desiree71SB
hey guys
I just read through the interior topic and didn't see any mention of this. Since I have only been a VW owner less than a year and driving one only a month, I have to ask, does the speedometer have a light in it so you can see what you're doing (speed wise) at night? Logically, I think there should be. Question is: Is there? I drove my little bug at night for the first time and it's a little unnerving to be putting along in the dark.
Thanks for your insight!

Des in NM
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ryen74
There should be a roller type thing next to the headlight switch that allows you to change the brightness of the light for the gage. At least that is what my SB has. I can't remember what my standard had. The bulb should light up. You may need to replace it.
Ryen
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ryen74
I just realized you have a SB. The dial next to your headlight switch is your guy. If it does not change anything, change the bulb.
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desiree71SB

I just went out and checked it. I turned the knob..... nada.  Okay, so tomorrow, when it's daylight, I will get my stash of bulbs out and replace it. Thanks, Ryen.

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jmlloar

I took the 2 back light bulbs for the speedo and pulled the guts out of the socket. Picked up a couple of small LED's and threaded the wire into the now hollow socket. Put a little epoxy into it to keep the LED's in place and now I have a nice extremely clear light in the same color as my radio. You loose the dimmer feature but its a nice crisp clear light that lasts virtually forever and they only cost me $9 for 4 lights in whatever color you like. 

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desiree71SB

well, that sounds cool...... now I have to see if I can actually do it. I don't really care about having a dimmer for the speedo anyway, so that's a real possibility. Thanks!

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pgcarter

also new to this.....how do you "pull out" the speedo from the dash to get to the lights?

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VSB74

Are you working on a flat dash or or 73 up super?

Rog
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olspeed
On that 71SB it's just like a std Beetle you go in from the bonnet side and get to the back of the speedo. I'm not too sure in a curved window SB though.
Olspeed 
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VSB74

On a curved window super you simply pry under the speedometer with a small screwdriver and pull it towards you. If the radio happens to be out you can reach in and push it out from the backside.

Rog
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68autobug
Hi
With the flat dash Beetles NoN Supers and the 1302S Super
[flatish windscreens] Beetles
 
You go in from behind the speedo under the bonnet...
 -the speedo has two lights - Top RHS and top LHS bulb holders -
grab hold of the outer edge of the bulb holder and pull it out
 
If You pull the part with the wire on it...
9 times out of 10 it will come out OK...
 
the other one time - the bulb will fall into the speedo...
 
I have just bought 4 blue LED 12v T7 bulbs that just replace the original type bulbs...
they just push into the bulb holder and turn 1/2 a turn..
 
so, to remove the old bulbs just push the bulb into the holder and turn 1/2 a turn.. and it will come out...
 
cheers
 
LEE
 
PS: I can't wait to see My speedo and gauges lit up in a nice bright blue color....    
LEDs can last forever - and use minimal current...
Lee
 

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pgcarter
Thanks everyone for your comments.  I failed to say that my Bug is a 77 triple white conv. from Hollywood Ca. that was relocated to Door County, WI. when I bought it 10 years ago.  It is in good to very good condition and I have had a lot of work done on it.

One more question...I read all of the threads about backup lights and it helped alot. However, I can't find the in line fuse in the engine compartment so it must have been modified along the way...where would a logical place be to relocate the fuse for the backup lights?
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Sleepwalker
Looking in the Bentley manual, it still shows the feed for that circuit coming from #15 in the ignition coil, then feeding down to the switch on the nose of the transmission. (Wire Reference rung 60) Though it does not say where the fuse is located in the car, does still show it in line though. My guess would be to start at the coil and trace it back to the trans, more then likely behind the fan shroud. Also it still calls for the wire to be black in color if still OEM.
Hope that helps
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68autobug

pgcarter wrote:
Thanks everyone for your comments.  I failed to say that my Bug is a 77 triple white conv. from Hollywood Ca. that was relocated to Door County, WI. when I bought it 10 years ago.  It is in good to very good condition and I have had a lot of work done on it.

One more question...I read all of the threads about backup lights and it helped alot. However, I can't find the in line fuse in the engine compartment so it must have been modified along the way...where would a logical place be to relocate the fuse for the backup lights?


Hi

Your speedo has to be levered out of the dash - as someone mentioned...

I have installed the blue LED lights in My speedo and tachometer and they look BLUE....
I don't know if I will get used to them.... lol
maybe bright white LEDs would be better...

Lee


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