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    Morning all.

    Well my LED dash conversion has come to abrupt stop in the last 2 days.

    Have just the GID display and the dash clocks to do, however have hit a brick wall with the GID display.

    Spent the last 3 days trying to de-solder and re-solder the bloomin thing. Last night i ended up lifting the tracks on 3 of the ones coming off and now left with no option, but to go and buy another display and try again.

    Wonder would anyone who's done one previously, would be able to have a look at mine. I'd glady pay them for their time also.

    Or perhaps if someone has one, and willing to sell, i'm sure we could come to some arrangement.

    Any help would be great.

    Murdo

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    Hi Murdo

    Were you heating up one side of the led then trying to lift it. If so your best to use the bathing method to remove the leds.

    Basicly place lots of metled solder onto the leds and move from side to side. Place lots of solder on the iron as you heat up the led. You will find that they slide off after a few seconds. You will be suprised how easy it is to remove the leds.

    I know it does not help you at the moment but try this method when you get another board. It will save you time and lots of effort.

    I use this method with all of my desoldering of leds xbox or car parts. This method works especially well on xbox 360 controller leds which are soldered and glued into place.

    http://jmodscustomconsoles.co.uk/Xbo...llerLEDMod.pdf

    Here is an example.

    Rememeber to have a solder sucker to hand to remove excess solder afterwards.
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    K. Will give this a bag with the rest of the old board. See if I can master it before going at the new board. If only I could buy someone's blue one lol. Think it's due to the 4 pads that throwing me off. Maybe more patients needed on my part. Thanks for the link. Will let you know how I get on.

    Cheers.
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    You will see how easy it is using this method with your old board. You will kick yourself for not doing sooner :-)

    I will have a heater panel all led'd in blue up for sale in the next week or so if your interested.

    Cheers and good luck mastering the bathing method.

    Ah opps just reread your original post so I think you have done this already.

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    PM me I have lots of bits

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    yeah. Cheers for the advice. I de soldered the whole board last night in under an hour so well chuffed. Obviously some are not working due to me making a mess of them, however, at least i know how to de solder using the bathing technique. You were right, just float off..

    Yeah, heater controll panel, door switches all done. Have the dash kit, but want to do the clock first. Looking for another GID atm. though i'd won on the bay, but price went a bit too high...

    will keep looking.

    Thanks again for the help..

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    Whats the best method for removing the dome leds then? Like the map lights for instance

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    not sure which you mean map lights, if its the courtesy light etc , its just a case of getting to the back of them and melting the solder, and pull out the old led's. reverse order to put them back in..

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