Everything You Should Know About LED Dash Gauge Conversions

LED dashboard lights glowing after conversion

Some vehicle owners have decided to make the conversion to an LED dash gauge. This is a beneficial process that is surely worth all the time and money that is involved. Here is everything you should know if you are curious about how this works.

Why Change To LED Instruments


In older vehicles, sometimes the accuracy of the gauges on the dash was not as accurate as they could have been. A conversion means you would be using a more modern, innovative instrument that has a higher level of accuracy. Considering the importance of being as close to accurate as possible when reading the gauges, particularly those that signal something may be wrong with the engine, it is easy to see why someone would want to make the switch.


When it comes to a person’s vehicle, it is often used as a symbol of vanity. It is something that they like showing off to others, which means that it has to look as nice as possible in all respects. One way that this conversion would help is simple: It means that the dash would be illuminated better than ever before. Not only would this help with the way that it looks, but it will also help those who have had trouble reading everything on the dash because it is not very well lit.

While there are probably other reasons that people make this switch, these are the two most popular answers when people are asked about it.

Professional Installations

This is something that you want to have taken care of by someone who knows exactly what they are doing. While it may seem like something that may not be particularly complicated, it is an intricate process that needs to be handled with precision. Professional work is typically backed by a warranty. If there is an issue when they are performing the installation, and you notice it later, you can return to the shop and have them fix it for you.

If you are considering doing a conversion to LED, contact us and we will have one of Dick’s Speed-O-Tach techs talk with you about your needs and how to get the work done right. We have done speedometer repair and replacement services for decades!

DIY LED Instrument Cluster Kits

These are available all over the Web and many retailers all over the country. If there is one of these you find particularly appealing, you can, of course, buy it; however, you should allow a professional to handle the installation for you. This is because the kits they have available may not have the particular fit or connection that you might need. But, it might be better to show us the one you are considering and we can evaluate if it is the right one for your vehicle or if there is another similar model that might work better.

The Difficulties Of Doing It Yourself

1. There is some assembly that will be required. If you are not very mechanically inclined, this can pose a severe problem especially since it means that you may place something in the wrong place and end up with a serious problem when you only wanted to fix a minor one, to begin with.

2. You will have to take apart the current housing. Again, if this is not something that you are familiar with it can pose a real challenge.

3. If you do something wrong, it can be difficult to determine what the problem is, particularly if you have never done it before. By the time you pay someone to take a look at the issue and get things in working order, you could have saved time and had someone take care of it for you from the start.

4. This is not a speedy process, and it will take some time. If you are one of those people who like rushing through things, it would be hard for you to be a success at this. Our techs have done thousands of installs, so we are able to interchange the gauges pretty fast – saving you time.

It should be clear why this is something that you should have a pro take a look at. Sure, you can try to do it on your own, but the chances that something will go wrong are a lot higher than the chances that everything will be perfectly fine.

Do yourself a favor and stop wasting time, money and materials by doing this yourself. Call us today to help with your LED Dash Gauge Conversion.


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1900 N. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

Located on the Southwest Corner of McClintock & McKellips Road

(In the Hayden Auto Plaza)

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