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slidr Aug 26, 3:50am - #259759 

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Is it worth it? VOTE

Ok. Right now, I have 80k miles on my car, and I want to do the radio backlight LED conversion, because I have already done it with my instrument cluster. The LED's are a little over $1 each, since they are blue, and the whole job would cost me close to $50.

Is it worth it to do it, or should I just hold off and buy an aftermarket unit sometime down the line? How long are these CD players good for? Mine doesn't even skip yet, but I don't want to waste $50 if it's only gonna last me a year.



So, should I do the BLUE LED CONVERSION
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Jtultra Aug 26, 3:50am - #259760 

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no, just get a after market headunit

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slidr Aug 26, 3:50am - #259761 

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Fuck, forgot to enter a poll... spineyes

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qbanprepster21 Aug 26, 3:51am - #259762 
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might as well, until you buy your stereo

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VSGTS14 Aug 26, 3:59am - #259763 

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yea, i would do it before you get an aftermarket unit

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slidr Aug 26, 4:00am - #259764 

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^^

But $50. Isn't that kind of a lot?

I could do it red, or anyother color for that matter, and get it done for like $20 cheaper, but I think blue would look the best.


Decisions desicions. spineyes



Anyone know how reliable these units are though? Anyone start having problem with theirs around a certain mileage point?

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Polykarb Aug 26, 4:02am - #259765 

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just get an aftermarket head unit, you get more of a bling bling factor from it.

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amtemp Aug 26, 4:03am - #259766 

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Wouldnt be able to tell ya. I only have 72k Miles and its working fine.
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hephaestus Aug 26, 4:07am - #259767 
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It all depends on what your looking for in a head unit or how you drive or want your Celica. Personally I would go the conversion because I don't care for a deck that could play MP3's, some stupid EQ/display, and a supersonic loud and clear system. For me, being a 2000 owner, I would like at least the orange display on the radio. If that cost $50 great. I own the Celica for 1 reason to drive it and drive it hard. I can't do that with a radio pumping and a huge distraction in my face. That's just me. Did that make any sense? When can I vote?
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Chelica815 Aug 26, 4:08am - #259768 
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Get the aftermarket HU. That is $50 bucks more on the budget of the HU. That should give you a boost to the next level up of HU (You know how each manufacturer have a $50 dollar price diff. between each model or so)

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VSGTS14 Aug 26, 4:08am - #259769 

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i was gonna say if money is an issue, then wait.
if not, spend that 50 for something better for the car...
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slidr Aug 26, 4:09am - #259770 

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Originally Posted by hephaestus
It all depends on what your looking for in a head unit or how you drive or want your Celica. Personally I would go the conversion because I don't care for a deck that could play MP3's, some stupid EQ/display, and a supersonic loud and clear system. For me, being a 2000 owner, I would like at least the orange display on the radio. If that cost $50 great. I own the Celica for 1 reason to drive it and drive it hard. I can't do that with a radio pumping and a huge distraction in my face. That's just me. Did that make any sense? When can I vote?
LOL

I thought there was a way to post a poll, but I can't find it. spineyes

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GTStick Aug 26, 4:28am - #259771 

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i bought my car with 49k miles used, and the radio was fine but one day when i put my cd in it never came out, it played alittle then just stoped, and the cd function didnt work either. so i bought an aftermarket one
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BReakinDrifTs Aug 26, 4:30am - #259772 
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50 bucks dfor LED's?? Definitly not worth it, for like anothr 70 you could get a really nice head unit
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spaztikid Aug 26, 4:45am - #259773 
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CaddyShack Aug 26, 4:47am - #259774 

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id rather do it to the gauges... not a fan of the orange gauges and green radio + climate controls... if you can do the gauges then i vote for that and then get a HU

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jyboygenius Aug 26, 4:48am - #259775 
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Wohho, 107.5 is a sweet station. It's #1 on my stereo

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blackcel Aug 26, 5:03am - #259776 

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Just get an aftermarket cd player.

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Haulin_A_Doo Aug 26, 5:07am - #259777 
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Virgilson Aug 26, 5:08am - #259778 

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go for the after market unit... thumbsup
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stefanoc Aug 26, 9:14am - #259779 

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if you are satisfied with ur head unit and sound system, then just change the leds inside. nothing will look better than stock unit in its place with blue leds matching the ac console blue lights!
btw, were you able to change the clock color also?
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Elec-FuYu Aug 26, 10:03am - #259780 
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nah... just get an aftermarket...

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celicaboy Aug 26, 11:36am - #259781 

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Originally Posted by amtemp
Wouldnt be able to tell ya. I only have 72k Miles and its working fine.

my stock head unit only had 56k miles on it when i just stoped working one day
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Weasel Aug 26, 1:52pm - #259782 

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go with the blue and keep the stock unit. I have a 1 din stereo now and i hate how it breaks up the center consol. 1 din systems look like a pimple!

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oas Aug 26, 1:57pm - #259783 
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celicatalbot Aug 26, 2:09pm - #259784 
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after market!!!

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ragingpaseo Aug 26, 2:47pm - #259785 
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looks nice, rather different. but if you plan to get another HU, don't do it...
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SSCarbonGTS Aug 26, 3:40pm - #259786 

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get an after market head unit with MP3... you won't regret it !! thumbsup

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AdamVIP Aug 26, 5:04pm - #259787 
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Spend the 50 bones cause stock radios sell better when you ditch the car and it wil add some pizazz to it
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slidr Aug 26, 9:49pm - #259789 

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Originally Posted by stefanoc
if you are satisfied with ur head unit and sound system, then just change the leds inside. nothing will look better than stock unit in its place with blue leds matching the ac console blue lights!
btw, were you able to change the clock color also?
No, I didn't try, but I'm sure that it can be done, unless they aren't powered by LED's but rather quartz.

But maybe quartz are powered by LEDs? Dunno, I'm not an electrical or watch expert. happywink



The only reason I would like to keep the stock headunit and convert it is because a smaller unit would leave too much negative space on the dash, and I'm happy with the sound quality in my car now.

I don't need to be rattling any more than I already do with my gay ass hatch.

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Erick Aug 26, 11:04pm - #259790 

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i'll be in the minority.

i vote for the $50 mod thumbsup only because an aftermarket headunit would have a higher likihood of getting stolen in my opinion vs stock.. happywink

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celicafourotwo Aug 27, 4:47am - #259792 

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aftermarket for sure..oh yeah my stock stereo sometime don't evn play CDR disc..it's f*cked up, sometime..dont like it..

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Whenever my car is at a full stop or even in park the RPM never sits on 0. what does this mean?
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slidr Aug 27, 5:01am - #259793 

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Well, I really wanted to do this mod, because nothing looks better than something you did all by yourself. So I went to digikey.com to order the LED's, and my total came to $75! eek

Aftermarket it is. thumbsup

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celicafourotwo Aug 27, 5:06am - #259794 

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^^good choice bro..now all you have to do left is to figure out what brand to buy..hehe

Originally Posted by pesho01
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Whenever my car is at a full stop or even in park the RPM never sits on 0. what does this mean?
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slidr Aug 27, 5:41am - #259795 

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Originally Posted by celicafourotwo
^^good choice bro..now all you have to do left is to figure out what brand to buy..hehe
Whoops, not so fast.


Just browsing around Digikey, and if I get the red LED's, it's only gonna cost me 10 cents per, so it's gonna cost me a little under $5.

I might as well just do it red. For five bucks, you can't really go wrong, and I think it'll look pretty cool.





Now, all I need to do is see if there is a demand on the site for a soldering guide to be made. I would break the process down so much and provide so many pics that a blind retarded chimp could learn to do it. I'll start a poll about this in another thread, but for now, let me know what you think.

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i'd want a guide thumbsup grin

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slidr Aug 27, 6:37am - #259797 

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Ok, just ordered my LED's from digikey. Would have costed me less than $5 for the Red conversion, but I want to do red and blue. I want to make the majority of the radio red, and the primary buttons blue. Should look pretty cool.

Ok, so far I have one person FOR the soldering guide. Let me know if you would like a guide also. I will post an official topic with a poll tomorrow, since I believe I need a moderator to make a poll for me.

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RyCeCuBe Aug 27, 8:34am - #259798 

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that looks like it's been done neatly..but i can't live without an mp3 player with animation that moves w/ the music.

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JST2GTBY Aug 27, 9:04am - #259799 

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My ex had a Jetta and they look pretty nice with the Red Led's. So for 5$ you cant go wrong thumbsup

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slidr Aug 27, 11:47pm - #259800 

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Now my radio will look a little something like this...

But I don't want to do it exactly like that.
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slidr Aug 27, 11:49pm - #259801 

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The stars indicate where the LED's go to change the color of the different buttons on the console. I bought 16 BLUE LED's, so let me know where you think I should put them, and what should be blue and what should be red.
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