One of the lights in the instrument cluster of my '98 ranger burnt out and rather than shell out money to buy incandescent I decided to try my hand at creating and installing LED's. First I had to disassemble my dashboard to determine what type of light I was replacing, and then I modified some 10mm LED's to fit into the socket. This instructable only covers how to change the lights. I plan on doing another showing how I made the LED's.

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

Ford Radio Removal Tool--or you can use a bent coat hanger or 4 allen wrenches
Ratchet handle
9/32" socket (step 3,4,6,7)
5/16" socket (step 5)
socket extension (step 7)
2 small screwdrivers or knives (step 7)

You actually don't need those special removal tools, I found, as you just remove the entire black faceplate first via the bolts underneath, pull the whole thing out, then push the radio through.
I have put green in my car and RGB led look neat aswell
I was thinking about doing this to my 93 ranger that im kinda restoring.<br />just got done rebulding the exhaust, puting in a $250 sound system and now on to replacing the front four wheel drive gear box&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; :-)<br />
did you ever get around to doing this i have a ranger just like yours and i was wondering how much the year 93 and 96 differ<br />
Hey Great Idea Man It looks sweet!!<br />
How does this work? Most of the tan ones appear to be where warning lights are. The grey ones seem to be located by the gauges, are they removeable?
The black provide illumination. The tan are the warning lights. I didn't mess with the gray metal tabs I assume they hold everything together.
What voltage do those lights run on? Did you need to put a resistor on every LED?
They are 12 Volts. Each LED requires a 560ish ohm resistor.
Dash' disassembly is generally useful, good stuff. L

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