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 Post subject: How to: LED GAUGES
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:31 pm 
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How to make your dim gauges MUCH brighter and adding extra color options. DATSMO Roadster gauges were used in this demo.

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Get a roll of LEDs, a controller, power supply plug, and a remote. (usually sold as a set)
*Note* the end of the LED strip has a harness to plug into the controller.

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Take your gauges off and start to disassemble

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...more disassembling

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cut a piece of LED strip and test fit (important...don't guess)
make sure it goes all the way around to ensure you get light everywhere (no dark spots)

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make any repairs necessary while you're in there
(this case: re-gluing signal lenses with hot glue)

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Plug the harness into the controller and supply power to the controller.
TEST on a battery! Make sure it works properly before re-installing!!!

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(FOR CARS WITH SEPARATE GAUGES) (such as Roadsters/510/S30Z)
solder wires to the R,G,B,+ leads on the opposite end of the strip from the supplied harness
(if possible, use color coded wires....which were unavailable at the time)

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(FOR CARS WITH SEPARATE GAUGES)
hot glue was used... you gotta keep 'em separated (offspring)
Shrink tube was then used.

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(FOR CARS WITH SEPARATE GAUGES)
position the strip and when you're happy, peel off the backing to expose the sticky side and adhere it to the "shell". Feed the wire set you just made as well as the harness on the end of the strip through a hole where a light bulb used to be.

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(FOR CARS WITH SEPARATE GAUGES)
Repeat the step to put a LED strip inside the housing of another gauge. To wire to a separate gauge, use the wire set you made and solder to the matching leads to the 2nd LED strip

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SO FAR SO GOOD!

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cycle through all the colors :)

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Reinstall
LEDs are bright enough to see during the day time

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Brightness can be adjusted via remote
(didn't bother with the 3rd gauge...didn't feel it was necessary)

There you have it...my LED GAUGE WRITE UP!
Hope you enjoyed it!

:)

-goki

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 Post subject: Re: How to: LED GAUGES
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:15 pm 
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Nice. gan you give the info on the product you used? how much does it cost?

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 Post subject: Re: How to: LED GAUGES
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:52 pm 
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one kit that I bought is like this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5Meter-Black-PC ... 53fc1ced0d

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about $15 (free shipping)

after every 3rd LED, the strip is cut-able without damaging the rest of the strip.
Where I cut was where I connected the two pieces via wire for separated gauges.

good luck!
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