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Old 01-05-2007, 10:47 AM   #1
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Reverse Glow gauges

Has anyone done this conversion? Is it complicated? does it look better? Is it worth it?
http://jeepwhitegauges.com/index-tj.htm
or with this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/i562-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:55 AM   #3
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I've seen it in a Honda.... IMHO its too bright at night, too much light coming from the dash. One cool way to change the look is to change the color of the bulbs. you can pick up silicone covers that change the tint of the bulb so you can match the color if you want. I did it in my Jetta years ago and it came out nice, not ricer but different, I got alot of compliments on it. You can get differen bulbs or the covers at Auto-Zone
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:00 AM   #4
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How would that change any colors? Doesn't the guage cluster have some sort of color overlay on it? I think its a cool idea if it works and I might consider doing it if I saw some pictures. Do you have any?
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unfortunaltly no I don't have pics, and if there is a color filter its just a plastic film. if you are handy at arts and crafts its not too hard to do, however it would void a waranty AND it might be considered tampering with the odometer. I'd recomend pulling a cluster out of a junker and practice on it if you were worried. sometimes the gauge pod is plastic welded together and you'll need to crack it open, but you'll need to do that anyway for the reverse-glow
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:13 AM   #6
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I rather not try it then. My jeeps not under waranty but I do know my limits. I've got to many other mods that I'd like to tackle that I think would be more usable (my wife doesn't seem to think so).
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to replace the bulbs you don't have to crack open the cluster, just remove it from the dash, disconnecting the wires and all. And from the back side of the cluster you can remove the bulbs. Just give'm a 1/4 turn and they'll pull right out. Its not too much different than in my XJ/MJ, although the wire connections are different, the cluster assembly didn't change too awfully much.
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to replace the bulbs you don't have to crack open the cluster, just remove it from the dash, disconnecting the wires and all. And from the back side of the cluster you can remove the bulbs. Just give'm a 1/4 turn and they'll pull right out. Its not too much different than in my XJ/MJ, although the wire connections are different, the cluster assembly didn't change too awfully much.
Yeah you're right, I was thinking of my jetta gage pod when I had to crack it open to change the lights in that, but I put an tiny neon tube in it instead of bulbs.
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Eh i think that looks ugly. If it fades from black to white it will be better but just having it the way it is all white.. no thanks. I do like the neon idea though. I'm wondering if any 1 has ever put in LEDs or those wire neons instead of the regular bulbs. Let me know thanks.

I do like the way my old car had an outline and i believe it might look good on a wrangler. http://www.revlimiter.net/miata/images/gauges2.jpg
http://www.eastcoastmiata.com/install.html
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Now if you want white gauges i would go with this one http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/i562-...ayphotohosting
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i think its too bright myself.
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Most of the white gauges you buy can be controlled by a dimmer switch that is included. They always show the pics with them super bright, but if you turn your dimmer up high where the needles glow bright and tone them down a little with the dimmer then i think that they would look really good.
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I on other hand would love to see different background than white. White is just too plain for me. I rather have them "carbon fiber or steel pattern or something on there. Gray or red or blue or something other than white background. Jherrin215 is correct you can lower them down so they are not blinding you They do look great at night though
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I think I may postpone this project for a bit..I'm not crazy about the white background but was looking more to brighten up or give color to the gauges when it's dark. Maybe I'll start thinking of bumpers instead. Thanks for all the feedback!
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Now if you want white gauges i would go with this one http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/i562-...ayphotohosting
not to point this out or anything (its not like im bored) but those wont work with the rubicons of the world. they dont have the locker cut outs to light up with activated.
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Looks like a lot of work to me. Real easy to break off one of those needles or damage something. I'll just leave well enough alone.
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i had some flame gauges installed on an old tahoe for $50 well worth the money instead of the risk

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