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Replacing existing faria gauge lights with LED's 23 Aug 2016 01:44 #1

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I have a couple of original gauges with burned out lights. I want to replace "all" gauge lights with LED's. I have already orderded the LED on line that are compatible with the Faria gauges (allegedly). Has anyone done this update? Can I get to the lift bulb sockets from under the dash or do I have to remove each gauge to replace the bulbs? I ordered the blue which I really like the way my car dashboard looks in the blue. I don't do much night boating maybe 3x year to watch fireworks. But knowing that I have a couple gauges that the lights are burned out really cracks my head. No one knows but me but the OCD in me wants them all working like everything else in the boat.

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Replacing existing faria gauge lights with LED's 23 Aug 2016 03:40 #2

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On my '98 1950, the bulbs are relatively easy to get to behind the dash board. They're in plastic sockets that twist about 1/4 turn to remove/install.

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I did mine a few years ago, cant remeber what kind they were but got them from superbrightled.com. Remove one from under the dash, look at what kind you have and match it to the type with what ever supplier you are going to. They are a pretty standard plastic base 1/4 turn style with exposed copper contacts. You will recognize them when you see them on the web page when you have an old one in hand. I did mine in red and love the way they look and function at night.
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Replacing existing faria gauge lights with LED's 24 Aug 2016 13:42 #4

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I did this last spring. Very easy. Your dash set up should be very similar to mine I would think. There are 4 allen key bolts if I remember correctly, they are very visible on the front of the dash. If you remove those and you will be able to pull forward the gauge unit enough to swap out the bulbs.

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Replacing existing faria gauge lights with LED's 24 Aug 2016 21:00 #5

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I knew it couldn't be that easy

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Replacing existing faria gauge lights with LED's 25 Aug 2016 15:11 #6

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oh wow looks very similar , you must have to get to them from under the dash. Maybe the screws are on the back side???

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Replacing existing faria gauge lights with LED's 25 Aug 2016 21:48 #7

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I haven't started this little project yet. I am planning on tomorrow. I hope that is the case as it certainly make it a whole lot easier..

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1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
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I've done this mod. I did mine in red. Work great for night time and no glare. All the stuff you could want in the link nelow


www.superbrightleds.com/cat/instrument-cluster-gauge/

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Replacing existing faria gauge lights with LED's 07 Sep 2016 13:31 #9

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I have started this project. To update, although the voltage gauge works, there is an issue with the male connector as it does not put power to the bulb. So I ordere another gauge, $25 on Amazon, matching Faria Kronos. As far as the other gauges, I used the Faria LED "Blue" lights I ordered from Walmart.com at $8.49/each. They come with 2 bulbs and twist in sockets in each pack. I had originally ordered the 2" bulbs for the 2" guages and a set of the 4" bulbs for the larger tach and speedo. However, the Faria 2" LED bulbs fit in the existing sockets, but the supplied sockets didn't fit the existing Guage so I just replaced the bulbs. The Faria bulbs for the 4" gauges, same thing. The supplied twist in sockets did not fit the gauges so I just used the bulbs. Upon further review at night, I liked the "spread and evenness" of light with the 4" bulbs in the 2" gauges best. So I swapped out all 2" bulbs with 4" bulbs. As far as the 4" guages, tach and speedo, I feel that the Faria 4" bulb is lacking. I purchased (2) 9-LED lights from Supberbrightleds.com for the larger gauges and they work so much better at spreading the light evenly around the gauge probably because of the 9-LED set-up in the bulb. Those bulbs were I think about $6.00 each. Once I install the new voltage guage and LED light, I will post pics. But going thru some tunnels here the other day, I absolutely love the look! The depth sounder light is red and there is no way to change that. But, that being said, i think that a different color on the depth guage is a good thing...

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1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO

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Just installed the replacement volt gauge...
New LED's look great..

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2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
1985 Harris Flotebote Classic 240
1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO

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The best night lighting is red to avoid night blindness. Anything else really isn't safe.

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Replacing existing faria gauge lights with LED's 08 Sep 2016 00:40 #12

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Agreed. For the 3 times a year we boat in our own inland lake chain at night, i am positive that we can overcome some of those issues that extended sight might cause.

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Hell, Michigan (yes we really live in a city named "Hell" in Michigan)
2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
1985 Harris Flotebote Classic 240
1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
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