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Speedo reflects onto windshield at night

The instrument panel reflects up on the windshield at night and causes a problem seeing through the windshield. I am considering buying a headlight visor and mounting it forward of the instrument panel to block the light from hitting the windshield. I have also considered putting a rheostat on the instrument panel but don't really want to do that. Your comments are appreciated. By the way this is on a 2008 Stratoliner S. Thanks, Stan

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The dash panel can be dimmed. Check your owners manual and it will tell you how to do this.
Also, I cut about 2" off the top of my windshield so it would be just below my line of sight. This solved the reflection problem totally.

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  • Many people complain about the glare from the instrument cluster on the OEM medium-sized windshield. One way to combat this is to reduce the brightness of the instrument cluster. The method to do this can be found in your MOM on pages 3-6 through 3-7.
The brightness can be adjusted for 3 different pieces:
  • Multi-function meter unit panel (the speedometer face)
  • LCD
  • Speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge needles
Select the brightness control mode as follows:
  1. Turn the key to "OFF".
  2. Push and hold the "SELECT" switch.
  3. Turn the key to "ON", and then release the "SELECT" switch after 5 seconds. Item number "1" is displayed (the multi-function meter unit panel).
  4. Adjust the multi-function meter unit panel brightness level by pushing the "RESET" switch.
  5. Push the "SELECT" switch to select the LCD (item number "2"). Adjust the brightness by pushing the "RESET" switch.
  6. Push the "SELECT" switch to select the speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge needles. Item number "3" is displayed. Adjust the brightness level of the by pushing the "RESET" switch.
  7. Push the "SELECT" switch. The odometer/tripmeter/clock display will return to the prior mode.

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Get a light like 60% window tint film and tint the instrument panel lens. or get the instrument visor similiar to the headlight visor you were talking about. but the tint should do perfectly.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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Section 13-01B: Instrument Cluster — Conventional 1996 Villager Workshop Manual
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Instrument Cluster
Removal
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