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    Now, you just need to mass market a plug-and-play version to the rest of us that would like this cool upgrade.

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by 81dmc View Post
    I'm scrapping the lexan plan, and am waiting to here back from a professional for printing. Otherwise, I now have completed the final design. Resolution is 4630 × 1260.
    First of all, that looks great...awesome work!

    Question on printing, however. Would this be done on a similar type of material to the A/C decal? If so, wonder if we could make some replacement, partially transparent headlamp switch icon labels

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    Cool Cluster Design

    Quote Originally Posted by 81dmc View Post
    Cluster design done.

    This look great, well done.

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    Today, I decided to sloppily put together my own "label." I used 4 sheets of transparencies, three of them with colored "invisible" icons and one with greyed out "invisible" icons. I decided to do this after receiving a quote of $300-$400 from a professional.

    Here's the result.
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    Here's a few backlit with an led flashlight.
    image.jpg

    Here's the center icons backlit, and I know, bad picture quality...
    image.jpg

    Notice the icons disappear when not lit.
    image.jpg

    Please mind that these sheets were put together in 30 minutes and the printer was an inkjet. I'll probably use my laser printer to print in the future...

    Also, if anybody knows an individual with an industrial printer that can print on lexan, please let know.
    Rodolfo

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    Quote Originally Posted by 81dmc View Post
    It's all fine.

    Anyways, I'd rather have idiots come up to my car and say it's "fast" because it has a 160 MPH speedo. That is one reason why I chose to use this specific speedometer... Otherwise, it's just for looks.
    If you're looking to please the idiots, just make it an 88MPH speedometer

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    Quote Originally Posted by 81dmc View Post
    Today, I decided to sloppily put together my own "label." I used 4 sheets of transparencies, three of them with colored "invisible" icons and one with greyed out "invisible" icons. I decided to do this after receiving a quote of $300-$400 from a professional.

    Here's the result.
    image.jpg

    Here's a few backlit with an led flashlight.
    image.jpg

    Here's the center icons backlit, and I know, bad picture quality...
    image.jpg

    Notice the icons disappear when not lit.
    image.jpg

    Please mind that these sheets were put together in 30 minutes and the printer was an inkjet. I'll probably use my laser printer to print in the future...

    Also, if anybody knows an individual with an industrial printer that can print on lexan, please let know.
    Looks promising. Great job. Any update?
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    Customized Member 81dmc's Avatar
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    Will be finally finishing this project soon. I decided to go with a professional cluster printout as to avoid UV ink fade. It took awhile for the print to come in from Black Cat Custom Automotive as they had an emergency before my design was queued. Finally, after USPS almost lost the package, I received the custom print.

    Here's the pictures.






    Edit: This print cost less than $200 shipped to my door...
    Last edited by 81dmc; 04-15-2017 at 11:17 PM.
    Rodolfo

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC5180
    GENUINE MOMO EVO Steering wheel

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    Customized Member 81dmc's Avatar
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    Semi-installed the gauges.

    Do to lighting issues on the smaller gauges, I have to wait for some transparent countersunk screws until I can complete the project. In the meantime however, I'll be wiring and installing the indicators.

    Rodolfo

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC5180
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    That looks really good. too bad you couldnt get a bunch made up for a lesser cost. This is the kinda upgrade I wouldnt mind doing to mine.
    Rob Depew
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lwanmtr View Post
    That looks really good. too bad you couldnt get a bunch made up for a lesser cost. This is the kinda upgrade I wouldnt mind doing to mine.
    The only way a kit could ever be possible is with a partnership between DMCH and the manufacturer, Dakota Digital. That is only a dream, however, because DMCH cannot even reproduce binnacles let alone design a new cluster to fit in the binnacle.
    Rodolfo

    VIN 831 AUTO—SPEC I Stainless Exhaust, Delorean.eu Roof Box, Kenwood Double Din, Recovered Black Leather Interior, Improved Wiring Harnesses, Custom Dakota Digital Instrument Cluster...Shall I continue?

    Quote Originally Posted by DMC5180
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