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    I guess a lot of people have problem with changing the light bulb for the gauges
    I got wrong light bulb by follow a member a long time ago, but now i got the right one.
    First of all, mine is SVT E0, i don't know if there is any different with E1, and non-SVT.(i think it shouldn't be much big different)
    1, Take out and unplug the clock and defog button.
    2, Unscrew and take out the whole dashboard.
    3, Unscrew and take out the whole meter a bit so u can unplug 2 cables.

    Then u will get this.
    For the gauges light bulbs, they are these five .
    V
    V



    4, Unscrew them in this direction

    Then u will get all these.


    For take out the bulb, u have to find something small to push the metal plate from the side.
    If you force to pull the light bulbs, they will break.





    For the light bulbs:
    i bought the LEDs from www.superbrightleds.com , type : 24-xHP (your choice of color)


    Because the wedge has both positive and negative in both side, so u will get short circuit.


    Therefore, i did it this way:
    Put positive in one side, negative in the other side.



    Then enjoy the lighting that you are looking for

    This is my own custom Gauges and with red color.
    Therefore, if you want to make custom gauges, please go to this link (by 98Mystique2) http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...-Custom-Gauges

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    Out of this topic,
    Actually i made the custom gauges and try to fit everyone's taste.
    I have a better way to print and, so i am trying to sell them.
    I just wonder will there be anyone would like to buy?





    These pictures are older version, the quality of the halo will be as smooth as the red one


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    • #3
      nice writeup but it seems you have one nasty hotspot between 110 and 140 either way I will probably do his mod

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JRoX85 View Post
        nice writeup but it seems you have one nasty hotspot between 110 and 140 either way I will probably do his mod
        That's the nature of the gauges themselves. I think there's a big chunk of something blocking light back there.
        Chris
        2013 Nero Fiat Abarth 500C
        1998.5 Black Ford Contour SE 2.5 V6 MTX
        1988 Rosso Red Merkur XR4Ti 2.3T I4 T5 MT
        1982 Candy Flare Blue Honda CB650SC Nighthawk

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        • #5
          Actually it close out better then the pictures. (well.... my crapy camera)
          The hot sopt that really annoyed me is the one from 20 - 40. There is a plastic stick sends the light, but it somehow make a really big hotsop there.
          I am trying to cover it from the custom gauges tho.

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          • #6
            I wonder if I try some 360 degree led bulbs if it would eliminate the hs's

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JRoX85 View Post
              I wonder if I try some 360 degree led bulbs if it would eliminate the hs's
              Would you like to be one of my testers?

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              • #8
                sure why not what do I need to do

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JRoX85 View Post
                  I wonder if I try some 360 degree led bulbs if it would eliminate the hs's
                  I dont think it would. I've literally got about 18 LED's wired up in my gauge cluster spread out and pointing evenly at the gauges and i've still got that dead spot.

                  Chris
                  2013 Nero Fiat Abarth 500C
                  1998.5 Black Ford Contour SE 2.5 V6 MTX
                  1988 Rosso Red Merkur XR4Ti 2.3T I4 T5 MT
                  1982 Candy Flare Blue Honda CB650SC Nighthawk

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                  • #10
                    Actually if u use the OEM gauges, they painted the back of the gauges to kill the hotspots.
                    For example, 40-90 is thicker and painted black behind, and 100-140 is lighter which painted white at the back of the gauges.
                    That's what i am working on my gauges, so it would come out close to perfect.

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                    • #11
                      I am adding how to change light switch panel face and light bulb here for the group buy.

                      First take out this panel under the steering wheel.
                      It use 7mm bolt in mine.




                      Then , unscrew these and pull out the whole plastic trim. the top corners will be a bit hard to pull.


                      Then, unscrew these


                      This is where you change the light bulb


                      To change the panel label, you will have to take the switch out. Follow like this, use a small long pin, push it in , and pull out the switch at the same time



                      If you want to buy the white panel face, please go to here
                      http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...118#post994118

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                      • #12
                        where did u get that templete that says powered by svt? thats sick
                        SALLY #1991 2000 SVT CONTOUR (BLACK)
                        CATBACK EXHAUST
                        1999 FORD CONTOUR SE (SOLD)
                        1998.5 SVT CONTOUR (SOLD)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SVT CONTOUR LOVE View Post
                          where did u get that templete that says powered by svt? thats sick
                          I think i saw Cobra has the word "powered by" and i designed the gauges

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