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Old 11-29-2006, 10:41 PM   #1
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DIY - How to change you stock radio color

Change LCD/Radio Color

The Goal: Replace the stereo’s nasty 80’s green color with a bitch’n white (or whatever color you want - blue may cause your LCD text to display "dimmer")

Tools Needed:
- Hand’s
- butter knife
- 10mm socket
- soldering iron (with fine tip)
- solder
- small needle nose pliers/tweezers
- masking tape (or some sort of removable marker)
- 70 New LEDs (I went white for all but on each of the CD slot, which I went blue; also the closer count needed is around 64-68)

*** I ordered these White LEDS - http://www.eled.com/product.asp?cata...EPT2012RWF%2DA

*** I ordered these Blue LEDs - http://www.eled.com/product.asp?cata...=EP2012PBC%2DA

The Guide:

1. Remove bottom of center console (pull from side)



2. Remove “side skirts”; pull from bottom to the top



3. Remove gauge “shell,” pull out


4. Remove 4 screws holding in stereo (10mm socket)


5. Remove “warning/seatbelt” wiring; pinch and pull



6. Pull stereo out; pinch and pull all wires going into back of stereo (antenna not shown)
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7. Bring the stereo inside to where ever you are going to work on it, make sure to choose a place free of static; or atleast be sure to ground yourself (I choose my coffee table; prob not the best place :-)) and start the disassembly. Use a butter knife to “pop” the 6 tabs (goes all around the stereo;4 in front: 2 in back)

(place stereo aside; as it’s the “board” the has the LCD and radio button LED’s)


8. Remove screws holding the board to the plastic front of the stereo


9. Remove the board from the plastic housing


10. Put a piece of masking tape at the top of the LCD, then flip the board over and straighten the “pegs” holding down the LCD to the board with pliers.


Remove the LCD housing, taking note to make sure you mark every piece at the top (sorry no pics), also remove stereo knobs (mark one of the knobs, they only fit one way)

11. Un-solder the LEDs (I did a combo of un-soldering the correct way, and simply heating up the whole LED and having it “break apart”) I would google “how to un-soldering


12. This next step is what took me the longest, but is really not that hard. Time to solder the new LEDs on. On the bottom of the LEDs I ordered (eled.com) there is an arrow, point that towards the opening of the half box (see pic) and solder the new one on, you may need to add a dab of solder on the new LED (as the connection point is at the top of the LED, not the bottom)

(I used small pliers to place the new LEDs)

13. Put everything back together the way you took apart, put there stereo back in the car.
edit: when you are putting the LCD "bracket" (last part of step 10) back on the make sure that you bend the "pegs" make enough to make a good connection with the board or else the LCD wont display right (to fix this if it happens all you have to do it open everything back up and simply bend the peg (the one near the "nonworking" section of the screen) in a little more.


I hope this helps those looking for a solution to the soylent green color of the stock stereo.

happy modding

(this was my 500th post )
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:28 AM   #2
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This looks great! It's much the same thing that Celica owners have to do to change the color of their gauges... For those who aren't comfortable with soldering irons, for the love of god let someone else do it... I'm fairly sure Toyota wouldn't cover this one on warrantee.
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:39 AM   #3
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Delicious, Delicious, Delicious, Delicious!!!!!!! I need a smiley with its jaw dropped like it has just seen the Nice Ass Thread!!!
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:48 AM   #4
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Old 11-30-2006, 07:26 AM   #5
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if you've never soldered in your life, buy a 12pack for a friend (after they've finished soldering )

but really, the only soldering I've done has been with wireing, they key for me was to take my time and not rush. Also I would recommend someplace a little better then a coffee table to do this

FYI - I'm taking the Gauge Cluster out tonight...
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:25 PM   #6
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very impresive! nicely done!!
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:20 PM   #7
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If you figure out that gague cluster, not only will I be impressed, but I will owe you one mind-altering substance of your choice.

Hey, some people don't like alcohol. Haha.
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:37 PM   #8
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If you figure out that gague cluster, not only will I be impressed, but I will owe you one mind-altering substance of your choice.

Hey, some people don't like alcohol. Haha.
I might just take you up on that
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Old 11-30-2006, 09:11 PM   #9
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that looks very hard
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:23 PM   #10
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Vodkalush, I would add a comment about static to that DIY. You had the board on a wood surface which is fine, but if you do this say on carpet you're liable to fry that board. No wool either.
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Old 12-02-2006, 05:55 PM   #11
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Old 12-03-2006, 10:41 AM   #12
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edited post to include comment about static, as well as added the number of LEDs needed.
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Old 12-05-2006, 03:14 AM   #13
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Vodkalush, how many LED's for just the climate controls? I have an aftermarket HU.
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Old 12-05-2006, 07:29 AM   #14
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I used this guide a basic outline (shows how to remove climate control cluster) - http://www.yarisworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2150

and then ordered Neo Wedge Blubs from the site listed in this thread - http://www.yarisworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2150 specificaly page 6 post 85

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For the gear shift I used the "Tri-Power 3 LED Bulb - The Widest, 3x Brightest and Best #74 Leds Ever Made!"

The ventilation controls are the "Neo - Wedge Instrument Panel Bulbs are 10mm (3/8") diameter x 13mm (1/2") high" at $2.99 each.

http://autolumination.com/74.htm


Polarity matters with LEDs. If you put one in and it won't light - take it out and rotate it 180 degrees.

hope this helps
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:25 AM   #15
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edited first post to include LEDs that I purchased.
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Old 12-15-2006, 01:53 AM   #17
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Here's a picture of all blue LEDs in the radio. In the picture the blue looks aqua, but it's a real deep good looking blue.

Thanks for all the help and info Vodka!
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Looks good! I'm sure it's just the camera washing out due to the light, but can you still read the LCD well?
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