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Old 03-02-2008, 06:52 AM
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Scion tC Gauge Cluster LED Conversion/Swap Installation Guide
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** NOTE : This isn't for beginner, so if you aren't sure you can do this then, please seek professional help.
I also offer installation for Local and Out of state customers
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Here is a step by step guide for LED Conversion/Swap

Things you'll need (Mostly available at RadioShack)
- Fine point Pencil Soldering Iron (Recommend 15-30 watt)
- Solder : Prefer silver-bearing solder or rosin core solder (Thinner the better, easier to work with)
- Soldering accesories
- Philips screw driver
- Surface mount LED and resistor (Available at LEDmod.com)

*** NOTE : If you are doing Red LED conversion, you can skip the resistor swap.
Resistor is NOT required, but for White, Blue and Green LED to light up brighter resistor swap is recommended!!

































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Oh man I need to do this!! Thanks for the handy guide(s).
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Who in my area wants to do this for some extra cash O_o...
I am a retard when it comes to this stuff.
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Originally Posted by Ty_Max
Who in my area wants to do this for some extra cash O_o...
I am a retard when it comes to this stuff.
I'm located in Fullerton and Las Vegas
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anyone in south florida that would do this??
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is this the same led guy that got banned for stealing peoples **** or am just confused?
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Originally Posted by davedavetC
is this the same led guy that got banned for stealing peoples **** or am just confused?
No that was a different guy (ledmods.net). Some of his customers are still contacting me to fix his crap

I would recommend, if you are doing this yourself, to try it without swapping the gauge cluster resistors first. I know most (including myself) do not want the gauges any brighter. Due to the higher voltage that the cluster leds run on, they will not be dim (they will be nice and bright) without swapping the resistors, so for some, it may be a bit bright to have right in your face at night if you do. I have my needles a bit bright now, which looks cool, but if I were driving too far at night it would probably get a bit distracting (which is why I make my backlit needle mods for others a bit more tamed down unless they want them super bright).

The main point is to know that it will look great either way. Dont confuse this with the HVAC though. You HAVE to do the circuit mod on it or it will be very dim. The difference is that it runs on a regulatd 8V supply stock while the gauge leds are running on battery power.
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If you have a second soldering iron, the process for removing each SMD LED gets a whole lot easier. Position each soldering iron tip on the outside of the metal contacts on the SMD LED, and "grab" it as though you were using a pair of tongs. When the solder melts, you can lift it clear in one step. You'll only need one iron for soldering on the new LED.

And of course, don't heat the part for too long, or you'll cook the circuit board, which isn't pretty. Get some practice on a Radio Shack perfboard first.
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Originally Posted by arbnpx
If you have a second soldering iron, the process for removing each SMD LED gets a whole lot easier. Position each soldering iron tip on the outside of the metal contacts on the SMD LED, and "grab" it as though you were using a pair of tongs. When the solder melts, you can lift it clear in one step. You'll only need one iron for soldering on the new LED.

And of course, don't heat the part for too long, or you'll cook the circuit board, which isn't pretty. Get some practice on a Radio Shack perfboard first.
As long as you use the LED removal guide on the bottom section... you can remove them with easy with only one soldering iron...
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Originally Posted by engifineer
I would recommend, if you are doing this yourself, to try it without swapping the gauge cluster resistors first. I know most (including myself) do not want the gauges any brighter. Due to the higher voltage that the cluster leds run on, they will not be dim (they will be nice and bright) without swapping the resistors, so for some, it may be a bit bright to have right in your face at night if you do. I have my needles a bit bright now, which looks cool, but if I were driving too far at night it would probably get a bit distracting (which is why I make my backlit needle mods for others a bit more tamed down unless they want them super bright).

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I've put a note " Resistor swap NOT required", it's for people who wants it little brighter..
I've did side by side comparison...
Yes, LED does light up enough without resistor swap... but they aren't running at "Typical" level...
Most of my customers prefer to be brighter... since they can always use dimmer...
But it is always good to have option....
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awesome writeup

i will have to wait till i have the ***** to do this! lol
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nice work, I will send you a PM regarding doing a speedo/tach conversion soon...
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any one in the texas wanna do this. don think i got the ***** to try this one? PM if anyone can do it thanks
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