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Old 01-12-2011, 06:55 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default How to Add Rear View Mirror Compass LED

This is my first write-up so be easy. I finished my blue LED conversion a couple months ago but the compass in the rear view was the last thing ive never seen a write up on how to do it so I decided last night to just try and open it. It was a pain in the ass trying to open the mirror, it took me like 30 mins.

Here a pic of the mirror open

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The best way I found to do it was use a couple flat head screw drivers, use one to pry it open and stick another screw driver in to hold it, then just work down the edge and eventually the clips should break free, it is a pain in the ass you just have to take your time.

Heres the circuit card in side the mirror

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This is the LED for the garage door buttons

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I dont use these for anything but I changed it anyways, to red. Its upside down so you have to bend the leds to make it work.

Here is the compass, you can see the LEDs under the screen, so you have to desolder the screen to get to the LEDs

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And here it is with it off

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Then theres another screen, kind of like a diffuser once you get the screen off, this one just lifts off no desoldering needed.

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And finally the four PLCC-4 LEDs desolder them and put whatever color LEDs you want to use

The final product

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Had to get the south east showing, you know SE

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Old 01-12-2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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I always wondered about that.

The 04 is already blue.
Nice write up.
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Excellent bro!! Stickied in How Section.
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Awesome write up man!!

Even though I don't have that for my rear view mirror......REPPED
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Good job dude, nice write up!
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Yeah I was thinking that mine was already blue too, nice write up though!
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Thanks for the write-up, this will be a "to-do" for springtime for me! Did you use a 2 color LED for the garage door? Mine is steady green and goes red when you press any of the buttons.
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Thanks for the write-up, this will be a "to-do" for springtime for me! Did you use a 2 color LED for the garage door? Mine is steady green and goes red when you press any of the buttons.
Thats one thing I just noticed today I dont have the steady green light like I used to cause I changed that light im gonna have to look into that to see if they sell a multicolor LED to use.
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Thats one thing I just noticed today I dont have the steady green light like I used to cause I changed that light im gonna have to look into that to see if they sell a multicolor LED to use.
They do sell multi-colored LEDs, but I've never used one, so I'm not exactly sure on what you'd need to get or if it would solder in the same way, or not.
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