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Old 12-17-2014, 11:57 AM   #15
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I modified ghutch's addition slightly. The driver's side map light on our Vista 30T is contolled by two switches. The primary switch is the dimmer switch for the dash lights, a secondary switch is on the map light. I spliced into the two wires coming from the primary switch just before they connect to the map light. The dimmer switch now controls the new LED strip, no cutting of the dash or addtional switches needed.
When I had the dash cover removed, I also noticed that there were two metal braces that positioned the face of the dash relative to the OEM gauge cluster. I moved the dash face further away from the OEM cluster and squeezed the LED strip into this gap. The LEDs are not visible from the driver's seat so the extra piece of chrome trim was not needed.
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I too, have had the same issue. Tried several different things to get rid of glare, nothing worked that well. Went to eye doc for apt and asked bout glare. I was told if you have blue or hazel eyes, you absorb more light than dark eye folks. My wife for example has no problem reading the cluster. But she has brown and I have hazel. That small led light placed at the top sounds promising. Eye doc also mention wearing glasses or sunglasses with a light rose color or light brown. Not tried that yet, but may give it a try.
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On my previous coach, the dash was so far away it was hard to read the gauges. At night it was really an issue. I measured the distance from my eyes to the dash and had the eye doctor make me a pair of bifocals that had clear on top and adjusted for the dash distance. It worked, but was a pain.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:26 PM   #18
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I turn my lights either on or off to get the best view.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:39 AM   #19
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I upgraded the original 1DIN radio with a 2DIN Android head unit (radio). This plus a cheap ELM OBD2 dongle and Torque app, you can create your own custom gauges on that screen.

An alternative solution to the problem.

Since the new 2DIN radio wouldn't fit with the HVAC controls, I bent up a sheet metal 5 sided box and moved the HVAC under the dash.
I then had to make a bezel to clean up the irregular hole left when the HVAC came out. Made that out of some leftover fiberglass thin panel.

The side benefit is that I can also add additional cameras (put one under the passenger rear view mirror) and lots of other capability that the new radio supports.

And, it just saved me from a tow by having the OBD2 diagnostics where I was able to see the MAF was water soaked...so well worth the upgrade.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:32 AM   #20
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My problem with the F-53 dash is the dark red pointers on a black background. Not a problem with glare or focus. Ford really made a poor color choice for the gauges. I'm going to do the LED fix. Thanks.
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I upgraded the original 1DIN radio with a 2DIN Android head unit (radio). This plus a cheap ELM OBD2 dongle and Torque app, you can create your own custom gauges on that screen.



An alternative solution to the problem.



Since the new 2DIN radio wouldn't fit with the HVAC controls, I bent up a sheet metal 5 sided box and moved the HVAC under the dash.

I then had to make a bezel to clean up the irregular hole left when the HVAC came out. Made that out of some leftover fiberglass thin panel.



The side benefit is that I can also add additional cameras (put one under the passenger rear view mirror) and lots of other capability that the new radio supports.



And, it just saved me from a tow by having the OBD2 diagnostics where I was able to see the MAF was water soaked...so well worth the upgrade.


I think you're on the wrong thread.
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I think you're on the wrong thread.
I was posting an alternative means to get an instrument gauge on the dashboard more visible which is the essence of the thread.

the Pros are it is customizable and have lots of other unrelated to dashboard visibility features.
The Cons is that you have to have the radio display on that app to see the gauges.
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