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Here's a quick question about the green filters that are fitted to the lamp holders in the speedo (x2), fuel and water temperature gauge.

I have previously changed these to leds and expected a brighter result than I achieved. I blame the green inserts! Now I have an even better set of leds that shine forwards and sideways. However the green filters are stopping them inserting fully.

I don't have a pic but they are found at the bottom of white tubes (bulb holders) which unscrew from the metal cases - except that I don't want to unscrew completely as something might fall off the front end into the interior.

So can I get the green things out? I can't seem to find any definitive answer with a search.

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only way to get the green filter out without opening the instrument outer ring is to break the green bit up with a screwdriver then shake it out of the speedo, then use to small rubber grommets to hold the leds in place. 

or change to a Td5 speedo.

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Ah ok guys thanks. think that the green and the white screw together now I’ve had a closer look. So that would mean a loose bulb holder with the green removed I think  

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I tried a little harder and I think it’s going in far enough. I’ll report back once power is on. 
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Yes, if you break out the green domes entirely, the white tubes that hold the bulb holders will be loose as they screw onto the domes. Either drill a hole through the dome, but with the speedo face facing up, so the swarf falls out. Or, break out the domes, do away with the tubes and use a grommet in the hole in the back of the speedo to hold the lamp holder in place.

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They are fitted and are an improvement again on the globe type leds that have been in for a few years. There’s a lot of light leaking backward though so definitely not in far enough.

I think I’ll drive it a bit and monitor. At least I can see the dials properly now. It’s so long ago since I removed the filament bulbs that I’ve forgot how bad they probably were.  

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Wrap the white holder with black tape or paint them in matt black paint that should help.

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Yep good idea @western. That's easy as the binnacle isn't screwed in yet. This was first power-on since upgrading the alternator and cable back to starter. Plus I added some big spots on an A bar and added a tell-tale lamp and relay for them with their own fuses.

Thanks again everyone.

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