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    Thread: mk3 gauge cluster removal walkthru

    1. 12-28-2009 11:18 PM #26
      so the green will just rip right out once you get the cluster out ? or is there a way to do it without messing stuff up my cluster is really dim and bothers me that i cant get it any brighter

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      01-07-2010 08:27 PM #27
      Would you know by any chance what type and size of LED's to replace the old bulbs with i want to change mine to red but i keep ending up with the wrong size and im starting to get frustrated

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      01-21-2010 01:24 PM #28
      sorry for the late reply!
      instead of swapping out the bulbs (i haven't found any direct led replacements either), try changing the diffuser colour.

      a friend of mine has done it to his cluster and the red that shines through matches the mk3.5 cabrio lighting perfectly.
      try a place like this for colour sheets you might need. http://www.modernplastics.com/....html

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      03-01-2010 09:10 PM #29
      ttt in case someone needs this.

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      03-09-2010 12:06 AM #30
      So I have the cluster out... but how do I get the white cover off of the green strip so I can replace it? I'm also looking to gain access to the needles and possibly replacing the clear plastic because mine is scratched.
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      03-09-2010 01:56 AM #31
      the white piece is held on by some black plastic mesh.
      if you're very careful, you can use a small screwdriver and pry at it until it gives.
      access to the needles is very simple.
      just undo the goldish (if i remember correctly) screws on the back of the cluster.
      once removed, the cluster should separate easily.

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      03-09-2010 01:23 PM #32
      Quote, originally posted by etsd311 »
      (i haven't found any direct led replacements either)

      NGP Racing sells them. So does SuperBrightLEDs.com. They're relatively cheap from both and they work great [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] I just used them to do my cluster. I changed the top lighting as well as the LCD color and polarization. It looks great. I'll try and post pics later
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      03-09-2010 05:24 PM #33
      nice!
      thanks for the heads up.
      i'll def be looking into that.

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      03-17-2010 09:26 PM #34
      So, uh.....
      ABS light is on immediately after changing bulbs and plugging in switches. I didnt disconnect power. What happened?

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      03-17-2010 11:07 PM #35
      do you know if your ABS bulb was blown before you replaced it?

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      04-05-2010 04:57 PM #36
      The light I am referring to is in my VR6 on the far left dash. Left of the headlight switch is an ABS chip w/ light, which I disconnected and removed to move on with the project - I replaced the bulbs that light the speedo.
      After assembling everything and firing the car up the ABS light on the switch lights up. Never has before.

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      04-05-2010 07:10 PM #37
      did you replace the ABS bulb too?
      if yes, maybe the old bulb was blown?

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      05-24-2010 01:06 PM #38
      Sweet. Now I can finally work on mine. I was scared I was going to break something.

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      05-25-2010 12:33 AM #39
      Nothing to be afraid of, it is pretty simple to get the cluster out on these cars.

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      05-26-2010 12:01 AM #40
      Once I figured it out, piece of cake. Also there was a guy that did a LED upgrade for lighting up the cluster better. He did a lot of drilling and soldering.....not I.

      It took me two LED lights, stripped the wire, wrapped said wires around their respective polarities on the metal strip, feed the lights far enough into the sockets that held the original bulbs, and viola! Brighter cluster with only 2 LED lights! These lights also came with their own resistors, so no worries. Now, I just need to find some paint for the needles.

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      05-26-2010 02:00 PM #41
      http://www.testors.com/category/136648/Acrylic_Paints


      i just sharpied mine black and it looks great over white-faced gauges.


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      05-27-2010 02:04 AM #42
      Thats cool, but doesn't sharpie ink fade after a while?

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      05-27-2010 04:43 AM #43
      going on two years and they still look the same.

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      05-27-2010 06:01 PM #44
      Sweet!

    20. 08-28-2010 11:01 AM #45
      Hey so I followed your walkthrough, what a help that was thanks! So now my cluster is on my table and I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with it. The guy I bought it from (97 GTi Vr6) said that the cluster went out so he bought one from a friend and installed it, but soon after it started to fail also. The speedo/odometer don't work, the tacho does every now and then, usually not to the point where when it does I call it a lucky day... So my question is, does anyone know how to test a cluster to see if it's a bad cluster or if I might just have a computer problem...which would be awesome... Thanks!

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      08-28-2010 05:56 PM #46
      glad this walkthru is still of service to everyone!

      for the intermittent tach, i would look at the CPS (crankshaft position sensor) which sends the RPM signal. GAP speed sensor

      and

      for the speedo, i would look at the Transmission Speedometer sending unit. GAP tranny speed sensor

      if the gauge cluster is good, both sensors are replaced with known good units, and the problem still exists, i would suspect the whole wiring harness.

      hope this helps and god speed!

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      08-29-2010 04:52 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by etsd311 View Post
      http://www.testors.com/category/136648/Acrylic_Paints


      i just sharpied mine black and it looks great over white-faced gauges.

      That does look good!

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      09-03-2010 09:13 PM #48
      good write up

    24. 01-16-2011 02:31 AM #49
      subscribed for future use. thanks man
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