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Old 11-11-2007, 02:23 AM   #1
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replacing instrument cluster bulbs with brighter L.E.D bulbs

has any one tried this?
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:52 PM   #2
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I know alot of VW mkIII guys messed with that, as mk4's were led's ...

so the info in generalities is out there...

search 'vwvortex.com'
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:07 PM   #3
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I have converted my whole interior lighting to blue using leds. I'm currently running some led bulbs in the cluster as well
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:26 PM   #4
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did it improve the appearance at all?
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:33 PM   #5
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i've seen it - it looks pretty awesome. 'vibrant' is the word that comes to mind.
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Old 11-13-2007, 03:25 PM   #6
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I have converted my whole interior lighting to blue using leds. I'm currently running some led bulbs in the cluster as well
Pics? Could you keep the orange and just go leds?
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:58 PM   #7
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You have to use 194 5-led bulbs I believe, Dave correct me if im mistaken. You also can not go back once you do it because you have to acetone the back of the gauge's and this could be a lot of hours or it could be just a few. It took me a lot longer than it took Dave to acetone. It depends on the glue BMW used.
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:47 AM   #8
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yup... #194 5 LED wide angle bulbs were used in the cluster. 3mm and 5mm LEDs everywhere else, sometimes with resistors depending on the application. I'll see if I can get some pics up...
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:29 PM   #9
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some pics would be great guys! this seems like an interesting DIY!
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:00 AM   #10
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how many bulbs are used for the cluster?
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:35 PM   #11
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take a look under the e36 section on bimmerforums.com. There is a whole thread devoted to this topic with lots of pics included. Basic instructions also....
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:17 PM   #12
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This would be a great project as I absolutely HATE my cluster's dim backlit right now
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