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|June 29th, 2017, 11:30 PM|
Installation and Review: Glow Gauge Face Overlays
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TYPE-R RED GLOW GAUGES FACE OVERLAY: 2003-07 HONDA ACCORD AUTOMATICTools Required:
• Philips Screwdriver (stubby)
• Wire 10-14 Gauge, RED and BLACK
• Electrical Tape
• Terminal Connectors (round, other style)
• Exacto Knife
• Fuse Holder
• 10 Amp mini Fuse
• Power drill
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Disconnect Negative Battery Terminal (circled Yellow)
Put Steering Wheel tilt option fully down/ Remove 2 Philips screws with stubby screwdriver. (circled Yellow)
Lower right, carefully pop off Temperature back cover or you can remove 1 Philips screw and remove the back Unit. (circled Yellow)
Step 4: Remove 3 Philips Screws, 1 top center, 1 bottom left, 1 bottom right
Step 5: Remove Green connector on back by pushing down on the center tab (pictured), gently pull upward while pushing down on center of Green connector tab
Step 6: Gently push in Tabs and push out. There are 2 pieces, Outer plastic cover and Inner Gauge liner (circled red) They are on all Four sides and highlighted Red
Step 7: Be careful when removing Dimmer adjuster, Trip reset Knob (circled Yellow) additional picture of the Tab locations (circled Red)
Step 8: The Gauge Face is in 4 separate pieces, each with its own Male connector.
Step 9: The Inverter has a Blue/Green switch to change the Gauge color along with a Dimmer Switch. It has attached to it 4 female connectors that will be connected to the male connectors attached to the Gauges
Step 10: DO NOT remove the Needles. Gently maneuver them to an angle where the Gauge faces will slide on top. Make sure to be gentle around the Dimmer switch, Trip reset Knob:
Step 11: Repeat same steps for the MPH/KMH & RPM Gauge Faces:
Step 12: Place a bit of electrical tape on the bottom to keep the MPH/KMH bezel in place. (circled Red)
Step 13: Connect the MPH/KMH male connector to the female connector. Connect the RPM male connector to the female connector. Connect the outer MPH/KMH and Gas/Coolant Temp male connectors to the other 2 female connectors that are extended from the 1st two female connectors:
Step 14: There are 2 Wires at the end of the Inverter (pictured) Red is positive and Black is negative
OPTIONAL STEP: I used a 14 gauge Wire but if you used a thinner Wire, you may not have to cut back the wire cover in order to ensure a proper connection with a thicker wire:
Step 15: Use the Terminal connectors (Round, other style) along with electrical tape to attach to the Positive and Negative battery Terminals
OPTIONAL STEP: You can attached a Fuse Holder to the Positive Wire and insert a 10 AMP mini fuse in case there is an Electrical surge, it would pop the Fuse without damaging the Gauge faces, inverter, etc.
Step 16: Attach Positive wire (Red) with terminal to positive Battery Terminal and Negative wire (Black) to negative Battery Terminal
Step 17: The Gauges should now light up, use the Blue/Green switch to change between colors. The dimmer switch also allows to brighten/dim all 4 Gauge Face pieces simultaneously:
Step 18: You can mount the Inverter where you want with Elecrtical Tape if you prefer not to drill Holes, I chose to mount it on the bottom next to my Fog lights switches with 2 new Holes with a power drill:
Step 19: Plug in the Green Connector, Reattach Negative Battery Terminal, and put Key into ON position. Make sure both Left and Right Gauge Face pieces illuminate the Battery and Oil icon on the LEFT (circled Yellow). Use the Door Open Icon on the RIGHT (circled Yellow) to align the right side
Step 20: Turn on Hazards and make sure both Turn signals are shown fully
Step 21: Put everything back together in reverse order. Last two pics is first in Green and in Blue.
Last edited by 2i2dk1ny2i3; July 1st, 2017 at 08:16 AM..
|June 29th, 2017, 11:30 PM|
Review: These are nice looking at night but there are problems
1. the Gauge faces will go on without removing needles because to re-calibrate needles is not as easy as just slipping them on but they do stretch out a bit when sliding them over the needles in the center
2. turn signals, check engine light, etc. etc. do shine through but not 100% perfectly
3. RPM is off. Not a big concern since i don't have to shift but if i was looking solely at my OEM Gauges and didn't have an RPM Gauge or other source of RPM, its not 100% accurate
4. the Full/Empty fuel gauge range is much smaller
i do like them but got rid of the Center Speed piece. The only other way to change Gauge Face i am aware of was another Member putting Vinyl like a piece of Blue but i imagine they would be dimmer in the day/night
|July 7th, 2017, 11:00 AM|
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Arlington, TX
Nice write-up! But honestly, I think the stock gauges look decent enough. What you did looks better but not sure if enough better for all the work!
Sucks about photobucket, I've been using them too. Well, onto imgur.
|July 12th, 2017, 09:29 PM|
Yeah, i used to be loyal to Photobucket since back in the day...screwing over the people who posted their Photos there without some sort of notice and going from Free to $400/yearly, i already deleted my account and went on to imgur.com as well