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post #1 of 218 Old 05-04-2009, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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How to change dash light on 93-98 ZJ!!

Well my dash lights were burnt out,so i decided to change them out...and decided to do a write-up.

thanks to John (BlackZJ52) for helping out with the questions i had before ordering.

Link to find out which bulbs you have (All vehicles)

http://www.sylvania.com/en-us/applic...s/lrgmain.aspx



The bulbs i ordered from www.superbrightleds.com

T13-x6 Wedge Base LED- 7 total in dash and the shifter uses same bulb.
74-xHP Wedge Base LED-1 for the key light..
Thank you to jlipka98zj for the below information
Map Lights (Front) - #212 x 2 (1 for each side)
Dome Light (Center, Rear Seat) - #561 x 1 (rigid loop bulb, tough to find good LED replacement) EDIT: http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...%2Fspecs%2FRL4 410-xHP9.htm - what I bought
Map Lights (Rear) - #921 x 2 (1 for each side) 921 LED - White LED
Rear Dome (Above Hatch) - #212 x 1 SUPER 6K WHITE 36 LED DOME LIGHT BULB 212 211 212-2 214-2 578
Footwell - #89 x 2 (Can use 1156 bulb or anything else with BA15S base) 2 HID WHITE MSMT 27 LED LIGHT BULBS 89 1156 1073
Doors - #194 x 2 (1 for each FRONT door)

Visors - #3022(???) x 4 (2 for each visor) HI POWER SMT 3 LED HID WHITE VANITY LIGHT BULB

keep in mind, that ^^ is assuming you have a sunroof.

If you dont have a sunroof, I believe you need 4x 212-2 bulbs and no 921 bulbs or the 516



Start by taking off the wood pieces..they are clip ons..just be careful not to brake them.



remove all the bolts for the black dash piece. i think they are a total of 6 or 8.







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Black piece off..



Take off the 2 bolts on each side of the gauge cluster..







After that the cluster should be loose and ready to come out..



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The connector behind the gauges..



Back side of the gauge cluster..he black round things are where the bulbs are.you have to twist for them to come off...THEY ONLY TURN ONE WAY!!!








The new bulbs next to the old one..


Going in!


Put it back in and make sure all of them work...if some do NOT work take them out and flip them around,these lights are polarized and only go in ONE WAY!


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I also ordered the light where the key goes...

you will need a hex key to take off the 3 bolts below the steering wheel.




Unscrew the tilt mechanisim with your hand to take out the top plastic piece.





Here it is off!



The light!!



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Install the light and put everything back the way it came off.









ordered some extra lights for the dash,just in case some didnt work.They all did so had some left over and decided to put one in the shifter.




Take off the wires and install the bulb.





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And here they are...they are way brighter then my camera phone shows..








BULB LIST: (for 96-98 limited with heated seats, digital climate control, and fog lights - each of those features may make a difference in what bulbs are required)

Climate Control:

x4 4mm neowedge bulbs

**NOTE** Climate control unit has blue filters everywhere. The stock bulbs light up yellow. So yellow + blue filter = green light output.

Heated Seat/Rear Wiper Switch

x4 3mm Solder component neowedge bulbs ("Left" "Right" heated seat indicators, Overdrive off indicator, rear defroster activated indicator)

x3 3mm neowedge bulbs

Headlight Switch

x1 3mm solder component neowedge bulb (fog light activated indicator)
x2 3mm neowedge bulbs
x1 4mm neowedge bulb


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3mm and 4mm neowedge bulbs
Super Bright LEDs - Instrument Cluster and Gauge Backlights

you want the ones labeled "NeoWedge series LED Lamp"

NEO3 = 3mm bulb
NEO4 = 4mm bulb

I got the high powered ones that were $2.29/bulb.

and for the solderable component light:
Super Bright LEDs - Component LEDs
scroll down to "3mm" and pic your poison.

I got 2 blue ones (overdrive and fog light), and 3 red bulbs (heated seat and rear defroster).


In total, you will need:
x5 3mm bulbs
x5 4mm bulbs
x5 solder component bulbs


**Note** Only the Climate Control has built in Blue filters. The other switch panels have blue filters on each of the individual bulbs. See the pics below if you are confused

some pics I have of tearing down those pieces and parts. These are pics of how they come from the factory, no LEDs have been installed in these pics










in the last 2 pics I have a white LED reading lamp shining through the Climate Control cover, illustrating the blue filters.

thanks to John (BlackZJ52) for the above writeup of the climate control,Heated seats and fogs.


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This is awesome. I'm going to want to save this thread for future reference. You've made me want to do this mod someday. Thanks for sharing. This is the kind of thing that I love to see. Real step-by-step guides with pictures. I need that.


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You went with white right?

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Yup!!! white...but they look blue..haha..its that hyper white thing.


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Looks good. What would be cool if you could change the VIC lighting to white or blue, then it would match the rest.

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Yea i would live the VIC to be the same color...does anyone know if the A/C lights can be changed?


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Yes, the same process can be applied to the Climate Control, and heated seats module. The bulb size is smaller though.

Why didn't you change the one in the 4x4 lever?

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This is a great thread, could we put this in the FAQ?
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Yes, the same process can be applied to the Climate Control, and heated seats module. The bulb size is smaller though.

Why didn't you change the one in the 4x4 lever?
What about the idiot light bulbs? Can't really tell from the pictures, but it does look like they are a smaller version of the dash light bulb holders.

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What about the idiot light bulbs? Can't really tell from the pictures, but it does look like they are a smaller version of the dash light bulb holders.
My guess is that they would be 37 or 74 bulbs (which is what size he put in the ignition ring in the writeup). This is consistent with what Sylvania lists on their replacement guide. BTW, 37 and 74 bulbs are the same physical size, just different brightnesses. If you are replacing them with LED's, they are the exact same bulbs.

I really wanna do this, especially to complement the white face gauge overlays I'll be putting on soon. My only concern is that some of these lights have a green filter on them. Do they really look blue?

Also, the LED's seem pretty intense. Particularly on the one installed in the shifter, it looks like the light is really intense in one part (where the bulb is) and a lot less bright in the other parts. Is this confirmed or is it just an artifact of the photography?
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