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Changing Instrument Gauge Lights

Hi, I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 V6 and was wondering if it is at all possible to change the instrument gauge lights. They are currently red and I want to change them to blue. I was just curious if it can be done by removing the dash and swapping specific bulbs or if I need more to make the modification. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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A couple others will jump in soon with more specifics I'm sure - But - it 100% can be done.

Its just a matter of pulling out the cluster, soldering in new lights and your good to go. There are a few shops that even sell different gauge faces so you can have a white ( or many other colors ) background instead of the black.

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Hi, I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 V6 and was wondering if it is at all possible to change the instrument gauge lights. They are currently red and I want to change them to blue. I was just curious if it can be done by removing the dash and swapping specific bulbs or if I need more to make the modification. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Not sure what backlighting lamps are used or whether they are soldered in place in our IPC. You might look through the malibu mods forum which is pretty active (but I really can't say how much in common the G6 & Malibu clusters have):

http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/foru...splay.php?f=61

There is also the G6Performance forum:

http://www.g6performance.com/forum/

Lots of modding happening there. I know it's possible because I've seen them with blue backlights.




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r u good at soldering??

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r u good at soldering??
AGREED!!!! I did that to mine at it was PITA. Word of advice make sure you have an extra cluster for parts just in case you brake a needle or ruin a motor. If you need any help or parts just let me know. But once again a second cluster is key!! i was driving around not being able to tell how much gas i had in my car for a week lol

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It's described here in detail:

http://www.g6performance.com/forum/s...l=1#post222430

I would have given it 5 devils of difficulty. You would have to be an expert with a fine tip soldering iron.




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Do you have any pictures of the IPC circuit board?

What type of LEDs does it have?

How do the needles come off?
If you look on the other g6 site (g6performance) their is actually a tutorial on how to do it in the "how to" section. The needles come off by turning and popping them ever so gently upward lol

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If you look on the other g6 site (g6performance) their is actually a tutorial on how to do it in the "how to" section. The needles come off by turning and popping them ever so gently upward lol
Thanks for that. It's not intuitive in the least & I studied them closely. Because I'm still under the bumper-to-bumper I'm going to give it a try. If I F it up, I'll just play dumb at the dealer. They look very delicate, to say the least.




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dont turn the needles...youll break the motor. Pry straight up (use a fork).
The motors are interchangeable if you break one. You can remove them from the board
from the other side of the circuit board. Just push in the center push pins holding
it to the board. Then depress the sides of the pins to release it.

To reinstall set it exactly where you want it and push STRAIGHT on. If your off a bit dont turn it to set. Pry it back up and snap it back down again till you get it perfect.

Turning the needles WILL break it.

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dont turn the needles...youll break the motor. Pry straight up (use a fork).
The motors are interchangeable if you break one. You can remove them from the board
from the other side of the circuit board. Just push in the center push pins holding
it to the board. Then depress the sides of the pins to release it.

To reinstall set it exactly where you want it and push STRAIGHT on. If your off a bit dont turn it to set. Pry it back up and snap it back down again till you get it perfect.

Turning the needles WILL break it.

I hope that made sense.
I'm glad I got distracted & didn't try it last night. I appreciate your help.



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dont turn the needles...youll break the motor. Pry straight up (use a fork).
The motors are interchangeable if you break one. You can remove them from the board
from the other side of the circuit board. Just push in the center push pins holding
it to the board. Then depress the sides of the pins to release it.

To reinstall set it exactly where you want it and push STRAIGHT on. If your off a bit dont turn it to set. Pry it back up and snap it back down again till you get it perfect.

Turning the needles WILL break it.

I hope that made sense.
I wish mine just pried off..I had to twist and pull..the one i tried pulling straight up with a spoon snapped in half

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Interior Mods: Blue Dome and Map lights.

Audio/ Electrical Mods: Clarion CZ501, Clarion EQ/XOver, Rockford Fosgate 0/1 gauge amp kit, "fully Loaded" 12" FI BL in a custom slot ported box, Python 533 alarm system w/ remote start.

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