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LED Gauge Cluster Turn Signal Indicators (96-00 Civic)

Old 08-10-2007, 12:32 AM
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Default LED Gauge Cluster Turn Signal Indicators (96-00 Civic)

I got tired of the dim turn signal indicators in the gauge cluster and had some 5mm green LEDs lying around so I decided to install them and write up this DIY. This project is pretty simple and yields good, sharp, new looking signal lights.
Note that this DIY is for a 6th Gen '99 civic so the wiring part, as in the color and location of the signal wires may be a bit different for other generations. If in doubt use your multimeter to find the wires.

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Tools Needed:
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Wire Strippers/Crimpers
Hot Glue Gun
18-22 Gauge Wiretaps
2 5mm Green 12v LEDs
May need quick disconnects depending on where you connect the ground (-) side

First to make things easier, lower the steering wheel. Next remove the 2 screws holding that cover in front of the cluster in.

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Pull the cover out. Next remove the 4 screws actually holding the cluster itself in. (You won't see the actual screws in my picture cause I already had them out and was too lazy to put them back in just for the picture, lol).

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Carefully pull the cluster toward you and disconnect the several plugs on the back of the cluster.

Now put the cluster on a table face down. Remove the 2 old signal bulbs by twisting them slightly couter-clockwise.

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Next carefully, using a glue gun glue the LEDs in where the old signal bulbs were.

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Now you need to wire the negative side. I wired both LEDs negative sides to the screw in the following picture (using spade connectors) because it provides a good and easy to reach ground.

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Now, go back to your car. This is where you will need the wiretaps. For the left signal LED + you will simply tap into the Green wire with a red stripe on the big left blue plug.

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And for the right signal LED + you will tap into the green wire with a yellow stripe on the right big blue plug.

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Now, plug everything back in. Screw the cluster and cover back in, and there you go. You've got your self some sharp looking, really bright cluster signals!!

End Result:

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(I took this photo in the day, and the first photo with the original dim signals was taken at night, lol.)

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