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  • Dial LED conversion How To...... Finally!

    Well, here it is, a how to guide on doing the dial LED conversion yourself.

    I'll get straight to it...

    Step 1, remove the drop down crap holder from under your headlight switch. This reveals 2 screws which I believe are 7mm. Remove the two screws and prize out your
    headlight switch..

    Here are the screws in question





    There will be another screw now visible, this needs removing too.



    Next you need to remove your centre ashtray, Gently prize off the surround with a trim tool or small flat screwdriver..



    Then pop out and unplug the ashtray.



    Next you need to remove the dash trim that runs up towards the dials. This just prizes off. At the top of this another screw is revealed and needs removing. Once this screw
    is removed you need to remove the lower plastic trim that sits next to your left leg..




    Another two screws are revealed, one to the side of the dash, another hiding tucked away facing forward, remove both of these and now pull away the entire plastic trim



    With all trim removed you can now pull forward the rear section of your steering column binnacle and get access to the two screws that hld your dials into place..



    With these removed and your steering wheel all the way towards you, you can now simply pull the dial cluster out of the car and remove the plug on the back of it..

    Still with me?

    Lets carry on...

    On, the back of the dials there are 4 torx screws, take them all out then with another flat blade srewdriver prize the back section away, the dials then come apart in two
    sections. you can now remove the plastic dial fronts, the larger ones have 3 tabs, the inner of the 3 have to be snapped off. You now have access to the needles, twist and
    pull these at the same time and they simply come away.

    Inner most bezels....



    OK, still interested or have you given it up as a bad job?


    Now you will see before you a circuit board which, when done properly can give you immense pleasure with simple bright lights!



    The speedo and rev counter have 7 LED's each, the fuel and temp have 3 each. Before desoldering the old ones you need to use a marker pen and mark up the negative
    side of each one. This is denoted by a small cut out on each LED.

    Now desolder the old LED's. You can tell which ones they are as they circle each dial and have a yellow front section. For the centre screen you need to use the same
    LED's but mounted on theyre side to fire the light into the screen's side. To do this the negative side of your LED goes to the top.

    Once your done just re assemble and test.

    Now, in theory, you should have something like this...



    Or this...



    Or this....



    Or this......



    Or this.....



    Have fun! Oh, and remember, soldering irons are hot so be careful and this is just a guide so I cant accept any responsibility if you goose your car!
    Last edited by marko301; 25-08-2016, 01:15 PM.

  • #2
    So in short a great guide but leave it to the expert.



    Oh and or this..

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    • #3
      I think it sounds harder than it is to be honest.



      Jamie, any idea why my pics are small?

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      • #4
        eliteman, on 23 April 2014 - 09:55 PM, said:
        Nice one Karl. Is that my car you've used there?



        Some of the pics are yeah.... You after royalties

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        • #5
          Unilateral, on 23 April 2014 - 09:56 PM, said:
          Jamie, any idea why my pics are small?

          Have you used the IMG thumbnail rather than the IMG code?



          Otherwise i've no idea. On my phone so limited what I can look at

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          • #6
            Nice write up mate.



            I like mine doing once the warranty runs out. At the moment the standard white leds is a bit dim in daytime, so i like them changing to brighter white and the centre screen changing to blue and needles to blue. My car also has the flexride, so the dials can also light up red, are these on the same led chip as the white or are they separate chips?



            Cheers.

            IN MEMORY OF NIGHTSCREAM THE 1.6 TURBO SRI NAV
            Now driving - Mazda 6 Tourer SE-L Lux Nav+ 2.0 143 Skyactiv-G

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            • #7
              They'll be sperate chips for flexride. Why not just make the white brighter like mine. VX will never notice

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              • #8
                jmagee, on 23 April 2014 - 10:06 PM, said:
                They'll be sperate chips for flexride. Why not just make the white brighter like mine. VX will never notice



                Thanks that clears things up. Lol. They will notice the blue lcd screen and the blue needles

                IN MEMORY OF NIGHTSCREAM THE 1.6 TURBO SRI NAV
                Now driving - Mazda 6 Tourer SE-L Lux Nav+ 2.0 143 Skyactiv-G

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                • #9
                  So just do the white for now. Still 100x better

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                  • #10
                    I ain't tempting this myself, i'm pretty sh*t at soldering. I'll leave this to the experts. So best to have this done in one go once its out.

                    IN MEMORY OF NIGHTSCREAM THE 1.6 TURBO SRI NAV
                    Now driving - Mazda 6 Tourer SE-L Lux Nav+ 2.0 143 Skyactiv-G

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                    • #11
                      I got mine done like that bigmac. You'll love it.

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                      • #12
                        They are plcc2. You need ultra bright ideally. I can sell you enough to do the job for ?20

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                        • #13
                          Where are you mate?



                          The centre display ones are different as standard but if you mount the plcc2's on their side you get the same effect.

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                          • #14
                            Brilliant.......but I still wouldn't try it myself!!

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                            • #15
                              Me too, i need your expertise someday

                              IN MEMORY OF NIGHTSCREAM THE 1.6 TURBO SRI NAV
                              Now driving - Mazda 6 Tourer SE-L Lux Nav+ 2.0 143 Skyactiv-G

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