Local guy was selling these silver gauge faces that he had Importcarparts.com make... they're not overlays. I HAAAAAD to have them, as they were pretty much what I was looking for at half the cost. Original plan was to go white numbers/lettering, and I had 24 white LED's in... but... it just didn't do it for me, since there was a slight blue tint. Then I saw Silvia S15 gauges with thier stock silver face/orange backlight... and it was a no brainer... orange = 80's Mitsubishi styling.
The needles are lit up by some EXTREMELY tiny SMT LED's... in RGB. Meaning, they'll light up to Red Green or Blue + tons of other color combos. I haven't finished the wiring for the green or blue or made a controller for different colors, so for now, they're red. When I get my "shift light" I can have the tach needle change color at my preset shift point... a dream/idea I've had for 7+ years now. I ordered these on ebay direct from the manufacturer in China, right after that my paypal was stolen... coincidence... I think not.
These weren't 100% finished, but there was a meet and I wanted these in. There's 30 orange LED's and 8 RGB's (2 for the big needles). MANY hours of work into this, as I had to redo all the backlighting from white to orange.
I had the white odometer number set in, but that speedo was my broken one(I forgot I did my testing on a broken set)... so I had to swap in a different speedo for the meet. The boost gauge is a 60mm Prosport electronic gauge (I also have matching water temp, oil pressure, and fuel pressure from them). Our team has been running prosports since prosport first started offering gauges about 3 years ago... one of the few companies out there that know what customer service is about.
Would I do it again... ha... maaaaaaaaaaybe... the needles were hardest part because of the tiny LED's, the solder pads are less than 1mm thick and very fragile.
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Broken solder pad... busted about 7 of these.
It makes the car feel like a much newer machine since the old gauges had old school backlighting by today's standards, and orange from the needles have faded away... plus the Prosport pwns.
Gauges off, flash lights em up though.
Park lights (needles on, gauges white)
Headlights on, all orange backlighting.
I still need to replace my AC controller bulbs, and plug my stereo back in.