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  • Really? Seems pricing is pretty consistent from what I've seen, maybe I'm just looking at different stuff these days. For me local is almost always better due to no shipping costs.
    Track Project DB2 #896
    LeMons Project DA9
    My OG DA9, Wrecked, Stripped, R.I.P

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    • I think it's more a situation of people thinking that their parts are gold, or not knowing market value..

      Like the dude from NY trying to sell his USDM LS cluster for $100+.

      The thing I notice more about Cali folks is the "no shipping" stipulations, which to me is so odd, especially with small pieces.

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      • Wow, $50 for a DB2 cluster? You got lucky! Only way you'd find one cheaper is if you found one in a junkyard.

        I was about to suggest ordering an extra led strip just in case a few go out but I see youve already ordered your stuff. Only reason I would suggest it is I've had sections of 3 LEDs die on those strips when I've used them in the past. It wouldn't make the cluster unreadable but it would definitely cause a dim spot.

        Looks good! Take lots of pictures of the install of the LEDs, and finished product!

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        • Yes sir. $50 well spent! Sort of sad that the DB2 cluster will be sitting being unused.. but I'm glad to have the spare gauges. Never know when something will decide to shit the bed lol.

          Actually the only thing I could find in the color/spacing/style I wanted was sold in 5-meter lengths. So I definitely will have plenty. Good point though! It will be nice to have extra, in case.

          The only other thing I need to grab is a potentiometer. Then once the lighting comes in I can throw it all together.

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          • Where did you order the LEDs from? I've used superbrightleds in the past and they have lots of types available. 5 meters is a huge strand! I assume you can cut them down to length?

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            • That's an awesome site! Just browsed it quickly, and they indeed could have helped me out.

              I ended up ordering it off eBay, of course. Amazon nor NewEgg had what I was looking for so I just pulled the trigger. Thanks for the source though. Definitely bookmarking that one.

              The stuff I got is breakable every 3 LEDs (5cm) I believe. Then you just solder your power leads on. Should be straight forward... I hope.

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              • That should give you quite a bit of flexibility with length. The ones I've bought from that site I mentioned can be shortened but I don't think the part you trim off is usable again unless you're very skilled at soldering. They are tiny!

                Looking forward to the results!

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                • Finally, the LEDs are in!!





                  This is a shot that shows the blue 'tinted' numbers, and the 'white' results after sanding the backs of the gauges.


                  This one is after the LEDs were strung through the housing, but without the garnish/surround.



                  This is with the garnish on



                  They definitely are a LITTLE bit more yellow than I wanted (warm white), but I am very pleased with the updated output. So much more vibrant and evenly lit compared to stock. That, and my phone camera has a very hard time getting an accurate display of the outcome. The reds are really vibrant, even though they don't appear so.

                  I still need to make the needles red, and figure out what I'm wanting to do with the overhead display lighting.

                  Opinions?

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                  • Looks good, always hard to tell the warmth of light from a photo since there are so many variables (including everyone's monitor). But I was thinking the same thing, that maybe they're a little yellow. But each pic you took is different so it's hard to see what you're seeing.
                    Track Project DB2 #896
                    LeMons Project DA9
                    My OG DA9, Wrecked, Stripped, R.I.P

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                    • I'll be sure to get some good snaps with a decent camera... Worst case scenario I'll pick up another LED strip and re-do it. I actually didn't hot-glue anything in place like Dan, so replacing the strip would be super easy.

                      This year's Spring Meet is on the 20th of this month, so there will be a few things added between now and then.

                      Hoping to do the following:
                      - Install the black carpet
                      - Install USDM arm rest
                      - Install new passenger door sill
                      - Apply wrinkle-black paint to valve cover, and install
                      - Install catch-can
                      - Install new timing belt tensioner
                      - Install red-stitch ITR shift boot
                      - Refinish Neuspeed strut bar
                      - Install miscellaneous splash shields
                      - Detail and polish exterior

                      I think that is about it, really.

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                      • Came out looking great! As for the upper lighting, you could replace them with individual LEDs, I'm pretty sure there are LEDs with that base type available. I think I read about it in one of the older LED mod threads. Should be available in plenty of colors. I've been wanting to do this forever and have never gotten around to it.

                        Nice long list of items to do! Keep us updated!

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                        • How long did it take to sand the gauges?

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                          • About 10min per gauge. Just threw on some TopGear and went to town.

                            The whole mod in general was super easy.

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                            • So much win! I want to redo my gauges now

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                              • Originally posted by unified112 View Post
                                About 10min per gauge. Just threw on some TopGear and went to town.

                                The whole mod in general was super easy.
                                Can't go wrong with some Top Gear lol.

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