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post #181 of 203 (permalink) Old 02-05-2012, 06:07 PM
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Did my gauge mod today and wanted to share my experience. I used the SMD SMT PLCC-2 LEDS just like OEM and the light output came out perfect with no lines. Took an hour or two to get it done from start to finish.

that looks good!!! I did my turn signals about 2 years ago. I was going to do the speedo and gas gage, but didn't want to spend the time to do it. I even got the polarized film that's still in the envelope to reverse the colors and make the speedo numbers and gas gage blue and the background black. good job man!!

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Thanks. You should just suck it up and do it. If you have soldering experience it doesn't take long at all. The amber to blue switch was totally worth the time.

If you get it done post up pics with the polarized film installed.

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Thanks. You should just suck it up and do it. If you have soldering experience it doesn't take long at all. The amber to blue switch was totally worth the time.

If you get it done post up pics with the polarized film installed.
Will do. That's If I decide to do it. Lol


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Question for anyone who has done this.

I'm in the middle of swapping the LEDs, and just swapping out the amber for white. I have all of the LEDs in, and the fuel gauge and speedo are working fine. The issue I'm having is the 4 LEDs around the tach are not lighting up. I have double checked the connections, and everything is soldered right. Just wondering if anyone has had this issue in the past.

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Update: Went out and tested them again with the lights off. They barely light up, and flicker a little. These are frustrating me.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Update: Went out and tested them again with the lights off. They barely light up, and flicker a little. These are frustrating me.

Any help would be appreciated.
Sounds like the solder joints? Possibly.


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I got the two top ones working. Bad solder joints.The bottom two, however, no luck. I just purchased some regular LEDs to try, and those won't light either. I'm ready to blow this gauge up.

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Bump! Anyone? I think I fugged up the terminal that the led is supposed to be soldered to. FML.

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If you cant get anything to light you may have messed the contacts up on the board. I had a one or two that wouldn't light up but they just needed a little more solder.

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You could have solder the LEDs the wrong direction possibly? ie, the positive leg of the led to the negative terminal on the board? Just a thought. I'm getting ready to do this mod as well. In sick of the ugly amber glow on the 06


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No, they were on the right way. Talked with my boss, and he is going to take a look at it. Sounds like what Graska said, and I overheated the terminal, causing a delamination issue. I'll get it fixed later this week.

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Alright! I, like 99% of readers on this topic, pondered this for a while going back and forth, sucked it up and did it today. Here is my opinion on the topic:

If you are a DIY'er, have even a little bit of patience and handiness this is well worth it and you should stop procrastinating on here and get busy!

If you have never soldered anything and pay the dealer to change your oil, then just pay Tripage or BrowningBuck to do yours, they do awesome work and are reasonably priced.

This doesn't save you a ton of money, its more of a personal conquest, and a good learning experience.

Buy PLCC-2 LEDs (the "square" ones), not 3mm or 5mm LEDs you'd find at radio shack. They are the oem size and serve the application much better. One clarification to reiterate is that 3mm LEDs have narrow viewing angles (usually 30-60 degrees) which means they concentrate the light forward which leads to hot spots. This is why people sand them down, which helps, but it's an unnecessary step. Typical PLCC-2s have a 120 degree viewing angle. I have zero hot spots and swear that the light is actually more uniform than stock.

Don't go too bright, brighter is not better, you don't want to blast your face with blue light when you're driving at night. 1500-2500 mcd rating, depending on color, is about right.

Anyway, these are just my takes on the process, its worth the time if you like working on your bike. Photo is off my phone and sucks, but you get the idea. Feel free to pm me any questions... Go get em!

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Hey all, I am going to be ordering the LED'sthis week and doing the well on a long trip with work so I won't have my bike with me...is there any way to safely test it without having to plug into bike?
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i wanna do this to my bike, but the orange already matches :/ #repsolproblems lol

maybe i'll just do white on the tach or something to make it a little more modern looking


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It's just blue LED.

*for other poster, it is probably easier to plug it in and just turn the key to acc without turning the bike over..this way the gauges come on. It's not going to hurt anything and you don't have to remount everything..just plug it in turn key..if everything works put everything back. If LEDs don't come on..pull plug and check LED placement and solder joints.
Key to getting everything nice and working is not to leave the solder tip touching the LED and board long. The excessive heat will destroy or shorten the life of the LED and/or delaminate the circuit trace. Touch the solder to solder tip to get some on first. It shouldn't take more than 2 seconds from time you touch the tip to the LED/board and feed a little solder to tack it.

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now you just have to figure out how to get rid of the hot spots on your speedo and gas gauge maybe by defusing the leds with a quick run trough a media blaster. but awsome write up ill be doing mine this winter. its been on the list for a while
Ever get round to that by chance? Especially with the Acuman Gear Indicator. Seeing as you're not doing them any more, I'd love to try and do mine sometime without completely botching it up!
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Sorry to resurrect but this is a bad ass little mod. Going to do this when it gets colder out.
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Just did mine today. Did the blackout mod only on the right LCD. Love the way they came out. Picture quality kinda sucks, but they look great in person.

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Finally got a better pic. The right LCD looks better in person. The angle of the photo was affected by the polarization which makes it look darker. The digits are much whiter in person.
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Cool 600rr 2004 Gauge SMD color changed to White tachometer and Ice Blue LCD Display

I just finished my 600rr gauge color change, i chose cold white for tachometer and Ice Blue for display. i am very happy the way it looks. I used 3.2x2.8mm SMD, 3V and 20mA. 5 SMD ice blue and 5 cold white. i used the steps indicate here: https://www.600rr.net/vb/103-03-06-rr...om-gauges.html
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Finally got a better pic. The right LCD looks better in person. The angle of the photo was affected by the polarization which makes it look darker. The digits are much whiter in person.
How do you get that white needle? Did you have to scrape off all the red paint that was on it?
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