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Old 1 Week Ago   #1
BobbyK
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Location: Petrolia, Ontario
Equipment: 1995 B2400
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Default No light's (B2400 gauges)...No problem (Pic's)

Not sure if this is a problem isolated to the B1700,B2100 + B2400 but the instrument panel, gauge cluster, dash...whatever you want to call it... does not have any illumination for the gauges.

Now, I use my B2400 primarily for snow removal.
In the winter, the sun is up at approx. 7am and gone by 4:45-5pm.
I work during those hours, so if I need to plow snow, it's usually in the dark.

Having no light's in the dash makes it a little difficult to keep an eye on my tractors vitals.

Enough talk...I added some LED's to my gauge cluster so now I have plenty of light shining down on my gauges.

Here are some pic's on how I did it.


1st I removed the dash from the tractor.
The wire harness unclips from the back and the tach drive cable just unscrews from the back of the tach.

I ended up dissembling the whole instrument cluster not knowing how I was going to add these lights.

6 screws on the perimeter will release the frame from the gauge pod. 2 screws hold the metal plate on that covers the circuit board and warning lights






Then the frame come right off





gently pull these tabs out to release clear plastic gauge lens from gauge pod







Then the plastic lens come off, you'll note how cloudy and scratched it is





Next few pic's are just documentation on what the guts of these gauge look like on the inside.







back of the hour meter





Back of the Temp + fuel gauge









To be continued....
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Old 1 Week Ago   #2
BobbyK
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Default Re: No light's (B2400 gauges)...No problem (Pic's)

Continued.


green turn signals, red glow plug, battery and oil pressure





gauge lens was dirty and badly scratched. I used a buffer drill and foam pad along with this polishing compound to clean and buff out the lens





worked well but some of the scratches in the lens are too deep to buff out. Still looks WAY cleaner and clearer than before.






So on to how I installed the LED'S

This is what I used. Purchased at Princess Auto here in Canada. Bought them on sale for like $3.00





I was able to place them around the perimeter of the frame without interfering with the gauge cluster. A combination of 2 sided tape and hot glue hold them in place.





I also pulled the headlight switch from the tractor





I found out which wire only has power when the headlights are switched on.(yellow with orange tracer)





soldered on a pigtail and used electrical tape and heat shrink to cover the bare wires. I'll use this wire (green) to power the dash lights





I reassembled the gauge cluster and tested it. Lot's of light now!





Continued...

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Default Re: No light's (B2400 gauges)...No problem (Pic's)

Continued



Her's crappy pic looking down from the roof of the cab.







Anyway... it was a pretty easy mod, and it sure makes a difference in the cab.






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Default Re: No light's (B2400 gauges)...No problem (Pic's)

Fantastic tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
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Dave_eng
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Default Re: No light's (B2400 gauges)...No problem (Pic's)

Something that might be a long term fix for your plastic lens.

My car is old and, in spite of numerous attempts to buff up the plastic, nothing worked for long.

I was having some rust fixed on the lift gate and the body guy said for $100 he would fix the headlights.

He polished them but then used automotive clear coat paint as the final step.

They are like new.

Dave
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Default Re: No light's (B2400 gauges)...No problem (Pic's)

Really great information. This thread probably should be added the fabrication/customization sticky,
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