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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Khufu, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Khufu
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    [Mar 4, 2010]
    I thought i'd make a few changes to my Aircon unit to match the new 2010 white LED cluster

    Had thought about changing the display illumination but the LEDs behind it are of a 4 pin nature & looked harder to do then the 2 pin ones I did!

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    looks smart mate, you have a full photo of the whole dash?
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    Top work!

    Yes, a full dash pic would be nice to appreciate it in all it's glory
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    Cool, i want
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    Ooooh I'm liking that! They're not as bright as they appear in the photo though are they?
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    I dont have any pics of whole dash, will get.

    They aren't as bright as they look, more crisp (see how the red ones I kept glow too), I had to take pic with flash off or it washed everything out so a bit longer exposure I guess.

    Not brave enough to touch RNS-E LOL
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    How long did it take? What's involved?? Questions questions!!!
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    bought these to try :

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/10-x-ULTRA-BR...al_Components_Supplies_ET?hash=item53df38ca3e

    having matched specs to this item:

    http://shop.wiltec.info/product_info.php/info/p2204_15-LED-PnP-VW-Tachobeleuchtung--weiss.html


    They worked & looked fine so ordered some more (needed 14 for what I have done)

    When you strip the unit you will see the LEDs on the board. You need to de-solder old ones & solder new ones in making sure they are oriented the same direction being LEDs. I googled a few tutorials on removal of SMT LEDs before attempting! Easy? mmmm, not too bad depending if you have ever used a solder iron though I must say - my soldering wasn't pretty!
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    Are the biasing resistors in place already meaning that it's "just" the LED swap that's needed??
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    Looks VERY nice!

    Shame I dont have the skills to do these clever ideas!!
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    there were guys doing it for the vw clusters etc on ebay, worth a look perhaps i acree its a nice mod though id go with blue and a golf r cluster style colour scheme
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    Top job there mate. Well done.
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