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86 928 Pod lights

I am going to need some odometer repair as the gear broke recently. While having the Pod out I would like to put in LED bulbs in the instrument cluster. Any recommendations?
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get a can of deoxit 100 and put it on the contacts of the bulbs and poteniometer the original bulbs will glow bright
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get a can of deoxit 100 and put it on the contacts of the bulbs and poteniometer the original bulbs will glow bright
Yes I will clean all contacts when I pull it out, but was also thinking of replacing all the bulbs while at it. I was just wondering if going to LED's was worth it. I see some for about $1 each.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/led-vehicle-replacement-bulbs/74-led-bulb-1-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-rvb/2478/1062/?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=base&utm_content=74-xHP-RVB&utm_campaign=GoogleBaseChild&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8P6i49rF1wIVREMMCh0QhggJEAEYASAB EgL8D_D_BwE
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Just remember this: LEDs are polarity specific. You will need to determine the polarity of each LED prior to installing it. In addition, you will need to determine the polarity of each light socket that you are installing the LED into. Any false steps and the LED will not function correctly.

That being said, I installed LEDs into the Stepson and for the most part, I love the results.
But it was a PITA
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Just remember this: LEDs are polarity specific. You will need to determine the polarity of each LED prior to installing it. In addition, you will need to determine the polarity of each light socket that you are installing the LED into. Any false steps and the LED will not function correctly.

That being said, I installed LEDs into the Stepson and for the most part, I love the results.
But it was a PITA
Thanks. Yes, LED's are diodes and polarity specific. What LED's did you use and from where?? I only want to do ones in the Pod, nothing else because they may not work in tail lights, stop lights and may screw up the warning computer.
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What LED's did you use and from where?? I only want to do ones in the Pod, nothing else because they may not work in tail lights, stop lights and may screw up the warning computer.
Yes, that was my thought also. I corrected the illumination by using the Jaeger wedges that have the LED correctly focused and buried into the plastic already.

The warning lights were from Superbright (B85D I believe). I found that my turn signals did not want to work correctly with an LED so I left that as stock. In addition, the alternator warning light is, I believe, what triggers the alternator, so I left that stock. All the others were replaced with a red/green/or blue LED as required.
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the LED lamps are not dimmable and you will need to remove the dimmer from the circuit for them to work ,
also more important if you do much night driving i find the LED lights are too bright for effective night time vision to occur.

YMMV
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the LED lamps are not dimmable and you will need to remove the dimmer from the circuit for them to work ,
also more important if you do much night driving i find the LED lights are too bright for effective night time vision to occur.

YMMV
Yes, LED's have a threshold point for turn on. I may just replace all the bulbs with stock replacements, but I will look into it a bit more. My odometer gear broke so the main reason I need to pull it.
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how hard was it to replace the odometer gear > any tricks perhaps
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how hard was it to replace the odometer gear > any tricks perhaps
I have not tackled the job yet but there are some videos on it. Someone on Ebay will do it for about $100 or so. It looks a little delicate. It's going to be a winter project.
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how hard was it to replace the odometer gear > any tricks perhaps
I used this guide when I did my odo-wheel a while back..,

1984 ODOMETER REPAIR PROCEDURE
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When you put the odo back together, you might want to add a thin washer to the end of the number stack if necessary to take up any excessive slack. The odo is notorious for skipping numbers because of excess space between the digits. I found I could force it to skip while turning it by hand. Seems to be a design flaw.
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Ditto on the washer - it should be in those instructions posted. Without it, your odometer may not work after a bit.

The job isn't really difficult. It just requires a bit of courage.

Somebody probably said this already: Be very careful removing the needle! The best method I've found is to hold it by the middle (NOT the needle) and ::gently:: wind it backwards. It will loosen and let you take it off.
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