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You want to do mine next? Haha u could make this ur side job! Blue sure would look good in my truck!
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Is there a way to change the color of the needles for the gauges? Since I am color blind the red is really hard for me to see at night and have been wanting to change them to something else.
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Is there a way to change the color of the needles for the gauges? Since I am color blind the red is really hard for me to see at night and have been wanting to change them to something else.
Ive never paid attention to the needles on our trucks exactly, but i changed the ones in my camaro before and it has more to do with the color of the plastic the needle is made out of than anything else really
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does everyone have lights on their steering wheel buttons, mine dont light up, are they broke or does my 11 sport just not have that option
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Hi, Iornsides, I have seen a setup on how to do this and I do basic soldering for my job, occasionally, but I have done it for 4 years.

http://www.scionlife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110698

The steps from this guide seem pretty simple of a process I know it takes patience and a stady arm as well.

As far as all that your replacing you said I'd need about 25 ea for PLCC-2 and mini, accordingly.

Is it really that simple, most of my soldering is done with wiring and this seems to be fairly simple.

I want to get Orange led's and I looked at the http://www.mouser.com/ site you posted but looking at all the numbers of the lights I felt like a deer in the headlights XD

Is there anything more specific to look for in the lights?
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Hi, Iornsides, I have seen a setup on how to do this and I do basic soldering for my job, occasionally, but I have done it for 4 years.

http://www.scionlife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110698

The steps from this guide seem pretty simple of a process I know it takes patience and a stady arm as well.

As far as all that your replacing you said I'd need about 25 ea for PLCC-2 and mini, accordingly.

Is it really that simple, most of my soldering is done with wiring and this seems to be fairly simple.

I want to get Orange led's and I looked at the http://www.mouser.com/ site you posted but looking at all the numbers of the lights I felt like a deer in the headlights XD

Is there anything more specific to look for in the lights?
That tutorial is pretty good. He tins both contacts after he removes the stock LED, I didn't do that. I tinned one contact, soldered the LED to that side, and then soldered it into the other side. It's quicker, because you only solder each side once, and it puts less stress on the LED. He uses a chisel tip, which is the way to go for these LEDs.

Obviously you'll want to pay attention to the cathodes of the stock LEDs, and make sure the new LEDs are facing the same way.

You'll want 25 of each size in your primary color, and then 5 of each size in a secondary color, for HVAC and Mirror indicators. Take a look at my pictures, I used blue as a secondary color.

I wouldn't attempt this without a good, temperature-controlled soldering iron. You don't want to burn up the LEDs, or the boards. You'll also need some good de-soldering braid, to remove some of the components that prevent you from accessing the LEDs. The HVAC controls are pretty terrible for that. Expect to spend at least 2 hours on the HVAC controls alone.

As for the LEDs, you want to get the same brand for each color, otherwise the colors might not match exactly. These looked okay, but without knowing the exact current specs of the stock LEDs, you're taking a gamble like I did.

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Start with the front passenger controls. It's only 3 LEDs, if I remember correctly, it disassembles easily, and you won't have to desolder anything to access them. It's the easiest board in the whole interior, so if you can't handle that, you'll know pretty quick, and you can stop before things get too bad. If it's not a problem, do the HVAC controls next. It's the worst board, and if you can finish it without any problems, the rest of the interior is a cakewalk.
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all it is is the ac, door controls, 4wd, lighting knob, and hazards etc. Did you do anything with the gauges? or was that second pic for the steering controls?
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all it is is the ac, door controls, 4wd, lighting knob, and hazards etc. Did you do anything with the gauges? or was that second pic for the steering controls?
I didn't do anything with the gauges, I was matching everything else to them. That picture is just for the EVIC controls.

I did the homelink buttons as well, and I plan to do the head unit when I get a 430. I was going to do my current head unit, a 130, but the display is a green LCD, I'd have no way of changing that, so I didn't bother.

I didn't do the rear window sliding button yet, that's a T1 through-hole LED. The led is actually blue, but has a cover on it so that the buttons are lit up green. I need to pick up a white LED to replace the one that's there. It's the only T1 LED in the interior, so if you want to change it, you'll only need 1.
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Yeah i dont have the rear window in my truck, but still good info to know.

Ill definately be ordering those lights and a finer solder tip and give it a go one of these weekends!
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I wish I could do this... I want to but I do not trust myself on something like this. Sad to say I can't even trust myself. LOL
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