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Well, i had to take my cluster out to resolder a smd that i did a sloppy job on and figured id do this too. If you already gonna go through the trouble of getting it out.... Pretty easy install, just lift the polarizing film off the LCDs, clean with some alcohol and reapply new polarizing film, just turn the film so the image turns negative before you apply it.
 

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I bought some polarizing film but I have reservations about applying it. It looks like you did some fancy snipping of the polarizing film, did you? Please post before and after photos so we can see the change.
 

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now that looks cool!

does it have to be half and half like u have it or can the entire display be revirsed??
 

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I bought some polarizing film but I have reservations about applying it. It looks like you did some fancy snipping of the polarizing film, did you? Please post before and after photos so we can see the change.
Yeah did some snipping! Man, if your gonna cut shapes make sure you know what way is negative and which side is the sticky side! Not gonna say why i recommend this..... These are the before pics. Just regular gauges.
 

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now that looks cool!

does it have to be half and half like u have it or can the entire display be revirsed??
Thanks man! Nah you can do the whole thing. In fact, it would have been done 4x faster if i did the whole thing! I just figured itd look cool plus i couldnt decide if i liked it stock or reversed so i did half.
 

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damn, that looks good! where'd you get the film? ebay?
 

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thanks! I got it from garage1217.com I think this would really stand out if you have white gauge faces and did the whole screen.
 

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did you get the $10 small one or the larger $18 screen?
 

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got mine done tonight....workin on a write up for this site and thenewx.org.

 

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Looks SICK man! Nice color combo! Pretty easy to do huh? Sure as hell beats soldering 1206 haha!
 

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you got that right! I hate 1206's. it looks a lot blue-r in the pic. it's much darker than that.
 

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i wrote up a full how to on this w/ pics over on thenewx....do you want me to post it up on here too?
 

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you got that right! I hate 1206's. it looks a lot blue-r in the pic. it's much darker than that.
Yeah i know what you mean man! It looks way better in person then on camera! You should post it up!
 

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Thank you to 959Frontier for the inspiration and help with this mod!
Tools needed to swap the LCD to negative.
- polarized film ($10+shipping purchased from here POLARIZED FILM ) the small is PLENTY of film
- straight slot screwdriver (to get the cluster open)
- fork (for removing the needles)
- Camera or tape and a felt pen (for marking the position of the needles BEFORE you remove them)
- razor blade (to peel the old film off)
- scissors (u gotta cut the film, duh)
- rubbing alcohol or googone (to get old film residue off)

1) open up gauge cluster. there are 6 tabs (the black ones in the pic) around the outside of the cluster. they are a pain in the dumper, but will come open eventually. I ended up breaking 1 of them. you will need to either peel the factory security sticker off, or cut it. some people have said that theirs just peeled back no problem but mine ripped in half. oh well. once the tabs are open, remove the front of the cluster. DON'T LOSE THE TRIP COMPUTER PIN! it will probably fall out.


2) Mark your gauge positions. this is EXTREMELY important! Once you pull the needles off, you have to put them back on EXACTLY where they were before otherwise your gauges won't be accurate. you can use a piece of blue painters tape/masking tape and a felt tip marker OR you can just take a close up pic of each one like this.


3) remove the needles. Be careful with this one and GO SLOW! you don't want to break one of these, they are VERY fragile. I actually used a fork underneath the base of the needle and just slowly pried them up. it will take some effort but they pop STRAIGHT up.


4) remove the LCD screens. very easy, just loosen the tiny clips and pull straight up. be careful with the pins. they are also very fragile.


5) remove the polarized film already on the LCD's. just use a razor and peel from a corner. go slow and easy like you are peeling off a window sticker.


6) clean the LCD. i used googone but I have heard that rubbing alcohol works best.

7) cut the new polarized film. measure it out to fit just like the old one did. here are 2 pics of the same film. one is just turned 90 degrees.



8) apply the sticky side of the film onto the LCD. Try to keep the air bubbles out like if you were putting a screen protector on your phone.

9) replace completed LCD back into cluster. Again, be careful with the pins!


10) do the other side.


11) put everything back together! you might want to clean the inside of the clear cover of the cluster. Mine had dust in it. Make sure you don't leave any fingerprints in there either, otherwise it will drive you street rat crazy.

12) enjoy your new custom LCD's!

BEFORE

lights on

truck running
 

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Thats awesome! Good job man and again, looks SICK! Oh and if i can add something. Make sure not to put the needles on to tigh cuz they wont work properly. I put my cluster all back together and driving out on a trip i noticed my speedometer only went to 40 when i was at least at 60! The tach didnt go above 3000rpm either. Had to take it all back apart and recalibrate.
 

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Looks great! I like the day/night white/black contrast.:goodjob:
 

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Cool, I just ordered some film! Thanks:) How are the white letters/#'s against the blu background during the daytime with bright sun outside?
 

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it looks MUCH less blue. in direct sunlight, it is black w/ white letters. I think it is blue because the led's i used have a blueish tint to them
 

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So during daylight without the headlights on, your displays are black with the with letters? Not blue? I have the blue LEDs and I like the daytime look, just the letters etc being black are a bit harder to see. I don't necassarily want the screen to be black, just the letters etc to be white or easier to see.
 

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let me see if i can get you a good daytime pic.
 
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