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Old 06 Nov 2015, 11:52 pm
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Ok, so I love my pt. I love the styling inside, and out, but I've found the the instrument cluster is nearly impossible to see at dusk, and dawn, because of the dimly lit gauges, and the silver faces. I was looking at the indiglow gauges on ebay, or possibly going led. I was just wondering what others have done to address this problem, and what my best option may be. Thanks for your input.
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Old 07 Nov 2015, 06:56 am
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Leave your headlights off till you need them.
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Ok, so I love my pt. I love the styling inside, and out, but I've found the the instrument cluster is nearly impossible to see at dusk, and dawn, because of the dimly lit gauges, and the silver faces. I was looking at the indiglow gauges on ebay, or possibly going led. I was just wondering what others have done to address this problem, and what my best option may be. Thanks for your input.
Those gauges should not be that dimly lit. I suspect you may have a bulb or two burned out in the cluster. If possibly compare yours to another similar PT.
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Old 07 Nov 2015, 08:20 am
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Also, on the left stalk of the multi function switch (the one that controls your turn signals), there should be a ring you and turn to adjust the brightness of the gauge lights.
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Old 07 Nov 2015, 09:58 am
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Annoying, isn't it?

try the amazon link in the firs post here
Glow guages dash kit - any good?

just FYI you're not alone. in certain lights they just disappear. Speedo Is Hard to See
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Old 07 Nov 2015, 07:06 pm
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yeah man, it sucks. Before I purchased my cruiser, I searched the web to see what people were saying, and I came across a few posts about difficult to read gauges. I figured it would be something I could deal with, but wow, they really are nearly impossible to see in certain light. I have the brightness turned all the way up, and there are no dark spots indicating a blown bulb. I guess I'll just get the indiglow gauges, because I don't like not being able to see the gauges. Thanks for the input guys.
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Old 07 Nov 2015, 08:40 pm
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Without starting another thread, I have another question. Where is the calibration for the speedo located? Since no one seems to make a gauge kit for the gt's, can I just pick up an NA gauge cluster from the junkyard, and than install the glo gauges over those. I don't ever intend to go 140mph.
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Old 07 Nov 2015, 11:43 pm
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Without starting another thread, I have another question. Where is the calibration for the speedo located? Since no one seems to make a gauge kit for the gt's, can I just pick up an NA gauge cluster from the junkyard, and than install the glo gauges over those. I don't ever intend to go 140mph.
No. The NA gauge cluster and GT cluster are not interchangeable. I tried going the other way installing a GT cluster in an NA. The gauges themselves work but the warning lights and gear selector indicator were all screwed up.
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Without starting another thread, I have another question. Where is the calibration for the speedo located? Since no one seems to make a gauge kit for the gt's, can I just pick up an NA gauge cluster from the junkyard, and than install the glo gauges over those. I don't ever intend to go 140mph.
You are so right, and changing the intensity doesn't help much either, I think it's the green of the numbers on the speedo. What I finally ended up doing on my 2003 is using a single 12V led, used double sided tape to secure it to the steering column and put an extension wire on it and I plug it into the aux powerplug at the front of the console so it turns off/on with the ignition. Then I dim down the dash lights till nearly off and the speedo is like daylight would illuminate. Kinda hoaky but it works.

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Old 08 Nov 2015, 11:03 am
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I appreciate all the input guys, I'm gonna try replacing the gauge bulbs with led's since they're cheap, and see where that gets me.
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