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Hey, I was wondering what the best way was of taking out and replacing the Green dash led's with blue ones.

I originally tried with cryogen's method of soldering iron and rocking the LED out of the hole, but i ended up screwing up my circuit board cuz it's so hard to get it to come out clean

I read that someone clipped the green LEd's off and then soldered the blue ones on.

is that the better way? how can you solder the blue LED's on tho when there's only like 3 mm of space between the LED bulb and the circuit board?

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Dude, get a solder sucker, or soldering wick. go to RadioShit to get either of the two.

Also, just a tip, you might want to put a bit of solder onto the joints first before removing the solder with the sucker or wick. The solder helps distribute the heat from the soldering iron, so that all the solder in the LED pin region turns liquidy.

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Hey Hankishin,
how did you convert your left knob light to blue? the center console and right knob use normal bulbs that you can do this to:



however, the left knob uses a different type of bulb... how did you put an LED into the left knob?

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Kimstry,

Since I'm a paranoid freak about cutting wires (just in case if I want to restore the car back to stock) I created a daughterboard which snaps into the bulb socket like a light bulb, and then curved the LED to illuminate the fan buttons.



The LED curving does not have to be done if you shave off the top of the LED then buffer it down. I didn't think about shaving LED's 8 months ago...

If you guys want more pics posted up, let me know. I'm just limited on web space, that's all.

Hanki .
 

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Yeah, but you can probably buy pre-made bulbs that don't require solding. I believe Illusion found some site that sold that type of stuff.

If you're not comfortable with soldering, then I guess go with that route although the bulbs might be pretty expensive ($10 US each?)
 
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