Fj40 dash lights, bulb upgrade

Medic406

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FJ40Mitchell has the bulbs spot on. I just replaced mine with those bulbs and they are the perfect upgrade for my 73 FJ40. Word of warning though, I spend many-a-hour cleaning every part of the dash cluster including the odometer. None of it had been touched in years(Lots-o-years). The odometer now works perfect and the lights are perfect for night time driving, and I am very picky about my dash lights at night.

Good luck to all.
 
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These are the bulbs I ordered from Superbrightleds.com.
View attachment 1274927

They are all the right sizes for my 1973 FJ40, although I can't comment on if I got the brightness right, as I haven't tested them yet (truck is in pieces). Going down the list, this is where I will install them.
Blue one: High beam indicator
2 Green ones: turn signal indicator
2 Warm white: instrument panel housing lights
The three Festoon Base bulbs of varying brightnesses are for under the dash and the dome light, I got an extra so I can experiment with the brightnesses a bit.
The red one is for the parking brake indicator light.
The cool white is for the light in the headlight switch.

Again, these are the right sizes for me, but I'm not sure if they're the right brightness yet. But it's a good starting point.
How did these turn out? which bulbs did you decide to go with? do you have any before/after pics?
 
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These are the bulbs I ordered from Superbrightleds.com.
View attachment 1274927

They are all the right sizes for my 1973 FJ40, although I can't comment on if I got the brightness right, as I haven't tested them yet (truck is in pieces). Going down the list, this is where I will install them.
Blue one: High beam indicator
2 Green ones: turn signal indicator
2 Warm white: instrument panel housing lights
The three Festoon Base bulbs of varying brightnesses are for under the dash and the dome light, I got an extra so I can experiment with the brightnesses a bit.
The red one is for the parking brake indicator light.
The cool white is for the light in the headlight switch.

Again, these are the right sizes for me, but I'm not sure if they're the right brightness yet. But it's a good starting point.

For those of you with trucks after 1975 and looking for LEDs check out post #142:

Light bulbs for Land Cruisers

Haven't tried them myself but look correct for my 1976 wedge type bulbs
 
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For those of you with trucks after 1975 and looking for LEDs check out post #142:

Light bulbs for Land Cruisers

Haven't tried them myself but look correct for my 1976 wedge type bulbs
I ended up using these LED bulbs to illuminate the gauge cluster (it took a few tries to find the right fit/dimensions) https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/194-led-bulb-6-smd-led-tower-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/1728/4112/#tab/Specifications
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and it looks SO much better! (I forgot to take a before picture with the stock bulbs but just imagine a photo of a black square or close your eyes)
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I replaced the high beam and turn signals as well with lower lumen (and cheaper) LEDs and the results were much less impressive, although improved from stock. These were the bulbs I used for turns/high beams: Ultra Bright 1 SMD (3 LED) Bulb 194 T-10 Wedge - Super Wide Angle
 
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How many to do a cluster?
i replaced all the bulbs in the cluster however, the bulbs pictured were only used for the 2 white illuminating bulbs. i changed out the other bulbs (1 blue high beam, 2 for turn signal green arrows) with the cheaper, not as bright type. links provided in my previous post.
 
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These are the bulbs I ordered from Superbrightleds.com.
View attachment 1274927

They are all the right sizes for my 1973 FJ40, although I can't comment on if I got the brightness right, as I haven't tested them yet (truck is in pieces). Going down the list, this is where I will install them.
Blue one: High beam indicator
2 Green ones: turn signal indicator
2 Warm white: instrument panel housing lights
The three Festoon Base bulbs of varying brightnesses are for under the dash and the dome light, I got an extra so I can experiment with the brightnesses a bit.
The red one is for the parking brake indicator light.
The cool white is for the light in the headlight switch.

Again, these are the right sizes for me, but I'm not sure if they're the right brightness yet. But it's a good starting point.

So, Now that you have had these lights installed in the dash cluster what are your thoughts? Great idea, make a slight modification if done again or great idea you're a super genius? I have no dash lights currently in my 75 and need to get them replaced.

Thanks

S34
 
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So, Now that you have had these lights installed in the dash cluster what are your thoughts? Great idea, make a slight modification if done again or great idea you're a super genius? I have no dash lights currently in my 75 and need to get them replaced.

Thanks

S34
Unfortunately our 40 restoration is still in progress, as it has been for coming up on 3 years. Our body guy should finally be getting it wrapped up in the next couple of months, but I've been saying that for 2 years... Hopefully I'll have a reason to become regularly active again on this forum when that happens. And I'll try and post an update regarding the LEDs. In general SuperbrightLeds is a good company to deal with and has a good website where you should be able to find what you need. And they take returns for what doesn't work.
 

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I ended up using these LED bulbs to illuminate the gauge cluster (it took a few tries to find the right fit/dimensions) 194 LED Bulb - 6 SMD LED Tower - Miniature Wedge Base | Super Bright LEDsView attachment 1564704
and it looks SO much better! (I forgot to take a before picture with the stock bulbs but just imagine a photo of a black square or close your eyes)
View attachment 1564705
I replaced the high beam and turn signals as well with lower lumen (and cheaper) LEDs and the results were much less impressive, although improved from stock. These were the bulbs I used for turns/high beams: Ultra Bright 1 SMD (3 LED) Bulb 194 T-10 Wedge - Super Wide Angle
Like November above....the Superbrite 194 LED Bulb - 6 SMD LED Tower - Miniature Wedge Retrofit was the bulb of choice for my gauge cluster.

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