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Ok, so I decided to try to replace some of the bulbs on my instrument cluster so I could actually see the speedometer at night. In the process of taking some of the bulbs out, some of the sockets just disintegrated on me. I've seen them on several Mustang sites for $3 each, but found some on Amazon for $6.29 for 10 of them. They did not say they were for our Mustangs but thought for that price I would give them a try. I installed the first one last night and it was a bit snug, but it went right in and that light is working! I plan on replacing several others this weekend and will post an update when I have them installed. The following is a link to the sockets.

 

Instrument Panel Dash Light Bulb Base Sockets

 

I'm also giving these LEDs a try.

 

LED Lights

Wes

 

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Be careful, I bought some from NPD and they did not work, the angle of the contacts was off just a bit.

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There have been several discussions about LEDs on this forum, polarity problems, problems with the blue diffusers blocking the light from the new LEDs, and ability to dim them. Do a search in the search box in the upper tight of this page for LED lights to find them.

 

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Sorry it took so long to get back on this. Was finally able to finish with what I was going to change out today. The dimmer still works fine with these. FYI, most of these you can change without pulling the instrument cluster. You can do it from the top with just the dash top removed. Here are the promised photos.

 

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Wes

 

73 H Code Sportsroof 351C 2V

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Sorry it took so long to get back on this. Was finally able to finish with what I was going to change out today. The dimmer still works fine with these. FYI, most of these you can change without pulling the instrument cluster. You can do it from the top with just the dash top removed. Here are the promised photos.

 

 

i have thees and not dimmible

 

Both of you: pictures are nice but which LEDs did you use at the end?!? Which color and did you used the original blue difussors or did you get rid of them?

 

Thanks!

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Sorry it took so long to get back on this. Was finally able to finish with what I was going to change out today. The dimmer still works fine with these. FYI, most of these you can change without pulling the instrument cluster. You can do it from the top with just the dash top removed. Here are the promised photos.

 

 

i have thees and not dimmible

 

Both of you: pictures are nice but which LEDs did you use at the end?!? Which color and did you used the original blue difussors or did you get rid of them?

 

Thanks!

 

All I changed out were the lights and sockets, nothing else. Here is the link to the LEDs I used.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MGI60RQ?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

Wes

 

73 H Code Sportsroof 351C 2V

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i went to rock auto for the sockets not a bad price and just like the originals

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Sorry it took so long to get back on this. Was finally able to finish with what I was going to change out today. The dimmer still works fine with these. FYI, most of these you can change without pulling the instrument cluster. You can do it from the top with just the dash top removed. Here are the promised photos.

 

 

i have thees and not dimmible

 

Both of you: pictures are nice but which LEDs did you use at the end?!? Which color and did you used the original blue difussors or did you get rid of them?

 

Thanks!

 

All I changed out were the lights and sockets, nothing else. Here is the link to the LEDs I used.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MGI60RQ?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

 

Thank you ::thumb::

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Tim, I got a set from Mustang project and they can be dimmed. Much brighter. I got white ones so the light is actually blue with the original caps in place instead of the usual green light.

Just for info.

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Mike,

 

thanks for the info! So you think to better take some green ones? I like that green and don't want to get blue...

 

Tim

Tim

 

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Yup, get green ones and leave the caps off. You'll get brighter lights with that too.

 

Thanks, buddy :bravo:

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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anyone know where I can get the sockets for the center cluster and clock? they fit in a 5/8" hole and have 2 wires for the 194 bulb.

I have been looking for 6 years without results. I've had to swap out to a two wire socket from 1965 for a 1895 bulb. The plate that the sockets twist is much thicker than all other applications, which means that the normal twist sockets won't hold.

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http://www.hipoparts.com/1967-73-mercury-cougar-led-gauge-light-conversion-kit/

 

I bought the elite series. They are dimmable and have a great appearance on the wesbsite. WE will see how they look in person

 

This has been discussed several time that I know of. In the past I had posted about how good the Elite series was from Hi-Po Parts. Check out previous posts.The only issue I had was that their diagram was wrong in so much as it showed that for a warning light cluster, it showed the ALT socket in the wrong location. With warning lights, do NOT put an LED in that socket. It MUST remain an incandescent 194 bulb or the circuit can be damaged. Don't ask me why, I'm not an electrician!! I'm assuming that by now, Hi-Po have corrected the error as they said they would.

For me, I chose the normal white lights and used the blue covers as mine were still in perfect condition. I now have the light I need and the look is correct... and yes, dimmable.

Geoff.

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