How to get rid of speedometer reflection?

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  1. NinnJinn

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    when driving at night, the light from the speedometer reflects up onto the windshield like you see in the picture above. It is right in front of my view and is quite annoying.

    I have tried dimming the speedometer light, but to get it dim enough where I don't see the reflection on the windshield, then I have to strain to see the speedometer when I want to see it. It is NOT a H.U.D. (Heads Up Display) I don't need the speedometer as bright as it goes, I usually have it about 60% of the max NIGHT time brightness.

    Any tips or tricks? I had my micro fiber cloth up there once, but couldn't run with the windows down obviously plus if I met a vehicle with bright lights or street lights, I would see a bright orange square reflection on my windshield.
     
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    On my GenIII, slouching seems to make it go away. It is quite sensitive to the driver's eye height. The geometry is probably a bit different on the GenII.

    I've thought about putting some flat black fabric or paper on the dash where it is reflecting up the to windshield, but haven't yet progressed to actually trying it.
     
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    I have the same problem. I tried putting a black strip of weather stripping in front of the combo unit, but I think the real problem is that (at least in my case) there is too much dust and dirt on the projector window (not the one you see, the one in the dash). It's just a very awkward spot to get at....

    Honestly, I've just gotten used to it. Kind of like the ugly wallpaper in my bathroom -- drove me nuts at first but now I don't even notice it.
     
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    I used black electrical tape. Easy to work with, sticks well, just sits there and blocks the excess light!
     
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    Did the ordinary shiny stuff work well enough? I was thinking I'd need some dull flat non-shiny stuff.
     
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    Regular good quality, like 3M, works fine. Since the unit shoots into a mirror to see the display, I first cut some black paper into a small strip, moved it around over the top of the unit and found the spot for the tape. then cut and stick!
     
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