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Copied from my slow build thread, here's how I did it.

Well my A/C bulbs turned up this morning, very impressed as i only ordered them Friday lunchtime! Quick service and good advice from LED Car
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I ordered blue bulbs for the A/C unit. You'll need 6.

I stripped down the A/C unit which is quite cheeky and compared the bulbs side by side to ensure they were the correct sizing:



As you can see the LED bulbs are significantly higher than the original Nissan ones. I went out to the car to test the unit and ensure all the bulbs worked. Don't worry if some don't you just take them out, turn them 180degrees and pop them back in. I now had them all in and working, exciting stuff seeing as before only 1 worked!





After this I went to reassemble the unit. Here's where i stumbled across a problem. Due to the bulbs height it wont allow the facia with the keypad to sit flush in the uniot and therefore you cant press the buttons and it looks sh1t!

So to overcome this i had to strip the unit down further and came up with an idea. Where the plastic lenses sit in front of the lights there is room to expand the area so the new bulbs fit. It is a type of prism that deflects light through the unit. I thought i could afford to mess with this due to the brightness of the LED's. So i took my drill and made some room for the new bulbs, like so:



The trouble is it is a plastic and quite fragile. Try not to break bits off like i did!



After doing this a few times and repeatedly test fitting i was happy and the unit assembled again like the last time it did 18 years ago!

From here it was back to the car to refit all the centre console. I decided to go back to the original fitment and have the three centre gauges up top with A/C in the middle. Ensuring as i went and screwed more bits in i tested it all the time, paranoid that something would come loose!

The final result is something i'm very happy with and has been a nice way to fresen up the dreary R32 interior. (well in the dark anyway!)



And with the unit on, a little VW passat(?) Looks very nice once everything is screwed together.



And yes the battery is on it's arse!

R-Vit back in place also giving a dull blue, I really want to mount this elsewhere but am stuck for ideas at the moment.



And the final finish of everything up and running as it should be.





Overall i'm very pleased with the way its turned out and this forum has provided me with the answers on what bulb where. I also had a spare 286 bulb left over from the 3 centre gauges as I had to order them in packs of 2. While the centre was apart i had a look at the fag lighter bulb. Sure enough my spare 286 went straight in so that has been replaced also, may order a blue one to tie it in with the A/C, (probably wont though!)

Will.
 

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My T3's went in without any modification, just check polarity.
Bought on e-bay, cheap as chips.
Won't go for blue again though, way too dull.
They're cheap so I'll try an assortment of colours, need some ILLUMINATION power.
 

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I have to laugh at myself.

I always thought, those lights just dont work and Nissan made some idiotic thing. This is, because none of my lights are working....

Alright. Gotta find some smaller LEDs :D
 

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My T3's went in without any modification, just check polarity.
Bought on e-bay, cheap as chips.
Won't go for blue again though, way too dull.
They're cheap so I'll try an assortment of colours, need some ILLUMINATION power.
Hay I can't seem to find these ones on ebay do u gaffe the link to it? cheers
 

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I'd already put the blue leds in my gauges and i think i'll have to add them to the heater controls now... I did not find the blue dull though...In the gauges they seem pretty bright!
 

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Saw the thread a while back but couldn't be bothered replacing lights, Now it's the winter season, a good time to put some bright leds to replace dull lights. Subscribed!
 
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