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Dec 6, 8:56am - #344358 
Autotechnic gauges

When installing the Autotechnic S7 gauges, do I need to remove the stock gauges or just lay the new ones over it??

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Dec 6, 10:42am - #344359 
they go right over reg ones. her ei will post the install link

https://www.celicahobby.com/gal3/inst_gaugess7

i am getting tem in christmas. what does hte button swich thingyl look liek on it.

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Dec 6, 1:57pm - #344360 
Button thingie?? I haven't got mine in yet. I'm expecting it soon and I'll let you know

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Dec 6, 2:50pm - #344361 
well whatever does the dimming or any color cahnge ect. most have jsut that thin button thing. wondering what the s7s look like to find out wher ot mount it

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Dec 6, 5:55pm - #344362 
hope it doesnt come with those ugly gay ass little buttons. those look like shit. im gettin some for x-mas too.

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Dec 14, 11:20am - #344363 
Hey, I just got my gauges in and they ain't gonna work, because they don't have the lil M mode thingy (for the auto/man GTS) What do ya'll think would happen if I was to cut out a space for that?? I doubt it'd work, if anyone would like to buy it though let me know. Also I'm gonna put some pics of it up here as soon as my camera recharges.

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Dec 14, 11:23am - #344364 
post pics of the wire harness and wwithc thingy. I wonder if you cut out that part will it still ligth up. I think it would not look bad. Shoudl ahve gotten manual wink j/p Can anyone cut their indigo gauges before??

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Dec 15, 1:29am - #344365 
I was wondering the same thing.

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Dec 15, 7:13am - #344366 
here's the button deal

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Dec 15, 9:24am - #344367 
damn, same cheap sticker button thingy. so did anyone figure out if you can cut it? PM Isaac, he woudl probably know. I think it woudl look good if you can jsut cut out that part.

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Dec 15, 11:14am - #344368 
I can't figure out where to hook it up to get power to it. I disconnected the dimmer thing and tried to hook it up there, but no luck. Any help??

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Dec 15, 11:41am - #344369 
go out and buy a " mini size fuse tap" then use that to power it off of the fuse that is for your4 tailights. so whehnthey ocme on, it comes on. the whole dimmer hting was tried and didnt work before. i will look for hte post i am taling aobut for fuse tap. i really cant tell fomr the pic, where do all the wires connect to?

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Dec 15, 11:44am - #344370 
https://www.celicahobby.com/ubbthrea...&PHPSESSID=

Its the fises in the passengerside footwell. the things you need ot get is one of those plac thngs in the pic with the red tails. you use that 2 add another ciircut to the fuse. i think fuse 18 is ofr tailights, but the chart wil tell you. About halfway downt he page is the pic i am tlaking aobut. goodluck. let us know how it turns out.

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Dec 15, 3:56pm - #344371 
Alrighy, I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for all the help. I'm still tempted to cut it, but I figured giving that up was a small price for how sweet this will look (if I get it done)

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Dec 15, 4:38pm - #344372 
tru, you can jsut guess what gear your in wink you dont really need to see that smile deff post pics when you get it done. i cant wait to get mine. and i found a guy up here who does led work and is going to change all my stuff to blue. woohoo

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Dec 15, 5:37pm - #344373 
does the needle tip light up at the end? like the blue light at the end of the gauge needle...how you know what im talkin bout lol...that looks bad ass...where can i buy one for a manual gts and can i get the backround any other color than white???

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Dec 15, 5:41pm - #344374 
http://www.rjautoworks.com/

This place has everyhting you want. if you can sodder, you can change ur leds. then use paint thinner to get rid of orange on needles. then with bleu led kit you will ahve waht you want. they have differnt gauges too. only problem is you ahve to be albe to sidder or knwo someone who can to change the leds out.

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Dec 16, 6:57am - #344375 
I changed my leds to blue, it was kinda hard because the leds that I got were like microscopic and I couldn't really hold on to them. But I got it done and it looks cool. If you did decide to do them yourself, be sure and hook it up to your car to make sure they all work before reassembling it. Cuz mine had like 4 that were'nt soldered in good enough, but with a lil more solder, it all worked

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Dec 16, 7:03am - #344376 
man what are you trying to do?
that button changes the brightness of the gauges.


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Dec 16, 8:45am - #344377 
i am having another ecelica member do it. i cant sodder worth a darn. never tried. dont wann start on my gauges wink He did his and worked great. lookign forward to getting them all done. have you gottne the gauges up and running yet?

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Dec 16, 10:24am - #344378 
Nah, went to Autozone last night, but I was too late frown so I'll probably pick one up this weekend or something

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Dec 25, 12:08pm - #344379 
I finally got my gauges done, I did it a lil bit different than what ya'll suggested. I ran some wires straight to the battery because I didn't wanna drive back to Autozone. But that posed a problem, being connected directly to the battery meant that it stayed on at all times. And so I just added an on/off switch. I'm happy with it, mainly because I've never done something like this, but thanks to all the info on this wonderous sight, I feel unstoppable. Thanks all and I'll post some pics soon.

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Dec 25, 12:13pm - #344380 
Originally Posted by JimJ
Hey, I just got my gauges in and they ain't gonna work, because they don't have the lil M mode thingy (for the auto/man GTS) What do ya'll think would happen if I was to cut out a space for that?? I doubt it'd work, if anyone would like to buy it though let me know. Also I'm gonna put some pics of it up here as soon as my camera recharges.

dont cut it unless you want your gauges not to light up
the entire back is a circuit board do you think it would work if you cut it wink

also you should have bought a fuse tap and connevted it to your taillight fuse it would have been easier, but hey you gout it to work thats what matters thumbsup

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Dec 25, 12:15pm - #344381 
Here's the switch

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Dec 25, 12:17pm - #344382 
my nice lil wiring job

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Dec 25, 12:19pm - #344383 
I couldn't get through the firewall, so I kinda went through the door <looks down in defeat> but I got it pretty well hidden...on the inside. Oh yeah and here's a pic of the gauges

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Dec 25, 4:40pm - #344384 
awsome work. ok i need some hep, i jsut got mine. 1st, the swithc has 2 parts, jsut stick them together? Also there are 4 connectors off the gray box. do i onyl need to use one of them to attach to the gauges? waht are the otehr 3 for? Thanks so much for your help.

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Dec 26, 4:30pm - #344385 
nevermind aobut the quesiton. i jsut hooked it all up and works great. was geting needles stuck aroudn 7k rpms. so i rolled up alittle piece of paper and wedged it under the black bezel part. now works great. and didnt do anyhting with the little sawitch thing. jsut tucked it under the dash once i got it the way i like. now you just need blue led conversion. Man they look sweet

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Dec 26, 5:01pm - #344386 
if your needle gets stuck, pull it up a bit
if it doesnt stay, you ought to be more careful


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Dec 27, 12:26am - #344387 
pull what up a bit? I tried the whole pressing the gauges between many books to flatten them out before installing. all was good except at about 7k. but i jsut wedged some pwper behind te black pastic bezel part and it presses down the gauges perfectly. I was going to just pull up the needles but didnt want to have to deal with any recalibrations or anyhting if i F'ed it up whiel doing it. Paper pieces worked great smile Now i just need to decide what to do about the needle color. i am getting led conversion for the gas gauge to blue. debating if keep needles orange, or make them blue too. any suggestions?

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Dec 27, 7:10am - #344388 
I painted my needles blue, but I think I did it wrong. I just used blue spray paint (same stuff I used on my dash) it looks good during the day but at night looks kinda unproffesional.

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Dec 27, 9:25am - #344389 
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wow you guys really don't know what you're doing spineyes

i forgot you didn't take your needles off hombre and slipped the gauges over them, some people do have problems with them hitting at some point...

and you have no idea what that button is? it's supposed to dim your gauges or change the color of them, the old ac's had them also...

you were supposed to connect the gauge to one of the little connector things...then the box had wires comin out of it for power and ground...the power was supposed to be connected to an illumination wire so when you turn your lights on...the gauges came on, then find a ground spineyes

a for needles, spray paint? frown
you have to get something that is TRANSPARENT, so transparent paint works best.


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Dec 27, 11:48am - #344390 
they make transparent paint?? You are correct, I really don't know what I'm doing. Don't laugh at me though, help me

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Dec 27, 12:56pm - #344391 
well just like a clear type of paint that light can shine through like hooby paint or nail polish even. You could extend the wire to the healight assembly so that it turns on when your parking light or headlights turn on. i suggest with the dimmer switch just leave it at a seeting you like and then hide the switch behind the steering wheel plastics because i dont like those sticker buttons

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Dec 27, 1:59pm - #344392 
that's what i did...the dimmer/color thing was hidden cause i set it and left it
then i found wires under my dash to power/illuminate/ground it instead of running them all over.


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Dec 27, 11:35pm - #344393 
yea i didnt tkae off my needles but its all good now. i just wedged the paper under it and now no sticking problem smile i was jsut confused becasue there are like 4 black connectors and only need 1. Now i need opinions. i am doing gas gauge blue led. shoudl i keep needles orange, or make them blue too. Thanks for all your help everyone.

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Dec 28, 7:17am - #344395 
blue is the best, although mine only look cool during the day. but I will find me some transparent paint and fix my problem

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Dec 28, 9:34am - #344396 
a friend of mine, brazil1, just did his and is goign to do mine hopfully. and he just used a blue sharpie. i dont think it comes out as dark during the day but he said it looks good. may want to try that out.

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Dec 28, 12:38pm - #344397 
blue sharpie is ok, did it on someone else's
then used blue transparent paint and it was much better
sharpie doesn't illuminate


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Dec 28, 2:55pm - #344398 
I think I'll look for the paint. Where do you get it??

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