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Old 11-06-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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How-To Video: 600RR LCD Blackout

Hey guys, here's a video I made for blacking out (polarizing) the LCD display. It was the first time I had the dash unit apart, so some steps of the process didn't go as smoothly as I would have wanted, but I think the video turned out pretty well none the less. Anyway, hope the video helps you out if you're thinking of doing this mod.

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:25 PM   #4
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That looks very nice I've been waning to do the same thing and change the color to red. How much harder is it to do that?
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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That looks very nice I've been waning to do the same thing and change the color to red. How much harder is it to do that?
You have to change the LEDs. I didn't think it was to hard to do and it was my first time using a soldering iron
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:56 PM   #6
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thanks for this will definitely help alot of ppl
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:59 AM   #7
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You have to change the LEDs. I didn't think it was to hard to do and it was my first time using a soldering iron
Thanks for the info buddy I've soldered before but messing with electrical stuff just scares me lol.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:42 AM   #8
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:54 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the positive responses guys. I was thinking of changing the white LEDs on the tachometer to red, because the white is a little too bright and it's distracting. If there's enough interest, I can do another video for PROPERLY desoldering and soldering new LEDs onto the board. Let me know if that's something you would like to see.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:48 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the positive responses guys. I was thinking of changing the white LEDs on the tachometer to red, because the white is a little too bright and it's distracting. If there's enough interest, I can do another video for PROPERLY desoldering and soldering new LEDs onto the board. Let me know if that's something you would like to see.
AGAIN, why are you asking!!!

please do, i;m thinking of doing this but im scared to F*ck things up!

thanks for the video btw!
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:05 AM   #11
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Haha, ok, ok. The LED video might take 2-4 weeks though. I just ordered a new soldering station online and stuff usually takes a while to ship to Canada.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:07 AM   #12
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WOW, actually watched the video, and i definitely want you to make the other video.

GREAT WORK!! (very clear video)
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:08 AM   #13
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Thanks! Thats a great video for how too.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:55 AM   #14
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Very good video, turned out great!!

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:05 PM   #15
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I'm planning on making videos for most of my mods. The ones that are more complicated than just bolting something on anyway, so stay tuned. So far I have about $3k worth of mods I want to put on the bike... dammit, I'm going to go broke, lol.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:04 AM   #16
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Are you still going to be putting up the LED swap video?
Also do you know the LED part number or where I could find them on ebay, I did an LED swap on a XB12R dash before but never a CBR so i'm just unsure ,

EDIT: The black out video is also extremely helpful!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:49 AM   #17
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Hey, sorry I've been kind of lagging with the LED video. I've just been really busy and haven't gotten around to swapping out the LEDs again yet. I'm hoping to get it done this weekend.

I ordered my LEDs from http://www.oznium.com/plcc-2, but you can get them from ebay as well, just make sure they have the PLCC-2 footprint, otherwise they wont line up with the contact pads properly.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:40 PM   #18
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What do you mean by footprint?
the yellow dot on the top? feeling like a straight newb for asking
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:41 PM   #19
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I was just thinking about doing this the other day, great video!
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:43 PM   #20
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That looks great in the dark. How do those LCD's look in sunlight?
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:10 PM   #21
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wow nice new look to the bike now
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I won't be trying this but very well put together informative video


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What do you mean by footprint?
the yellow dot on the top? feeling like a straight newb for asking
By footprint I mean the actual physical dimensions of the LED. Not all surface mount LEDs are the same. They can vary quite significantly in size and shape. PLCC-2 is a specific size surface mount LED. That's what you need in order for the contact pads on the LED to line up with the contact pads on the circuit board itself. If you want to get your LEDs on eBay, just search for "PLCC-2 LEDs" and you'll get a ton of results.

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That looks great in the dark. How do those LCD's look in sunlight?
The LEDs are actually a little brighter than the stock ones IMO. But just like with the stock LEDs you're not going to see them in sunlight. It'll just look like there's no backlight on your LCD display when looking at it in the sunlight. It's still just as readable after the polarization though.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:23 PM   #24
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Okay I see you what you meant now,
I'm definitely going to go ahead and get those LEDs as soon as you post up that vid then because most places are asking over $100 easy for a black out custom colored cluster.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:26 AM   #25
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Ok guys, for those that are waiting for the LED change video, I'm sorry to say there won't be one. I started doing the mod and recording the video at home, but I didn't have any soldering iron tips that were small enough for the job. I ended up doing the mod at work, like last time, because I have a surface mount soldering station and reflow oven there. You really need a FINE soldering iron tip for this job, otherwise there's a good chance you'll melt the plastic housing on the LEDs. If you do that they can still work, but I'm super anal and that wasn't cutting it for me.

This isn't a mod I would recommend for someone with no soldering experience anyway. And if you do know how to solder, well chances are you won't need an instructional video.
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The LEDs are actually a little brighter than the stock ones IMO. But just like with the stock LEDs you're not going to see them in sunlight. It'll just look like there's no backlight on your LCD display when looking at it in the sunlight. It's still just as readable after the polarization though.
Good to know. Thanks and thanks for posting this up. A much nicer looking instrument now.
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I wanted to do the black out mod for the longest time now I know thanks man
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:21 PM   #28
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Nice video I will definately be trying this as well as the LED swap.

Do you know how many LEDs are inside it? 10 of each color enough?

I want to do the tach white w/red needle and the speedo/fuel red.

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Nice video I will definately be trying this as well as the LED swap.

Do you know how many LEDs are inside it? 10 of each color enough?

I want to do the tach white w/red needle and the speedo/fuel red.
If you're going to be doing at least 2 different colors then 10 of each color will be enough and you'll have some extras too, just in case you mess up somewhere. If you're going to do them all in one color, I would suggest getting 15 just so you have some extras.
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Perfect. I ordered 10 white and 12 red plus the polarized film.
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