EDIT 11/29/2012 Canada has been no problem to send these switches to. It cost me right at 1.00USD more to ship to Canada. And of course some extra cost for those returning the boards from Canada.
I have acquired another set (2) of the switch boards in a spare gauge cluster that I got from another member (thanks Jeff). This will help speed up things a bit perhaps.
Secondly, I did not mean to exclude anyone in this effort, that being those that may have the tools and ability to do this themselves; if participating here works for you, by all means jump in.
While I'm here let me say this about the funds, since I have been asked; as long as you are returning the old switch boards post paid, we are good, as that is the deal. I will cover the switches. If you feel like dropping something in the return, hold it to a couple bucks. That will cover the 4 switches. I don't want to do any 'lectronic funds thing, so if you're uncertain about sending money enclosed in the return, don't do it. It's seriously not a big deal. Just saying.
Lastly, we can kill this beast; join us
Original begins here:
Just desire to make a contribution not money.
I have 2 of the little circuit boards that hold the reset buttons, in the gauge cluster, that are notorious for failing in the Gen1. I had purchased 2 new boards from Honda, and did the switch upgrade before I installed them. Once I had the old boards on the bench, I replaced the switches in them with the much better switches that have a "snap feedback" feel.
Part # for the Honda circuit boards is 78148-S3Y-A01
Part # for the switches is brand C&K #KSA0M911LFT operating force 300grams.
If it gets to where this particular switch is unavailable, we'll look at other similar options and go from there.
This is the switch that our predecessors have been putting in. Many thanks to those guys. Not taking any credit for figuring out this upgrade, but there is just no logic in someone paying a dealer $$$ to get the buttons working, when the switches are this cheap, and just because they don't have a soldering iron. Of course the vehicle will run fine without the switches working, but it is sweet when everything works better than it did before.
So I have 2 boards with upgraded switches available to those that don't do the soldering iron part.
Here's what I am thinking:
One at a time....Next in line.
You need/want to do the switch fix, but don't do the soldering iron thing.
You will still have to take your dash apart.
There has been some success with the following, so you might definitely try this before you take the dash apart.
And here is another possible fix before you take the dash apart.
Post here in this thread, and send highwater a PM with name, email and shipping address
, for next in line.
We'll communicate thru PM for your shipping address.
I need your email for communication purposes, in case you don't check in here for your PM's
I'll send you the 2 upgraded and tested boards, no charge.
You do the fix, say this weekend, and return the old switch boards that you took out.
I'll redo the set of boards that you return to me postpaid.
We'll scratch you off the list, and go to the next in line.
Gonna take some turn around time for the shipping, so next in line could be 2 weeks out.
This is for both circuit boards (4 switches). If you take the dash apart, might as well change them both out.
These little switches cost pennies and the local post office tells me 2 of them plus the packaging will ship anywhere in the US for less than 2 bucks.
Hate to see someone pay serious bucks to get the switches replaced.
There is no wire cutting involved here Do not cut the 3 wire harness that is attached to the small circuit boards. IT unplugs and comes out with the board. See picture in long write up in first link above, or picture added below.
Here's what will be sent out.
Please return your old switch boards in the bubble wrappers, so that we can use them again.
If the old switches fail to be returned, "party is over" as they say.
Please log in every day or so and check your PM, while you are on the list.
We will need to communicate.
I will update the list at the end of this thread.
I do not keep a customer database or file, nor sell contact info.
Your return to me label will be shredded.