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Old 06-26-2015, 01:38 PM   #1
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DIY LED DRLs for $11 MK3

Inexpensive and have a factory-kind of look IMO. Cost was $11, takes about 45-60 minutes to install.



Purchased LED's from here:
2 Pcs Car Waterproof 3M Hawkeye LED Daytime Running Light DRL Fog Driving Lamp | eBay

Test them before you start the installation



Most of the tools I used.





Solder the LED wires together. On each LED, one wire has a white line - that is the positive wire. Solder white to white and black to black. The add on another 3-4 feet of wire to each. I didn't have enough all black wire lying around so I used one white and one back.






Now you need to pop of the lower front fascia (fake vent) on the passenger side. I used body panel removal tools that are plastic. You can pick these up from harbor freight for a couple of dollars. Work slowly all the way around so you don't break any of the clips.




Now the fake vent is off, run one of the LED strips through the lower front grill and push it through a plastic piece into the fake vent opening. In this pic, you'll see I've already done this step. You can see where I pushed the LED through and now the wire is showing though the opening.



Now pick up the lower vent you removed and you'll see the back on the vent can be pulled away a bit from the fascia. You need to pull it away enough so you can push the LED strip through to the front. Once complete, push the backing back to the fascia of the vent.



Now you can put the fake vent fascia back in the hole and make sure all the clips engage on the front bumper to the vent fascia. At this point, I did not stick the LED strips on the vents because I wanted to make sure the everything was in place and working prior to using the double side 3M (that was included).




Now your going to the same to the other side. Run the wireless along inside of the lower front bump below the lower part of the grill. Repeat steps by removing driver's side vent fascia.


Here I removed the headlight assembly (two bolts and wire harness clip) because you are going to need to reach down and pull the white and black wires up so you can hook them up to ground and power. Put the lower vent fascia back in to the hole (second pic below shows it put back together). As you can see, haven't taped down the LED strip yet.





I zip-tied the wires to a harness underneath where the headlight goes (pic 1 below) and ran the back wire to one of the car batter hold down screws (pic 2 below).






The final step was to find a circuit in the fuse box (next to car battery) that turned on ONLY when the car ignition was turned on. I did this before hand with a DC circuit tester. I already had a circuit tester but they go for about $7 at O'Riley or Auto-zone.

You can see where the white wire is showing in the picture below which just to the left of the blue 15a fuse. Tested again by turning on ignition, good to go.



Now I attached the LED strips to the lower front vents. Be sure you clean the area with rubbing alcohol to get a very clean area before you peel back the 3M tape.

Maybe not as bright as some of the $50-$70 kits built in to the vent on eBay but mine fit well because I used the factories ones obviously. Not bad for $11 hmm?






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Old 06-26-2015, 01:46 PM   #2
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Have pics of them on the car?
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Moved it from MkI to MkIII for you.

I see there are pic's installed now, he must have heard your question Blueoval.

P.S. - I saw the pics, just didn't know if you added them later.
Got rid of the link thread now that this one is moved.
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:26 PM   #4
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Moved it from MkI to MkIII for you.

I see there are pic's installed now, he must have heard your question Blueoval.
Strange. They all showed for me. Thanks for moving thread sir.
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Thats awesome, good pics... saved me some work as I have to wire up mine still, I have an extra wire from the module box that I assume goes to switched headlight positive so when headlights are on, DRL strips turn off, and fibreoptic night strips turn on. What color white are the strips, pet peeve but I hate it when the they have a purple or blue tint to them and they don't match the headlights/fogs...tough to match I know
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I got those exact same DRL LEDs from China, only paid $4 and free shipping. I'm going to use them for under hood lighting with a switch to turn them on and off.
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Take some pics when you install them, also in addition to a switch, what about using a hood pin, so when you raise the hood, they turn on automatically? Just an idea... bragging about the cheapest chinese leds may end up being more work if they fail in a short period of time and you have to install something else.
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a hood pin is the switch I'm using..;-)
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... I'm going to use them for under hood lighting ...
Are you sure they can stand up to under hood temperatures on a hot day?
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Nice, neat installation. Curious to see how the hold up long term?
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