I would like to have jumped in quite a bit sooner than this but I just happened to come across this thread...
, I also share an interest in printing up some nice looking overlays.
Last summer I was doing something with my handle bars (probably cutting & re-drilling my Renthal UL's) and curiosity overcame me. In a matter of minutes I had my instrument cluster stripped down to basically what you see in Rob's post #5. Nothing to it.
HOWEVER... as he stated, the needles are a whole other monster.
Without knowing any better, I tried to pry them off, but couldn't get them off.
I didn't really try too hard because I was afraid of breaking them.
for the insight on the nightmare of re-installing the needles
If someone out there has a broken gauge cluster that they're willing to sacrifice it wouldn't be too tough at all to strip it down & extract what we need to recreate new faces.
I'm still half interested in giving it a shot for myself... & if others want in on it I'm willing to share.
if you know someone who can print up overlays, I'm willing to play around with layouts, but I need the stock gauge faces in my hands before I can do anything.
Oh, also... part of the reason I tore the gauge cluster apart was that I was going to replace the light bulbs with brighter, and maybe colored LEDs.
There are little colored socks you can fit over the stock bulbs as another option.
There's a thread or two around here somewhere about the LEDs, otherwise check anyplace that deals with import tuner cars... you'll be sure to find a distributer that way.