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    I'm working on replacing my stock fake gauges with some fancier ones that actually do something. Since my theme is high tech and I was experimenting with gauge placement, it kind of dawned on me that it looks cool to leave the gauge's circuit board exposed. But, I also have the black mask that hides the circuit board along with an amber lens that are supposed to be part of the gauge.

    So now I'm in a toss up and looking for opinions between three different options: letting the circuit board be exposed with no lens OR use the black mask and amber lens OR circuit board exposed with amber lens (no mask). I guess I should have taken photos of those other versions too. I'll do it tomorrow.

    Oh, just to head off any threadcreep, keep in mind that I'm only asking for opinions about looks, not that what I'm doing is stupid. I'm definitely doing to do this project with what I have. Don't mind that I'm using a fuel gauge in the oil gauge location in a couple fotos, it's only a test fitting.






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    Digital gauges in cluster- expose circuit board or not?

    I would vote for the exposed circuit board with amber lens only...no mask. But I reserve the right to change my opinion after I see pics!

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    Re: Digital gauges in cluster- expose circuit board or not?

    I hope this is not thread creepage BUT

    Are you sure that that much exposure to the sun is good for the itty bitty little thingamabobs in there?

    I know that they get a certain amount of heat anyway but there are so many micro--connections in there.
    On the other hand I think they look real cool exposed and very inkeeping with the high teck look of the CF elsewhere.
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    Re: Digital gauges in cluster- expose circuit board or not?

    I'm looking forward to see how they would work, specially the Fuel one (in gallons I suppose).

    Very interesting mod Yellow!! as always =)

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    Re: Digital gauges in cluster- expose circuit board or not?

    :roll: What does the O/D off sign stands for next to the ABS sign on the rev gauge?...
    Thanks!

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    Re: Digital gauges in cluster- expose circuit board or not?

    I also like the look exposed, but its exposed, which might bother me due to the fact
    thats not what one normally would see...

    would like to see exposed circuit with amber lens :)

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    Thanks MMMX5 ;)

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    Re: Digital gauges in cluster- expose circuit board or not?

    How would it affect the vision of driving at night? I believe the guage backgrounds have a favorable illumination effect. Personally, not for me. Kind of reminds me of C3PO without his coverings.
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    Re: Digital gauges in cluster- expose circuit board or not?

    Tristan, the fuel gauge is actually the easiest to do. No need to run wires anywhere. I'll do a whole write up in another thread.

    MM, the digital gauges have a switchable illumination brightness. When you put the headlights on, the gauges dim.

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    Re: Digital gauges in cluster- expose circuit board or not?

    Okay, I took a couple more picts of the process:

    With amber lens, no mask


    Got a roll of window tint and you can see the amber lens better here


    Finally, with amber lens, tint and mask and powered testing

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