Hi folks. I have been searching the Internet for (2) evenings now, looking for stock bulbs for the speedo/tach gauge cluster that I pulled out of my WRX. I am not looking to make any modifications, just replace the stock bulbs, so I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum - please just point in the direction of the correct forum.
I found one forum that said the #74 and #158 are the stock replacement bulbs, but after stopping at three different parts stores this evening, the #74 (smaller) looks okay, but the #158 (larger) isn't even close to the right physical size of the original bulb. There are currently (2) of the larger bulbs that are not working, yet when I pull all of the larger bulbs, they all appear to have this mercury opaque glazing at the top end of the bulb, just like the burnt out bulbs, other than that I can't tell any different between the good bulbs and bad bulbs. I've also found posts that indicate that a #194 bulb can be substituted for the #158, but even the #194's are significantly larger in size than the original bulbs.
So the question(s) is this;
1) When I go to the parts store to simply replace these bulbs to return the vehicle to its factory illumination levels and color, what bulbs am I looking for?
2) Is there an alternative LED for the two different size bulbs that I can replace with that will still give me adequate (same as stock or brighter) illumination without looking like they don't belong as stock?
Thanks in advance for any info.