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Old 09-14-2011, 12:23 AM   #8431
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Now you have it apart, just paint over the fuel icon with black paint.
Should turn it into a dull yellow glow.
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:01 AM   #8432
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Now you have it apart, just paint over the fuel icon with black paint.
Should turn it into a dull yellow glow.
Or a neat circle of paint on the inside of the glass/plastic cover.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:35 AM   #8433
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an option for you to try...

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Yes, the lights bother me. They are, in my opinion, too bright. I notice that they actually affect my night vision. I was only seeking a solution to make something a little better. I really enjoy modifying my bikes so they are set up exactly the way I want. I like wrenching and coming up with fixes for issues big and small.

I looked at the wiring diagrams as well. There's not really a clear definition of what the inputs are to the gauge cluster other than to trace out the circuit. I'd clip a wire if I knew which one to clip. However, the low fuel light would be a function of the fuel level input. The processor in the gauge cluster would take that info and use it for the level display, miles to empty, and light. I obviously don't want to lose all that. Just the light, which I don't think is easily possible.

I reckon I could disable the high beam by clipping the wire that goes into pin 13 on the cluster connector. I may just try that. I can always splice it back together if things go horribly awry.
Av_Mech,

I can recommend applying (not tape) but an appropriately sized 'disc' of window tint film. The film is available in multiple strengths... think dark, darker, really dark and dang near black. I have done this with a number of offensive indicator lights, mostly coffeemakers and the like. You can still see the lamp illuminated but at a brilliance of your choosing.

Two downsides, maybe, depending on your talents and budget: One is the cost; hate to spend fifteen bucks to make a 3/8" circular overlay. Two is the actual mechanics of making the little bugger. Not that diffucult, but finesse is in order.

Think about it.

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Old 09-14-2011, 04:37 AM   #8434
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Or a neat circle of paint on the inside of the glass/plastic cover.
Or window tint film inside the lens over the tach face.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:57 AM   #8435
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Has anybody cracked into the gauge cluster yet? I'd like to disable the idiot gas light cause I'm not an idiot and I can read the gas gauge and trip meter. That thing is bright and annoying at night. I just took a quick peek at it and I didn't see how it comes apart. Removing it from the bike doesn't look hard, but getting to the guts may be a different story.
ECU to instruments is CANBUS. Good luck
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:21 AM   #8436
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ECU to instruments is CANBUS. Good luck
I wasn't going to mess with any of the ecu inputs. And if I was going to cut the headlight wire it appears to be a single discrete input into the cluster. The circuit card would only be looking for voltage or no voltage to turn the bright indicator on. The fuel light is much more difficult to solve electronically.

But, these other guys have offered some great possible solutions that don't involve electronic changes. Im interested to hear others. I'll be investigating them on Friday night. Tonight is date night.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:00 AM   #8437
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Yeah but.... tape on a 12,000 dollar motorcycle? Not mine.

This is the inside. I had one of the back too but photobucket has been giving me fits the past 24 hours.


I could see where a carefully painted circle of black paint on, if accessible, the inside face of the panel above where the LED illuminates. If that wasn't enough then both sides, keeping inside the lines of course

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Old 09-14-2011, 08:57 AM   #8438
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I wasn't going to mess with any of the ecu inputs. And if I was going to cut the headlight wire it appears to be a single discrete input into the cluster. The circuit card would only be looking for voltage or no voltage to turn the bright indicator on. The fuel light is much more difficult to solve electronically.

But, these other guys have offered some great possible solutions that don't involve electronic changes. Im interested to hear others. I'll be investigating them on Friday night. Tonight is date night.

Still a paint, but a translucent type of tinting paint.

-Tamiya TS-71 Smoke (there are other part Tamiya part #'s for different materials/characteristics ie: TS-19 and TS-31 Smoke etc., polycarbonate/plastic/whatever. Best to ask a model shop or someone who knows about this stuff)

-VHT "Nightshade" Usually found in larger auto part stores for tinting plastic tail lights on cars. Don't know if it's still made or available any more.

I used the Tamiya to tint my Honda CBR windscreen and front running light lens. Worked well. The more you spray, the darker it goes. Light coat, light tint.

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Old 09-14-2011, 08:58 AM   #8439
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Yes, the lights bother me. They are, in my opinion, too bright. I notice that they actually affect my night vision. I was only seeking a solution to make something a little better. I really enjoy modifying my bikes so they are set up exactly the way I want. I like wrenching and coming up with fixes for issues big and small.

I looked at the wiring diagrams as well. There's not really a clear definition of what the inputs are to the gauge cluster other than to trace out the circuit. I'd clip a wire if I knew which one to clip. However, the low fuel light would be a function of the fuel level input. The processor in the gauge cluster would take that info and use it for the level display, miles to empty, and light. I obviously don't want to lose all that. Just the light, which I don't think is easily possible.

I reckon I could disable the high beam by clipping the wire that goes into pin 13 on the cluster connector. I may just try that. I can always splice it back together if things go horribly awry.
Why not just a tiny dab of dark colored maybe black silicone on top of the LEDs? I must admit I have the same beef with several LEDs in our house. The damn tv and coffee maker LEDs could function well as aircraft landing lights! If I don't cover the coffee maker led it shines right in my eyes when trying to sleep, and that's 50 fricking feet away! The led on the tv I fixed with a small bit of electrical tape which you can't see, so sometimes the cheap way does work.

Have you looked at TuneECU? Maybe there's a setting you can tweak? I'd check but we're on road.

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Old 09-14-2011, 09:30 AM   #8440
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:39 AM   #8441
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Av_Mech,

I can recommend applying (not tape) but an appropriately sized 'disc' of window tint film. The film is available in multiple strengths... think dark, darker, really dark and dang near black. I have done this with a number of offensive indicator lights, mostly coffeemakers and the like. You can still see the lamp illuminated but at a brilliance of your choosing.

Two downsides, maybe, depending on your talents and budget: One is the cost; hate to spend fifteen bucks to make a 3/8" circular overlay. Two is the actual mechanics of making the little bugger. Not that diffucult, but finesse is in order.

Think about it.

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Go to a hobby shop and pick up a piece of appropriately sized brass tube. Sharpen the end to make a circle cutter and start cutting disks.I use a counter sink to sharpen the inside edge of the tube but you could use a file on the outside edge. I'd think any dark colored plastic adhesive backed film would work.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:35 AM   #8442
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New here. Picked up my 2012 XC ABS on Sept 2nd. Loving it!!



Missouri? Engles had the same color on the show room when I was in there not to long ago. I see maybe a hint of what could be a Missouri plate on your Jetta. If so hit me up and lets ride!!!
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:01 PM   #8443
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Missouri? Engles had the same color on the show room when I was in there not to long ago. I see maybe a hint of what could be a Missouri plate on your Jetta. If so hit me up and lets ride!!!
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:50 PM   #8444
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Damn the Luck. Well if your ever down this way call me anyway . Nice bike BTW. I wish they had that color when I bought mine!
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:02 PM   #8445
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