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
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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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.
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.
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://*****************.com/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
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.
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.
i just sharpied mine black and it looks great over white-faced gauges.
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!
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
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!