Happy X-mas

Update by Per Schroeder to the Nissan Sentra SE-R project car
Dec 25, 2004

With the help of SR20 Forums, we replaced the back lights in our instrument cluster. The bulbs are a 194 variant that is specific to the Nissan application, but a normal (read cheap) bulb that you can get at a local parts store will work.

The first step is to unscrew the instrument surround and the center dashboard trim, as well as the cluster itself. Once you disconnect the speedometer cable from the transmission, you can pull the cluster out enough to disconnect the other end of the speedometer cable and all of the wiring.

With the cluster out, you pull the bulb assembly, yank the bulb out of its socket and push the new bulb in, taking care to bend the new bulb’s contact wires over either side of the holder. Take the blue bulb cover off of the old bulb and put it on the new one. Reassembly is pretty simple from there. We disconnected the seatbelt warning light which appeared to be hyperactive on our car, as well as the SE-R’s pathetic door buzzer.

While we had the dash apart, we installed the used CD player that our Club Editor gave us. Oddly enough, the plug on the back of our Sony cassette was the identical plug used for the Blaupunkt CD. Literally, this was a plug and play operation. Now we have all of the lights in our dashboard and modern tunes.

On the performance side of things, we’ve ordered up a set of Team Dynamics Pro Race 1 wheels, sized 15x7 for the SE-R. These wheels are under $130 a piece and weigh in at 13.2 pounds. The plan is to run these with a 205/50ZR15 tire for street use, then bolt on a pair of 15x8 rims and 225/50ZR15 tires for autocross use on the front of the SE-R, once we see how much clearance there is.

And we’ve got a holiday present on the way for the SE-R, an Active Tuning rear strut reinforcement bar. For $99, it came highly recommended as a great start to a capable suspension for the classic SE-R.

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