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How about dash lights?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Capman2k, Oct 9, 2001.

  1. Capman2k

    Capman2k 3/4 ton status

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    I guess I'll try some do-it-yourself work :D

    How would I go about replacing my dash lights so I can see how fast I'm going without straining my eyes?? easy? tough? ??

    Don't want to end up like the Buick I had....

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    Cakewalk[​IMG] Take the gauge bezel off, and then pull the gauge panel itself - give everything a good cleaning and put in all new bulbs.

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    You can acualy reach almost all of the bulb sockets if you stick your arm up behind the dash. Pugs has a better idea if you really want to clean it all up and do it right, but if you are pressed for time, search around and you'll find what you are looking for.
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    Hey there,
    Yes pull your gagues, very easy. Then go to your local Honda rice race shop and get the Hyper White bulbs for your dash. Most of the 70's and early 80's that I know of use a push in type bulb, " W-4 " bulb. these hyper white bulbs are much brighter and are true white, not the dingy yellow stock ones. I belive theres 7 bulbs to replace.I replaced the bulbs in my 75 with red ones. Im putting purple ones in my 76, just a cool little mod. If you cant find them, Let me know and I can sell you them. as I have them in stock at my shop.

    -Tony

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    If you ahve any problems with your mod, please let us know. There are two different types of lights for the dash ("dim" and "bright") that you can buy anywhere, but my concern with going to the brighter bulbs is heat. They "burn" hotter, and I'm not sure that the sockets/printed circuit board/gauge housing can withstand the heat of them. I'm sure it the difference would take months or years to notice if anything was going to happen though.

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  6. Capman2k

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    Those colored ones sound cool :) I don't think I can find any around here... how much do you sell em for and what colors?

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    What's the deal w/ the 2 types... brighter and dimmer? You have any part numbers for the brighter ones... like a wagner replacement bulb #? I never knew there were 2 types. I'd love the super bright ones but am also very concerned w/ the heat.

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  8. dyeager535

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    Check your email : )

    BTW, the Sylvania number is 2825. Didn't verify that myself, so you may want to check that out by buying one bulb first.

    Changing the post...I was only partially informed..here's the rundown:

    stock 194 - 2 candlepower
    168 - 3
    2825 - 5
    (Sylvania part #'s)

    2825 seems like way too much for me, but hey, to each his own. Guess you could try them for awhile, if they are cheap enough. Then the dimmer might actually be useful! : )

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    BTT.

    Got an email from a guy: (car, same dash light setup)

    "Damn right I do! I used the 5w bulbs and it might have fried a wire on my
    old 1979 wiring. According to cough cough knowledgeable sources my 1979
    wiring might not be as adequate as the 83+ wiring so I have to find the
    burnt wire to get my dash lights working. Even the lights by the radio have
    gone out."

    FWIW

    Dorian
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