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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:48 pm    Post subject: Gniark ! Gauge Cluster Mod Question!!! Reply with quote

Has anyone changed the color of there gauge cluster? I know BBEngineering does it but I want to save myself some money. Is soldering the LEDs difficult? Furthermore, will my miles on the cluster remain intact?. I'd appreciate the replies ! Very Happy Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:17 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I looked into it myself, If you're not familiar with a soldering iron it's not even worth it. after piecing out a swapped cluster finding time, ordering parts, soldering, BBE price is a good deal. But, if you're handy with one and are using your orig cluster it might be worth it to you. def not the case for myself.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:27 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks. I might just go with BBE
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:32 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Unless you are super confident in your soldering ability, BBEngineer is the best option.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:54 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Unless you are super confident in your soldering ability, BBEngineer is the best option.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Im super confident, and I still wont do it.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The first time I ever touched a soldering iron it went to my switches and gauge cluster.

Call it luck but I had no issues at all, it's pretty basic. You just have to ground yourself so static shock doesn't fry the board.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

BBE worked for me!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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The first time I ever touched a soldering iron it went to my switches and gauge cluster.

Call it luck but I had no issues at all, it's pretty basic. You just have to ground yourself so static shock doesn't fry the board.


Same here, well switches..the switches are easy. HVAC not so much. Havent tried the cluster yet, afraid of it lol..i fried an HVAC board and said screw it ill have BBE do the hVAC and cluster when I get some extra cash

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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xnick wrote:
The first time I ever touched a soldering iron it went to my switches and gauge cluster.

Call it luck but I had no issues at all, it's pretty basic. You just have to ground yourself so static shock doesn't fry the board.


Same here, well switches..the switches are easy. HVAC not so much. Havent tried the cluster yet, afraid of it lol..i fried an HVAC board and said screw it ill have BBE do the hVAC and cluster when I get some extra cash


Yeah I fried a few HVAC control boards...haven't had a problem doing a few of the clusters.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I soldered in some LED's on my climate control a few days ago. It didnt go as smoothly as I had planned but everything worked out. I have repaired ECU's for a few of my friends DSMs and have done many other personal soldering projects. Unsoldering the stock bulbs took some time, then installing the LED's and resistors and making it all fit back together was another challenge.

The climate control is much brighter than the stock bulbs, in fact it is taking me some time getting used to it. I wouldnt do my own gauge cluster though. I have never liked the idea of re calibrating the needles.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:49 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Like people said. Im somewhat comfortable with soldering iron BUT i wont touch anything on my car. Way to scary for a college kid who wants an upgrade but doesnt want to fry something. BBE will be getting my business around next christmas.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

xnick wrote:
The first time I ever touched a soldering iron it went to my switches and gauge cluster.

Call it luck but I had no issues at all, it's pretty basic. You just have to ground yourself so static shock doesn't fry the board.


I believe that's where the wriststraps come in to play... Smile

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