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Old December 14th, 2014, 10:14 AM
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Here is a picture to give you an idea. It doesn't unscrew, you just sort of squeeze it and it should come right off.

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Thanks Kevin. I'll give it a try.

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Old December 14th, 2014, 11:13 AM
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Squeezing that cable

When I replaced my bulbs I tried hand squeezing it too. Ended up using a small set of channel locks and very gently squeezing it & pulling it off. Gently is key word, that white plastic may get brittle.
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Has anyone converted to red/orange? White and green always seem a bit harsh at night, especially when its raining.

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Red LED's. Both the speedo bulbs are working. I'm not sure why it is half lit and half dark.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 01:16 AM
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At least it's not the half that you would normally see. The red looks good though.
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I modified the speedo and it lights up much better.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 10:07 PM
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Did you remove the green filter or just plug the red right in?
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Did you remove the green filter or just plug the red right in?
Here is what I did.
1) Carefully drilled out the green lens that lights up the 11:00 position of the speedo. You need the sides of the green lens to hold the bulb holder to the back of the speedo so be careful.

2) Remove the rubber cap and relocate the other bulb holder to that position. In my case I had a spare bulb holder so I just 5 min. epoxied it into place.

3) Add a few red LED bulbs and you are done.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 10:58 PM
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Let the record show, the 4-led bulbs are much better suited to the gauge application than the 6....I decided to swap and am much happier with the results:
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Way better but they still look mega bright. Is it a picture thing or are they still super bright?
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Old December 19th, 2014, 02:16 AM
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javelinadave, did you drill out the green on the other gauges as well?
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javelinadave, did you drill out the green on the other gauges as well?
I swapped them all out for VDO gauges.
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Old December 19th, 2014, 11:21 AM
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Way better but they still look mega bright. Is it a picture thing or are they still super bright?
They are really not as bright as they look in the pics...for example, look at the "headlight icon" on the binnacle - which looks almost washed out (and obviously it's not in reality). The 4-led is the perfect middle ground for brightness on these gauges, I put them on the speedo & the VDOs and it's much better than the stock bulbs (too dim) and the 6-led (too bright).
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Just installed the exact same lights as you mention in my 94st.

The tach looks awesome but everything else is still dim. Like the light isn't getting through.

I've confiemwd all lights work as I can see them glowing with the dash removed.

Thoughts on where I'm going wrong?

And in case it matters I have all the stock gauges in my truck

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Just wanted to say to all thanks for this post. Just today I replaced my 1994 Defender 90 Dash lights with LEDs from www.superbrightleds.com and wow what a difference! This thread helped make it about a 10 minute job no kidding.

Only issue is when I put everything back together and drove it for a bit I noticed I must have pulled the speedometer cable loose a bit because now the speedo doesn't work. But it lights up bright as can be! I will fix that tomorrow hopefully without issue.

For the speedometer (2), temp (1) and fuel (1) I used the: WLED-x6: 6 LED T10 Wedge Base Bulb | $ 3.94 | WLED-G6: Green.

For the tachometer I used (1) BA9S-x4-x-xV: 4-LED BA9s Bulb | $ 2.98 |BA9S-G4-90-12V: Green 90 Degree 12V

The spedo has two bulbs so it is quite bright and the other gauges are at least twice as bright as stock and look really good in the Green LED glow.

Simple as unscrewing the dash screws, pulling the dash out a bit and using your hands to just pull the lights out of their white sockets and insert the new LEDs.

For the tachometer the socket is aluminum or tin and pretty long so it is hard to get your hands back there. I found using a needle nose pliers helped to pull the existing bulb out of the socket.

To anyone thinking of an LED dash upgrade I would say don't waste time thinking about it. The LEDs are quite inexpensive, the install is very easy (maybe 10-15 mins) and the results are fantastic!
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Old May 24th, 2015, 12:14 AM
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I'll be following the results of this. My dash is apart so I might as well throw some better bulbs in. The originals are horrible.
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Ok so I drilled out the green bulb lenses but I was caution about how much to drill.

What size drill is best for this job?

Also, I just saw first hand how easy it is to disconnect the speedo and damn no wonder mileage fraud is such a real concern with these vehicles. Does the vdo speedo have any additional security or is it simply controlled by one ( easily detached ) cable as well ?

------ Follow up post added May 24th, 2015 01:42 PM ------

Also I installed an interior overhead led at the recommendation of this thread and wow what a difference.

I'm currently underwhelmed by the gauge leds ( hopefully a little more drilling will help), but the overhead led is just awesome
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I don't recall the drill bit size but I milled out the green plastic as best as I could and it made a HUGE difference!
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Hmmm...which SPECIFIC leds did you get? They were plug & play for me on both the '94 & '88
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Super happy with this upgrade! And I only broke one mounting tab in the process😄

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What part number is the 4-led bulbs?


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