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i tried making my own white gauges. i heard it somewhere (maybe this site) but somebody said about copying your oem gauges and switching the colors. has anybody removed theres yet cause they are a bitch, i had to take off the needles on the gauges and i was worried i was going to break them and mess them up, but they came off. then i removed the gauge face (some were stuck on a bit ). i scanned them on my computer and inverted the colors (to make black to white) than printed them out on matte photo paper (its thicker so the light behind will give a nice glow and not be too bright). i changed the bulbs to green since the odometer comes up green already and i can´t figure out how to change it, now it glows a nice green at night, the whole gauge lights up and looks pretty cool. during the day the white gauges look pretty neat too, came out better than i thought. has anybody tried this before cause it came out pretty cool and it was very cheap to do. was wandering if anybody else had any luck trying this out. after market ones are like 100 dollars.
 

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also somebody on this site said about changing the colors of the bulbs , but the white letters on the oem gauge faces shine green already, doesn´t that make a funky color when you change the bulb color i would think they would stay green no matter what color bulb you put in
 

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changing bulbs will do nothing. I ´ve been there and tryed that already. Putting for example blue bulbs will make a gage cluster totally invisable in dark...too dark. And yes the gages will shine almost green nometter what!
 

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To get rid of the green....you have to remove that stupid peice of translucent plastic behind the clear plastic face mounts.

You pretty much have to remove the enite cluster to do this.....about a days work to complete up nicely
 

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has anyone else tried to make white gauges. i just finished it last night and they glow green at night. look better than i thought. was wandering if anybody else tried this and what they used
 

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Great project to do but hey I´ll have to finish tail lights project before I´ll start another project.
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I don´t really like idea of printing. White vinal will work much better. And silk screening.

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it looks good but i think you are right with the vinyl, does light shine through vinyl well enough to see it at night. i like the idea of using vinyl though but where do you get vinyl
 

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if you can, put the saved scans onto the downloads page, saves anyone who wants to do it a lot of work!
thanks man, that be cool if you did that for me
 

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Ohh yeah it shines trough vinal really well. Actually there are many colors of vinal around. Also it´s really flexable.Only problem is to find good paint that will stay on it.
 

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got to take pics of it, wish i had a digital camera that would make it easier. where do you get vinyl, does it come in sheets or what
 

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Go to a sign store.....or a grafics shop (that makes signs)

They will have a whole pile of rols in the back.......and might be able to cut you some vinyl letters for the gauges as well!!!!! (any font)
 

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Doesn´t NR Auto still sell the white face guages? I have them on my car for like 3 years now. They look great. They still shine through green though.
 

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If you go on ebay now they have tons of auctions for gauges.. with lights and you can change the color from blue to green.. its only 69.99 i might just do it take out the crappy printed ones i made!!
 

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On e-bay they have guages for gen 2 and 3 scorts, but us poor first genners are left in th dark so to speak. Maybe someday someone will make glow guages and clear tail lights for the gen 1. We can only hope.
 

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I´m still confused. I´ve got a 91 EGT and I took out the cluster and whatnot, and there is indeed a membrane inbetween the clear plastic and the gauge face that makes the stuff glow green now matter what you do to the bulb color.

How did you get around this? Do you have to peel off the gauge face altogether?
 

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I made a set for my 89 Pony by scanning the gauge faces and photoshopping them. I believe I may be the guy who was noted in the first post of this thread when he said he had seen someone do this mod. There is a how-to posted on ERDT (escortracing.com)´s message board.



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