As for the blue dash I only have the one pic at the moment and I can't take another as I have the red dash installed myself currently. The red dash is magical at night in particular. It is however not as easy to see in the daytime but you get used to it.
This pic shows the blue dash to look a little more aqua than it really is. It is more straight blue in real life.
The "kit" that you are referring to is merely blue see through plastic cut to size right. I paid $40+ for mine back in the day from memory and I didn't even get the right sizes. Some one has even used cellophane to do the same thing which would probably only cost a couple dollars but if you don't have the time to find the necessary parts to do this conversion then paying import scene $29 to do the running around for you is not to bad.
Sebastian the kit comprises of four perspex filters cut to size including the edge cuts which need to be just right. The product also includes the detailed fitting instructions.
I would have been happy to swap your kit if it wasn't right? We match all kits to a known master before sending so its the first I've heard of a mistake being made.
The main cost is in the labour in getting these cut and they used to be around the $40 mark but are now $29 after we got a bulk order made.
I've seen the cellophane conversion. Depends what people want. Cellophane may deteriorate over time. These kit pieces will not. Factor in the running about, petrol and time and $29 may not seem like a big deal.
Also it would be very difficult to get the red dash with cellophane. I tried MANY types of red perspex to get the right type that would actually get a red result at acceptable brightness.
As I stated for $29 it's worth it if you don't have much free time which not many people do. As for the red conversion wouldn't it simply be a matter of removing the condoms on the bulbs and leaving the red filter in place?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 02:28 am, by: Gregg Holden(Xzotic)
Cheers Sabastian -and no that won't work. The main display is a Vacuum Florescent Display (VFD) you cant access the light source. It is natively green without the red filter. The factory red filter makes it the factory whitish colour. That's why you need a very specific type of red filter for it to work.
Ali - trip and charge screen - you mean the bottom strip on the display? You just need a CCFL from jaycar to replace your existing one. You can do a search as its been covered before although don't think you can get the combination you are suggesting.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 03:03 pm, by: Gregg Holden(Xzotic)
Ok Ali - I'm sure I've seen it in red somewhere. Might have a go at changing mine over sometime and I'll be able to confirm.
Vinh Because the sealed VFD behind the speedo/rev bars/fuel and temp emits a strong green light you can only attempt to get close to white via applying an appropriate filter. This is actually what the factory red filter is there for - to change the nasty 1980's green colour to an 'off-white' colour which is what you see from factory.
No one to date has been able to apply any other filter to improve on the whitish hue that is achieved from factory with the light red filter.