Changing Dash Lights

Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby ag9111 on Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:06 pm

Diablo wrote:very nice write up Kyle :geek:

dont know about you, but when i did my ignition barrel a while back, it took me bloody ages. did not help that i was trying to use a 5mm LED instead of 3mm :lol:

And if anyone is interested, im happy to take some pics and show you how to wire up side step illumination so it comes on when the doors are opened, lock/unlock pressed etc. And if you can get a male and female plug of the right size it can be plug and play :D (sorry for hijack :lol: )


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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby Diablo on Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:23 pm

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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby Raz89 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:17 am

Hi all.

Just wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the actual size of the smd leds on the PCB behind the dash as I am looking into changing my white (glx) leds to blue ones as my dvd player, boost gauge & aircon controls are all blue already, and the white looks boring.

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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby antz2223 on Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:42 pm

When changing the speedo globes and that did you have to disconnect any
Of the cables running to the back of the cluster ... Im worred if i disconnect
Them that it could stuff sumthing up??
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby wi53yz_4wd on Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:07 pm

just to bring this thread back to life, does anybody know if it possible to change the light colour of the glx double din head unit in a mn from white to red like the rest of the dash lights
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instrument cluster dial needle(s) removal?

Postby JoanTheSpark on Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:35 pm

I come from a Holden Astra and that one has got a feature I miss on the Triton (GL-R 2.5 DID MN Auto MY10 here) - the instrument cluster is being lit bright by day (perfect visibility even in sunshine) and if you switch on headlights (for dark) it dims down so you don't get dazzled by them.

Now onto the Triton MN - even the brightest cluster light setting is too dark for me by day, so I'd like to check what I can do about it LED wise... the switching between day/night is solvable as I can get to the potentiometer that controls this easily.
The light of the cluster is delivered by SMD LEDs soldered onto the front of the pcb where I can only get to the back currently (the ML cluster picture some posts above doesn't resemble mine).
I got the cluster out but can't for the life of me get the needles of the gauges easily (pulling with some force didn't work, can't see any snap ins or other hold-back mechanics).

So anyone here knows how to get the needles of without destruction?


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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby jab461 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:15 am

kwyjibo wrote:oh and cause i know some people are curious this is what the led's look like for the dash cluster...

here's one i prepared earlier :geek:

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Shouldn't be too hard to change these over, the pcb just pops out of the clear plastic enclosure so u can play with it... just gotta find the time and the patience... the lights behind all the needles are the same too


Mate can you please tell me if the clear plastic screen on the speedo can be lifted off?..... I've got to get it off to clean in behind it, as its fogged up behind it :shock:
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby wishy on Wed May 08, 2013 8:47 pm

can someone give me a guide on how to remove the instrument cluster (speedo) from an mn triton?

i know its likely a simple task but it feels so fiddly i do not want to damage anything trying without some direction.

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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby fester on Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:47 pm

Guys I was directed here from the Challenger (PB) forum. I've pulled this thread back up to ask if anyone has swapped out the lights from the instrument cluster. I've searched but not come up with anything more concrete than this thread which doesn't quite get into the subject. It would appear they are PCB mounted in the later clusters so has anyone put new ones in and can tell me what fits. I need to look at changing the red to say blue as the wife can't read the red very well. Being her daily driver I can't really afford the time to pull it apart then source the correct bits, I really need all the bits at hand to tackle the job. If someone can point me to a thread or provide some advice it would be appreciated, the lack of clarity is driving her mad.
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby NowForThe5th on Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:43 pm

I do believe that I may have had something to do with that, fester.

This is the thread that I mentioned/linked. There are photos of the instrument cluster smd leds but, reading through again it doesn't seem that Kyle has actually given specs for them. Assuming that the Challenger instrument cluster pops out the same way, which I believe it does, it wouldn't take that long to remove it enough to identify them so you can purchase before a major dismantle job.

Kyle might jump in here and help more....
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby kwyjibo on Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:45 pm

I never did end up replacing them, just took photos for reference while I had the dash cluster out... Thought it may help someone out one day. Seemed that you need to replace the board as a whole unless you know how to solder the little smd led off, which looked quite delicate.
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby fester on Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:29 am

Does the plastic dress cover around the cluster just pull off.
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby kwyjibo on Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:16 pm

I didn't try but it looked like it was possible just with clips surrounding the lens cover. I will need to pull mine out again shortly due to a scuff mark/scratch that has appeared covering part of the spedo range. Dunno how it happened but very annoying!
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby fester on Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:02 pm

I mean the black plastic surround to get at the cluster, not the face of the cluster itself.
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby Cowboy Dave on Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:14 pm

Then yes, it just pulls off.
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby steve065 on Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:41 pm

can anyone explain the process of removing the cluster panel from a ml triton as i have two lights blown and have broken a clip so far trying to remove it tia
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby triton_guru on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:26 pm

steve065 wrote:can anyone explain the process of removing the cluster panel from a ml triton as i have two lights blown and have broken a clip so far trying to remove it tia



Bump this one u need to remove some lights haha
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby Cowboy Dave on Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:07 pm

I thought I'd read somewhere that it is just a straight pull back towards the rear of the vehicle?
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby triton_guru on Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:40 am

Pull the whole dash back?
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby Cowboy Dave on Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:00 am

Just the curved binnacle over the speedo, not the rest of it.
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby triton_guru on Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:13 am

No worries. Is there much risk of breaking clips etc? If so what kind so i can go buy some before hand haha
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby Cowboy Dave on Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:26 pm

I'd guess they'd be those little white ones that are sort of wedge shaped.

Keep in mind this is all just from what I've read, I've not had to actually do it yet.

There'll be diagrams in the manual, it's just a shame that Kyle's photos from the start of this thread are gone.
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby 4wd26 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:36 pm

Give it a pull
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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby 4wd26 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:39 pm

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Re: Changing Dash Lights

Postby explorer.dave on Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:40 pm

http://faq.out-club.ru/download/l200_20 ... dex_M1.htm

This may help
EDIT: look for interior, it shows a break down of the dash / instrument panel
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