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This is a discussion on Can you change the color of the instrument cluster on 08+ WRX? within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Looks great! how did you do it?? I want Blue too.. Everyones got red! lol...

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    Looks great! how did you do it?? I want Blue too.. Everyones got red! lol

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    Thanks, I feel the same. Blue is different but I checked the cluster and decided against it for now. Not sure how touchy the needles are. For this it is very easy, bought a strip of LED'S from autozone, removed them and replaced the 3 on the control board. Small but easy. Them I spray painted the clear red pieces of the dials blue to stop them from showing. May still add a front light to the assembly to make that strip glow. I did my key ring and traction control last night. Different LED'S in the dimmer switches so gonna buy those this weekend. Probably do the window controls and steering wheel this weekend too. The red cluster will be all that remains.
    Last edited by Shaneblob; 05-16-2014 at 06:06 PM. Reason: spell checked

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    Oh, and small notch to indicate position on the controls had a red piece in it. I removed and put hot glue in then trimmed with an exacto knife. Looks really good IMHO.
    Last edited by Shaneblob; 05-16-2014 at 06:28 PM.

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    Yeah dude.. I really like it! I'm gonna have to talk this soon.. I wanted to do a silver/blue scheme, and now I can.. Minus the damn cluster.. But that I won't touch.. I'll mess something up lol


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    Yeah I hear you. If you get stuck you can message me. I have a spare hvac control to get easy pics. I could do a bit of a write up this weekend if I get time.

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    Okay awesome dude! Thanks! Yeah, a write up would be sweet. I bet a lot of people would enjoy it on here to get more personalization! Will let you know how mine goes


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    I'd try it if there's a write up

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    OK bad news, the window control LED's are glued down. Ugh, was about to swap and realized they were not coming off. Not sure if it is worth trying to do those now. So that leaves me with a few minutes to spare. Grabbing my extra controls for a quick write up. Also checked the steering wheel controls, the LED's are way smaller on that. When I get my stuff for the dimmer switch I'll see if I can find those. From now on I'll take pics. Lol

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    Use pry tool to release 2 clips on each side of dials

    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...psde31f400.jpg


    Likewise on the inside of the knobs
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...ps21e35636.jpg

    I painted this red piece blue
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...psf122e499.jpg

    Remove red setting indicator piece inside knob.
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4771828c.jpg

    Remove all back plate screws
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...pse44174e8.jpg
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...ps91fefa59.jpg

    Test the direction of the LED's with a volt meter or it may have one corner notched to negative side (all mine did)
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8682cb0f.jpg

    Remove LED's and replace with blue
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...psb4386b02.png

    Hot glue the hole in the knob until it bubbles on top and inside. (I am considering translucent blue paint for this for day time visibility but for now I am happy.
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...psa50f6a57.jpg
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...psebe82302.jpg

    Trim the excess glue from the outside flush. Makes a perfect indicator at night
    http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/...ps40f6eaed.jpg

    Reassemble and enjoy the blue lights.

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    Sorry, exceeded my quota. I should have shrunk the pics. I will be sure to do this in the future.

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    If anybody around my area is looking to give this a shot but not confident with an iron, shoot me a pm... I'm a wizard with an iron and surface mount componrnts.

    I personally like the red so I'm gonna stick with it, otherwise I would do my own car.

    Nice write up shane!

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    Nice write up! When I get some time.. I'm gonna play around an see what happens..


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    I finally took a chance and changed my color. I left the redline light red and kinda regret not leaving the overheat line red. But outside of that, I am very happy with it.
    Last edited by Shaneblob; 05-26-2014 at 08:58 PM.

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    I actually like this. It's a whole lotta colors, but it's cool!

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    It's only a lot of colors because the engine isn't running in this pic. Otherwise all those warning lights would be out and all would be blue except the redline.

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