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Old 20th January 2009, 22:39   #46
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@UM and jatin

Yes i have the new version santro.
And i didn't remove any kind of gelatin paper, In fact i was shocked to see the red glow when i connected the cables. I think there's no such kind of gelatin paper cos' the stock illumination bulb had a blueish green rubber cap on it.

BTW i bought a few red and blue leds and resistors today, Will try them tomorrow.
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Old 21st January 2009, 07:04   #47
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Here's mine,

i used red colored sticky tape to cover the bulbs instead. Sorry for the quality of the pics, my digi cam is dying :(
Will take more pics in the night.
Yeah Akshay, thats great man, lovely. Phew feels good to know that one more santro has red instrument panel. Nice man congratulations. Now I think we will have to somehow help yatin change his dash panel colour. I am surprised where did his green paper / shield come from I checked thoroughly and could not find any such thing in my santro. Lets put on our thinking caps.

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Yeah Akshay, thats great man, lovely. Phew feels good to know that one more santro has red instrument panel. Nice man congratulations. Now I think we will have to somehow help yatin change his dash panel colour. I am surprised where did his green paper / shield come from I checked thoroughly and could not find any such thing in my santro. Lets put on our thinking caps.

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Yeah Surely. Help me out, coz I'm still not able to figure out how do I still get the green color. I checked it yesterday again, and my bulbs are still red with the glass color paint. But yet, my dashboard shows green color.
Help guys.
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Old 21st January 2009, 10:25   #49
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Friend, its Yatin , please dont make me jatin.
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Yeah Akshay, thats great man, lovely. Phew feels good to know that one more santro has red instrument panel. Nice man congratulations. Now I think we will have to somehow help yatin change his dash panel colour. I am surprised where did his green paper / shield come from I checked thoroughly and could not find any such thing in my santro. Lets put on our thinking caps.

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Thanks buddy, How do u remove the marking board? I was able to reach the needles.

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Yeah Surely. Help me out, coz I'm still not able to figure out how do I still get the green color. I checked it yesterday again, and my bulbs are still red with the glass color paint. But yet, my dashboard shows green color.
Help guys.
(j)YATIN I think the intensity/coats of glass paint is not sufficient, Try using red colored insulation tape. Get a nail polish remover and try removing the paint.

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sorry buddy got confused

@Lifewater - Can we try doing the LED method?
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Old 21st January 2009, 12:52   #51
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(j)YATIN I think the intensity/coats of glass paint is not sufficient, Try using red colored insulation tape. Get a nail polish remover and try removing the paint.

Might be you are right about the intensity/ coats of glass paint. But when I havent put up any green cap, and atleast I see the bulb red, there should be some red thingy on the Speedo
The Speedo, shows complete green color. Thats the reason I'm confused.
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@Lifewater - Can we try doing the LED method?
Yes we can. But let me warn you the light intensity is not uniform in all places of the speedo. You can try roughing the LEDs but wont be of much use.

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Yes we can. But let me warn you the light intensity is not uniform in all places of the speedo. You can try roughing the LEDs but wont be of much use.

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I'm gonna try it in a while,But even after sandpaper-ing the 3 leds' in series throw a pretty decent light, Better than the stock bulb atleast.

BTW here are the sandpapered leds
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Old 22nd January 2009, 16:42   #54
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Here comes
The Blue guages The needles kind of disappear on the cam, But can be seen clearly.
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@ akshay_b : Now, that's a grade-A DIY. Blue speedo cluster looks fabulous.
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This is looking awesome. COuld you please describe in more details, regarding what all steps you took, while doing it. ?
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Thank you badboyscad

@Yatin, Put the 3 leds(on each side) together and connected to the terminals where the stock bulb is connected.

Check out the guide written by lifewater in this thread.
Its very easy.
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Here's one more pic taken from a digi cam showing actual colors of the gauge and the needles.
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Thank you badboyscad

@Yatin, Put the 3 leds(on each side) together and connected to the terminals where the stock bulb is connected.

Check out the guide written by lifewater in this thread.
Its very easy.

Hi Akshay,

Putting Bulbs and LEDs is a different thing, as bulbs have a socket where it fits in easily. While LED needs to be connected at both ends with either a socket or PCB of the Instrument panel.

1. How did you connect LEDs in the instrument panel ?
2. Also, if I choose white LEDs do I need to use the same resistor value?
3. Sand Papered - u mean u rubbed the LED using sand paper ? How does this help? Cant I use LED without Sand Paper ?

Lots of questions, but am curious...the weekend is also coming, so looking forward to working on this coming weekend.
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1. How did you connect LEDs in the instrument panel ?
akshay_b has to answer this.

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2. Also, if I choose white LEDs do I need to use the same resistor value?
You may use 3 white LEDs in a series with a 82 Ohm resistor.

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3. Sand Papered - u mean u rubbed the LED using sand paper ? How does this help?
Yes, sand papered LEDs mean to rub the LEDs with sandpaper so that they lose their glossiness and focusing characteristic.

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Cant I use LED without Sand Paper ?
If you use LEDs without sandpaper, the light will be focused to a small point, only certain areas of the speedo will be illuminated and the rest will remain dark. Sandpapering or filing the LEDs makes the light spread to all areas of the speedo.
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