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I finally did it. This took me about 3 hours from start to finish from the start.

I explained most of this on the pictures itself, but I will also be explaning the process BELOW

the picture.



This DIY is done on 1995 Honda Civic DX manual gauge cluster.
I am not responsible for your mistakes and false moves doing this DIY, if your gauge stops

workings from this DIY from your mistakes, I will not be accountable for it. do it at your own

risk, but there is no reason this should mess up your cluster if you did what I did on this DIY.

I did not do the whole gauge cluster, because this work is the "basic" idea of converting your

gauge cluster's illumination to LED, instead of just simply replacing the lights to LED.

I will also not explain what LED and resistor you will need to use in this DIY, because I

already have a whole thread covering that subject here.

Now, before anything, it is entirely up to you to decide how to make your own circute bord.

Circute bord[aka PC bord, find be found at your local electronic store such as Radio Shack,

Fry's..] I only used PC bord to have a very secure connection that will last, you can also just

wire the LED's up with resistor's from your choice of power source.

ok, now, let's get started. pics are huge, I don't care, don't like it, don't bitch about it.


Step 1.

Reguired materials. Gauge Cluster you will be working on, LED's and resistors, solid and

standard wires;22 or thinner gauge wires recommended, wire stripper, sets of pliers, soldering

iron OR cold heat[btw, cold heat is POS], lead solder[aka soldering braid] & desoldering braid

or gun, screw drivers[you'll need size #1 or #2 + screw driver], xacto knife, eletrical tape,

and PC bord.


Step 2.

Wires close up. when you are getting ready for this DIY project, warm up your soldering iron.

make sure you have a clean soldering point-tip, if not, heat up your solder and file/grind down

your tip to have clean/clear contact surface.


Step 3.

Take your gauge cluster apart. as said in the picture, figure it out on your own.


Step 4.

this does not apply to all gauge clusters, but for this app[95 civic DX 5-spd gauge cluster],

just simply pull out the reset knob, it's rubber.


Step 5.

hooray..it's off...


Step 6.

This is back of the gauge cluster, I explained everything on the picture.
take the screws off.
 

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Step 7.

try not to touch the display area of the gauge, finger oil = no good. nasty looking.


Step 8.

the green blocks indicated on the picture is the amount of space we have for this project, and

agian, this varies for each application.


Step 9.

back of the speedo incase some of you are wondering..
To explain bit more on the shades behind the gauges...black/dark spots are where the bulbs lie

to light up your gauge.


Step 10.

More refenrence for your future work. as captioned on the picture, some empty portals for your

wires to go through, if you can't find any, drill a whole on side of the gauge cluster if you

aren't a wuss.


Step 11.

make your measuring...and cut the bord according to your measurements.


Step 12.

Yess.....
 

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Step 13.

put out a piece of the PC bord to make a socket connection like you would have from your OEM

bulb. PC bord just happends to have about same thickness for this app, acclent.


Step 14.

Trim the little piece, and test fit it. it will be a tight fit, but that just means more secure

connection.


Step 15.

Making a connection..I hope my MS-Paint work explained it well enough.
basically, you are making a replica of your OEM bulb to make a connection ;)


Step 16.

test fit it agian...this will be harder to fit into before you wired up the wires.
so you don't have to worry about "what if the wire connection gets loose" situation.


Step 17.

Fun of this DIY..soldering!
and agian, it's entirely up to you to make decision how to wire up your circutes.
just remember agian that each LED should have resistor for it's own. not sharing one resistor in

a serise. I used 3 leds, so I also used 3 resistors.


Step 18.

solder..solder..solder..ooh..solder..the smell of that rasin..ooh...yuck!
 

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Step 19.

the wire legs from the resistor go from red box to pink box. thus making the resistor's legs

appear back on top of the circute bord.


Step 20.

the other side of resistor's legs went to the positive side of the LED to make a connection, and

that's what the green boxes represent. and the wires that are not soldered are the negative leg

from the LED's.


Step 21.

Top side of the circute bord completed.
Note: positive legs of LED should have it's own power, but the negative side, can all be joined

together. it's only a ground.


Step 22.

test it out! I used a phone charger[your ordinary house wireless phone charger, they are

usually 9v, but read the specs on the adapter to be sure.]. so the lights will be brighter once

it's hooked up to the cluster's 12V power source.

Step 23.

test fit your work. and mount the bord with hot glue. I LOVE HOT GLUE!!!!


Step 24.

Be amazed..not amazed, but proud of your work. Don't mind the blue-ish look, it's just how

cam's work, but the middle big white one should be a good reference.




ok, last step is to put everything back together just like you took it apart.
remember to test out your lights before making a final assembly. I do not know which side is

positive or negative, so you are going to have to figure that out on your own. it shouldn't

matter if it was your ordinary OEM helogen bulbs, but LED's only work when the current flow are

correct.

Ok, how was this DIY? Easy? Hard? rate it. 1 being worst, 10 being perfect.

Please give me feed back on this. and correct me if anything is wrong.



Happy DIY, mad-ass aka Hoyoung


EDIT: I'd like to give credit to Rhythm Kid [Channing W.] as a supplyer for the gauge cluster and also for truly being one of life-long friend. Thanks man!!
 

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i found it to be too much work instead of simply replacing the halogen bulbs with led bulbs. the outcome is pretty much the same. but i see why you want to do it like this. you wanted it to be bright i guess. ive done it the simpler way and im very satisfied with it.
 

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lowlow333 said:
i found it to be too much work instead of simply replacing the halogen bulbs with led bulbs. the outcome is pretty much the same. but i see why you want to do it like this. you wanted it to be bright i guess. ive done it the simpler way and im very satisfied with it.
my purpose of this is to be different.
then agian. White LED's show more stronger hot spots then any other color LED's that are usually used.

and that's why I am taking so much trouble to do this, to get evenly spread out light patturn.
 

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Yeah I might do it to my old DX cluster before I attempt it on my new EX/LX cluster I just installed. It's sitting right next to my desk right now, and next to it in my toolbox is pretty much all the required stuff to do this except for the "pc bord".

Nice DIY, rep for you.

Edit: I'm having a hard time pulling the old bulb from the socket. I can wiggle it but it still won't budge. I guess my fingers are too big to get a good grip on it.
 

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Slipjack said:
Yeah I might do it to my old DX cluster before I attempt it on my new EX/LX cluster I just installed. It's sitting right next to my desk right now, and next to it in my toolbox is pretty much all the required stuff to do this except for the "pc bord".

Nice DIY, rep for you.

Edit: I'm having a hard time pulling the old bulb from the socket. I can wiggle it but it still won't budge. I guess my fingers are too big to get a good grip on it.
wrap a rubber band around the bulb ;)
 

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:tu nice write-up...hopefully one day I will get the motivation to do this. I did the "simpler" led bulb swap and have horribly uneven red light. Adding more leds would definitely even out the dark spots.
 

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Looks real good, but I emailed http://autolumination.com/ a while back and they said as long as they were the same size bulb then they would fit. They also said the Led bulbs were plug and play no resistors needed, so couldn't you have achieved the same results from just changing the bulbs to Leds? Did you just increase the bulb number, what did the soldering accomplish? I did the red bulb thing last year and it still looks good, Im pretty happy with the results as well. My problem is that I got a clock from the JY after i did this project, I got it looking red as well with red film but it actually looks pink and when the headlights are on its too dim too see :(
 

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Chillout said:
Looks real good, but I emailed http://autolumination.com/ a while back and they said as long as they were the same size bulb then they would fit. They also said the Led bulbs were plug and play no resistors needed, so couldn't you have achieved the same results from just changing the bulbs to Leds? Did you just increase the bulb number, what did the soldering accomplish? I did the red bulb thing last year and it still looks good, Im pretty happy with the results as well. My problem is that I got a clock from the JY after i did this project, I got it looking red as well with red film but it actually looks pink and when the headlights are on its too dim too see :(
samw result? maybe close to, but not perfect. I am anal with my stuff, and if I don't like the reasult, then I redo it. so i make it flawless. and working with LED's..you'll run into alot of hotspots because it doesn't have the same light projection as helogen bulb would. read the first post.
 
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