers and pictures pretty please! This looks rather involved so red circles pointing out each step in each picture would be VERY helpful as well. Thank y'all so much for your efforts! It looks great! Can't wait to do this to my Camaro.
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:35 AM   #16
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Too cool congrats Rharon, 2SSRS and Teccboxx.

Now does anyone have the part number for the blue lights????
Part # for the blue lighting is 92238395 However it is on backorder from what I am told.
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:47 AM   #17
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:04 AM   #18
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what other color does the light come in?? any yellows so it matches my car or do they just come in blue and red??

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Old 09-03-2009, 11:10 AM   #19
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A couple of quick questions:

Can I ask about the wiring. Am I correct in believing the small dash piece connects to the ABL connector by the fusebox, and the longer (passenger side) dash piece connects to the newly discovered ABL connector behind the speedometer cluster?

Also, is it safe to disconnect and remove the dash cluster? I do not want to fry the computer or get error messages once it's reconnected and I start it up...

Finally, aside the small hole being drilled to allow the tube to pass through, are there any other physical modifications that need to be done to the dash itself?
I have disconnected the speedo several times with no issues.

There is a spot on both sides of the dash where the bolts go in the needs to be modified. Look at the picture on the lfet side you will see it.
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:12 AM   #20
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I have a question, the tube gets cut to length, correct?

So why do you need to drill a hole in the dash? Couldn't we just cut the tube to fit snug behind the acrylic piece?
2 reasons. To hold the tube in place and also to allow the plug/light to fit.
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what other color does the light come in?? any yellows so it matches my car or do they just come in blue and red??
You have to modify one of the red or blue led lamps. But you can do Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, White, and Pink. I think those are the only led colors out there.

You will have to de-solder the onlde led bulb off then solder the new one on.

Although not sure how you can change the gauge color lighting
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:37 AM   #22
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Has anybody attemped this with a 1LT/1SS...is it possible? We would have to put lighting into the door as well.
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I have ordered a set of the orange lamps from GM (as blue is not available). If anyone would like to trade their blue lamps with me for orange please let me know!
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Sorry and one last question (I promise). Could you circle or indicate which part of the removable trim needs to be sanded down to allow the light to pass through?
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:12 PM   #25
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Is 1 of the digi-key. part #A99861-ND enough? OR should I order 2. Thanks
And yes the blue leds are backorderd
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