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Gauge Cluster LED Conversion, RJ Autoworks - How To

RJ Autoworks Gauge Cluster LED Conversion Guide

tools you will need to complete this project:
Stop by radioshack and get the next items...

Silver solder that runs for $3.99
the product number is 64-013
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next you will need a soldering pen with a fine tip
the 40Watt works great and it runs for $8.39
the produck number is 64-2071
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step 1
now lets start taking shit apart
the first thing you need to do is
uncrew the 2 crews pointed by the lil fingers
after uncrewing put ur steering wheel all the way down so, the cober thing can come out
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step 2
now uncrew the next 3 crews pointed by the little fingers
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step 3
now behind the cluster there are 2 harnesses pull them off first. After this pull the cluster out, by sliding it sideways
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step 4
on the picture uncrew the crews pointed by the black arrow, ignore the pointing fingers, there are just pointing out next step
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step 5
unclip all the clips pointed out by the pointers
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step 6
ur gauges clusters are going to end up looking kinda like this wen ur finish
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step 7
in order to get the orange gauges out, you need the neddle to come out. so with 2 spoons you put them under the neddle and you push down wards, push down were the pointing fingers are, be really careful with this step, and dont push really hard you mite break them.
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step 8
now that the neddle is off peal out the orange gauge out, like in the picture, now you mite have a hard time because there is lil hooks, were the needles were before, the hooks are pointed out by the pointing fingers, it should not be hard just pull the gauge down a lil to get it off the hooks
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step 9
if you just want to change the gauge then ur done. but if you want to change ur LED then keep going with this next step.
now take the green board off the white cluster, i started to take it off by starting with the right side of the green board, then pulling it off
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step 10
this will be how ur board will look wen you pull it apart
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step11
u need to get LCD panel out to change its color so you need to push the taps under it to get it off
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step 12
i found it a lot easy to stick a lil knife under it, and pushing up wile pulling with my other hand, stick the knife were the pointing fingers are pointing
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pictures on steps 10, 11, and 12 are from the other instalation guide
now moving on to step 13
now remove all the LED pointed by my lil pointing fingers there are a total of 13 LED you need to remove
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now if you never solder something before here is were you will learn.
step 14
first plug in ur soldering pen and wait for about 10 mins so it can heat up, after that as you can see in the blurry picture carefully press the tip of the pen into the silver part of the LED it should mealt right way
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if ur doing this right then it should pop up like this
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here is a better picture of were you need to press the tip of the soldering pen at
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if this is becoming hard to you i recoment you should move to a hard platform, not a bed just do it at a table
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place the LED were the old one use 2 be at, remember blue goes the same way as the stock LED was, red needs to go on the oposite way as stock, now with the silver solder cut a peace of it off, maybe about 4 inches, trust me it burns up easy, now place the silver solder were you want for it to melt, and then with the tip of the pen pouch it and bam ur done. dont put 2 much of it a few lil drops will be good
here is a picture for you to get an idea of wat i just said
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now replace all the LED pointed by the yellow arrow on this picture from the other guide.
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now if ur doing blue and you want ur red line to be red and not blue here is the chance to change the LED. now change the last one on the RPM metter to red here its pointed out by the finger
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also its time to change the rest if you want ur gauges to be all blue, and not have red LED and Green ones all over the gauge, ill point out witch one is witch on the picture bellow
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after this lets make sure all ur lights are working, now run outside and plug in both of ur harnesses and turn ur the key to on. it should look like this
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now clean ur LCD creen like this grin
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thought i forgot about ur needles, NOPE I DIDNT, now go grab some robing alcohol and some cotton balls, deep the cotton ball into the alcohol then try to rub out all the orange on ur needles, after all the paint its done get a sharpie and color only the botton of the neeedle. now you dont have to use a sharpie, you can use paint or transparent paint but its all up to u
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okay guys almost done here comes the hardest part of the hole instalation go out to ur car with the gauges like this
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the reason y is because you need to recalibrate ur needles, here is how i did it. go to the car and try to place ur needles at 0 RPM and 0 MPH, now plug the white harnes first and ur needles will jump, let it sit there for 10 to 15 seconds then connect the blue one, if ur needles are off just keep trying to take them out and put them back on, now you dont need to push them all the way in just push it in enough so it wont fall, keep doing this till ur done you dont want ur rpm and mph to be off. specially the rpm you dont wanna blow ur engine, now this mite take a lot of time but with pations it will be okay. and if nothing work, wile the car is on take out the needle and put it in, it mite help just try wat ever you can, you will get it some how, if you need more help PM. thats all ya here is a more detailed instalation guide to RJ autoworks gauges
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Originally Posted by Clos
the reason y is because you need to recalibrate ur needles, here is how i did it. go to the car and try to place ur needles at 0 RPM and 0 MPH, now plug the white harnes first and ur needles will jump, let it sit there for 10 to 15 seconds then connect the blue one, if ur needles are off just keep trying to take them out and put them back on, now you dont need to push them all the way in just push it in enough so it wont fall, keep doing this till ur done you dont want ur rpm and mph to be off. specially the rpm you dont wanna blow ur engine, now this mite take a lot of time but with pations it will be okay. and if nothing work, wile the car is on take out the needle and put it in, it mite help just try wat ever you can, you will get it some how, if you need more help PM. thats all ya here is a more detailed instalation guide to RJ autoworks gauges
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Calibrating the needles is easy, you just take them past max,like push rpms above red line, it will fall back down, same for mph
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sure here are the pix of after install, with all blue LED at night time, sorry no day time pix
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here is the Blue LEDs and Red LEDs for the red line, in the morning
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same as above at night
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coo, but where can i order that blue/red backplate instead of the stock yellow?
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what's the chance on messing up on this install?? I have the LED's, but I have no soldering experience. Even though your guide is VERY helpful, what's the chance of messing up my gauges?? (messed up gauges = lights don't work, mph/rpm goes crazy, burn something out, pretty much just f*ck up in general)
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Originally Posted by Clos
place the LED were the old one use 2 be at, remember blue goes the same way as the stock LED was, red needs to go on the oposite way as stock, now with the silver solder cut a peace of it off, maybe about 4 inches, trust me it burns up easy, now place the silver solder were you want for it to melt, and then with the tip of the pen pouch it and bam ur done. dont put 2 much of it a few lil drops will be good
here is a picture for you to get an idea of wat i just said


What do you mean the red needs to go on the opposite way as stock? Do you mean the polarity on the LEDs is different? I want to do this mod to my recently-purchased 2000 Celica, but want to know what I'm doing before I get headstrong into it all. Otherwise the instructions are great!
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as a request for L3M1315
here is a picture of how you should place the RED LED
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Do you have a part number for those LEDs? I've never seen LEDs like that confused, I'm more familiar what what you find at RadioShack or DigiKey. Also, the part number doesn't do me good without the place from which you bought them.

Or, as isaac hinted at in another install thread, can I use any LEDs (as found at DigiKey or RadioShack)?

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i dont know about gettin the LED from somewere else, i got those with the kit sorry i cant help you there
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Very good instructions! I installed mine today! My MPH needle is off by 5 MPH but thats nothing to bad thumbsup

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hey .. i wanna do this .. but i dont know where to find the lights.. you say you got them in a kit .. what kit? or.. could you give me a link maybe? thanks
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thanks!
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Just curious if someone could post some better directions for recalibrating the needles. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by supra_celica
Just curious if someone could post some better directions for recalibrating the needles. Thanks.


from...
https://www.celicahobby.com/forums/...verse-indiglo-overlays-installation.html

Originally Posted by isaac
NEEDLE CALIBRATION:

Put back to two connectors from behind the gauges.

With the gauge hanging, turn on the ignition to the ACC position. Wait for 20 seconds and the gauge cluster should calibrate itself.

Speedo and tach setting now is calibrated to be at zero.

Replace the needle, making sure it points to zero. Gently push the needle back on. Note: do not handle the needle by the arm. Hold it at the black plastic center while doing this.

Turn off the ignition. Wait 3 minutes and turn it back to ACC position.

Needle should move as the gauge calibrate itself and then fall back to zero.

If needle does not fall back to zero, carefully remove the needle and repeat this procedure again until needle show zero after calibration.

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What if I want my needles to be a different color than the gauges? More specifically, what if I want blue gauge numbers and a red needle?
I haven't taken my gauge cluster apart to see what all is in there, so I may be able to figure it out in process, but I'd rather know ahead of time.

Anyone?
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The RED LEDs from RJAUTOWORKS get aligned the same as the STOCK LEDs!!!!!

I just want a heads up for everyone that does this DIY install to know the RED LEDs do NOT get reversed as discussed earlier...they go on like all the other color LEDs!! I PROMISE!

Anyway, bitchin directions here. It really helped to have the big pics posted too!

I'll get pics of my set up on here after Christmas. Blue gauges, red LCD, red needles. I'm totally happy!
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thanks, be sure to check in a few months i have lots of things to install after christmas, and i just love helping pplz out. cant wait to see your set up thumbsup

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yeah can someone post a link where i can purchase just the leds? thankz!!!!
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im not sure if he sells just the LED but sure the website is
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