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kneescrap 01-22-2011 04:24 PM

Interior lights and cluster LED "LOTS OF PICTURES!"
I have ordered some stuff to make my e46 good looking inside :excited:
I think the red/orange lights in the cluster and everything is boring.. SO something need to be done. So i ordered new led for the cluster/climacontrol/cd player and multi wheel. A lot of theese..

a few of theese

I will go crazy soldering every lights inside everything :thumbsup:

the finished product will look like this :woot:


Can't whait to get started :excited:

When i was surfing the internet for some more stash i ordered this altso :D have someone tested this lights from bimmian ??


I can post some pictures when i'm done with everything. Maybe a week or two :D

Solidjake 01-22-2011 05:03 PM

Just don't screw up doing the cluster...

TrickTizzle 01-22-2011 05:19 PM

Your an idiot for making your cluster blue.
Go buy a Lexus.

kneescrap 01-22-2011 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by TrickTizzle (Post 12719584)
Your an idiot for making your cluster blue.
Go buy a Lexus.

Thank god we don't have the same taste :lmao:
I am just tired of that colour.. nothing wrong with it :)
but a change has never hurt anyone :D

kneescrap 01-22-2011 06:20 PM


Originally Posted by Solidjake (Post 12719534)
Just don't screw up doing the cluster...

I will be carefull.. hope i don't screw up here. if i do i just buy a new cluster :rolleyes: the best is to succeed the first time :D

TrickTizzle 01-23-2011 11:19 AM


Originally Posted by kneescrap (Post 12719755)
Thank god we don't have the same taste :lmao:
I am just tired of that colour.. nothing wrong with it :)
but a change has never hurt anyone :D


SalM 01-23-2011 11:26 AM

Seriously theres nothing wrong with it. If I see you succeed doing the entire car with this blue led. I'll do the same because in those pictures the thing looks amazing ! :drool:

kneescrap 01-23-2011 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by SalM (Post 12721566)
Seriously theres nothing wrong with it. If I see you succeed doing the entire car with this blue led. I'll do the same because in those pictures the thing looks amazing ! :drool:

Yes its very amazing :yikes: but i think it would take some time doing this.. taking apart everything. Switches, cluster, steering wheel, cd player, clima control.. mutch disassembly and assembly and some hours of soldering.. What you need most is a hell lot of patience :D

SalM 01-23-2011 12:52 PM

Yeahh tons of patience my friend took his e90 headlight baked them and installed led angel eyes he had to solder each led one by one till he got them done it took him about 4 days about 6hrs a day.

SalM 01-23-2011 12:52 PM

And I would do this over the summer if anything. when I'm on vacation and have tons of time to do this

kneescrap 01-23-2011 03:32 PM

i have 2 weeks at work and 4 weeks free :D so i got plenty of time to do this :thumbup: but it is time-consuming :eeps:

gzagenius 01-23-2011 03:37 PM

I wish I had time and know-how to do this project.... a lighter more aqua blue would be awsomeeeee.

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kneescrap 01-28-2011 06:53 AM

So here is what i have done today.. i always forget to take pictures.. but here are some. DON'T start on this project unless you have a lot of patience and a feew weeks off work :) Sorry the bad pictures.. some from the crappy iphone camera. New pictures will come when i'm finished :)

First i soldered 3mm led in the roof. looks like this.


And then som soldering on the light switch for the headlights. THIS was a project...
SMD leds..


And the push buttons for the fog lights had to be unsoldered. because the LED is in the button.


here is the button unsoldered from the mainboard.


To get out the LED here i had to drill away the old soldering.. i dont think this is usual solder tin.. Nott possible to unsolder. Here is it drilled


new LED soldered ..


And here the finished product


The ashtray in the back of the console


and here the window switches and lock switch with new light


so far so good. this took me about 6 hours. :D i was wondering to start with the cd player now. but my head says NO :D

some old LED's


kneescrap 01-31-2011 06:27 AM

Here are what i have done today :D

i like it :D i had to order som other leds for the multifunctional steering wheel. Because they were not plcc-2 leds.. they look like this
they are called 1206 SMD LED's and they are TINY. :D a really patience work..

infinite012 01-31-2011 10:09 AM

How did you change the lock/unlock switch light to blue? What kind of light is it?

kneescrap 01-31-2011 11:25 AM


Originally Posted by infinite012 (Post 12752386)
How did you change the lock/unlock switch light to blue? What kind of light is it?

The unlock button is a 5mm LED, its the same as the 3mm LED. I don't have any pictures of it. but it is not is wery hard. Just open the switch box. unsolder the 5 mm LED and replace it with a new one :)

But i was checking out some more switches now. The seat heaters and the DSC switch. I think i have a problem here.. :banghead: they are so tiny that i can't even see them :lmao: hope i get the right LED for it when the new ones appear in the mail. :D

TrickTizzle 01-31-2011 11:58 PM

wow good job man!
didnt think you would get it done without messing anything up!

kneescrap 02-01-2011 05:51 AM

I did not think that I do either :lmao: but if you have patience.. and some time.. its incredible what you are able to do :D
But some more pictures. Here are the climatic control.

Here i have opened the climatic control.

Removing the LCD and the rubber gently !




finished soldering new leds and assemled


But THEESE ones are a nut.. :banghead: i can expect som headaches doing this switches.. one word TIINNYY... this is the switches for the seat heaters and the DSC


Today i'm just chilling with my new GT1 machine and doing some programming :thumbsup:
But next step is the cd player and my steering wheel. I'm waiting on LED's for the steering wheel. :woot:

dweebz 02-10-2011 04:13 AM

wow this looks amazing! i want to do it to my car.... how did you take out all the panels? must've been hard as!

Black_BMW 02-10-2011 09:32 AM

Very ambitious project. Thumbs up for your patience and dilligence.. I am bored with the orange colour as well, I would propapbly go with white led though.. But that comes down to taste..

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