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Old 09-02-2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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Information 2004 mod list & sources w/ exact part numbers

I just got an 04 vue but these forums are too cluttered for a chemist to even understand, so I'm creating this thread to limit confusion and limit the need for endless searching.
This thread should remain dedicated to only 2004 VUE mods and not hijacked by 2005+ models


Subjects:
A) Swappable parts from other vehicles such as 04 equinox that will fit in a 04 Vue
- please post year of vehicle from which the part is coming from. If any modifications to the part need to be done, please post that as well.

B) LED instrument cluster mod
- please post the bulbs you use (ie. B8.5d and state whether it is HP or not or if soldering needs to be done, etc...)
- if you know what doesn't work, help the members out and post!

C) Roof Racks/Rails
- Which rails and racks do you know work/ what doesn't work?

D) Head unit swapping / Ipod Installing
-how did you connect your ipod ( ie . if you did aux input which adapter did you use)

E) Engine/Suspension
What works, what doesn't?

F) Exterior
once again, what works - what doesn't?

G) Interior
Grand Finale, what works - what doesn't?

As always please post links(sources) and/or pictures if you have any related or necessary to do the mods. Also, please don't post your 2005+ vue information unless you know it does or doesn't work in the 2004 vue. Please excuse grammar errors mcdonalds coffee and sugar have me in full throttle.

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Old 09-02-2010, 10:33 AM   #2
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I just got an 04 vue but these forums are too cluttered for a chemist to even understand, so I'm creating this thread to limit confusion and limit the need for endless searching.
This thread should remain dedicated to only 2004 VUE mods and not hijacked by 2005+ models


Subjects:
A) Swappable parts from other vehicles such as 04 equinox that will fit in a 04 Vue
- please post year of vehicle from which the part is coming from. If any modifications to the part need to be done, please post that as well.

B) LED instrument cluster mod
- please post the bulbs you use (ie. B8.5d and state whether it is HP or not or if soldering needs to be done, etc...)
- if you know what doesn't work, help the members out and post!

C) Roof Racks/Rails
- Which rails and racks do you know work/ what doesn't work?

D) Head unit swapping / Ipod Installing
-how did you connect your ipod ( ie . if you did aux input which adapter did you use)

E) Engine/Suspension
What works, what doesn't?

F) Exterior
once again, what works - what doesn't?

G) Interior
Grand Finale, what works - what doesn't?

As always please post links(sources) and/or pictures if you have any related or necessary to do the mods. Also, please don't post your 2005+ vue information unless you know it does or doesn't work in the 2004 vue. Please excuse grammar errors mcdonalds coffee and sugar have me in full throttle.
Two comments:

1) 2004 and 2005 Vues are virtually identical, it's the 2006-2007 Vues that begin to get different and 2008+ Vues have little in common with the older ones
2) The 2005-2006 Chevy Equinox/2006 Pontiac Torrent would be most relevant potential swap vehicles. The Equinox wasn't built in 2004 and the Torrent was not built in 2005.

This is what I know:

B) Use B8.4d LEDs for your cluster, you will need 8 of them.

D) Only 2004-2005 Saturn Ion/Vue OEM headunits will swap into 2004-2005 Vues due to the unique harness. Many will want to opt for an aftermarket radio if you want Bluetooth, USB, and aux input capability. However, if you want a cheap upgrade from the base CD radio (w/orange display) you can pick up the MP3 capable (w/teal dot-matrix display) decks off of ebay for under $50 shipped and the in-dash 6-CD changer variant of the same deck for ~$100. Some of the radios being sold are brand new and WILL need to be calibrated by a Saturn dealership after installing them. They will say "CALIBRATE" on the display until this has been done, but otherwise work fine. These decks play CD-R and CD R/W discs that are burned with constant bit rate (CBR) and variable bit rate (VBR) MP3 files on them. As a reference, I can usually get about 130 songs on one CD. Most of my MP3s are 192Kbps CBR. The used ones are a plug & play swap though.

**The headunits from the Equinox/Torrent have the VIN programmed into them and therefore cannot work.

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Old 09-02-2010, 11:26 AM   #3
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:35 AM   #4
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Thanks ruley73.

Do you or anybody know if the b8.4d-whp or b8.4d-bhp leds work as well?
Any problems encountered? ie .. blowing a fuse or to bright?

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Old 09-02-2010, 12:12 PM   #5
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Do you or anybody know if the b8.4d-whp or b8.4d-bhp leds work as well?
Any problems encountered? ie .. blowing a fuse or to bright?
And does the dimmer still work with LEDs?

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Old 09-02-2010, 07:29 PM   #6
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And does the dimmer still work with LEDs?
AFAIK the dimmer works fine with LEDs. LEDs are polarity sensitive though so they only work when installed correctly; unlike the OEM incandescent bulbs that work regardless of how they are installed.

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Old 09-03-2010, 07:11 AM   #7
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What do you mean by installed correctly? how could you install led's wrong?

This question pertains to the roof rail/bar system
Whats the best equipment to buy for adding a roof rack for snowboards, bikes, kayaks, etc?

I was interested in thule but I read some contradicting information regarding the ugly stock rails and screws/waterproofing. I don't want to have to buy the stock rails to get a fully functional aftermarket roof rack/bars. Can anybody clarify what I would need in this predicament?

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Old 09-04-2010, 09:11 AM   #8
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What do you mean by installed correctly? how could you install led's wrong?

This question pertains to the roof rail/bar system
Whats the best equipment to buy for adding a roof rack for snowboards, bikes, kayaks, etc?

I was interested in thule but I read some contradicting information regarding the ugly stock rails and screws/waterproofing. I don't want to have to buy the stock rails to get a fully functional aftermarket roof rack/bars. Can anybody clarify what I would need in this predicament?
LEDs won't conduct current if they're installed backwards (unless you're running stupidly high voltages through them). The D in LED stands for diode,they still function as diodes.

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:08 AM   #9
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B8.5d guys, B8.5.

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B8.5d guys, B8.5.
It is actually B8.4d per the specification of the OEM bulbs. The B8.5d LEDs will work, but the the B8.4d base is an exact match of the OEM bulbs.

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