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where is everyone buying their led's???

 

edit: nvm got them on ebay. Is 6500mcd for the 5mm and 5000mcd for the 3mm bright enough??

 

also in the video it look like you can not see the needles!?

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So in addition to Jons original post of how to's, here is the stock radio how to.

start by taking out the stereo, gently pulling off the power button and the tune button, removing the faceplate from the whole radio. after you have the faceplate off, flip it over and take out these four little guys.

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take the circuit board out how it is sitting with the face down, otherwise all your buttons will fall out and you dont want that lol. after you get the circuit board off it will look like this.

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then you want to remove the audio button, gently pull it will pop off then take the clear plastic ring off followed by the cushin.

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take off the rubber cover

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and the blue condoms if youd like

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then i took the resistors and bent one side over and snipped almost all of it off, then took the led and cut the positive leg down to almost nothin.

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then i soldered them together to make them like this

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then desolder one bulb at a time and solder then new ones in.

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sorry i forgot to take a pic of the circuit board with my positive marks so i marked the rubber and took pics. positive is the side marked with a line

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make sure to keep the resistor close to the led otherwise it will hit when you puch the buttons. test the circuit board before putting it back together and make sure they all light up.

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this pic shows the difference with the blue condom over the stock bulbs.

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i did not put leds in the pwr button and the tune buttons just because it looks like it would have been a real big pita. so i got some transparent fabric for now until i can get some red gel film for them.

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then put it all back together and enjoy.

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Some quick questions....

 

The lamp for the oil pressure gauge, which is positive? Can't see that one in any picture.

 

Also, the climate control, are those led from factory or do they need resisters as well. ( auto climate control/ digital)

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Some quick questions....

 

The lamp for the oil pressure gauge, which is positive? Can't see that one in any picture.

 

Also, the climate control, are those led from factory or do they need resisters as well. ( auto climate control/ digital)

 

 

i can answer one of your questions. the climate control does need resistors.

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Thanks Millersss (fyi NICE write up on the radio!)

 

Anyone else know about the oil lamp? truck at shop getting another trans so can't plug in and check

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Anyone having any problems with lights going out? ive had some problems with the cluster and especially the steering wheel lights. They seems to flicker, and dim for a while and then eventually go out. Im getting really frustrated. Any ideas?

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I think there was a write up on how to replace the bulbs with Radio Shack white bulbs for a factory appearance or you could do the led bulbs.

 

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i already have led's in all my lights, those are what im having problems with

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First off Awesome instructions!!!

I'm having one problem, I did my door lock/window switch on the drivers side (haven't gotten to passengers side yet) and the leds stay lit after the conversion Ive tried the dimmer switch to see if it was that and it wasn't, I can leave the truck for hours (off) and they stay on the only time i can get them to turn off is to unplug the lock switch they also don't dim like the rest of the truck any ideas?

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Anyone having any problems with lights going out? ive had some problems with the cluster and especially the steering wheel lights. They seems to flicker, and dim for a while and then eventually go out. Im getting really frustrated. Any ideas?

some leds i have noticed over the years go out. must be they are getting more power then others . try using a slightly bigger resistor.

 

First off Awesome instructions!!!

I'm having one problem, I did my door lock/window switch on the drivers side (haven't gotten to passengers side yet) and the leds stay lit after the conversion Ive tried the dimmer switch to see if it was that and it wasn't, I can leave the truck for hours (off) and they stay on the only time i can get them to turn off is to unplug the lock switch they also don't dim like the rest of the truck any ideas?

 

sounds like you crossed a circuit.

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I have a 2006 Silverado, and I just finished my drivers side door/window lock switch and everything is working however the led for the window switches is placed right in the middle of the four switches and does not light them up nearly as bright as the others. Any ideas as to what i can do to distribute the light evenly to all four switches so they all look uniformly bright?

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Where's the best place to order the LEDs for the instrument cluster?

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Does anyone know anybody in the LA area who might be able to tackle a job like this? I have called a few stereo shops but no luck. Maybe a member might want to do this for some cash? I don't mind taking my truck apart and shipping the items out. After just recently changing my interior lights to l.e.d. (highly recommend) I would love for the rest of the interior to match.

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