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Old 06-10-2019, 05:30 PM
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I recently overhauled the boring old gauge faces that came with the car and it pops out much better.

HOWEVER, the needles do not conduct light hardly at all and appear very dim. Red LEDs behind it gave some improvement for the needles but not enough and I would rather have the needles replaced. Each needle kinda has its own brightness and I want to fix it so they're all as bright as possible. As you can see, the tips of the MPH and RPM needles are no longer lit, and it is hard to see at night.


Does anyone happen to have any information on new speedometer needles I can get?
Which other speedo needles fit? Do other vehicles have similarly fitting needles?
And at the very least, how can I make them brighter?


 
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:59 PM
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I don't know of anyone that sells them separately. Likely consider a 'non-user-serviceable' part, and you would need to get the entire cluster.
 
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I mean thereís also junkyards that have the needles themselves and you can just pull them out. Iíve pulled needles out before not sure why thereís none others available
 
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probably not available because they dont really break or have any moving parts to them, (iirc) they are just a translucent plastic and the light shines in at the center, changing the needle likely wont affect how much light reaches the tip, you would need more light to make them brighter.
 
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Iíve already improved the light behind them once. I upgraded from the crap incandescents that came with it (which mightíve damaged the hands) to red LEDs that are much brighter. All the red LEDs are the same bulb, however each needle is a different brightness
 
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:00 PM
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The RPM and MPH from the 2008-2014 CHEVY TAHOE will work for the 01-03 Durango/Dakota. However the side gauge hands do not work
 
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Originally Posted by just_danny31 View Post
I recently overhauled the boring old gauge faces that came with the car and it pops out much better.

HOWEVER, the needles do not conduct light hardly at all and appear very dim. Red LEDs behind it gave some improvement for the needles but not enough and I would rather have the needles replaced. Each needle kinda has its own brightness and I want to fix it so they're all as bright as possible. As you can see, the tips of the MPH and RPM needles are no longer lit, and it is hard to see at night.


Does anyone happen to have any information on new speedometer needles I can get?
Which other speedo needles fit? Do other vehicles have similarly fitting needles?
And at the very least, how can I make them brighter?

With the upgrade, how much glare are you getting at night from the LED's? I assume that the LED's are no longer adjustable with the D's brightness selector or does it still work? I'm interested in doing something similar to my '00 Durango.

Thanks,

Steve
 
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:02 PM
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Any glare I get doesnít bother me at all actually. I donít think I get any. If youíve ever been in a more modern car where the cluster is LED-backlit, itís kinda the same deal here. The dimmer works slightly but not how it used to. I usually keep it high anyway honestly. However my glow gauges have a separate switch and dimmer for them
 

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Also if youíd like I can send you links for an upgrade package on the cluster for a 2000 Dodge Durango
 
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Also if youíd like I can send you links for an upgrade package on the cluster for a 2000 Dodge Durango
That would be great, thank you!
 

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