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Guide to changing the color on the ZX12R LCD Display

OK here is my Guide to changing the color on the ZX12R LCD Display

Please bear with the pics the camera i borrowed doesn't do macro shots very well
i tried to cover all the aspects of the mod i have left out the stuff that i think doesn't
need explanation but i may have missed something if so let me know and i will gladly
update this guide


Tools And Supplies needed

Phillips Screw Driver
Hot Glue Gun
Soldering Iron,and Solder
Sand Paper for sanding and frosting LEDs
Small Heat Shrink Tubing
2 470 ohm 1/2W 5% Carbon Film Resistors
Radio Shack (Model: 271-1115 | Catalog #: 271-1115 )


4 Rectangular High-Brightness Blue LED Lamp
Radio Shack (Model: 276-013 | Catalog #: 276-013)


First Step remove the 6 screws and separate the back from the Speedo
then locate the 4 tabs that need to be bent to remove LCD Display




Once the LCD Display is removed you will find under the LCD an Orange Filter
Remove and discard then if your white reflector is damaged like mine flip it over so

the white side faces the LCD screen











The LEDs are a bit to long to fit well so you will need to sand them down shorter
and frost the ends. We need to do this so the light from the LEDS will defuse better
if you don't frost them the light will be very directional and you will see blue streaks

of light instead of a soft glow



Hot Glue the LEDs in Place that will give you a solid mount and be easier to bend the
leads to where you need them

flip over to the back of the Speedo and solder the resistors in and solder the grounds
from the LEDs







once thats done flip back over and solder the 2 leads for power together,and the other

end of the resistor that you have through the hole from the back
to the LEDs positive leads. Make sure the wire leads from power and ground don't touch!!
don't worry about them touching once separated we will cover them in hot glue later and

they will be fully insulated









At this point you can plug in the Speedo and test your setup is good all LEDs light
and the display is functional if everything works as it should you can now cover all

connection in hot glue front and back be sure to keep the mounting holes clear
as noted in pics










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NICE WRITE UP!!!! That's awesome. So.....say I send you my cluster and you do it for me. How much?? You should be an entrepreneur and make a few books doing this for lazy people like myself, or people that don't feel comfortable taking apart and soldering components. Just a thought ;-)

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Nice Job.........
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Very well done...!!! i`ll try this weekend....then i will need the gauges covers...
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me too,, i aint good with tiny things like resistors,, especially with my sausage fingers,, never mind soldering, looks pretty good,, although there is still a defined light pattern bleeding over,, none the less great job and excellent articulation!!!!!!!!!! , how much to do it for me also,, and what kind of turn around,, looks like you got a little business coming your way!

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ya i would pay also i know my luck id short it out for sure lol

and btw what do u mean by frosting the leds? lol

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not sure but i think he means to scuff em up to dull the clear part to dispers or dull the light so its not a defined sharp beam,, then again what do i know? is the LCD over powering? meaning does it blind the rider from seeing the info that is displayed? is it possible to get a pic with info on the gauge. just curious how bright it is when actuall info is displayed...

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i have blue led twist ins in mine now but its a dark blue lcd isnt very bright got to be a way to reflect the light where it needs to be
but those pics of sly's is the effect im shooting for

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im wondering if you take the filter out and leave the rest how you would be? where did you get the twist ins,, and how easy is that to do? any info you can post or email,, would rather not do full blown surgery as my illumiglos are a deep blue also,,, not the sky blue backlit like my brothers setup.. got a pic XENO Bambino?

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got the leds from here Autolumination Instrument Panel Light Bulbs & Lamps) they are the smt Neo - Wedge LED type A with the 8mm base the ones they say are new and 30% brighter just have to scroll down that link i gave ya

also i did take out the filter its an easy mod doing it this way not hard at all but im with u on the open heart surgry of my cluster lol :)

that place that sold me the leds did tell me in maybe a month they will have Neo Wedge Based Incandescent Bulbs in type A size they are having them made they told me
just wondering if they would work better then leds

ill try to get ya a pic tomorrow

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XENO,, what all is entailed in the installation,, is it just remove the filter and twist them in and button it up? i looked at the ones you mentioned,, real eager to see the pic you post up.. thanx for the link bro!

also does it take 2 of the bulbs mentioned,, it appear that near that display there are only 2 holes am i correct,, ?

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XENO,, what all is entailed in the installation,, is it just remove the filter and twist them in and button it up? i looked at the ones you mentioned,, real eager to see the pic you post up.. thanx for the link bro!

also does it take 2 of the bulbs mentioned,, it appear that near that display there are only 2 holes am i correct,, ?
i changed all 5 in mine minus the turn signal and high beam but ya just twist the tabs to line up with the hole like sly said take the oarnge filter out put it back together as for the lights just twist them to unlock em and pop them out then insert the leds and twist them in place but check to make sure they are working first before u put the case back together cause bulbs can go in either way but leds only work one way if one isnt burning just switch it around + to + - to - :)

and there are 3 bulbs by the display 1 top 1 bottom and 1 between the tach and lcd

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Nice write up.

However, I tried this approach on my car (changing bulbs to LEDs in the heater control unit)

The problem you're going to get longer term is that the solder won't last on the board because of vibration. :(

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Nice write up.

However, I tried this approach on my car (changing bulbs to LEDs in the heater control unit)

The problem you're going to get longer term is that the solder won't last on the board because of vibration. :(
thats what the hot glue is for its like a nice damper for the solder joints keeps everything tight i've had no problem in 2 years with mine setup the same way

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Sweet :-D

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