Well, I was inspired originally by our very own JF member charlescho
, and got the bug to get this done. I found quite a bit of info from this thread
, and decided to go ahead and buy some LEDs.
Went to the AutoLumination
website and bought some of the Tri-Power bulbs for $3.99 each. I bought 6 of the Red ones, 2 of the Blue ones, and 8 of the twist bases, just because I wasn't sure.
Got these in the mail about 3 days later. Pretty fast shipping if you ask me. Not the greatest packaging material, but it got the job done.
Here's everything I received, the 8 bulbs and 8 bases.
New LEDs compared to old incandescents.
I'm not going to show how to take apart the dash, since it is covered quite well in the TJ FAQ.
Here's the back of the dash cluster. Notice the 5 brown circles. Simply twist and pull out the base with attached bulb.
I re-used the same bases, since there was nothing wrong with them. Just wiggle the old bulb out, and apply a slight pressure to insert the LED.
You may now proceed to reinstall everything. Just follow the steps in the opposite direction that I posted them. If one of the lights doesn't work, you probably installed it backwards... Just remove the base from the cluster, make a 180* turn, then re-insert. It should now be working.
Here's the before picture, just for reference.
And of course, the after picture.
And for your viewing enjoyment, I even made a video! Not really too sure why, I guess I was just bored and really really tired. It's 2:45 AM right now. BTW, I just watched it and it's horrible horrible quality. I guess maybe it was the lack of lighting?