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    Gauge illumination: where to tag it?

    Well, I'm quite disappointed in myself. I cannot seem to find a wire that actually increases voltage on brightness rotation, and decreases voltage on dimming rotation of the dash lights..
    Everything I find is either Violet or Orange/White. Violet seems to remain constant, and the Orange/White increases voltage as you DIM; this is opposite of what i need..

    Where are you guys that run aftermarket gauges (that also connect the illumination) tagging the Illumination wiring? I've had mine on IGN source, and want to change it, since they're so damned bright at night

    Any help is appreciated..

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    If you tap into the dimmer..... you can dim the aftermarket gauges to a reasonable level, but then your factory gauges will be almost invisible.

    I installed a "stealth" switch into me center console.... Directly wired into the power supply for the lighting in all 9 of my gauges. Turn it off, and poof, back to stock (looks that way from the outside anyway)

    I actually did it to detract attention from the officials... late at night... maybe a beer or two in my system.... hot car..... just don't need the hassle, you know?.

    However, there have been times where it was foggy out, and the gauges just caused a crazy glare, so I use my switch then too.

    Just a suggestion.
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    yours are EXTREMELY bright, jusdging by your avatar

    I am not looking to actually switch them "off", just dim them down.. I've got LEDs to go in the cluster, too, so once I get those in, they should be about as bright as the gauges... But I STILL want to dim them, as they are still way too bright.. I know there has to be a way to make this work...
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    I still think if you tag it to the factory dimmer, your gauges will dim, but your factory illumination with be invisible.

    With that, you can use the same technique as I did, but instead of an on/off switch, buy a rheostat (sp?) instead.
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    Factory boost gauge with illum wire is behind the radio, tap in there.
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    the only illumination wire i could find behind the radio was ORANGE/WHITE..
    will cluster dimmed, it reads 12V. with cluster bright, it reads 3V..
    I tried tagging that wire, but the aftermarket gauges work opposite of the cluster now..

    Jeremy, do you know WHICH WIRE? Who makes the factory gauge, Omori?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogan View Post
    the only illumination wire i could find behind the radio was ORANGE/WHITE..
    will cluster dimmed, it reads 12V. with cluster bright, it reads 3V..
    I tried tagging that wire, but the aftermarket gauges work opposite of the cluster now..

    Jeremy, do you know WHICH WIRE? Who makes the factory gauge, Omori?
    This sounds very odd Rick, is your cluster/wiring stock? The factory gauge is NOT made by Omori. Yet my Omori is the exact same brightness as the factory cluster and dims perfectly with the dimmer. If this were normal, I would have thought more people would have had this issue by now
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    This sounds very odd Rick, is your cluster/wiring stock? The factory gauge is NOT made by Omori. Yet my Omori is the exact same brightness as the factory cluster and dims perfectly with the dimmer. If this were normal, I would have thought more people would have had this issue by now
    all my wiring is OE, with the exception of these additional gauges.
    Do you know WHICH wire, behind the radio, is tapped for illumination? I'd appreciate it if you could share that info
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    I believe its the violet wire Rick. I think I tapped into the foglight switch wire for illumination. Even if you dont have fog lights the wiring is there.

    http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...light=prosport

    Hell or maybe I didn't lol its been 2 years, coulda used the violet in the factory boost gauge area.

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    well, i had foglights.. but the FMIC piping forced me to remove. BAH..

    I'll check your supplied link! Thanks.
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    I called prosport..
    "Sorry, the gauges are surface-mounted LED, therefor not 'dimmable'..


    Bummer... oh well!


    So I ordered 2 more (Volt, Fuel Pressure) haha
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    I've got my gauges where my clock was, moved my clock to the fuse access pocket, and tapped power, ground, and illumination off of my clock wires. Put in two inline fuses and it works perfectly. No wire searching hehe. I used a wiring diagram though. Anytime you ever do anything electrical, USE A WIRING DIAGRAM. Nothing is left up to question.
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    The reason the your gauge dims is because it runs a similar circuit as the cluster does. The clock, on the other hand is wired to have only two settings. Day and night. Get a wiring diagram. Let me know if you need one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Destros View Post
    I've got my gauges where my clock was, moved my clock to the fuse access pocket, and tapped power, ground, and illumination off of my clock wires. Put in two inline fuses and it works perfectly. No wire searching hehe. I used a wiring diagram though. Anytime you ever do anything electrical, USE A WIRING DIAGRAM. Nothing is left up to question.
    old thread.

    And I have wiring diagrams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Destros View Post
    The reason the your gauge dims is because it runs a similar circuit as the cluster does. The clock, on the other hand is wired to have only two settings. Day and night. Get a wiring diagram. Let me know if you need one...
    re-read the posts. It does NOT dim.

    The wirig diagram I have is the FSM.
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