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EA82 Dashboard BackLights Upgrade to H.I.D. White L.E.D.´s
Posted 10 September 2012 - 11:15 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 11:33 PM
Still deciding upon different colors, I love the white look but I do want red and then maybe the white for the fuel light, those would stand out from eachother.
Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:36 AM
Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:56 AM
When I was doing the digital to analog swap, I got a dash from an 86, which has a clear cluster inlay instead of the green backing for the 87 and up. The needles on those are also clear, so I got some of the orange ones from the 87 dash and swapped those out too, figuring they would give me a more interesting color. For the general dash color, I used standard orange marker lamps. They worked well enough. LED bulbs for auto were still pretty exotic and hard to get. I wanted to give the needles a red color. This was a challenge. I had to get some regular LED's and drill little hole to seat them in the clear plastic. I positioned them so that they shined behind the needles. Here are the results.
I also changed the cluster buttons to a red color. That was done with clear bulbs and cutting some red gel normally used in theater lighting.
The other side has an LED, but it didn't work as well. It doesn't light up all the buttons evenly like a regular bulb does.
It all worked pretty well, but now that there are bulbs made specifically for this, I might have to redo mine!
Edited by Sonicfrog, 11 September 2012 - 01:06 AM.
Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:42 PM
I did a similar mod a few years ago on Murphy, ... I had in mind the typical BMW dash of the day, with red needles and orange background...
Murphy does Look very Good! ... very BMW alike.
Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:52 PM
One word- amazing. Gotta say every idea I have you seem to have a write up for. And very detailed at that. ...
... I'm coming up with 7-T10 bulbs and 15-t5 bulbs total. Hopefully this is right. ...
... I read the tally wrong, I only counted 12, but saw the extras. ...
Well, as I Explained:
Despite that Each Lower Red Colour Stripe has Four T-5 Bulbs, one for each rectangular area; not all of them are Needed.
The Left-Side Stripe has in Use, the Rectangular portions for: "Charge" and "Oil" the other two aren't transparent from Factory in my "BumbleBeast" so, no more than two T-5 Bulbs were Needed there...
The Right-Side Stripe has in Use all Four Rectangles, which are: "Rear Gate Lock" , "Stop Lamp" , "Brake Fluid" ... I Placed three T-5 single tip LED Bulbs for those and left the fourth rectangle without bulb in purpose: it is the "Check Engine" Light and since I removed all the Pollution Control sensors, etc... when I Swapped a Weber Carburetor, it will be On all the Time ... :-\ ... So No Bulb there! ... ... Just the Socket as Dust Shield...
Also, you'll Need seven T-10 LED Bulbs if your subie is the EA82T and its instrument Cluster has the "Turbo" Light and drawing only; if not, only six T-10 LED Bulbs will be Needed, as I already explained that:
In the Followin' Photo, I show you Where are the Bulbs, what are they use, and the Kind of Bulb, for the Instrument Cluster:
and only the ones with the EA82T engine has the Turbo Light...
...so, despite that there are seven slots for seven T-10 Bulbs, Usually only six are used
Edited by Loyale 2.7 Turbo, 18 September 2012 - 11:57 PM.
Misspelled Word, Again... My Head thinking works Faster than my Fingers writing ;)
Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:11 PM
But I have a green dash in my 1986 GL Sedan... I thought you had said early EA82s meaning what I thought was 1985-86 and then someone said 1987+ got the green dashes... Does this mean mine was swapped out and Ill have to remove the green tint first?
Edit: Answered my own question, Ill probably just get an 85/86 dash if the tint is going to be a pain lol.
Edited by 92_rugby_subie, 12 September 2012 - 02:30 PM.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:50 PM
Please Look at the "Kilometers Per Hour" green tinted Numbers, under the "Miles Per Hour" untinted ones, on my "BumbleBeast" instrument Cluster, to have the Idea.
Also you Might Use Green LED Bulbs to enhance the Cluster's Colour, it will be Nice.
But other Colours will somehow "Fight" the Green Tint and could have weird Results. In Example: Red LED Bulbs behind a Green Tint, should still look Red but with some kind of Brown tint...
Why don't you Try? ... it could be Nice!
Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:33 AM
You can reach it, ~► Here.
Feel free to comment / Ask questions about that, in this Thread.
I Hope that will be Useful.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:45 PM
Posted 29 September 2012 - 10:49 PM
Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:18 PM
Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:27 PM
Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:50 PM
I did this today and I am very happy with it, thanks for the write up
Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:55 PM
... Where did you get those instrument cluster pics? They are so clear. I have never seen official Subaru documentation with so much clarity.
I'm not Sure about which pictures you ask... But I take all the Photos, either with my Photo Camera or with my Cellphone's camera.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:57 PM
... I upgraded mine to the sport dash as fitted to EA81 sedans or wagons in hiline trim models they are exactly like your modded dash in murphy standard with orange lighting etc so no mods needed.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:58 PM
Here is what mine looks like
Beautiful! ... ...
Could I Ask about the Led Bulbs you used?
Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:29 PM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:32 PM
I think it turn out good enough not to order new leds, I might if I have reason to rip my dash out again.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:57 PM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:28 AM
The turn signals doesn't have green tint? ... interesting!
My untinted cluster has green tint on the Turn Signals.
Also, the Gasoline Gauge stays in the same place, no matter if there is imput or it is out from the car... so I don't believe it is Wrong; I kindly suggest you to let it stay where it was prior the cluster removal.
Did you use Green LEDs or White LEDs?
Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:59 AM
The gas gauge was working in that picture, I took that before I put it all back. I think I got it back, but I'm not sure yet
I used white multiple LED bulbs, they look just like the ones in your pictures. They look great. Thanks for the idea, it was pretty easy. I did it with everything but the speedometer cable still hokked up, but I don't have the covers on the front of it (broke when I had it out for the transmission swap).
Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:07 AM
... I used white multiple LED bulbs, they look just like the ones in your pictures. They look great. Thanks for the idea...
Thank you for Sharing your Photos & experiences, I Hope that you'll post here any updates in the project.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:35 PM
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